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40 Creative Ads That Will Inspire You

40 Creative Ads That Will Inspire You

Advertising is often very difficult, but fortunately there are many different strategies to creating the perfect ad. In the age of image-based social media and infographics, many businesses are focusing their ads around a single large image meant to draw viewers in. Others are taking a slightly modified approach to traditional advertising. Instead of telling consumers why they need a product, they’re showing them.

Some businesses are literally turning the world upside-down with their ads. These ads encourage people to reflect on the world around them, so it will stick with them long after they see it. Here are 40 of the most creative advertisements out there. Hopefully these will inspire you to launch your own perfect ad campaign.

1. Panasonic Nose Hair Trimmers

This ad literally thinks outside the box. It also uses natural city surroundings – telephone wires – and seamlessly incorporates them into the ad.

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    2. Colgate Floss

    Many people don’t

    floss everyday but they definitely will if they have food stuck in their teeth. Colgate uses this knowledge for their ad.colgate

      3. Frontline

      This is an example of an interactive ad where the people around it actually become a part of it. The ad was on the lower floor of a shopping mall. From upper floors the people looked like fleas.

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        4. Adidas

        Bigger isn’t always better but the size of this ad allows it to be seen from pretty far down the road. The ad, which appeared near the Munich airport, also shows that you don’t have to be confined to a traditional billboard with highway advertisements.

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          5. IKEA Assembly Service

          This ad is big, bold and makes perfect sense when you see the URL. It shows just what can happen if you don’t use the company’s assembly services.

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            6. Heineken

            Heineken uses a 3D Bilboard to make it look like there is a hand grabing for the bottle.

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              7. NHS Smokefree

              NHS Smokefree is a U.K.-based organization dedicated to helping people quit smoking. It can be hard to design a creative anti-drug ad but the guy on a fishing hook in this ad definitely grabs your attention.

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                8. Garnier

                The caption on this Swiss ad translates to “for any hair type.” You have to admit the optical illusion is pretty cool.

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                  9. National Agency for the Fight Against Illiteracy in France

                  This ad cleverly draws readers in with bright red text and a bikini-clad model, but then it takes a serious turn.

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                    10. Whiskas

                    Whiskas’ ad agency, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO, took photo of George Logan and inserted an adorable picture of a running cat. It’s sure to appeal to animal lovers.

                      11.  Nivea Night

                      This ad for Nivea’s night cream is clean, catches your attention, and uses nothing but the actual product.

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                        12. Guinness

                        This ad from Guinness is another creative and effective anti-drug ad. It shows how your reaction time slows significantly when you drink and drive.

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                          13. British Airways

                          This electronic ad from British Airways will tell you which plane is flying overhead. 

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                            14. Denver Water

                            This ad for conservation practices what it preaches. 

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                              15. The Economist

                              This billboard from The Economist is another great interactive one. The bulb lights up when a person walks under it.

                                16. Jobsintown.de

                                This ad for a German job search company cleverly blends into its surroundings.

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                                  17. Tampax

                                  This ad for feminine hygiene products says a lot without even saying anything.

                                    18. Nescafe

                                    This ad for a coffee company shows just how fast some caffeine can get you up and running. 

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                                      19. Coffee Inn

                                      Speaking of coffee ads, this one is pretty memorable.

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                                        20. Careerbuilder.com

                                        Career Builder’s ad is less optimistic than the German company’s. However, it makes sense for a country still on the mend from a recession.

                                          21. Johnny Walker

                                          This ad plays on a popular whiskey brand name.

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                                            22. Unicef

                                            This ad from Unicef shows just how marginalized impoverished children can be. The caption says “Don’t Ignore Me.”

                                              23. Viagra

                                              You’ll never look at light switches the same way after seeing this ad.

                                              VIGARA

                                                24. Eskom

                                                This is another conservation ad that speaks volumes.

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                                                  25. Kill Bill

                                                  This ad in New Zealand actually incorporates nearby cars.

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                                                    26. Hard Rock Cafe

                                                    This ad might not make sense if you don’t know the song.

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                                                      27. Australian Post

                                                      This one takes personalization to a whole new level.

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                                                        28. WWF

                                                        Even small donations can help save wildlife.

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                                                          29. Mr. Pepper Hot

                                                          This really shows how hot the candy is.

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                                                            30. Naval Museum of Alberta

                                                            Notice how this one blends in with the billboard.

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                                                              31. Saveourclimate.ca

                                                              This multi-part ad is simple but speaks volumes.

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                                                                32. 12 Keys

                                                                This ad shows the dangerous effects of substance abuse on children.

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                                                                  33. Kolstone

                                                                  The color for this hair dye ad changes throughout the day.

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                                                                    34. Martor

                                                                    You have to look down to understand this ad.

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                                                                      35. Hot Wheels

                                                                      Who remembers having one of these as a kid?

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                                                                        36. All State

                                                                        Location is everything in this ad.

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                                                                          37. BBC World

                                                                          This ad really gives you a different perspective.

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                                                                            38. Oreo

                                                                            Oreo cookies meet Neil Armstrong in this historical ad.

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                                                                              39. Slimfast

                                                                              This ad is a twist on the traditional wedding cake topper.

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                                                                                40. Evian

                                                                                This ad shows staying hydrated will help you feel young.

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                                                                                  Which ads above are your favorite? Have we left any out?

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                                                                                  Last Updated on February 17, 2020

                                                                                  5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Who You Are

                                                                                  5 Reasons Why You Should Always Be Who You Are

                                                                                  When it comes to being yourself, there can be a lot of pressure from the outside world as it tries to influence who you are. Living in a society that is constantly developing, it’s important for you to always be yourself from the inside out.

                                                                                  When you deeply know yourself and the boundaries that you have set, you are more likely to experience a fulfilling and rewarding life. Without knowing yourself and establishing those boundaries, you can easily be pushed around and end up on a dirt path.

                                                                                  So how to be who you are and always be yourself?

                                                                                  “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” – Matthew 7:13-14

                                                                                  You have the option of taking the path that is broad or taking the path that is narrow. You can either conform to what life wants you to be, or have the courage to remain true to yourself throughout the years. It’s definitely a challenge to have a strong sense of self when we are constantly getting distracted and being influenced by the media and society’s way of life. But if you want to reach your fullest potential in life, it all starts with being yourself.

                                                                                  Why should you always be yourself? Because you will:

                                                                                  1. Live in Alignment With Your Values and Beliefs

                                                                                  Being yourself is all about knowing what you believe in and the values that you live by. When you are not yourself, you will take on the values and beliefs of others. This is when you start conforming to other people’s expectations and way of thinking.

                                                                                  When you know your values and why you do what you do, you will live according to your own values and beliefs.

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                                                                                  2. Establish Your Own Identity

                                                                                  When you are able to have a solid foundation of being you, you are establishing your own sense of identity. No matter what happens in your life, you will always know who you are.

                                                                                  There will be times where you may feel lost or distracted, but if you have your own identity you’ll be able to get back on the right path. Without establishing your own identity, you may easily conform and lose yourself.

                                                                                  3. Build Courage

                                                                                  It takes a great amount of courage when you decide to take the path that goes against the crowd. The reason why the majority of people take the broad path is because it’s easy.

                                                                                  It’s easy to just follow the crowd. It’s more of a challenge when you stay true to yourself and establish your own identity. This challenge of always being yourself takes courage and inner strength. No matter what comes your way, you’ll know how to handle it.

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                                                                                  4. Establish Boundaries

                                                                                  When you are always yourself, you know what your limits are and the boundaries that you have set for yourself. When people cross your boundaries, you will know.

                                                                                  But if you don’t establish boundaries, people may very well walk all over you and take advantage of you. If you are always yourself and you establish boundaries, you are more likely to be aware when people start taking advantage of you.

                                                                                  Create and establish your boundaries.

                                                                                  5. Find Focus and Direction

                                                                                  When you are always yourself, you are more likely to have focus and direction in your life. Imagine someone who is constantly conforming to other people’s expectations, do you think this person has focus and direction? I don’t think so.

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                                                                                  When you stay true to who you are, you are more likely to know the goals you want to accomplish and how to go about accomplishing them. You are able to stay focused and know which direction to take in order for you to accomplish your goals.

                                                                                  No matter what you experience in life, the only person that will always remain constant is you.

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