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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. 

                                    nescafe

                                      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.

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                                                24. Eskom

                                                This is another conservation ad that speaks volumes.

                                                eskom

                                                  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 January 25, 2021

                                                                                  What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                                                                  What Should I Do Today? 30 New Things To Do Today

                                                                                  It’s always fun to do something new, but often we fall into the trap of spending our weekends the same way.

                                                                                  If you’re stuck in the same old routine, it might be time to try something new.

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                                                                                  What should I do today? No ideas?

                                                                                  Everything listed here is something you can easily do no matter where you live, and even on a tight budget! Try out one of these 30 new things today, you’ll be happy you did.

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                                                                                  Try Out These 30 New Things To Do Today

                                                                                  1. Visit a suburb in your city that you’ve never been to before, or somewhere you haven’t explored much.
                                                                                  2. Learn ten phrases in a new language–what about Japanese, Italian or Portuguese?
                                                                                  3. Listen to a genre of music you haven’t tried before–perhaps Jazz, Punk or Blues?
                                                                                  4. Have a picnic in your local park complete with a packed lunch and your animal friends.
                                                                                  5. Start a daily journal to write your thoughts in.
                                                                                  6. Try a new cuisine–what about French, Lebanese or Korean?
                                                                                  7. Visit your local library and borrow some books for the weekend.
                                                                                  8. Plant some flowers in your garden. If you don’t have one, try an indoor potted plant.
                                                                                  9. Visit a local museum or art gallery and view their latest exhibition.
                                                                                  10. Learn a new skill–what about sewing, gardening or cooking? You’ll be surprised what you can learn in an afternoon.
                                                                                  11. Say hello to a neighbor you don’t usually talk to.
                                                                                  12. Make a card for a friend and send it to them with a handwritten note.
                                                                                  13. Learn how to cook a new dish for dinner. We all get tired of eating the same thing, why not try making something new?
                                                                                  14. Re-read an old favorite book. Don’t leave it gathering dust on your book shelf; get it out and read it all over again.
                                                                                  15. Research the culture of a different country online–what about India, Guatemala or Sweden?
                                                                                  16. Go for a walk or bicycle ride around your neighborhood.
                                                                                  17. Watch a classic film like Casablanca, The Godfather or The Wizard of Oz.
                                                                                  18. Make a photo album of a recent holiday you took. Don’t let your memories get lost on your computer hard drive; make a special keepsake album of your trip.
                                                                                  19. Visit your local farmers markets and pick out some fresh produce. Farmers markets are full of delicious fresh fruit, veggies and more. Find your local market and take a visit.
                                                                                  20. Plan a day trip to somewhere outside your city–it might be the seaside, mountains or another city!
                                                                                  21. Check out what community events are running in your area and attend one.
                                                                                  22. Make a birthday present for a friend. Handmade gifts are personal and much more special than anything you could buy from a store.
                                                                                  23. Attend a play at your local theater. Support your local theater and have a fun night out at the same time.
                                                                                  24. Volunteer with your local nature conservation society to plant some trees. Conservation societies are always looking for helping hands; do your bit and plant some trees.
                                                                                  25. Be a tourist in your own city and visit all the popular tourist sites you’ve likely never been to (don’t forget your camera!)
                                                                                  26. Call a friend you haven’t spoken to recently and have a good long chat.
                                                                                  27. Put on your favorite song and dance your heart out. You might be surprised at how much fun you have!
                                                                                  28. Invite some friends over for a BBQ. There’s nothing better than an afternoon spent with good friends and good food.
                                                                                  29. Try out a new form of exercise like Pilates, tennis or swimming.
                                                                                  30. Organize a clothing swap with your friends. You’ll have a great time, and save some cash and the environment all at the same time!

                                                                                  Now that you’ve read my list of 30 new things to try today, my question for you is, “what new things will you try today?”

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