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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 January 3, 2020

                                                                                  The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                                                  The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

                                                                                  Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

                                                                                  The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

                                                                                  1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

                                                                                  Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

                                                                                   I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

                                                                                  To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

                                                                                  And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

                                                                                   2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

                                                                                  Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

                                                                                  3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

                                                                                  Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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                                                                                  4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

                                                                                  The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

                                                                                  5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

                                                                                  Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

                                                                                  6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

                                                                                  Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

                                                                                  7. Positive people smile a lot!

                                                                                  When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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                                                                                  8. People who are positive are great communicators.

                                                                                  They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

                                                                                  9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

                                                                                  One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

                                                                                  10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

                                                                                  Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

                                                                                  How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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                                                                                  I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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