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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.

                                      coffee

                                        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.

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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 November 17, 2019

                                                                                  20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                                                                  20 Creative Ways To Say Thank You

                                                                                  Saying, “Thank you,” can be difficult to do. Some things just demand a little something extra because of the magnitude of the favor or the depth of appreciation involved. But what can you do to say thank you in a meaningful way? Sometimes you have to get a little more creative than just firing off an email. Here are 20 creative ways to say thank you that your friends and family will remember and cherish!

                                                                                  1. Make a gift bag.

                                                                                  A unique, homemade gift bag with a custom label or a note is a simple but heartfelt way to show your appreciation for the wonderful things your friends or family have done for you.

                                                                                  2. Give a toast.

                                                                                  Many people fear public speaking more than death, giving this particular thank-you a little extra meaning. Composing a sincere, eloquent toast and delivering it is a nice way to show appreciation that truly comes from the heart.

                                                                                  3. Write a poem.

                                                                                  “Roses are red, violets are blue…” Uh, you could write that...but why not put a little extra zing in it? Find out what their favorite kind of poetry is: haiku, free verse, iambic pentameter, and so on. (Google them if you don’t know what they are.) Then write one that expresses why they deserve your thanks…and why you’re glad to give it!

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                                                                                  4. Create your own labels.

                                                                                  There are a number of websites that offer custom gift labels. Find one that fits your personality and that of your friends and create a personalized thank-you label!

                                                                                  5. Give a gift card.

                                                                                  Sometimes choosing what to give a friend can be tough. A gift card is a good way to get around this problem. As always, be sure to include a personalized note or card thanking the recipient for their friendship and help.

                                                                                  6. Send a letter.

                                                                                  Snail-mail is a largely lost art form. Don’t worry about how long the letter is, though. What really matters here is that you took the time to put pen to paper and express your feelings sincerely and honestly!

                                                                                  7. Use social media to send a special message.

                                                                                  If someone’s done something you think the whole world should know about, why not put out a social media blast? Use your blog, your Facebook, your Google+ account, and your Twitter to spread the word about why this person’s someone your friends will want to know too!

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                                                                                  8. Make your own digital greeting card.

                                                                                  While an email isn’t always the best way to go when saying thank you, a digital greeting card that you put time and effort into creating can really brighten someone’s day! Make the card reflect the recipient’s personality and compose a short message of thanks for their generosity.

                                                                                  9. Make a YouTube video.

                                                                                  Sometimes, actually hearing someone say, “Thank you,” can make all the difference. Why not take it a step further and create a special video of thanks for your friends, family, and those special people who helped make your day so important…or who helped you through that rough time?

                                                                                  10. Deliver cookies or candies.

                                                                                  Making something yourself is a fun and delightful way to say thank you to someone. Create a sampling of baked goods or homemade candies and decorate them with a simple message, or make them so they form letters! (Think Valentine’s candies, only situationally appropriate.) Attach a thank-you note or label and surprise those special people with the gift of your time and creativity.

                                                                                  11. Make surprise gifts for guests.

                                                                                  There’s no need to wait until “later” to send a thank-you message. Why not do it at the time? Create little gift packets or bags for your guests with surprises inside. This is a great way to say thanks to the people who attended your event, and make sure they won’t want to miss the next one!

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                                                                                  12. Put together a flower basket.

                                                                                  Whether you prefer fresh or artificial flowers, assembling a flower basket with a thank-you note is an excellent way to brighten someone’s day and show you appreciate them.

                                                                                  13. Take a picture.

                                                                                  Sometimes capturing the moment is the best way to put a smile on someone’s face. Have someone take a picture of you receiving that special gift or opening that surprise package and send the giver a copy with a quick but sincere note to say thanks!

                                                                                  14. Repay their generosity by paying it forward.

                                                                                  The best gifts come from the heart, and the best way to repay a gift is to pay it forward. If your friend has a special cause they care about or something they believe in passionately, why not make a donation in their name or volunteer some of your time to the cause? This will mean more than any number of cookies, candies, or thank-you notes because you’re taking your friend’s love and spreading it around to others.

                                                                                  15. Do something special for them.

                                                                                  Take them out to dinner. (See “make a toast.”) Give them that movie they’ve been wanting forever. Cook them dinner and give them a present when they arrive. Any of these are good options for showing someone you really appreciate them and how grateful you are to have them in your life.

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                                                                                  16. Reciprocate their help.

                                                                                  Everyone needs help sometime. Whether it’s holding their hand through a particularly traumatic incident or helping them replace the alternator in their car, being there when they need it shows you remember what they did for you and how much it meant. It also shows that you’re willing to be just as good a friend to them as they were to you!

                                                                                  17. Be there for them.

                                                                                  Not every thank-you gesture has to be a grand public spectacle. Sometimes just giving them a place to come hang out when they’re lonely or showing up to offer them a sympathetic shoulder means the world to a person.

                                                                                  18. Listen to them.

                                                                                  Listening is almost as lost an art as the handwritten letter. When your friend or family member needs to talk, listen to them. Ask questions when appropriate, but just letting them know you’re there and paying attention to them to the exclusion of all else for a little while is a great way to say thank you for the times they listened to you.

                                                                                  19. Say it in another language…or two…

                                                                                  A simple thank you is great…but why not spice it up a little? Instead of just saying, “Thank you,” write or make a video of you telling them thank you in different languages. Some examples might be, “Gracias! Merci! Danke schoen! Spasibo! Mahalo!” and any other ways or languages you can think of. (The ones listed above are Spanish, French, German, Russian, and Hawaiian, in case you were wondering.) If you want to really get tricky about it, say a short phrase in each language that conveys why you’re thanking them!

                                                                                  20. Show them some love.

                                                                                  A simple touch, a hug, or helping out when they need it without being asked may be the most powerful gratitude message you can send. Offer to take the dogs for a walk, sit for the kids for a few hours, or run to the grocery store so they don’t have to. The little things are often the most important and meaningful. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still send a note, but sometimes your simple presence and willingness to help is all that really matters.

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