Stocked in Sainsbury’s, and featured in their in-store magazine, this challenger brand was looking to redifine antipasti and ‘salads’ with some truly flavoursome alternatives. We helped them do it with a series of long copy ads which focused on their commitment to going further.
Once in a while everything falls into place: you get to help launch a new product, and, before it’s even hit the shelves, media outlets are clamouring over themselves to report it. So why the interest? Because it’s a new convenience food. And the final nail in the coffin for dumbed-down Britain, according to some. Never mind that it’s healthy. Or that there are plenty of other near-ready-to-eat foods that you finish off by heating. Ah, good-old-fashioned misplaced outrage. I like to think that my strapline played its part.
Agency: Veracity Marketing
Design/Art direction: Sam Richardson
The Scottish and Southern Energy account was a bit of a weird one, not only because the gas and electricity giant changes name for different regions (e.g. SWALEC for Wales), but also because there was a retail arm to work on (Scottish Hydro Electric). And that’s what you’ve got here: a north-of-the-border TV spot for Christmas electricals, and a Welsh radio ad for boiler maintenance.
Agency: Pravda Advertising
Art direction: Charlotte Smalley
To celebrate the World Cup in 2010, Greggs launched the ultimate patriotic pastry – the England Doughnut. Parodying the famous Nike ad with Wayne Rooney, the poster we put together required a model who wasn’t afraid to get his hands dirty. Or his arms, or his face. Step forward one heroic copywriter named Matthew…
Agency: Gratterpalm (CreativeRace) Art direction: James Egan
Between 2010 and 2012 I was creatively responsible for Asda’s regional radio; writing and recording well over 100 ads for their stores across the UK. Whilst nearly always constrained by product and price, these were tons of fun to make. Mostly due to Spencer Bain at VTR North, and, more often than not, the Royle Family’s Ralf Little on V.O.
Occasionally, I got the chance to write longer pieces for Asda. In a desert of POS barkers and shelf wobblers, these were like a cool, refreshing oasis to the soul. Well, not really, but you get my point.
Here’s a few examples. Three ‘long copy’ advertorial-style ads for three very different subjects.
I debated whether to include these; the smell of cheese hangs ripely in the air. But they’re a good example of being up against tight retail constraints and a strict tone of voice. These national press ads ran towards Christmas and all headlines had to follow a simple pattern: be short, simple and shout ‘value’ through a rather large megaphone.
Agency: Gratterpalm (CreativeRace) Design/Art direction: Mark Bollon