Always looking to expand their territory in the kingdom of DIY, Gorilla wanted to push their duct tape with a TV ad for the UK. This one required minimal rewriting – the visual humour does much of the work – but it was still nice to lend my creative input.
As well as editing and rewriting two 30″ US ads into 20″ versions for our screens, I also got to write a bunch of 10″ ads for Gorilla Glue from scratch. These were enjoyable, not only because I was able to offer a few visual suggestions this time, but also because of the extreme time constraints. The challenge of getting the main product benefits across in just a handful of seconds was fun to meet. I went down the route of snappy, rhythmical and memorable voice overs.
In March 2016 I helped Gorilla reinforce their position with two radio ads on talkSPORT. Running for a month, these ads continued with the theme of gently mocking “our American cousins.” This time by featuring a ‘soccer’ commentator getting his terminology hopelessly wrong.
Gorilla really started flexing its muscles in 2016 with a £4M marketing spend. A big chunk of which went on TV airtime on the likes of ITV, Channel 5, Sky Sports and Dave. So, my task, once again, was to edit and repurpose the existing US ad footage into 20″ ads and write suitable voice overs. Two main products were pushed this year – Heavy Duty Grab Adhesive and Super Glue Brush & Nozzle.
When a cheeky media space became available on the M6, one of the busiest motorways in England, Gorilla decided they wanted to take advantage. The solution? A bright orange, attention-grabbing, location-specific ad which got the product’s main benefit across faster than a speeding commuter.
I was part of the team behind creating and developing this national TV campaign. The backdrop – popular and iconic British locations to help illustrate that these are the nation’s favourite pork pies. Or in other words, ‘You know where you are with a Pork Farms pork pie’. The ads ran on all the main channels and were complemented with various events and PR.
The year after, I also wrote the follow-up TV ad featuring a competition and on-pack promotion to win a brand new motorhome.
The publication: DIY Week – the magazine for people in the DIY, hardware and homeware market. The challenge: fill a four-page wrap with all things Gorilla (and sister brand, O’Keeffe’s). Here’s how I did it – leading with the fact that 2016 was the Chinese Year of the Monkey.
With each year these get a bit tougher to crack. For 2016 I came up with the idea of using an S-fold format with a typographical reveal which illustrates one of the product range’s main properties – that it sticks things firmly in place.
Cook With The Kids. No, not a recipe book for would-be cannibals. More Persil’s initiative to get families into the kitchen for some creative, food-based fun. The end result – as ever when children are involved – is, of course, mess. Which is rather handy when you’ve got washing up liquid to sell. Anyway, this was the resulting press campaign which ran in all the women’s glossies. Beats reading about another Z-lister celebrity feud, eh?
Agency: Veracity Marketing Design/Art direction: Sam Richardson
With a concept based around the products’ incredible longevity, plus a line that borrows from a previous well-known festive campaign, here’s my idea that got made as the official Gorilla Glue Christmas card for 2015.
Agency: Veracity Marketing
Design/Art direction: Sam Richardson