A new TV ad for Gorilla Glue. An old-school ‘dad & son’ activity: building, or should that be fixing, a wooden (and mixed materials) go-kart. Due to filming constraints, this ad for UK telly had to be shot in the U.S. If only the scriptwriter got to go on every shoot…
The Gorilla Glue Company is always developing new products. Their R&D knows no bounds. So in 2018 they launched new Gorilla Glue Clear – the crystal clear and non-foaming alternative to their traditional Gorilla Glue. These 20″ and 10″ cut-down TV ads featured a nice, new POV shot – and some very heavy slapstick.
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.
Here I got to write a bunch of 10″ ads for Gorilla from scratch. These were enjoyable, not only because I was able to offer a few visual suggestions, 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 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’. 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 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 handy 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.