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.
Gorilla’s relentless marketing drive saw them push another product from their growing range – Gorilla Sealant – with a national TV ad. (No complaints here.) I think the casting worked well here. See what you think.
For the follow-up to the national TV campaign, and continuing with the ‘You know where you are…’ strategy, Pork Farms decided to run a competition. To win a brand new motorhome (and other assorted ‘outdoor’ prizes), no less.
TV again was the medium of choice, backed up with a hefty on-pack promotion, so I got busy writing scripts.
The end result – this family holiday-themed ad, of which there are two versions here. With a steady recipe of humour and charm, the ads were designed to appeal to a younger audience as well as the heritage values of the more traditional customer.
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.
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.
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.
Already the best-selling glue in America, Gorilla Glue was looking to get its big, hairy foot in the door of the UK market. My task was to take selected parts of the existing US TV ad and give the scripts a British twist. In other words, rewrite them to resonate with White Van Man. There was also a tabloid press ad and all kinds of trade material. (More details here.)