toggle

AAPL Stock: 112.65 ( + 3.24 )

Printed from http://www.macnn.com

Apple takes out print ads for 'Designed by Apple' campaign

updated 12:11 pm EDT, Tue June 25, 2013

iPhone maker saturates different media

Apple is starting to run prints ads as part of its Designed by Apple in California marketing campaign. The company has taken out a two-page ad (below) in prominent Canadian newspaper the Toronto Star, using text echoing a TV ad that premiered earlier this month at WWDC 2013. Both spots are focused on corporate branding rather than selling any specific Apple product.

The campaign is reportedly being handled by long-time partner TBWAChiatDay. Sources on the matter claim that Apple's product-focused ads are no longer having the effect they once did, as the company is now facing off against products which sometimes have equal or better feature sets at lower prices. The new ads are expected to push the message that Apple products can help simplify a person's life.




by MacNN Staff

POST TOOLS:

TAGS :

toggle

Comments

  1. prathibhanu

    MacNN Staff

    Joined: 06-08-13

    Nothing could beat the super bowl ad that Jobs did way back.

  1. carloblackmore

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-28-05

    This is a much needed attempt by Apple to bring the best parts of Steve Jobs' reality distortion field into the market. Without him, Apple probably realizes they are sorely lacking some of the spiritual heft his mere presence endowed them with. The blurry pace of technology and competitors is too much for any company to rise above on merit alone.

    Without Steve, I'm sure Apple has lost some of that gravity that would bend events toward them and give them an advantage in boardrooms and negotiations. When I read these ads, I get the sense Apple is saying "Stop for a second, slow down, take a deep breath and appreciate the gift that we are to you."

  1. airmanchairman

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 12-08-11

    Excellent observation, carloblackmore, and vividly worded to boot: spiritual heft as the endowment of his mere presence, and a gravitas that bends events Apple-ward in boardrooms...

    If there was ever a succinct description or definition of the RDF, you've just nailed it, sir, and how...

  1. Inkling

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 07-25-06

    These ads would have more impact if they'd left out "in California." On just about every measure--unemployment, quality of schools, business climate, living costs, and infrastructure—the state ranks near the bottom. It's lost the cool it once had.

    Naming the next version of OS X Mavericks is even more chauvinistic. Even though I live on the West Coast, it'd never heard of the place. It's mystique doesn't extend much beyond California surfers.

    Imagine the Finland-based Nokia naming a new phone the "Lutefisk," and you get the point. Or the Pacific NW-based Microsoft naming a new version of Windows "Geoduck." In case you're wondering the Geoduck isn't a duck. It's a large clam, much like Mavericks are skinny, wandering, motherless cows.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    For what it's worth, I don't live in the US, I don't even surf, and I HAD heard of Mavericks.

  1. Spheric Harlot

    Clinically Insane

    Joined: 11-07-99

    Originally Posted by carloblackmoreView Post

    This is a much needed attempt by Apple to bring the best parts of Steve Jobs' reality distortion field into the market. Without him, Apple probably realizes they are sorely lacking some of the spiritual heft his mere presence endowed them with. The blurry pace of technology and competitors is too much for any company to rise above on merit alone.

    Without Steve, I'm sure Apple has lost some of that gravity that would bend events toward them and give them an advantage in boardrooms and negotiations. When I read these ads, I get the sense Apple is saying "Stop for a second, slow down, take a deep breath and appreciate the gift that we are to you."



    This ad, just like the "crazy ones" ad, is aimed inwards, and is intended to give Apple a clear identity, both externally and internally, but most importantly to the company's employees.

    Their appearance at WWDC was strongly aligned along that goal: "can't innovate anymore, my ass! We may have lost Steve, but we're extremely clear and very aware of who we are and what we do, and why. We're Apple, and this is our signature."

    Everything was geared towards providing a clear identity, including the redesign of iOS 7.

  1. Charles Martin

    MacNN Editor

    Joined: 08-04-01

    Yes, how dare Apple try to invest some local pride in what they and many other tech companies have done for America! THE NERVE! (rolls eyes)

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

MacNN Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Dell AD211 Bluetooth speaker

For all of the high-priced, over-engineered Bluetooth speakers in the electronics market, there is still room for mass-market solution ...

VisionTek 128GB USB Pocket SSD

USB flash drives dealt the death blow to both the floppy and Zip drives. While still faster than either of the old removable media, sp ...

Kodak PixPro SL10 Smart Lens Camera

Smartphone imagery still widely varies. Large Megapixel counts don't make for a good image, and the optics in some devices are lackin ...

toggle

Most Commented