PRIVATE VIEW - Charles Inge, Clemmow Hornby Inge

What will 2003 bring? The general consensus seems to be "expect things to get worse before they get better".

I hope this doesn't apply to Smirnoff advertising. Never having quite recovered from losing its "through the bottle" campaign, Smirnoff has settled down with its "If Smirnoff made ..." campaign. (Not to be confused with the "If Carling made ..." campaign.) This latest TV execution ponders the question "If Smirnoff made contact lenses" and features a man who saves the day by finding his girlfriend's missing tooth - all thanks to his Smirnoff-strength contact lenses. Hmmm. So far, this campaign has worked better on posters, the TV ads are too overblown for too little reward. However, J. Walter Thompson has been quietly improving its creative output over the past couple of years and I have no doubt that the best executions are yet to come.

From one drink to another, the Merrydown posters or Downmerry posters, depending on your point of view, are refreshingly different. Simple, light-hearted and effortless, they remind me of the great posters of the 1900s when advertising was new and easy. A slight quibble is that half the joy of these ads is being able to turn them round and see them the other way up. Not so easy when they are stuck to a building, but I'm sure I'm not the only person who has tried standing on his head after several pints of cider.

Less good is the BBCi work. Both executions start off promisingly and are funny enough in themselves, but fall flat when we get to the bolted-on product bit. They aren't awful, but I just think that the BBC deserves bigger and better.

Next, a viral campaign for Usually "viral campaign" is a euphemism for "stuff we couldn't get through the BACC" but in this instance the ad is going to run on telly anyway so it must fall into the "sneak preview" category. This ad for its new online service My Monster Premium is every bit as good as the previous brilliant ads, so should you care for a sneak preview I suggest you e-mail dave-cleverclogs-droga@saatchi& and get him to send it to you.

Orange has famously changed its marketing director and changed its agency. Does its first commercial reflect this change? Well, the ad is arty, stunning to look at, has a cool track and you can't work out what it's actually saying ... so no change there then for Orange. On the positive side, it has the beginnings of a new tone of voice. The endline "muck about" has a welcome freshness to it and perfectly captures the combined fun and uselessness of picture messaging. Better still, the new agency and new marketing director have not been afraid to have a go. To me this ad seems to be feeling its way towards something new, while not being entirely comfortable in its own skin. I sense the future's very bright indeed.

Lastly, some ads for the Department of Health. A tricky brief; to lecture the young about sexual diseases, but this set of ads manages to deliver the lecture without appearing heavy. The parallel with the lottery is a good one and the use of scratch cards with lines such as "who's got the iffy stiffy?" and "scratch my box" are inspired. A perfect marriage of idea, media and message. Claps all round.

Overall this is certainly the best selection of ads that I have ever been given to review in Private View. On the strength and promise of the work on these pages I see no dark cloud on the horizon for 2003. Happy New Year.


Project: "Upside down heads"

Client: Chris Carr, managing director

Brief: Put Merrydown back on the cider category radar

Agency: Campbell Doyle Dye

Writer: Sean Doyle

Art director: Dave Dye

Typographer: Dave Wakefield

Photographers: Michael Johnson, Brian Cronin, Jeff Fisher, Giles Ravel

Exposure: Six-sheet posters, press, fly posters, bottles, postcards


Project: "Coffee"

Client: Giorgia Longoni, European marketing manager

Brief: Develop an edgy, extreme viral ad for Monster that would get

everyone talking

Agency: Saatchi & Saatchi Writer: n/a

Art directors: Guy Bradbury, Eoghain

Director: Martin Krejci

Production company: Dawson

Exposure: Viral to one million registered users


Project: Adult sexual health

Client: Karen Gregory, senior marketing and communications manager

Brief: Reduce the number of sexually transmitted infections among 18- to

30-year-olds by increasing condom usage

Agency: Delaney Lund Knox Warren & Partners

Writer: Jon Elsom

Art director: Ken Sara

Photographer: Paul Reas

Exposure: Consumer magazines, ambient - scratch cards, beer mats,

washroom posters


Project: BBCi Lifestyle

Client: Steve Conway, head of marketing and communications, new media

Brief: Attract more women to the web, especially non-users of BBCi

Agency: BBC Broadcast

Writer: Ben Friend

Art director: Anton Ezer

Director: Rory Rooney

Production company: Spectre

Exposure: National TV


Project: Photo messaging

Client: Jeremy Dale, marketing director

Brief: Photo messaging is free

Agency: Mother

Writer: Mother

Art director: Mother

Director: Chris Cunningham

Production company: RSA

Exposure: National TV, cinema


Project: "If Smirnoff made ..."

Client: Philip Gladman, marketing director, Smirnoff Red

Brief: Create a new execution within the current campaign idea "If

Smirnoff made ..."

Agency: J. Walter Thompson

Writer: Bruce Menzie

Art director: Simon Brotherson

Director: Clarie Wedgeworth

Production company: Serious Films

Exposure: UK cinema

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