Marketplace Money on NPR runs a "Day in the Life" segment that I find fascinating. Ever since I had the desire to stick knives in my phd advisor's eyes, I've created a hobby of thinking about the professional life of others.
In today's segment, we look into the life of an advertising/marketing executive. His task, the back panel of the Kix cereal box.
06:00 am Wakes up, showers, walks the dog, prepares breakfast for the kids, wife and they all sit about the breakfast table. He and his kids are munching on Rice Krispies. A captive audience, they ponder the cereal box and talk about their upcoming day. He thinks the back panel of the Rice Krispies is boring; he suspects his upcoming day working for the man will be equally lame, but forges on. He gives the family hugs and kisses and they all go off.
07:00 am He gets to work, drinks lots of coffee and surfs the web.
10:00 am Meeting. His Boss shows them a box of Kix and describes the specifications of the assignment. "These puffy balls of ... rice or something need to excite the kids and adults eating them and they need to buy them again when faced with that daunting aisle at the supermarket. Make it happen." The man leaves his minions to do the job. The man surfs the web while he waits for the creative process to finish.
Our exec sighs a bit, stares at his wallet sized
First the text. Googling "whole grain" pulls up several million results featuring that term. He's heard it a lot too and figures the phrase "whole grain" should be used on the back panel - 35 or so times.
Now the images. Time for brainstorming. "Say whatever comes to mind gang!" The coffee's kicking in. He believes others in the meeting are paying attention. Vitality, manly, happy families, children with energy, puppies, fidelity, fields of grain, virility, kids that are happy, ADD happy, pooping regularly, kids pooping regularly, diversity, ... He's got it. A simple approach. An image depicting maternal love. Timeless. And, we'll wrap some text around it. With goofy multi-colored happy fonts. All kids like purple. Use it. With the phrase "whole grain" included. Lots. There. Launch the campaign.
10:30 am His underlings go off and do the art and copy. He'll proof the copy next week. He surfs the web until 5.