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As you put together your V-Day creatives, here’s some ad inspo from our Pilothouse content team.
The jewelry brand Olive & Piper rolled out their Valentine’s Day campaign with these stunning creatives that clearly communicate their offering.
Three V Day ad tips:
💗 Contrast product against a suitable background color
These ads utilize a pink backdrop so viewers can immediately tell it's geared towards those who are looking for Valentine’s Day Gift.
The product is also isolated and easily identifiable.
💗 Messaging is clear and easy to read
The 'I Love You' message is short and impactful. They incorporate one of their necklace designs with their main messaging which makes it easy for the viewer to connect the dots:
What better way to say I love you than with a necklace from Olive & Piper?
The tagline ‘make this Valentine’s Day unforgettable.’ forms an emotional connection with the audience since it’s all about creating good memories.
💗 Broad messaging can work for multiple audiences
For people looking for V Day gifts whether it’s men or women purchasing for family or friends, the tagline works for everyone and stays on brand with O&P’s mission of “You’re the occasion” as in treating yourself.
Since launching, these Valentine’s day ad creatives have been crushing it! 📈
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Luxury eyewear brand Gentle Monster quickly went viral on TikTok when they teased their new ‘Gentle Jelly’ collection last week.
The new releases are heavily inspired by two things: Y2K fashion and jellycore.
It’s simultaneously on trend and nostalgic which does a great job connecting with their Gen Z audience that loves the early 2000s aesthetic.
What’s nostalgia marketing?
Nostalgia marketing is a strategy that taps into a specific period or cultural moment as a way to create a positive emotional bond or evoke a feeling with the audience. ⚡
This can be particularly impactful if you are targeting a specific age group or generation. While millennials are obsessed with the 90s, Gen Z is more enamored with Y2K.
Why this campaign works so well:
1️⃣ The Y2K trend feels nostalgic
Unique and vibrant colorways and fun details are reminiscent of the early 2000s aesthetic before smartphones became prevalent.
Fashion-forward Gen Z loves products that are inspired by Y2K which feels like a simpler and comforting time that celebrates the individualistic spirit.
2️⃣ Paired with a rising trend: jelly aesthetic
In the 2024 Pinterest Predicts report, jellycore was identified as a big upcoming trend in consumer products for 2024.
We saw this when Coach dropped their Jelly Tabby purse collection last year. Gentle Monster is keeping the momentum going with its eye-catching videos they are using for social and for their homepage.
3️⃣ Fun, sustainable packaging
Since Gentle Monster leverages influencer marketing for their online campaigns, their unboxing experiences are always memorable.
This time around, they packaged their products in candy-inspired packaging which fits well with the collection theme and makes the whole experience feel cohesive.
The colorful packaging is not only eye-catching on platforms like TikTok but it’s also reusable which is important to sustainability conscious Gen Z.
Emotion is a powerful tool and nostalgia marketing can make a campaign more memorable. By capitalizing on Gen Z’s love of the Y2K era while offering a contemporary twist, this was an immediate hit with their target audience.
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