Sunday, February 19, 2017

Panadol makes germs not only human, but also "effeminate"

Now that's a new tone. Germs in advertising, are either portrayed in microscopic format (think Dettol), or in invisible ways yet we see their effect (think regular over-the-counter medicine ads), or alternatively illustration/animation (think Strepsils or Listerine).
So humanizing the microbe is a new way in advertising, and making the microbe effeminate is even newer. I am not even sure why this has been the case - microbes are always portrayed as "males" when drawn/animated to capitalize on how they might hurt us. So I am a bit puzzled. In the same ad, Panadol is seen as a "bouncer" - incredibly tall, head shaved, with a fanny bag to top it all, oh - and very muscled. Panadol ran a very nice ad earlier for the same Cold+Flu sub-brand, so why change what works is beyond me. You can see the new ad here.

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