You could do this…

Imagine seeing this photo on a cement truck!

Flippin’ through Google Images. (It’s one way I take a break.) Lookin’ for creative ads. And I get really excited when I find a gem like this one. Here have a good look (the caption reads, Cemex Fast Drying Concrete):

 

 

Isn’t that exciting? Can you imagine seeing this photo actually painted on the company’s cement trucks? Wow. What incredible impact.
Four take aways that I want us to focus on:  One: I’m sure that this photo didn’t actually appear on the company’s cement trucks. (I searched through Cemex images without success).  Too bad. They spent a small fortune on the creative (done by BBDO Agency in Duesseldorf, Germany) and they could have leveraged the idea – and attracted a lot of media coverage – and (pardon the pun) they would have got a lot more mileage – if they had taken that next step and used it on their trucks. Ah well.
Take away two: Cemex is one of the biggest cement companies in the world. And they could afford to hire BBDO to do the creative. But as I stared at the image, I thought, “You could do that.” These days, all you really need is “the bright idea” – and today’s technology can take it from there. For example, this photo retouching job would be quick and easy for anyone who knows Photoshop. And. As I have mentioned before, for those of us who aren’t Photoshoppers there is Paint.net – the free program that I use (meaning “anyone could use”) to doctor photos and create graphics.  In other words, “I” could have done this. And this means you could have done it – or could have it done for you, at very little cost.
Take away three: We need to think of our rolling stock as travelling billboards – even if you drive a little sedan, it can/should be dressed up with compelling images/graphics and your web address and telephone number. Fourth take away: we’ve gotta get outta the box (and off the wall), with creative ideas. They make life in business more fun – for our audience and for us – while attracting more business to us, thanks to the buzz we create.

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Last week I told you about Pete Luckett, who planted an old fashioned red telephone booth in the middle of his Nova Scotia vineyard – inviting visitors to call anywhere in North America free of charge (there’s “the bright idea”) – and included a graphic of the telephone booth right in his logo (and there’s the mileage). Stop. Take a look at your rolling stock. Your logo. Your business. Could the example of the cement truck trigger a concrete idea for you?
See you Thursday.
Neil
Ps – BTW, in the story about Luckett Vineyards, I mentioned how cheap it is to use a toll free number; in this case, I should have said how inexpensive it is for Pete Luckett to use his Canada/US long distance calling plan (rather than toll free number), in offering visitors those free calls. (Just to set the record straight).
*** Pps – NEWS ALERT ***   If you’re located in BC be advised that the provincial government is offering business owners an opportunity to obtain training in a wide variety of topics (including sales and marketing), as part of their job creation initiative. I am one of many training providers offered through the BC Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Learning Network, the administrators of the program.
If you would like to know more please call me at 604.888.4570 in the Vancouver area, or toll free 1.800.563.IDEA (4332), or email me at ng@neilgodin.com. Governments have assisted in funding *employee* training programs for years, but it is rare to see a program that offers training specifically to business owners.  While the amount of money isn’t huge (up to $1500) the program offers a 100% grant (the owner doesn’t have to pay for any part of the training). The funding only applies to owners of businesses with fewer than five employees. If that includes you why not contact me for further details? I think this program is truly worth a look. (Hey. Want to stimulate the economy? Focus on small business!)

 

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Laura Sukorokoff says:

    Good morning, Neil.
    I had a look at the paint.net site this morning. It is certainly very interesting, and I’m going to check into how it will work for Mac. Thanks for the tip.

    I wanted to point out that, while the site is called paint.net, to get to it you have to use getpaint.net for the address. You can find it by going to paint.net, but why not just go straight to the source?

    Thanks for your interesting posts. Keep them coming!

    Laura Sukorokoff

  2. As always, this is really excellent Neil!!! You have endless brilliant ideas and I look forward to working with you in the near future…

    Thanks so much,

    Jill

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