While I'm not overly fond of the actual executions (except this outdoor ad), I think Club Orange's latest advertising campaign is pretty solid.
'Some bits are crucial' is consistent with many of their previous advertising campaigns during the years. They have actually been talking about the 'bits' for a long time. With good reason, as this is linked to why we should all drink Club Orange. As explained on their club.ie site: "it’s all in the bits!! Club uses over 11% fruit juice and contains real orange bits, making it a premium and great tasting product".
But for me anyway, the idea itself felt a bit weak in the past.
For example, a previous TV ad, Club Steam, shows a guy dancing naked in a steam room with his bottle of cold Club Orange, only to notice at the end that a few girls are in the steam room watching him. And we're told "It's a Club Orange thing, when the bits kick in". This feels a little vague to me.
However, their "Some bits are crucial" idea is stronger. No ambiguity here - choose Club Orange because it has bits of oranges in them, and this is the crucial part to a quality orange drink.
But it has also given them more scope to play with very different executions while having a coherent campaign.
- For example, their TV ad, produced by McConnells, is about a guy 'Jumping Jack', that tries to jump a load of trucks on a honda 50, but forgets the ramp. The ramp is the 'crucial' bit.
- Their online video, produced by vstream, is a video about a couple of dolls trying to get it on, but they can't because the male doll is missing some 'crucial' bits.
- I spotted this clever outdoor ad in Ranelagh, where the 'crucial' bits are the large bolts keeping the billboard up.
The online presence is not as seamless as it could be.
- For example, there is a (nice) site dedicated to this campaign called somebitsarecrucial.ie which shows both the TV ad and the online video but doesn't have any info about the '11% fruit juice'. I found this at the club.ie site. Is there a need for two sites?
- And if you go to Club.ie, there is no reference to the campaign at all. In fact, an older TV automatically plays as soon as the page is loaded. Which is a pity. But these things happen, and I'd say this is result of internal processes, as opposed to just not thinking about it.
- Finally there is a facebook page set up, which is a nice idea in theory, but I wonder if this will be maintained? Maybe it will.
Overall though, I like it.