In my continuing series 1, 2, 3, 4, of stabs at advertising “professionals,” I give you this:
I’ll grant you that anyone who lives in New Brunswick probably can decipher this. But the region of Miramichi is presumably trying to draw tourists from afar. And NB’s First Nations place names are already hard enough. I’m thinking of Kouchibouguac and Magaguadavic (pronounced MACK-a-DAVE-ee), for instance. Why throw in the inscrutable font factor?
Here’s the whole ad:
Is this man taking a dump? Is he panning for gold? Is he “discovering what ‘WE’ know”? No, he’s FISHING. That’s what Miramichi is famous for. Why go to such great lengths to hide it?
So, my righteous self has a problem with this ad on many levels:
1. I know that written-word fonts are all the rage now, but if they become so “human” that they’re unreadable, what’s the point?
2. Print ads should NEVER have URLs in them. If you want to provide a link in your print ad, include a scannable barcode like this:
3. “Discover what we know.” is one of the most ambiguous (almost creepy) taglines I’ve ever heard. What if “what we know” is how to re-animate the dead? Or, more benignly, how to pick up things from the water?
4. And the topper is that this ad appeared in the Moncton Times & Transcript, which serves a market where EVERYONE already knows that the Miramichi has the best salmon fishing in the world. Whom are we trying to reach, here? Visiting business people who might come back to NB because of a photo of an old guy grabbing something out of the river? Sheesh.