From Library Journal
Is it possible to create a worthwhile book about the Absolut Vodka's advertising campaign? Absolutely. TBWA/Chiat Day executive Lewis tells the story of the ad campaign that increased the sale of Absolut Vodka by 14,900% over 15 years. For ad junkies who want all the details, Lewis includes almost 500 Absolut ads along with commentary on how each ad was created and chosen. For example, "Absolut Clarity," which has a magnifying glass over the words "Country of Sweden," was used to emphasize that unlike most imported vodkas Absolut was not made in Russia. This book will have the greatest appeal among those who appreciate the creativity behind the pieces such as "Absolut D.C.," featuring an Absolut bottle wrapped in red tape. A warning: Lewis notes, "Librarians have to guard their magazines from being de-Absoluted." If your library has this problem, buying a book with 500 ads might be a risk. Still, this is highly recommended for libraries with an interest in advertising and marketing.?Emily Engel Moore, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
It's an Absolut-ly unabashed commercial salute to one brand of vodka that has almost single-handedly defined the shape of creative magazine advertising for many years. New York City adman Lewis not only recounts the beginnings of the campaign and the U.S. launch but also documents the story of the long-term business relationship between client and agency. This 15-year saga of bottle as hero shows, first, relatively conservative ads (Absolut joy, Absolut anticipation, Absolut generosity), then segues to the by-now-expected, break-through-the-clutter commercial: the 1987 musical "holiday song" chip, a plastic record, and a packet of flower seeds. Best are the captions and some of the behind-the-scenes footage and prose, such as the fact that wheat was used to attract pigeons to Piazza San Marco to form the shape of a bottle of--what else? Absolut Venice, of course. Barbara Jacobs
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