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Under the Radar: Talking to Today's Cynical Consumer Hardcover – November 24, 1997
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"This book is the next best thing to actually working with Bond and Kirshenbaum. They are good! They know whento listen and when to argue with a client. They're not just smart and creative, they are serious strategic thinkers."--Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO Fox News
"Any book that helps a company deal with our overcommunicated world is worth reading. Under the Radar is definitely one of those books."--Jack Trout, Trout and Partners Ltd.,Author of The New Positioning: The latest on the World's #1 Business Strategy
"If you want to understand how ad executives create smart, innovative advertising, Richard and Jon's book is a must read." --Valerie SalembierPublisher, Esquire magazine
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The authors go on at length using their ad firm's (KB&P) previous successful campains as learning examples, or case studies, but there is nothing revealing or earth-shattering in their message.
Save your money, and instead, pick up books written by Al Ries & Jack Trout, Paco Underhill, Jay Conrad Levinson, or David Ogilvy.
Howard Gossage told us that "Nobody reads ads. People read what interests them. Sometimes it's an ad." For years, advertisers have understood the value of making ads NOT look like ads. B&K give us some helpful tips on how to do just that, and thereby get "under the radar" of today's consumers.
They also suggest that the era of heavy-handed "fast, fast, FAST relief" is over. If, as B&K say, "Your strategy is showing," today's consumers will realize it, and throw up their battle shields.
Practical examples are given, especially of the kind that show you don't need to spend a fortune on advertising, if your concept gets you past the defenses.
No try to set rules that don't exist. No try to build up philosophies that don't work. But a clear and timely vision of how to stay ahead in the business.
If I would build up an agency today, this would be my ideal of how it should act and work.
To everyone working in advertsing: Buy 3 copies. One for yourself, one for your boss, one for your client. To every client of an agency: If only you would read it... To Jon and Richard: If you need a creative - send an e-mail.
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If I had to write a college paper to fill 200 pages about how smart I was this book is exactly what I would probably write. Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by Ray
It is a great book. I really enjoyed it and I recommended it to some of my fellow co-workers.
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If the level of writing and thinking is any indicator of the brains behind this agency, they should close within six months. Read morePublished on December 1, 2002
I borrowed this book from a friend in the ad business. It's pretty good in that it shows how 'they' try to influence 'our' buying decisions. Read morePublished on July 27, 2002 by Sgt. Rock
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Kirshenbaum and Bond know their stuff.
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Pretty good, not as good as Mr.Whipple though. Ogilvy is outdated, especially his 2 previous books. It's a new era, whole game REINVENTED. Me? I'm just getting Started. Read morePublished on February 7, 2000
A fascinating inside look at the world of advertising today. My advertising radar detector has been recalibrated to be dramatically more cynical. Read morePublished on August 28, 1999 by firstname.lastname@example.org