Ads can be funny, dramatic, and suspenseful. Brands try their best to catch viewers’ attention in a limited period by creating short videos.
Sometimes, long-form commercials can be beneficial for marketers. Documentary-style ads give more room for brands to be creative and impactful.
Such ads provide a human touch to brands’ stories. It also educates audiences, generates brand awareness, and intrigues viewers.
In this post, we are going to review nine documentary-style ads that hit the mark.
The Most Dangerous Town on the Internet – Norton
The documentary-style ad explores the world of hacking, and the effects of cybercrime. It features international hackers, scammers, and the notorious Romanian town of Râmnicu Vâlcea. Norton used this in-depth investigation as a plug-in.
To educate the audience on how their anti-virus can protect their important data from getting hacked, they designed a companion webpage for the video.
My Climb, My Story – Coors Light
The ad series is focused on bringing the struggles of people to the limelight. It highlights all the hurdles people overcome on their way to success.
This commercial is Coors Light’s shift from its fun and amusing presence. In this, they decided to include the indirect form of marketing by adding subtle branding in the series.
Power of Wind – Epuron
Agency: Nordpol Hamburg
The ad follows a mysterious person by the name of Mr. W, who gets ignored and misunderstood by everyone in society.
After meeting a man who sees his potential and makes him an offer, we are made aware that the eccentric “person” is a metaphor for wind. energy.
Power of Wind won the Creativity Award in 2008 by Adage.
Design Disruptors – InVision
The documentary-style ad features designers from top companies, such as Google, Netflix, who share insights on design disruption.
InVision created this documentary to establish itself as a thought leader in promoting design innovation.
Up There – Stella Artois
The commercial interviews street artists who hand-paint murals for a living. It features a hand-painted Stella Artois ad on a brick wall in New York City.
The video sheds light on the dying art of hand-painted, photorealistic advertisements in major cities across the US.
The artists from Sky High Murals talk about what it’s like to work on these massive projects.
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Worn Wear: A Film About the Stories We Wear– Patagonia
Creators: Lauren Malloy and Keith Malloy
In the ad, different individuals talk about favorite pieces of Patagonia clothing and what it means to them.
Patagonia created this documentary ad series as for people to share their adventures while wearing their clothing. In addition to this, there is also space for people to trade and share tips for extending the life of Patagonia products.
Thank You, Hockey – NHL
Agency: The Vault NYC
In the ad, different kids thank hockey for teaching them about determination, patience, and teamwork.
Also, they thank hockey for being a game that does not discriminate based on sex, race, and religion.
Are We Killing the Kiss? – Gillette
The documentary-style ad delves into kissing and stubble correlation by speaking with researchers, skin specialists, consumers, and experts.
The tone of the ad is satirical, but Gillette conducted surveys to post with in-depth analysis about kiss and stubble issue through infographics.
Spent: Looking for Change – American Express
Agency: Participant Media
The ad explores the lives of four American families who turn to unorthodox financial practices such as check-cashing services, payday loans, and pawn shops just to meet basic requirements.
The commercial was shot in an investigative and nonfiction style documentary. It also featured narration by a famous director/actor Tyler Perry.
Documentary-style ads help brands communicate a powerful message to the community on a personal and deeper level.
These commercials feature real and intimate stories of individuals to which consumers can easily relate to. They also offer marketers an opportunity to engage and attract a wider audience.
And if you have an idea for an ad that you’d like to work on next, then feel free to give our video strategists a call and see how to breathe life into it!
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