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Adwatch: KFC - 'Mini Fillet Burger'

Magazine article Marketing

Adwatch: KFC - 'Mini Fillet Burger'

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I have always been partial to advertising that gets on people's nerves. (No surprise to anyone who has seen our reel recently.) While I accept that not all good ads are irritating - or irritating ads good - I largely accept George Lois' claim that 'Any ad that doesn't create a ruckus is a lousy ad'.

So, like a fly to a road-kill, I was drawn to number 16 in this week's Adwatch table: KFC. Ordinary people in mundane situations exchange pleasantries through the medium of full-on, soul-diva belting. A simple 'no' in response to a chap's request for a nibble of his friend's chicken burger, takes about 15 seconds.

It has curled a few toes since its first airing, but what seems to have particularly alarmed some is that it comes from Bartle Bogle Hegarty, the agency renowned for delightful ads that caress you into submission, rather than thump.

Interestingly, BBH's initial work for KFC followed its traditional style pretty closely, with simple, nicely shot stuff and a great soundtrack.

Many ad people sighed with relief at a pleasing transformation from the brazen nastiness of earlier KFC fare and silently thanked BBH for further gentrification of the evening ad break. …

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