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Why this flying cow is particularly interesting

By JACKIE BARRIE Published 1st Dec 2013
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This leaflet fell out of my local paper a few years ago. I kept it to use when I run training courses. I ask delegates to analyse what’s good (and bad) about it.

Why did I choose this particular leaflet?

Because you can practically see the brief in its execution. Imagine the conversation in the agency:

“What’s the product?”

“Milk from the Co-op that only has 1% fat.”

“OK, low fat milk. That means light milk. Where does milk come from? Cows. That means light cows. How about a flying cow?”

So the illustrator draws a cow with a propeller on its head…

So the copywriter writes a headline: “A flying cow! Whatever next?”…

So the graphic designer designs the leaflet in a cut-out format that follows the shape of the illustration…

So the customer gets the leaflet in their local paper, and notices that it passes the AIDA test:

  • Attention
  • Interest
  • Desire
  • Action

The cut-out shape, and unusual design on page 1 attracts Attention.

The cryptic headline captures Interest.

The sub-heading inside generates Desire: “How about a milk where we’ve dropped the fat to only 1% but held on to the great taste.”

The coupon on the back prompts Action: “50p off until 10.07.09.” (As mentioned above, I’ve kept the leaflet for a long time.)

It’s all backed up by brand consistency – the product is called One (with a 1% in the O). The label is purple and white. The cow has purple markings. The call to action is “Pick up the purple”.

It’s a great example of marketing. But not a great example of targeting. Remember, the leaflet arrived in my local paper – but there is not a Co-op for miles around. So I’ve never seen a bottle of One in real life, nor had the chance to buy one.

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209 weeks ago, by Emma
We get this all the time. We're a young family living in a community where there are a lot of old people and we get offered a stair lift at least once a week. My young son thinks it's a great idea but he's not really the target market.
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