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Old 04-23-2007, 04:20 PM   #16
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I wonder if this is the ad as it was originally designed? The text suggests there might just perhaps have been a pile of paperbacks on one chair that some passanger couldn't take along.

However, second thought would not have been 'some passenger sure wanted to read a lot', but perhaps 'Oh, so that airline is usually *very* late if someone brought that much to read ...'.

The sign has the feel of an afterthought to me, as signs next to gates tend to indicate where unaccompanied children and the physically disadvantaged should sit if they need help. And that's probably not what Sony wants to suggest either ... ?

A bit too open-ended, that ad. But it *is* an eyecatcher, and reading is somehow 'in the air', even without the sign.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:14 PM   #17
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i always thought a cool ad would be to print a reader in actual size with a plastic sheet stuck onto it explaining e-ink technology and how the display would look just like the plastic sheet or something like that. This ad really lacks imagination, its simple and clean but I probably wouldn't give it a second look.
I come from a sales and marketing background, I used to work in advertising. In my opinion, Shawn, you hit the nail right on the head. This ad is easy to pass, it's great as one page of a 4 page brochure, but doesn't stand well by itself. Put a big picture of the reader in the ad, explain the features and benefits in the text of the reader, and THAT will stand out. this ad is very low key and casual, big photo of the face of the reader and it's blunt right there in your face.

This ad isn't horrible by any stretch, it's just too subtle, and not very eyecatching.
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:30 PM   #18
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It did catch Alex's boss' eye.
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Old 04-23-2007, 09:40 PM   #19
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i always thought a cool ad would be to print a reader in actual size with a plastic sheet stuck onto it explaining e-ink technology and how the display would look just like the plastic sheet or something like that
Haven't you seen them? They have stacks of those at Borders. They are Reader-size and made of thin cardboard that folds out paper-doll style - very similar in design to the ones Sony used with the PSP.

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Old 04-24-2007, 12:40 AM   #20
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These ads have been in the airline magazines ever since the Reader came out. You know those magazines you find in the seat pocket in front of you. Hit you when you're vulnerable. You are reading the airline mag because you finished off your book and don't want to have to go dig for another one. You then see the ad and wish you had one of those so you could have multiple books at your disposal without having to move and disturb your neighbors.
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Old 04-24-2007, 10:14 AM   #21
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Now there's a good ad visual: Passenger #1 reading a cheesy-looking in-flight magazine, and looking not too happy about it, while passenger #2 is happily reading a reader next to him.

(I specified "him," because these days only males can be represented as dumb or luckless in advertisements. By extension, passenger #2 will invariably be female with a model's figure, well-dressed for business, and clearly smug about it!)

(Who's bitter?)
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Old 04-25-2007, 02:36 PM   #22
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In my opinion the ad is negative in that it suggests that if you are using a Sony Reader you no longer have a place to sit.

I suspect the real reason the sitting area is empty? Saving money for the future ad campaign featuring Paris Hilton and the new Sparkle Cover.
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Old 04-25-2007, 04:33 PM   #23
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Hmm... I'm not sure people would want to see a bunch of us in a newspaper ad.

No offense to anyone, I just don't have the most "popular media" friendly look.

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Old 04-29-2007, 09:56 AM   #24
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Old 04-29-2007, 07:59 PM   #25
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Just remember, you cannot use your Reader during taxi, take-offs, and landing, as it is an electrical device that will interfere with the plane instruments.
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Old 05-03-2007, 04:30 AM   #26
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The look of the ad also isn't just about conveying some message, it's also about catching your eye. I think the ad looks very good, and the composition is just excellent.

If there were any people, the look would become less elegant and you wouldn't notice the ad. Even one person might spoil it.

Frankly, I don't know why you guys express such disbelief at seeing two rows of empty chairs at an airport. I see it lots of times, especially if you get to the airport early like you're supposed to.

P.S. the reason the ad for the Reader barely shows the Reader is because sony probably thought if the main subject of the ad was the prs500, it wouldn't impress because people wouldn't believe the screen. All screens in ads are photoshopped to be unrealistic, and so if Sony tried to impress you with the screen you'd think "yeah, right, whatever." There's nothing else to show off about the Reader, so you have an ad with a huge pic of an airport.
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Old 05-03-2007, 09:13 AM   #27
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Want to know where the people are?

They all ran off to a SonyStyle store.
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Old 05-06-2007, 06:50 AM   #28
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Well I guess the fact that you are dicussing it implies the marketing suceeded
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:46 AM   #29
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Well I guess the fact that you are dicussing it implies the marketing suceeded
Do you say so?
Unfotunatelly, it is being dicussed by people who already have the reader and they don't have to be persuaded to buy it.
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Take ONE ad and take one CURRENT bestseller....

(where the "given" is that the author wants to promote his/her book AND understands technology--- so let's leave Rowling out of it, as her time too will pass ---), and combine the TWO in ONE ad and then sit back and see what happens.

Now: put them all ON a plane with a crowd of passengers OUT of their seats and reading over this person's shoulder who -- NOW, GET THIS! - is the OWNER of the SONY READER! (Make certain there is quick shot to indicate the plane has yet to take off.)

ASIDE: Sony, I'm still waiting for your negotiations with Knopf.


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