Debrief: eBay: Simplicity works

03 Apr,2012

By Anil Thakraney


You want to patao that supermodel? You want to be a beauty queen? No worries. You can do it all via eBay.


The promise in eBay’s new TV campaign seems to be simple enough. I watched two commercials. In one, Ms Jabalpur desires to become Ms India. And she easily gets what it takes on eBay. In another ad one rather seedha saadha banda is able to win over a hot babe by buying her scintillating goodies on eBay. Simple enough and very massy concepts. And it works. Only because the communication is single minded.


eBay only tells you that if you desire it, it’s here. And there’s no clutter of additional promises forced into the advertising. Also because the promise isn’t really earth shattering, the execution has to play a very important role. And must say the ads are done nicely. Although the humour isn’t really strong, they do leave you with a smile. So that’s fine.


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All said, it’s done well. And they can produce many ads with this theme. Just one suggestion: What will make the communication work even better is if people are shown to desire bizarre stuff. AND they get them too. Just to give you an extreme example: A man wants to kill himself, but doesn’t know how to go about it. Till eBay comes to his, er, rescue. Of course, it’s macabre. But you get the idea!


Rating: (On a scale of 1 to 5): 3. Focused and effective.

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