Debrief: Nokia Lumia 510: The boring kiss

20 Dec,2012

By Anil Thakraney


Nokia, once upon a time the market leader, has been bajaaoed big-time in the handsets market by Apple and Samsung. Given the falling market share, one would have thought that the Nokia guys will not only unleash a slew of imaginative products, they would also back them with fabulous advertising. Well, going by Nokia Lumia 510’s TVC, that doesn’t seem to be happening.


The ad features couples ‘kissing’ each other with their outstretched palms. Nokia calls it ‘to trendify’ kissing. There are several problems with this commercial. Strategically, it’s neither saying anything new (social media interactions have been done to death in advertising), nor does the communication address anything specific about the Nokia Lumia 510 in terms of tech. So it’s a total flop on that front.


To make matters worse, the creative device sucks. Palms ‘kissing’ does not make for a visually appealing theme, in fact, it’s off-putting. There was no need to indulge in such a silly gimmick; they may as well have used air kissing as the creative idea, at least that looks aesthetically superior. I have noticed many advertisers forget that entertainment should be at the heart of television advertising, especially when the strategy is weak. And ‘trendify’??? It sounds like a slogan Nokia’s board members would coin. One expects better from creative people.


I haven’t tried the Lumia 510, so I can’t comment on the product. But must say this sort of hopeless advertising discourages me from even sussing it out, leave alone wanting to purchase it. Nokia needs to get its act together very fast.


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Rating: (On a scale of 1-5): 0. Unimaginative and uncool


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