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Immortal High Five: Sir John Hegarty



Founder of BBH and industry legend, Sir John Hegarty, shares his five most culturally significant and immortal projects to ever come out of the UK

Immortal High Five: Sir John Hegarty
What makes a great ad? A question with a multitude of answers, but here’s my take. Naturally it has to be effective, it has to go beyond just being a piece of communication but become culturally significant, creating fame for the brand that in turn enhances its value. And in my view, the brand / product / service has to drive the narrative. In other words, a product demonstration...

Hovis - 'Boy on a Bike'

Agency: Collett Dickenson Pearce

This TV commercial - shot by Ridley Scott using Dvorak’s 'New World Symphony' - was more like a piece of film, built on the premise that the loaf was as good today as it’s alway been. It set off nostalgia as a powerful marketing tool. Still used today.

Heineken - 'Water in Majorca'

Agency: Lowe Howard-Spink Marschalk

This brilliant TV ad was part of a long running campaign for the beer which elevated it beyond other brands with its cheeky refreshment line, still quoted by people today. Inverting the plot of 'Pygmalion', it captured the cultural shift from the upper classes to the working class.

Araldite - 'It Also Sticks Handles to Teapots' Poster

Agency: FCO 

This is a lesson in how to make your money go further. One poster site on the famous Cromwell Road with a car stuck on the poster with the glue. This is the ultimate product demonstration, and the ultimate demonstration of value for money. 

The Economist - 'I Never Read The Economist' Poster

Agency: AMV BBDO

This is pure genius. Branded brilliantly by employing the red from the banner of the magazine, it challenges the viewer with an audacious line. In eight words and a numeral, it defines the paper and why you should read it. The most brilliant example of the power of reduction.

Carling Black Label - 'The Dam Busters'

Agency: WCRS 
Production: Park Village

This cinema commercial dares to suggest one of the most celebrated during war time stories, 'The Dam Busters', could have been thwarted by the German guard because he was drinking Carling. It proves that, with humour, virtually any subject can be utilised.

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