Why Are Three Little Pigs Advertising a Newspaper?

 

littlepiggies Why Are Three Little Pigs Advertising a Newspaper?

The PR Verdict: “C” for the Guardian and its advertising launch.

The famous nursery tale of the three little pigs and the big bad wolf isn’t normally what the Guardian newspaper of the UK is traditionally associated with. But in a puzzling advertisement, the tale of the three little pigs forms the cornerstone of the Guardian’s new campaign. The wolf is murdered by three little pigs in a setting that resembles the ongoing financial crisis.

The campaign’s intent is to increase awareness that the Guardian is more than just a newspaper. Leading with its proposition of “open journalism”, the thrust is that news is now participatory, including web, print, tablet and mobile and that readers have the opportunity to shape any story.

The commercial ends with a surprising twist and while borrowing from a nursery tale is a clever idea, the concept sits oddly with the newspaper’s established track record.

The PR Verdict: “C” for the Guardian and its advertising launch. Credibility is a serious newspaper’s key brand attribute.  Is it wise to jettison it in favor of a nursery story?

This positioning seems unnecessary for a news organization with a proven track record. Given the Guardian prides itself on its landmark news stories, including Wiki leaks and most recently the Murdoch phone hacking scandal, using  three little pigs is at best confusing. With such an impressive track record, why make something up?  What is the next step in a campaign like this; the assassination of Humpty Dumpty?

To see the adverstisement click here. To read what the Guardian says about its campaign click here and for more on “open journalism” click here.

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