What is the Anatomy of a Good Ad? Looking at 4 Different Style of BMW Ads

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BMW has long been synonymous with luxury, performance, and innovation in the automotive world, and their advertising campaigns have played a significant role in solidifying this reputation. From the iconic “Ultimate Driving Machine” slogan to groundbreaking commercials that push the boundaries of creativity, BMW has consistently set the bar high for automotive advertising.ย 

In this article, we look at some of BMW’s most memorable ads, exploring their themes, messaging, and impact on both the brand and the industry as a whole.

What is the anatomy of a good ad?

Ever wonder what is the anatomy of a good ad? What makes an ad good or bad?

Typically, ads include:

๐Ÿ‘‰ Product shot?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Lifestyle shot?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Feats and bennies?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Pricing?

๐Ÿ‘‰ Promotional offer?

๐Ÿ‘‰ CTA?

But, are all of these essential?

Let’s look at 4 different styles of BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC ads:

๐Ÿš— Ad style 1 - Product Features and Benefits

Whether it’s a car, or software, or some gizmo, a lot of companies use this ad style. They show a still shot of their product and list all the main feats and bennies. Often there is a price (only $xxx after rebate), a promotional offer (sales event), and a CTA (act now). They are essentially saying: here’s the thing we’re selling, this is what it does or comes with, here’s how much it costs.


The Problem

The problem with this ad style is that it commoditizes your product. It’s sending a message to the consumer that your product is nothing more than the sum of the features and benefits, and that’s how you should compare it with competitors. It says nothing about the importance of brand.

๐Ÿš— Ad style 2 - Action

In this style of ad, we’ve moved away from the features and benefits and are showing the product in a highly produced, over-stylized way. There is often minimal text as the product is the main focus.


The Problem

The problem with this style of ad is that it’s unnatural and borderlines stock photography. It’s not really showing an authentic experience. If it does, it more shows how other people may perceive you with this product and not how you will feel using it, or how it may fit into your lifestyle. So it’s hard to see ourselves in this style of ad.

๐Ÿš— Ad style 3 - Lifestyle or Experience

This style of ad brings the consumer more into the realm of how they will feel using it, or how it may fit into their lifestyle. We’ve moved away from talking about features and benefits, or artificial action shots / stock photography, and are showing the product in a more natural way, from the consumer’s POV. It tells more of a story, especially if you have children. The comfort, capacity, and safety are being sold without explicitly mentioning them.


The Problem

The problem with this ad style (there are many different versions other than the one I showed) is that it hyper focuses on one part of the product and may be too narrowly focused for a broad audience. Case in point, the example I used may not appeal to people who don’t have children. The photography can also appear staged and unnatural like a stock image.

๐Ÿš— Ad style 4 - Collage

The style of ad is a mash up of all three. It packs a lot of visual and textual information in a small space. It forces the reader to sit with the ad longer as they take in all the details. It tells a story, it shows lifestyle shots, talks about the different features and benefits, and highlights many different parts. Due to the creative freedom, you have more leeway to introduce branding elements.


The Problem

The problem with this ad style is that it’s like throwing spaghetti at the wall. Some may say it’s too busy.

Which one do you like the best?

Consider the aforementioned ad styles, what categories do you think the following ads fall under, or are they in a category of their own?

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