They've avoided Amstrad-like dumb exposition and led on style and association (agency McCann- Erickson, copywriter Jeremy Clark). However, the ladies demonstrate product features rather forcibly.
In June the original commercials provoked a lot of press comment about Third Agers taking over (or for the PC, exploiting the most vulnerable members of our society). But there are old folk and old folk and this mature presenter, Anthea Holloway, is classy and stylish and radiates sublime Barbara Woodhouse-like confidence. And that's the point for Panasonic, whose strategy is to develop a 'brand personality' which will separate it from the broad mass of brown-goods brands.
The ad suggests a world of Rip van With-it, the world inhabited by Molly and Melly and other tireless Colony Room reprobates. It adds a recognisable edge. I'm surprised no one's exploited them before. But I'd love to know what the Japanese client makes of it.
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