Thursday, March 23, 2006

Comments on someone else's work

Many times when calling on a prospective client, I am asked to comment on someone else's work—work done by a previous agency or some random ad. Before I comment I ask for the brief.

When you provide a brief to five people for a communication piece, you will get five different approaches. The only way that you can comment on such a piece is if you know the brief.

If the job is done to brief, then that communication practitioner has done his/her job.

Of course, if the brief is wrong to start with then, that person should comment to the client just what he/she thinks is wrong.

Australian Tourism's "Where the bloody hell are you?" ads is a good case in point. If the brief was to cause a furore. it has succeeded. But, it has also offended quite a few people. Was this part of the brief? I wonder.

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