2013 STAMP Print Ad Winner: Blo
Let’s Talk About Your Hair
Raleigh, North Carolina
Owned by: Byran Nunes
Blo’s owner Bryan Nunes doesn’t frequently use print advertising as part of his marketing strategy because he believes salon ads using stock images, a bold declaration and a promotional offer have fallen into what he calls a ‘mine’s-bigger-than-yours’ mentality. But after being chosen by a local weekly paper as the best salon in the county, Blo was offered an opportunity to purchase an ad in the “Best of” special publication at a reduced rate.
Nunes and his team started by studying past ads by other winners. “We knew other advertisers would be focusing on how many times they’d won and thanking readers for voting for them,” says Nunes. And, while he also wanted to play up the awards his salon has won, Nunes was cautious about appearing arrogant and unapproachable, so he turned the tables and took a clever consultation approach to the ad.
On the full page ad, the awards are subtly listed across the bottom, as one of Blo’s own model images makes up the bulk of the full page ad with a snipped-effect, highlighted tagline that reads, ‘Enough about us, now let’s talk about your hair.’
“The editor of the publication told us it was the smartest ad she had seen in her eight years of being associated with the ‘Best Of’ issue,” says Nunes.