Two huge companies on opposite sides of the globe. Two ad campaigns with ginormous budgets. Two teams of copywriters burning the midnight oil, pushing themselves to be original and authentic and cutting edge.
And powerful, too. Let’s not forget powerful.
Let’s see what they came up with.
From AT&T – originally American Telephone & Telegraph – and agency BBDO New York, the company’s “largest b-to-b [business-to-business] campaign in recent history.” It debuted in early April.
Witness “The Power of &.”
“Because no one knows and like AT and T.”
Naturally, there’s a story – nay, a manifesto.
It’s 25% of our name, but it’s 100% of what we do. The “&” in AT&T literally means “and,” but it speaks to everything we stand for. It’s all about the power of connectivity to push things forward and make things better for you, our customers. That’s why you’ll see a new ad campaign from us during the Masters. It’s called the “Power of &.”
There’s lots more where that came from.
Now take a breath, gargle some mouthwash, and meet western Australia’s largest bank, P&N, which originally stood for Police and Nurses. Last September, the company introduced its new slogan and ad campaign.
You’ll never guess.
Yes, it’s “The Power of &.”
“With and, we’ve expanded the idea of what a bank should be.”
What are the odds? Pretty high, actually. Ampersands have been trendy for years now: see my previous posts Ampersandwich, Ampersandstorm, and Eat at X + Y, and also my Pinterest board Shop at X & Y! There’s an Ampersand Agency in Austin, an Ampersand Branding in Kansas City, an Ampersand flower shop in San Francisco, an Ampersand Gallery in Portland (Oregon), an Ampersand Hotel in London (UK). They all have pretty much the same idea about their shared name. Here’s how the hotel puts it: “The Ampersand Hotel’s unique concept is inspired by the capital's world-famous museum district and the iconic ampersand symbol, which illustrates the hotel's role in connecting its guests to the best of South Kensington.”
Unique. And iconic. Right-o.
Every so often a creative director comes up with a legitimately clever ampersandy idea. Here’s Dun & Bradstreet’s logo, a fairly recent upgrade, which melds the initials d and a b to form that … let’s all say it … iconic ampersand symbol.
Thankfully, there’s no blather here about “33.33% of our name but 100% of what we do.” Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.
More on the ampersand from Mary Norris, the New Yorker’s “comma queen.”