If advertising is about creating buzz. This campaign is wildly successful.
But advertising is about more than that. It's about generating sales. And by that measure, while still a success, it raises the age-old debate. Does award-winning advertising sell products?
Over the four-week period starting June 13, when Old Spice was promoting heavily – with the drop of a high value coupon and a TV schedule that made missing Mr. Mustafa impossible – sales were up 106%. Not bad, considering the category was up just over 7%.
But Gillette body wash, which started the period with similar sales to Old Spice, has an ad campaign that frankly I can't even recall yet was up 277% during the same period. Notably they were offering a buy one/get one coupon at the time.
I'd argue that Old Spice would not have seen the bump it got when it dropped that coupon without the new campaign and its revitalized image. I just can't prove it. This is just one more example of how hard it is to measure the impact of a great campaign.
To quote the Talking Heads, "Same as it ever was."