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Campaign Spotlight: BBDO Bangkok and Clean & Clear give up on understanding teenagers in new, honest ad

BANGKOK, THAILAND — BBDO Bangkok has created an ad within an ad that perfectly captures the frustration teens have that no one gets them.

Colorful cool street style, slang, and rap music, what more could teens want? Apparently, as a teen, they might not want those things.


In spite of hours of research and profile-building, advertising and brand marketers aren’t always able to get it right. So instead of trying to bet on what would appeal to teens’ constantly changing lifestyles, style preferences, and behaviors — and in order to create an ad that would appeal to a variety of young generations, Clean & Clear and creative ad agency BBDO Bangkok admitted defeat.

“Let’s admit it. We don’t get teens today, but we do get how to clean oily and greasy skin,” the team at BBDO Bangkok said.

This resulted in an ad that admits it doesn’t understand teenagers but by a product that understands their faces.

The ad starts by featuring all the things advertisers expect teens to like: slang, rap music, vibrant streetwear, and skateboards. Then the twist appears, revealing that the ad doesn’t appeal to and get teens at all, but the product does.

Prior to the campaign release on June 15, BBDO Bangkok also released content further highlighting the topic that it doesn’t understand teenagers. From a social post that claims to get you, an Instagram filter that you just want to mock, to a new E-Sports skin that you don’t know what to make of.

“Let’s not pretend that we understand this new generation of kids and admit that we don’t, by making an ad that doesn’t understand them at all. Thai teenagers love brands that speak sincerely to them, who aren’t afraid to make fun of themselves,” said Thasorn Boonyanate, Chief Creative Officer at BBDO Bangkok.

The film was launched together with one of the craziest production houses “Salmon House” known for previous work like “Family Gathering.”

Agency: BBDO Bangkok
Creative Team:
Chief Creative Officer: Thasorn Boonyanate
Creative Director: Warunyoo Sorasetsakoon
Art Director: Phanus Sobsamai
Copywriter: Chalermlarp Wiwat-arnuparp
Precision Planning Team:
Head of Brand and Digital Planning: Prasit Kunanuphanchai
Strategic Planner: Patcharaporn Tawornpichayachai
Business Intelligent Team:
Group Business Director: Taksina Vasaruchapong
Group Account Director: Mira Komolwanich
Account Executive: Pornchanok Wuttitanakorn
Agency Producer: Toungrak Jiravatanarungsri
Project Manager: Autcharawan Laohachataroop
Secretary to CCO: Mintra Sukitpaneenit
Production House: Salmon House
Director: Thanachart Siripatrachai
Production House Creative Director: Vichai Matakul
Production House Producer: Paweenwat Tangpimai

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