Advertising is many sided and offers a variety of possibilities for advertisers. However, various companies and brands use it differently and are able to obtain different levels of its influence. There are many factors that affect that process and its final result as well as there are different levels of knowledge, way of approach and skill of those who create advertisements and develop advertising strategies.
One of these approaches is creating advertising campaign of a leader. What is advertising of a leader? How is it different from all others? Does one have to repeat all the time and remind customers that his/her brands products are the best and first? No way. Advertising of a leader is a harmony and unity in cooperation between a product and its advertising style. Such advertising is able to create for its brands a position on the market beyond any competition. The companies like Coke, AT&T, Budweiser and others are good examples. Advertising of a leader has to match up its brand's leadership position and be worthy of its image.
Advertising of market leading companies and brands such as Coke or Nike is more than just informing people about their products and these brands are more just products consumers use. They represent people's lifestyles. These advertisers never say "We are the best". They have outgrown this statement. They never proclaim their leadership, for it should be obvious for every one to see. However, their advertising campaigns carry out ideas of these brands being outstanding, stylish. They create a sense that these companies are above competition.
Becoming a leading brands companies do not leave their competitors much space for maneuvering. In case of Nike or Hallmark, for example, they have invented their own language means of communication that cannot be copied by their competitors. Leadership position by definition leaves to all other market participants less honorable and important place.
Market leaders' advertising is simple, powerful and stable. It makes their customers feel that those products were created personally for them. It is THEIR products. Leaders more often speak to the heart of their customers rather than to their logic of mind. They have mastered the art of emotional appeal in advertising. Most of such advertising is not about finding or providing solutions or competing with other products. Those brands want their ads to be liked by people, to create positive image of the company in them.
Advertising in leadership style raises a company up from the level it occupied before. Such raise can bring about great and positive change in company's life or on the contrary can ruin it. It happens in the case, when a company is not ready to go up to the next level and keep up such high level of competition. So, advertisers should be careful choosing for their companies advertising in leadership style. The brand managers have to determine whether in their ads they will speak to customers from leadership position on the market or only a claimant to it.