Oil is not a particularly easy thing to advertise. It’s quite a functional item and if you’re not a real ‘petrolhead’ (or ‘oilhead’ perhaps, in this case) then the chances are it’s not something you think about very often. And even if you do think about oil, it’s a necessity – your car needs it to run properly.
This makes advertising oil quite difficult. In a category where brands are less important, because people aren’t necessarily emotionally connected, you need to do something really bold, interesting or emotional to stand out. If it’s not memorable in the best possible way, then logically there’s no way that someone would ask for a specific oil brand at a petrol station. We could say that for most people oil is probably just oil.
Bearing all of this in mind, we can see what a good job Icon Advertising Dubai did here. Using powerful imagery of giant robots using Castrol oil to beat the heat, they’ve created something memorable and emotional. To top it all off, the execution is just top notch – the CGI graphics they’ve implemented here are incredible.