Apple Advertisements Part 3: Kids

Discussion in 'MacRumors News Discussion (archive)' started by arn, Jun 24, 2002.

  1. arn macrumors god


    Staff Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Apple appears to be expanding it's "Real People" ad line to include real kids... According to this Craig's List announcement, Apple is searching for kids 9-15 for future print ads:

    Nancy Hayes Casting is currently casting a print ad for Apple Computers. We are looking for boys and girls, ages 9-15, who use a Mac in some creative way. For example, kids who have their own websites, kids who mix or remix their own music, kids who are published writers, kids who use the mac for filmmaking or photography. Or surprise us with your own creative ideas! We are not looking for models, but real kids.

    Apple recently launched their "Real People" ad campaign June 10th and were reported to expand this with celebrities in the near future.
  2. MacAztec macrumors 68040


    Oct 28, 2001
    San Luis Obispo, CA

    Well well! I am 13...not too far from cupertino...I use my macs to rip and mix music, and for digital photography!
  3. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

    Royal Pineapple

    finally my voice can be heard, too bad i just turned 16, mabey they'll bend the rules because i use my mac so much. i never "switched" so to speak, since ive been using macs since birth. but i've been forsed to use Pceese in school and i hate them:D :D :D
    i hope they can use me
  4. Dignan macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    I like how at the bottom of the ad it says

    "Reposting this message elsewhere is NOT OK."

    Looks like someone is breaking the rules.
  5. kishba macrumors 6502a


    Dec 11, 2001
    i'm in midland, michigan and am 17 (a little old but hey :))

    i switched two years ago and haven't looked back... windows was a pain and with my mac i've been able to work on movies and just recently burn dvds... i love my ipod and i just finally started taking digital pictures and organizing them with iphoto.... i've converted about 4 friends to macs too :)

    i love apple :D
  6. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    this is great!

    First hit the regular the world how easy it was for these people who made the switch to adjust to a Mac...

    now go where it counts...children...

    it's like marketing toys to kids...u know they are gonna want them...

    and computers are being more & more used in younger grades of school...make them all Macs...get the edge in that corner of the market...

    plus with all of the new technologies being introduced by's gotta be so easy for a child to learn how to be "creative" :D
  7. Royal Pineapple macrumors 65816

    Royal Pineapple

    some of us can be creative without computers thank you very much:D
  8. buffsldr macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2001
    Re: Apple Advertisements Part 3: Kids

    Awesome! Kids 9-15 are 90% of the macrumors regulars. We will do so well, I expect to have at least 2 kids from macrumors in the ads.

    This is great.
  9. JereIC macrumors newbie

    Jul 17, 2001
    Re: Apple Advertisements Part 3: Kids

    I never imagined I'd feel so old at 19...
  10. beatle888 macrumors 68000


    Feb 3, 2002

    i thought the people at macrumors where atleast in the 20's.
  11. MikeH macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2002
    Sorry, but it sounds a terrible idea.

    Aim an advert at kids and instantly turn off the 'young adult' market. People who are 18-24 don't want to be associated with kids and as these are the people with the most disposable cash (no wife, kids, mortgage etc.) they are the last ones you want to turn away.

    After some superb Apple adverts in the past (1984, so powerful it's weapon, think different), this latest batch of 'real people' adverts just seem like sickley trash.

    Flame away...
  12. sweetaction macrumors regular

    Oct 17, 2001
    seattle, wa
    elitist club?

    I have no problem with Apple's latest campaigns. Who wins? Mac users. Who loses? Mac users?

    I sure hope not.

    If you would quit using a Mac because kids or common folks are using it, you need to just get out now.

    Kids grow up to be young adults, and young professionals, and young parents and they too have young kids and I would be very happy to see ore families using Macs.

    Supply and demand.

    More people use Macs = more demand for Mac apps, tools, hardware, accessories, as well as a demand for more from Apple.

    Look at all the innovation Apple has brought into our lives with barely 5% market share? Get more money rolling in, get more great minds involved, Apple users get more.

    Apple is going to be everything to everyone, in reality they already are. That means it down to marketing.

    Go Apple.
  13. irmongoose macrumors 68030


    Dec 3, 2001
    Sometimes Tokyo, sometimes California
    Hehe I hope they can use me... I'm 13 (turning 14 in August) and I use my Mac for editing video... is Apple willing to pay for my plane ticket? :D

    BTW, they haven't had a Switch ad in Japan yet... so I'm doubting they ever will... sad :(

  14. mmmdreg macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    so is there going to be a ad: part 4: oldies campaign now? for all the ex-computer-illiterates who learnt on a Mac?
  15. jadam macrumors 6502a


    Jan 23, 2002
    wooohoooo!!!! im 15!! im getting an ibook today hopefully, so...
    but, on my PC right now i download Music, Play Games(that run on a P233), go on the net, and develop.
  16. Cappy macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2002
    No flames. Just pointing out that this is really only an issue if the advertising is targetted at the crowd you describe. Do a lot of 18-24 yr olds hang out on Nickelodeon and such? Read the same mags? If they do, then they have their own issues if they want to not be associated with that age group yet view the same material designed for that age group.

    Lastly I think they're on to something with this Switch campaign but they're still missing one piece of the puzzle that is being discussed elsewhere in other threads and that is performance. With some decent marketing taking place people are going to "switch" back if this isn't addressed.
  17. MikeH macrumors regular

    Jan 7, 2002
    A fair point given that children effectivly have there own TV channels these days.

    It does seem that the current adverts are aimed at the US market (are they being shown elseware?) and that it seems to be working for the majority of Americans who make up most of this forum.

    Maybe because I'm from the UK the distinctly American 'feel' of the ads just doesn't appeal to me. I can't see them working over here. (Incedently the UK Apple website doesn't feature the campaign)

    Any other non-Americans feel the same way?
  18. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    I think what Apple wants to do is have kids see these ads then "Nag" their parents to get a mac, u would be suprised how persistant we kids can be;)
    My mom looked interested but, the auditions are today and they are in San Fran which makes us on the other side of the country:(
  19. nero007 macrumors regular

    Feb 25, 2002
    I think these ads would be more targeted towards parents, not kids.

    With a PC you get your children playing video games. With a Mac your kid can run wild with creativity.

    They're most likely going to use kids who are intelligent, but not really on the nerdy side, and parents are going to want that from their children.

    Get em a Mac and they'll be creative and smart. Get em a PC and they'll be lazy and wasting their potential away.

  20. drastik macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2002
  21. drastik macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2002
    Definitely, Pc's are like bad comic books, Macs are the Library. Parents need to see that. also, most of these parents work with PCs all day long, hate the things, but know them. My step father ran a software company for 22 years, had over five hundred employees when he sold it and made a mint. Meanwhile he retires. They made scheduling and forcasting software, and were the only real players for several years. This stuff required a dedicated machine at every level of release, the current pack need a P4. They tried to write it for Apple using (A/Ux), but there was some issue. In the end, Apple just bought a toshiba to run the stuff, but my stepfather met with Jobs (first reign) and was convinced that the mac was perfect for te companies marketing department. And lo and behold, a Mac Plus appears on my desk. Still got it, it still works, boots off this massive 20 meg HD thats louder than my car.
    I am 24-years-old, I have three macs right now, Ive had a dozen in the interviening 14 years. I am not ashamed to be associated with kids (anyone who is is being silly, you'd think by eighteen you'd get a grip, I know some 13, 14, and 15-year-olds around here who are ten times as mature as that.) I got a mac when I was kid, worked with PC's in business for years, still do. I never switced, I won't switch.

    That's why you get the young users.:D
  22. slaboda macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2002
    Advertise during cartoons!

    I bought my first Mac when I was 12 years old- it was a Powerbook 180 and it cost about $3200. I had saved for 2 years and cashed in some of my savings bonds, too.

    Aside from that personal anecdote, I can say that getting kids to nag their parents about wha they absolutely must have creates huge sales for toy companies. Why not Apple too? After all, my Mac is really just an expensive toy. I can't count how many times parents have asked me what computer to buy for their kid- wouldn't it be great if the kids just asked for a Mac?
  23. drastik macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2002
  24. G4scott macrumors 68020


    Jan 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I don't think the ad is targeted at kids. The ad is targeted at everyone.

    It appeals to parents, because their kids could be doing something more than blow things up with their computer.

    It appeals to people who want to do more with their computers. "If a kid can do it easily, so can I"

    It appeals to pee-cee users who can't do all of that with a pee-cee, or they can't do it easily.
  25. wilhelmd macrumors member

    Jan 19, 2002
    Not-so-far-from-Oslo, Norway
    Re: Re: Apple Advertisements Part 3: Kids

    So that means ... that Arn is about 12? :)

    "La de små barn komme til meg, hindre dem ikke". That's Norwegian, for those who don't compute it.

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