You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Serbia’ tag.


My next goal in life: create the best country branding campaign for Bulgaria!

But until then, let me show you what one of our favorite neighbors, Serbia, came up with their 2011 campaign. This marketing campaign puts a very innovative twist on country branding. Instead of focusing on historical, natural, and architectural sites as most such promotional videos do, Serbia has chosen to focus entirely on food.

They are very smart to do so because the Balkan cuisine is one of the most delicious in the world (I’m being objective here, honestly)! And although most of the foods they present here are common to several Balkan countries, Serbia has succeeded in personalizing this spot and making it feel unique. My only little critique is that I wish they had put typical Goran Bregovic rhythms in the background!

The message of the video is very clear: Serbia has great food produced in a clean, sustainable way. The country is heaven for those seeking an authentic food experience, village tourism or bio tourism. The simplicity of Serbian (and Balkan) cuisine is what makes it so tasty: fresh, natural ingredients that are full of flavor, juices, and aromas.  Notice that the spot is focusing on the ingredients themselves rather than the meals that can be prepared with them: so once again, it’s about the simple pleasures in life… in Serbia.

This promo video is a delight to the eye, to the taste buds, and to the soul, and I hope it attracts many tourists to Serbia!

… But, as I was looking through some forums regarding the above video, I came upon another promotional video, this time from out other beloved neighbor, Macedonia. The two videos, unfortunately, are surprisingly similar. The Macedonian one is from 2010 and once again represents a journey through the country as a journey through honey, wine, succulent meats, and enticing spices. The voice over says: Македония, мала земя, голема храна. Македония, вечна. – Macedonia, small country, great food. Macedonia, timeless.

Eh, what can I say… I guess we on the Balkans are not so creative after all… Which video do you like more?

You might also enjoy:

Branding Romania: Creative Ads

Bulgaria: Magic Lives Here. The campaign the whole nation dislikes. 

Socialism Sells: What makes Soc-themed ads so successful in Bulgaria

Dimitar Berbatov, The Brand

Advertisements

Goran Bregovic‘s performance at the Balkan Music Awards 2011 took place in Alexander Batemberg Square in Sofia and  finished an hour ago!

The Balkan Music Awards featured performances by top singers from Greece, Serbia, Romania, Turkey, Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Bulgaria . There was also a stage appearance by the queen of roma music and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Esma Redzhepova.

The concert culminated with the sounds of the enigmatic Balkan musician Goran Bregovic and his Weddings and Funerals Orchestra! His first song was called “Presidente, halo!” and the second, a collaboration between him and Gypsy Kings, “Balkanjeros”.  The entire crowd went wild! Everyone was dancing! It was a true celebration of the Balkan spirit!

However, the event didn’t go entirely perfect. Only minutes before Goran Bregovic came up on stage and announced that he was dedicating his pieces to his beloved roma people, a fight between roma and Bulgarian boys had erupted near where I stood. I don’t know which gang provoked the conflict, and luckily the police intervened (although with quite a delay), but it was still very unpleasant to see signs of ethnic tension during a show that was meant to unite the peoples from the Balkans.

Keep making your music Goran because it transcends differences and connects people!

This video is not from tonight, but this is the Balkanjeros song, so enjoy!

Enter your email address to subscribe to Zikata's blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 71 other followers

Follow me on Twitter!

Share this Blog

Share |
October 2017
M T W T F S S
« Jul    
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Read it? Rate it!

RSS Getting curious:

  • Broadcast TV Report Card: NFL, 'This Is Us,' 'The Good Doctor' Are Out-Kicking the Coverage
    Given the lift "This Is Us" last season saw in the currency data, advertisers such as T.J. Maxx, Universal Pictures and Chevrolet that have been big backers of the show are likely to get even more bang for their marketing buck. Assuming that a week of time-shifted viewing will add another seven-tenths of a ratings point to the "This Is Us […]
  • DA: Ad Tech CEO Charged With Felony Attacks on His Own Kids
    Zainali "Zain" Jaffer, CEO of ad tech company Vungle, was charged with a slew of felonies involving his 3-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter in San Mateo County, California on Tuesday, according to police.Officers responded to Jaffer's home in the 1000 block of Lancaster Road in Hillsborough, California on Sunday at about 4 a.m., Steve Wagst […]
  • Ad Age Ad Lib Podcast: Neil Vogel's Adventures as an Accidental Publisher
    .podcast iframe { width: 640px; Continue reading at AdAge.com
  • Agency Brief: Marriage, Mangoes and The Milwaukee Bucks
    Happy Friday! It's already two-thirds the way through the month, so stock up on Oktoberfest brews and watch some scary movies this weekend before it's too late. (Don't worry, pumpkin spice is here to stay for another month).Fashion flashbackAbercrombie & Fitch, with the help of agency partners The Richards Group and PMG, is coming out of t […]
  • Building Branded Voice Experiences: 6 Things to Know
    In 2017, more than 24.5 million voice-based devices will be shipped to consumers -- effectively quadrupling from just 6.5 million in 2016. And as adoption continues to explode, the technology itself will continue to evolve and grow more advanced.For advertisers, this is a huge opportunity. Voice-assistant technology unlocks a new form of "always-on […]

Your Green Eyes

Ad