I just watched Microsoftâ€™s first commercial for their Surface tablet. It sucks. I get it: youâ€™re so very proud of that â€œperfect clickâ€ sound you engineered â€“ but thatâ€™s not what you center a commercial around.
This is the Microsoft Surface commercial that I would make.
Opening shot shows an iPad on its home screen. â€œThis is an iPad,â€ starts the voiceover. â€œAll your apps are laid out, ready to launch.â€ The camera zooms in on one of the icons, â€œYou tap here to see your appointments for today.â€ Switch to another icon. â€œTap here to get updates from your friends.â€ Switch to another icon. â€œAnd you can tap here to see the weather â€“ because itâ€™s not actually 73 degrees and sunny.â€
Camera switches to another tablet. This time itâ€™s Surface. â€œThis is the new Microsoft Surface,â€ says the voiceover. â€œAll your apps are laid out, ready to launch.â€ The camera zooms in, showing all the information right on screen that would have required tapping and hunting on the iPad.
â€œBut you donâ€™t need to. Looks like Iâ€™ll need an umbrella for the football game today.â€
Sure, Appleâ€™s new iPod commercial is just as useless as the Surface commercial. But they can get away with that because everyone knows how an iPod works. The Surface is still an unknown to most people. I hope Microsoft gets more serious about their marketing as time goes on.