Say hello to the latest annoying advertising trend

Waving hand emoji on a blue background
(Image credit: Future owns)

Copywriting is a complex art, and for every seemingly conversational tagline or tweet, there's a million-page Tone of Voice Guidelines document. But just like designers, copywriters clearly aren't immune from the power of creative trends.

Copywriting authority Vikki Ross has put together a (presumably not exhaustive) list of brand taglines starting with the words "Say hello to...", and, yep, there are loads. From the new iPhone to, er, Lego Spice Girls, it seems anyone and everyone wants to make like Adele and say hello. (Looking for more advertising inspiration? Check out the best print ads of all time.)

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Virgin Atlantic wants us to say hello to Virgin Red. Apple wants us to say hello to the new iMac. Starbuck wants us to say hello to the new Iced Shaken Espresso. Currys wants us to say hello to Currys. Talk about an attention economy.

Apple iMac ad featuring the words 'Say hello.'

Hello. (Image credit: Apple)

This isn't the first copywriting trend Ross has pointed out on Twitter. Last year, she drew our attention (below) to the fact that the likes of McDonald's, John Lewis and many, many more are all just trying to live in the moment, man. 

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Indeed, it's almost as though copywriters are... copying each other? Still, the worlds of marketing and advertising are always going to trend-driven, and when one trope reaches saturation point, it'll be replaced by another. In other words, it'll probably soon be time to say goodbye to hello. If you want to get ahead of the curve, take a look at the hottest graphic design trends for 2023.

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Daniel Piper
Senior News Editor

Daniel Piper is Creative Bloq’s Senior News Editor. As the brand’s Apple authority, he covers all things Mac, iPhone, iPad and the rest. He also reports on the worlds of design, branding and tech. Daniel joined Future in 2020 (an eventful year, to say the least) after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more. Outside of Future, Daniel is a global poetry slam champion and has performed at festivals including Latitude, Bestival and more. He is the author of Arbitrary and Unnecessary: The Selected Works of Daniel Piper (Selected by Daniel Piper).