Would You Buy The S7 Because of Lil Wayne? – The Death Of Celebrity Advertisements.

For long, have always thought about the influence that celebrity endorsements in adverts has on me ( the end consumer ) and to be honest have not really bought anything because a celebrity endorsed it. Have always opted in for something or a product only in any of these situations:

  • When a close person recommends it.
  • I like and need the features of the product.
  • Have been able to “borrow” it and have a feel of it.

I would love to admit that although I find most of the ads “interesting and funny” for example the Samsung Ad featuring Lil Wayne where he pours champagne on his Samsung S7 to show it is water resistant. ( haven’t seen the ad? Please watch below. *You are welcome* )


Have always thought of it as the “brands” making the “celebrities” more rich and popular and not like the celebrity making the brands increase sales and stuff. I get it, have got a cold heart and am hard to please but I have a strong feeling that the same applies to a large number of consumers out there.

I did some reading before writing this post and I saw that majority of the articles said that for a celebrity endorsed advert to really convert, it has to be a good match between the celebrity and the product i.e Celebrity X’s personality and lifestyle should complement Product Y. True but…

The modern day consumers are far different from the ones years ago that would jump to use a product because a celebrity endorses it. They are now more learned and inquisitive than ever before, although still a “cry-baby” – they are hard to impress and do not want products pushed at them even from a celebrity. I think brands are beginning to know this hence the types of ads that we see recently are mostly geared towards making the ads go viral, funny ads and not to “selly selly” ads ( I don’t know if selly selly is a word but in my Hustle dictionary, it means not trying too hard to sell 🙂 ). I believe that brands always forget that just because an ad is incredibly popular, funny and/or viral doesn’t mean that it’s going to be effective with customers.

I want to also believe that the shift or like I called it in the tittle “The Death Of Celebrity Endorsement” came as a result of the introduction of social media. Today’s consumer is now more informed, time-compressed, and difficult to impress, and they are only influenced by ads that are relevant and provide information and are more likely to be influenced by someone in their social network than a weak celebrity connection. This new customer behavior has brought about a new “style” of marketing called “Influencer Marketing“, where businesses and brands make use of people that have a large following [or influence] on social media to spread the word about their new product or service, I believe this is a winner because for a very long time people have always been more likely to buy or try something through word of mouth from someone they trust, feel is human [not like celebs are not human…but am sure you get the gist] and someone in their social circle. The good news is that – it is affordable for small business owners and startups and it is likely to have a higher ROI [Return On Investment]

So this brings me to the below questions:

Is celebrity endorsed adverts dead?

Do You buy a product after seeing an ad?

Do you remember the product or you remember the celebrity?

I would love your take on this piece. Comment On!!! Cheers.

Tags : celebrity marketinginfluencer marketinglil wayne s7 advertsamsung s7 advert
Daniel Damilola Nejo

The author Daniel Damilola Nejo

Daniel Damilola Nejo is a London based creative designer with love for the 'behind the scenes' of top businesses and brands. His thirst for understanding how his skills in Web/Digital designs can be used to make businesses better influenced his decision to get his Masters in Business Information Systems Management at the prestigious Middlesex University in London. He is a hustler and a forward thinking individual, he works with startups, businesses and individuals around the world as a digital designer & a brand developer. Founder: Presidential Ideas, Monkey Startup UK, London Gym Spotter.


  1. first of all, nice write up.
    second, I wont buy just because lil wayne or olamide and co endorse
    I would only buy if whoever makes the the product appeal to my emotions.
    lastly – bro… “selly selly”, for real?

    1. Hi Dumtochi…many thanks for reading the post.
      Am excited that am not the only one with that point of view. Like you rightly said, I also won’t buy a product just because a celeb endorsed it ( cos I know they only do that when they are paid to ) but rather if and when the product appeals to my emotions.
      “Selly Selly” 🙂 we need to tell Oxford dictionary to add that word 🙂

  2. I think the reason they use the celebrities is to stylishly bring awareness to the product which may(not) improve sales.
    Celebrity endorsement isn’t dead. How best can consumers be told the exceptional qualities of a new product especially when they (consumers) don’t go online to look for it? That’s why they (manufacturers) bring it to you, then they don’t want you to easily forget, so they make you see a hard-to-forget celebrity which will always remind you that this product has ‘these features’..
    I personally don’t buy products cos a celebrity uses it. I buy it if I like it or if it meets my needs.
    Do I remember the product or the celebrity?….hmm, Sincerely, first the celebrity, then the product.

  3. Hey Bunmi! Great point sir! 🙂
    The reason i said “Celebrity Endorsement is dead” is because like you pointed out, people and yourself mostly do not buy a product because of the celebrity endorsing it , they buy it cos they like it or need the features.
    But if we are talking about Celebrity Endorsements making us aware of a product ( and its feature ) and remembering the ad, it still works but for converting into sales, it rarely does these days because we ( the modern consumer ) are more knowledgeable and are more likely to opt-in for a product if advertised to us by someone in our social circle ( hence the birth of Influencer Marketing; you should read about that, i think its the next thing!
    Super thanks for reading the blog and commenting, means a lot!

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