Marketing Code-X

Hard Data

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Excedrin TV commercial

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

Tempra social

HARD DATA” NORM: Quantified proof that the product delivers on its promises.

Advil website

HARD DATA” FORMS: Numbers, equations, graphs and charts, percentages, etc. Quantitative language: “Recommended by 98% of mothers.” “40% more effective.”

From a 2019 study — conducted in partnership with Semiotica Studio — of the TREAT YOUR SYMPTOMS territory (effective, proven treatment of physical symptoms) within Mexico’s Pain Relief category.

Tags: CODE-X, Health & Wellness, Mexico, OTC Medication, Pain Relief