Five Super Bowl Commercials Worth Revisiting

I am not an ad critic, but I play one on the Internets; ergo, you are no doubt chomping at the bit for my report on last night’s Adverganza. Sorry to keep you waiting… WORST IDEA WITH THE BEST EXECUTION: VW BEST SOCIAL MEDIA EXTENSION: OREO See how cookies v. cream plays out on Instagram. […]

Super Bowl Spots: Jeep Versus Dodge RAM And My Dual Reaction

Here’s the one and only question I’ve been pondering about last night’s Super Bowl TV spots: Why was I instantly smitten with the Dodge RAM “So God Made A Farmer” spot but thought the Jeep “Whole Again” soldier tribute spot was crass and exploitative? I’m speaking of my immediate, visceral reaction to both commercials, which […]

Cyborg Hottie Kicks Nerd In Gonads, Nerd Does A Dance

I am far from impressed with this year’s crop of Super Bowl commercials. As entertainment most fall flat. As ads they fail completely. “Stay calm, there’s a Century 21 agent in the house.” “Come on get happy.” “Gladys is going to start you on a chocolate I.V.” Regardless, there is one Super Bowl spot I […]

A Superbowl Sunday Story of Dentures and Hard Shell Tacos

Super Bowl ads are no longer ads, per se. Ads drive purchase intent. Super Bowl “ads” cost millions to make and $4 million to run once, but they’re not ads, they’re little movies meant to entertain inebriated and distracted audiences at parties. Here’s one from Deutsch/LA and Taco Bell that doesn’t exactly possess appetite appeal: […]

Paid Post: “Crash the Super Bowl” Contest To Award $5 Mil. In Prize Money

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Editor’s Note: This is a sponsored post, bought and paid for by the Doritos brand. Baseball, for many fans, has faded from view. The NHL has contract issues, and many foresee another cancellation of an entire hockey season. Basketball, meh. This time of year means one thing, football. As we quickly approach midseason, the ad […]

Guest Post: Transcend the TV Spot For An Even Bigger Win

Editor’s Intro: Charlie Quirk, a strategist at Wunderman in Seattle, believes Chrysler might have gotten better mileage from its epic Super Bowl spot this year, had they chosen to play the story out in different channels, instead of just relying on TV and replays on YouTube. A little over six weeks have passed since Super […]

Pepsi Says “You’re Fired”

Pepsi was the choice of a new generation and a foundational client for many in Adlandia. But some of those ad pros are being handed their jocks this week, as Pepsi prunes its list of North American agencies on the roster from from 150 to about 50. In related news, CEO Indra Nooyi also said […]

Social Is Another Channel Entirely

Old Milwaukee rolled out a new TV commercial starring comedian Will Ferrell during the Super Bowl. You probably didn’t see it though, as it only ran in one place–the country’s second-smallest TV market, North Platte, Neb. According to BusinessWeek, despite its tiny TV audience, the Old Milwaukee ad managed to outperform some of the nationally […]