Commercial Video And TV Commercials Are But Distant Cousins

Advertising is home of the loud, land of the brash. That’s why Adam Lisagor, “advertising’s quietest pitchman,” is a hit. He’s quiet and that’s the kind of thing that stands out amid the noise.

Let’s take a look:

According to Fast Company, Lisagor is now shooting TV spots, as well.

The transition–from the sometimes-insular online world to the bigger, brasher universe of TV–might have been inevitable, but it still gives Lisagor pause. He’s entering the land of oversell, after all, and he doesn’t intend to change his voice to match. “It’s going to be a brutal learning process,” he says. “There’s a crucial difference between doing these for the web and for TV. On the web, somebody’s watching it because they were curious enough to click. On TV, you’re always a disruption. You’re a necessary evil, and all you can do is be the best necessary evil you can be.”

The web is also a perfect place for demonstrations. On TV you have to get in and get out–your storytelling canvas is visual haiku.

About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • MediaFiche

    “your storytelling canvas is visual haiku”


    • David Burn

      Thanks for noticing! Always fun to work a little poetry in.

  • Sam Urai

    Actually, TV is the perfect place for demonstrations, as evidenced by infomercials and those hideous paid programs. It’s just more expensive than digital, from a media placement standpoint. Your storytelling canvas can become a financial seppuku.