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Archives for February 2008
“The very first law in advertising is to avoid the concrete promise and cultivate the delightfully vague.” There’s joy in Gotham City today, and more than a little pride, but none of it should be felt by Super Bowl XLII advertisers or their agencies. Last night’s performance was disappointing and instantly forgettable. From heart-warming Budweiser […]
Miller Brewing took out a full page ad in USA TODAY today to congratulate A-B. This is what it says: Dude! Did you really spend $18 million on the big game? Congratulations on your USA TODAY Ad Meter success, Bud Light. This certainly calls for beer. An award winning beer. A beer with more taste […]
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GoDaddy makes a habit of making Super Bowl commercials that don’t air during the Super Bowl. The spot that did air last night promised viewers more if they’d just click over to GoDaddy.com. According to Ad Age, a record two million people took the GoDaddy challenge. “For us, because we’re an internet company and we […]
Check out Bob Garfield’s Monday morning lead: And advertising people wonder why the public views them with contempt. The industry’s annual showcase Sunday featured commercials that peddled soft porn, sold soda pop as a drug, trivialized charitable causes, ridiculed ethnic Americans, terrified small children and contemplated running over a sissy with a car. Garfield makes […]
Well, this year’s CareerBuilder spot finished in the middle of the pack on the USA Today Super Bowl Ad Meter. Here’s more background on CareerBuilder from the Wall Street Journal. The middle of the pack in the Ad Meter? A 5.15, fully 3.72 points behind the freakin’ Clydesdales? This is totally unacceptable. Heads will roll. […]
For once, the big game was much much better than the commercials. Some second half ad rankings… Winners: Cars.com “head shrinker” Vitamin Water “Shaq horseback” Hyundai “reveal” Bud Light “Will Ferrell” Amp Energy Drink “nipple charge” Losers: Ice Breakers “Carmen Electra” E*Trade “baby talk” One of the best spots I saw tonight was a local […]
Winners: Bud Light “cheese wheel” FedEx “pigeons” GMC Yukon “myth of Sisyphus” Garmin “Napoleon” Losers: Toyota “badger” Bud Light “foreign accents” Pepsi “Justin Timberlake promo” Doritos “mousetrap”
David t. Jones provides us with his latest Ad Land (the cartoon).