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Old Spice continues their journey into bizarre with Nature commercials

Old Spice has a new line of products which are all inspired by nature. Their new smells – Timber, Amber and Citron – are featured in some new Old Spice ads which continue the company’s descent into the bizarre. A while back, we praised Old Spice for breaking the mold and trying new ideas. Their commercials were brilliantly creative and even incredibly executed, but since then...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

This 1-800-Contacts ad is cringeworthy

This 1-800-Contacts commercial is just awful. Nun’s are not supposed to be this self-absorbed and superficial. I’m sure they were going for humor here, but they missed the mark on this one so badly it’s painful to watch. There is little else to say about this one.  The nun is right though – the other people suffering more than the dude in the body cast are those of us who...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Terrific ad from Fox for the Women’s World Cup

The Women’s World Cup is coming and Fox is promoting the event with an outstanding commercial highlighting both the men’s team and the women’s team. It’s not over. The post Terrific ad from Fox for the Women’s World Cup appeared first on Awful Advertisements.
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February 22, 2015  |  Discuss

This is SportsCenter ad reveals the identity of the Super Bowl sharks

You could devote an entire marketing class to the This is SportsCenter commercials. The latest proves how you can take a rather simple concept and turn it into something brilliant if you act fast enough. This ad reveals who were in those infamous shark costumes at the Super Bowl. It all makes so much sense now. The post This is SportsCenter ad reveals the identity of the Super Bowl...
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February 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 49

Super Bowl 49 was a pretty exciting one on the field. Unfortunately, the same enthusiasm we saw in the tight game between the Patriots and Seahawks didn’t translate to the commercials during the breaks. It was a weird, weird Super Bowl as far as ads go. Some seriously depressing topics (horrible parenting, dead children, etc) were covered while only a handful of ads delivered any...
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February 02, 2015  |  Discuss

St. Louis saw an ad with a song about a heroin overdose during the Super Bowl

Did you think this year’s Super Bowl ads were depressing? We did too, but the St. Louis area received an extra dose of depression with an odd song about heroin overdoses. Enjoy your Super Bowl party, everyone! Here’s a kid dying from heroin! The post St. Louis saw an ad with a song about a heroin overdose during the Super Bowl appeared first on Awful Advertisements.
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February 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Cremation company has one messed up print ad

Funeral homes and cremation companies have to be extremely delicate with their marketing strategies. The topic of death is one most people want to avoid completely, so seeing an ad about it usually makes everyone pretty uncomfortable. Now, here’s a terrific example of what you should NOT do if you’re a cremation company. Presenting the most bizarre cremation ad you’ve ever...
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January 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Super Bowl Commercial Hall of Fame

Since people watch the Super Bowl as much for the commercials as they do the game and halftime show, we decided to come up with a Super Bowl Commercial Hall of Fame. What are the best of the best commercials that have aired during football’s biggest night? So below, we present the 20 that made our Hall of Fame – ranking would be too hard and arbitrary, so we’re calling it the...
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January 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Who is the most unlikely Super Bowl XLIX advertiser?

Many companies that haven’t traditionally bought ads for the Super Bowl will be jumping into the market this year. Companies like The Verge, Squarespace and Wix are all getting into the ad race in one way or the other but one company will be making history with their Super Bowl ad and they might be the most unlikely Super Bowl advertiser of all-time. The South American country...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Buying Super Bowl ads in small markets can be a winning strategy

It costs $4.5 million to get a 30 second commercial aired during the Super Bowl. That amount immediately excludes many companies from considering taking the plunge into Super Bowl advertising but some companies have been thinking outside the box in order to get their products noticed during (and after) the big game. Old Milwaukee used an interesting strategy to build quite a buzz...
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January 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Ten Super Bowl commercials already unveiled

Many people look forward to the Super Bowl not because of the game but because of the commercials. These spots cost big money and a growing trend is companies releasing their commercials early in hopes of getting some extra bang for their buck. Personally, I’m not a fan of companies releasing the ads early as the unveil during the big game is what makes them special but I can...
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January 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Zumba commercial plagues Flint, Michigan

It’s time to look at things on the local level. Some of our favorite awful ads are the ones only a small demographic get to enjoy. Remember this incredibly bad mall commercial song from Missouri? Perfect example of crappy advertising on the local level. This time we’re turning our attention to the Flint, Michigan area. To be totally fair, this won’t be the worst local ad you...
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January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Dannon Oikos Yogurt hires Cam Newton, fires John Stamos

The days of John Stamos pitching Dannon Oikos Yogurt are over. The company announced that they have dumped Stamos and instead have hired Cam Newton in an attempt to appeal to a larger male audience. Newton has already appeared in an ad for the brand: Why dump Uncle Jesse? Via Ad Age: We have ended our relationship with John Stamos. We had a great run with him,” said Art D’Elia...
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January 05, 2015  |  Discuss

We hate your company if your online ad does this

Online banner ads are a necessary evil. If you’re a website, they help in paying the bills and keeping the site up and running. In exchange, the owner of the ad gains exposure and eyes on their product or brand. That’s the deal. We have a big problem the moment the online banner ad interferes with the intended purpose of the website. We’re not talking about pop-up ads as everyone...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Welch’s ditches children for talking grapes

Welch’s has been using cute children to promote their products for ages. While their old promotions are still up and running to our knowledge, Welch’s opted to move in a different direction to promote the benefits of their grape juice and how it compares to wine. This more mature subject wouldn’t be appropriate with children actors, so Welch’s went with the next best thing...
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December 21, 2014  |  Discuss

No one is this happy shopping with Kmart

Kmart wants to show how happy people are when they use the company’s free in-store pickup service. The service, one which is fairly common among big box retailers, apparently makes this family so happy that they can’t help but dance. And dance. And dance. So much dancing. Ugh. The lady’s dance moves are painful. They’re almost as painful as the premise which assumes people...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Arby’s has Pepsi!

Arby’s has an agreement with Pepsi to mention the soft drink company in two commercials a year. Apparently they forgot (oops) and wanted to make amends by dedicating an entire 30-second spot to Pepsi. The result is possibly the best commercial Arby’s has ever made. We’re not sure of the exact details of the contract between Pepsi and Arby’s, so we’re not sure how genuine...
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December 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Microsoft Surface butchers Winter Wonderland

We’re starting to sound like a broken record here at Awful Ads. Why is it that every major retailer is trying to come up with a cutesy, 30-second spot loaded with singing? Why is it that most ads feature singers without any kind of singing experience? We digress. Microsoft Surface is the latest to break our “no singing in advertisements” rule. Here they butcher Winter Wonderland...
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November 28, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis bar promotes itself by mocking Ferguson unrest

If you’re planning to market yourself by mocking a polarizing topic, you’d best be ready for some major backlash. One St. Louis bar, The Dubliner, made this mistake by posting a comment mocking the situation in Ferguson. The Tweet in question was quickly deleted, but here’s what it said along with one reaction: With the Ferguson decision coming out, you can imagine how the...
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November 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt ad features some brutal singing

We have a simple rule here at Awful Advertisements: Don’t sing in your commercial. Even if you hire the most talented singers and have a catchy beat or clever lyrics, it’s not going to work in your advertisement. Jingles are one thing, but a full television spot loaded with singing is usually a recipe for disaster. Wendy’s has an ad which perfectly illustrates this point. ...
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November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

This Steelers parody of the 90s Dream Phone commercial is epic

“It’s like a Steelers game, but with better calls.” (Although, 7-4 and 2nd in the AFC North is nothing to scoff at.) How can you not love this parody of the 90′s cheesetastic Dream Phone game? There are so many unanswered questions – will Le’Veon get more weed? How did the Ray Rice card end up in the game? Will owner Dan Rooney turn out to be Prince Charming? By the...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

South Park mocks alcohol commercials

Do you find it silly when a commercial for beer or some form of alcohol comes on and it shows a wild night and unbelievable situations only to end with a “Please Drink Responsibly” disclaimer? It’s as if you’re supposed to ignore the crazy, loud scene you just watched and tone it down a notch. It turns out the brilliant minds at South Park had a similar idea. Presenting the...
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November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Commercials with Larry Culpepper, the Dr. Pepper Guy, are painful to watch

Dr. Pepper has a new face for their franchise and it’s an awkward, annoying guy named Larry Culpepper. Larry, the Dr. Pepper Guy, may resemble that uncle you always dread seeing on family holidays and now he’s pitching Dr. Pepper in a loud and annoying way. He claims to be the inventor of the playoff system and goes to extreme lengths to let you know. To make matters worse, Dr...
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November 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Progressive introduces Flo’s family and they’re all played by Flo

If you’re not a fan of Progressive’s character Flo, you’re going to hate this new commercial which introduces us to the spokeswoman’s family. That’s because every single member of Flo’s family is played by the same actress who plays Flo. Think of this as some sort of bizarre Thanksgiving at the Klumps, except one family member keeps blabbing about insurance. “I’ve...
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November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Big Lots puts a nail in our Holiday spirit

Big Lots is trying to show all of us that they’re the best location for Holiday decorations, gifts and products. They decided the best way to illustrate this point is a song in which singers talk about how they’re #NailingThis. Watch the one-minute spot if you haven’t seen it: As always, we fall back on one of the biggest sins in advertising: Don’t sing. Yes, these actresses...
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November 09, 2014  |  Discuss
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