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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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6 days ago  |  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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17 days ago  |  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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22 days ago  |  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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29 days ago  |  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

Here’s a video highlighting all of the phony ads in movies

Do you enjoy the phony ads for fake products you see in movies? If so, the folks over at Screen Junkies have a treat for you. They’ve compiled a collection of some of the best and most memorable ads we’ve seen across the years in some classic films. From Goodfellas and Anchorman to Tommy Boy and Talladega Nights, we’ve seen some terrific ad parodies and now we can all enjoy...
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November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Walmart deploys Holiday ads with Melissa Joan Hart and Anthony Anderson

It’s that time of the year. Stores have already rolled out their Holiday products and now it’s time for Holiday ads to litter the airwaves. Walmart is the latest major brand to push out their ads for the Holiday season and if these are any indication, we’re in for a long couple months. It looks like the theme this year is some sort of mock TV program called the Walmart Holiday...
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November 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare’s intense live action ad

We’ve come to expect a lot from Call of Duty when it comes to advertisements. Back in 2012, we were treated to a live action ad with Robert Downey Jr. and a series of other movie and Internet celebrities for Black Ops 2. It was awesome. The following year saw a fairly underwhelming ad campaign for Ghosts, which means the franchise needed to pull out a bigger performance for Advanced...
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October 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Progressive’s hand puppet is a new form of crazy

If we were to tell you that Progressive rolled out an ad without Flo, most of our readers would be pretty pleased. Well, the company did just that, but unfortunately their latest creation is just the latest insult to the world of marketing and advertising. While there’s no Flo, there is the Flo hand puppet which we think is just as bad, if not worse. Prepare to lose some brain...
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October 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Budweiser’s ad against drunk driving is brilliant

Ad campaigns advising against drinking and driving are nothing new. A quick Google search tells me that MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) has been around since 1980 – so yeah, not a new concept by any means. I remember those campaigns back in the late 1990′s maybe where they would open with those home videos of people all happy and celebrating and then say something like,...
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October 22, 2014  |  Discuss

IKEA recreates tricycle scene from The Shining

IKEA Singapore has raised the bar for Halloween advertisements. Instead of following the path of nearly every other company out there and producing a lame, low-effort piece of Halloween garbage, IKEA Singapore made a brilliant parody of the infamous tricycle scene from The Shining. We can’t praise this ad enough. It’s relevant in time for Halloween, it promotes unique features...
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October 21, 2014  |  Discuss

This Smashburger ad is full of cringe

If you live in an area with a Smashburger, you may have seen this cringe-worthy ad. Smashburger, a burger chain which actually makes a really delicious burger, has been using an ad which is difficult to sit through and deserves to be mocked. So. Awkward. No one needs to hear how this woman likes her men to be big, juicy and named Angus. Apparently your burger is also life, liberty...
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October 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Virgin America’s six-hour ad is intentionally boring

Would you watch an ad which is nearly six hours long? Virgin America is betting that you won’t even though they just rolled out an ad which clocks in at five hours and 46 minutes. The ad, if it can really be called that, highlights flying at its worst. Told with mannequins (extremely creepy ones at that), the ad shows the nightmarish hell that a long flight can be. Watch – or...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Columbus Day Classic: The Mattress Depot sale

I have to admit, unearthing this Columbus Day Classic on YouTube was inspired by John Oliver’s recent video asking “Why is Columbus Day still a thing?”  Columbus Day is a bit perplexing in that it’s not widely celebrated, the vast majority of people aren’t even given the day off, Columbus didn’t actually “discover” America (it had already been in existence for quite...
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October 13, 2014  |  Discuss

This Charlotte Hornets comeback commercial is heavy on nostalgia

After a long, strange odyssey, the Charlotte Hornets have finally returned.  It took a move to New Orleans, an expansion franchise, and not one but two nickname changes to make it happen.  But finally, after many years, an NBA team named the Charlotte Hornets will be playing in the Association once again. Check out this local commercial commemorating the occasion that tells the...
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October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Arby’s, please stop running the King’s Hawaiian BBQ Brisket ad

Arby’s new sandwich, the King’s Hawaiian BBQ Brisket, features smoked brisket, pickles and something called Smoky Q Sauce on a King’s Hawaiian bun. Odds are you already knew this because Arby’s apparently bought every commercial slot available for what seems like weeks, if not months. Here’s the ad if it has somehow eluded you: Quickly, let’s hit on the fact Arby...
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October 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Unfortunate ad for a company with an unfortunate name

You have to feel bad for the companies out there who have the name, or go by the abbreviation of ISIS. Not too long ago, those four letters didn’t stand for much in North America, but now they represent a terror organization that has become a household name. We’ve already seen smaller companies change their names, but larger companies and organizations are pretty much out of...
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October 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Grab some Skittles and have a bromance with a giant spider

Skittles commercials are pretty freaking weird and that’s an understatement. With that in mind, Skittles may have stepped their game up for their Halloween offering. A bromance with a giant spider quickly turns into something a bit more sinister. It has to be fun being in charge of the marketing and advertising for Skittles. Any concept or idea you can think of, regardless of...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Feel free to drive distracted with the Infiniti Q50

New technology has allowed various car companies to roll out a wave of safety features designed to make sure you arrive at your destination safely. The idea is that the new features (blind spot detector, etc.) will work along with your normal driving skills, not replace them. Apparently someone forgot to tell Infiniti’s marketing department that concept. Feel free to drive like...
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September 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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