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Richard Sherman stars in hilarious Jurassic World promo

Sometimes promo videos combine two subjects that shouldn’t mix well together, yet totally work. Case in point, this new promo for Jurassic World by ESPN took previously seen trailer footage for the film, and put in Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman. The results are pretty hilarious. Watch Sherman entering Jurassic Park. This is a lot of fun and honestly, pretty well...
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June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Apparently covering your bathtub in plastic will change your life

There are a ton of different companies and ads that promise a new bathroom when you cover up the old one with plastic. The concept is pretty simple – add some thick plastic and you instantly have an updated, “custom” bathtub. Your old fixtures are still there, but out of sight and out of mind. Kind of a silly product, right? Isn’t your tub now smaller due to the added plastic...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Target releases beautiful ad supporting Pride

Pride Month is underway and with it Target has released a very beautiful and poignant ad promoting inclusivity. The ad is titled ‘Take Pride’ and Target’s message on their YouTube page says “Pride isn’t something any of us were born with. It is something we take, by finding purpose in every challenge, experience, victory and feeling. Join us as we celebrate and take pride...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Entourage’s Ari Gold is back in new Cadillac commercials

On the heels of the new Entourage film, based on the HBO television series of the same name, Cadillac has released a series of teaser ads featuring the show’s most popular character Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven). In the spots Gold talks about how he’s OK with his retirement, when throughout the ad he’s miserable. See him sporting a sad face in Italy, while he’s doing many popular...
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June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

This Kobe Bryant and Lionel Messi spot named best YouTube video of the decade

YouTube has named its best advertisement of the decade. The ad Kobe vs. Messi: The Selfie Shootout, by Turkish Airlines has received the honor based on public vote, and that makes perfect sense. The spot features Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and FC Barecelona’s Lionel Messi, two of the highest profiled and paid athletes on the planet, both of whom have massive North American...
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June 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Block your ears, Splatoon’s new commercial will melt your insides

First of all, Splatoon is a bad name for a game. I don’t care if it’s an animated paint shooting game that involves paint splatter and cartoons, find a different name. More importantly, don’t advertise the game with some of the most annoying music ever created. Ok, take a few seconds to recover. I get that Nintendo’s market is kids and being flashy and colorful is important...
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June 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Buzzfeed’s Purina Commercial is surprisingly enjoyable

What happens when a moustachioed hipster decides on a whim to adopt a puppy? A Purina dog food ad of course! This spot produced by Buzzfeed does a very solid job as coming off as a short video, opposed to being an actual advertisement. Make no mistake – Purina logos are everywhere and there are links to products in the video’s description. This is definitely an advert, albeit...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnsonville sausage commercial shows the meaning of ‘family’

Johnsonville released a new commercial for Brat Original sausages and it’s pretty funny. The premise behind the spot is at what seems to be a family get together, a big mobster looking guy tells a smaller scared guy about how once they share eating sausages, they become more like family. Since they are family, the mobster lookalike insists the other guy’s got to hide something...
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May 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Adobe Marketing Cloud hits close to home at Awful Ads

As a member of the Internet, I understand that page views, clicks, and ‘likes’ are what fuel web-based advertising sales, however I don’t think about it often. For those whose full time job is creating content and running a website, getting those clicks and such can keep them awake at night. Here at Bloguin, we can attest that these shady operations that promise clicks and...
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May 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Delta takes us back to memes we don’t care about in safety video

Nostalgia is a wildly popular thing in advertising these days. Do you know what I’m not ready for? YouTube nostalgia. Delta feels differently about that, as they’ve made a safety video featuring a bunch of memes and YouTube phenomenons. Appearing in order are Keyboard Cat, Double Rainbow Guy, Annoying Orange, Roomba Cat, Rahat’s Prank, Evolution of Dance, Slow Mo Guy...
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May 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Payless needs to stop screaming about sandals

Payless ShoeSource has a deal so good that they can’t help but yell. Actually, that’s not true. They took things one annoying step further and decided that the best way to discuss their 1/2 off sandals is by yelling through a megaphone. There are some simple rules advertisers should never break: 1. Don’t bother singing in your ad. Roughly 99.9% of the time it’s awful and...
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May 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Colonel Sanders is back and the results are mixed

I’ve talked about fast food restaurants needlessly reviving dated characters in hopes of making them modern. It seems to be a huge trend in advertising. If they can reboot a movie, why can’t they reboot a commercial? McDonald’s inexplicably brought back the Hamburglar this month with a series of bad advertisements that put a damper on his revival. Well, it’s KFC’s turn...
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May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Justin Timberlake’s tequila brand gets wacky

In the liquor industry, getting your name out there is the best way to make your brand succeed. There are so many competitors for shelf space that some companies will do whatever it takes to set themselves apart. Even Justin Timberlake’s tequila, Sauza 901, had to go all out to separate themselves from the pack.  JT features in this funny and bizarre ad however not in the way...
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May 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Mercedes-Benz really wants you to know it’s in Jurrasic World

Mercedes-Benz must have a serious sponsorship deal with the upcoming Jurrasic Park installment Jurassic World because they’re about to be featured heavily in it. They’ve released a series of promotional photos and videos, which really try hard to connect the car to the Jurassic universe. Producer Frank Marshall really give it his all to tie in the new Mercedes GLE 450 AMG Coupé saying...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Bionicle – Don’t Mess with a sure thing

I noticed a commercial for Lego’s “Bionicle” sets when my nephew was watching TV the other day, and it brought back memories of my own childhood obsession with them. It got me thinking about Bionicle’s introduction (in 2001, which seems like a long, long time ago now…), and just how well-done it was: Commercials for kids’ toys follow pretty predictable patterns, so it’s...
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May 17, 2015  |  Discuss

The Hamburglar is back – Does anybody care?

It’s been mentioned a ton on this site before, but nostalgia in advertising is currently what’s hot. McDonald’s has jumped on this trend by reintroducing a character that’s long been a part of their history – of course I’m talking about The Hamburglar. The Hamburglar initially appeared in 1971 as part of McDonald’s Mcdonaldland community. Decked out head to toe in stripes...
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May 14, 2015  |  Discuss

State Farm taps into SNL history yet again with Coneheads commercial

Saturday Night Live has produced a bevy of films. Some of them were successful such as Wayne’s World, Superstar, & The Blues Brothers, others such as It’s Pat, Stuart Saves His Family and The Ladies Man, not so much. Somewhere in the middle is the film Coneheads. The film is somewhat of a cult classic. The movie based off the SNL sketches, was about Aliens with cone...
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May 11, 2015  |  Discuss

This bonkers Flex Seal Colors ad features an actual truck submarine

Have you ever watched an advertisement thinking it’s completely normal, when all the sudden you’re floored by something ridiculous that happens suddenly? Well if so, we’ve got a special treat for you. Flex Seal Colors, a product that paints and seals simultaneously, released this crazy advertisement. After a fairly vanilla start, about 45 seconds in things take a turn for the...
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May 09, 2015  |  Discuss

A closer look at Burger King crashing the big fight

According to Fortune, Burger King paid Floyd Mayweather $1 million dollars to have BK’s mascot, The King, appear in the boxer’s entourage. I am fully aware that by writing this I am assisting Burger King’s goal to cause a stir on the Internet and falling, so perhaps I can take a different direction than the other million blogs about this. I’ve discussed Burger King before...
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May 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Dora sells insurance for GEICO

GEICO makes funny commercials – it’s what it does. So it makes sense that a decade after starting main stream advertising they have no trouble finding a new slogan and a few funny commercials to go along with it. From “It’s So Simple a Caveman Could Do It” to its current “It’s What You Do,” GEICO has been successful at making funny ads that politely remind us that...
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May 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Bud Light releases and ceases rape-suggestive beer slogan

Bud Light has found themselves in a bit of hot water over with their latest #UpForWatever campaign. Their brand of Anheuser-Busch beer was printed with the line, “The perfect beer for removing ‘No’ from your vocabulary for the night,” which can easily be interpreted to being about the blurred lines of rape. That’s not exactly something a company wants to be associated...
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April 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Footlocker and Pacquiao get meta

It’s really happening! Six years in the making Pacquiao and Mayweather are finally fighting. Pacquiao might be too old to win, but he can still cash in on that sweet, sweet guaranteed fight payout of $60 million. So why exactly is he in a a footlocker ad? He’s wondering the same thing. The ad pokes fun at the wishy washy nature of Mayweather’s decision to fight Pacquiao. Pacquiao...
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April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Jeff Goldblum is mesmerizing in weird yet successful Apartments.com campaign

Apartments.com has proven weird advertising campaigns can work. The website has launched a series of successful advertisements featuring Jurassic Park actor Jeff Goldblum playing fictional Silicon Valley maverick Brad Bellflower. The push was to promote their new site redesign and features, as they’ve invested more than $100 million into the campaign and have blitzed the ads...
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April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Multiple Nick Lacheys star in confusing Twix ad

It’s weird to think about, but at one point in time Nick Lachey was one of the biggest stars in the world. He was the breakout star of 90’s boy band 98 Degrees, spurning out hits like Because of You and The Hardest Thing. After his music career slowly faded away, he became one of the first big reality stars, starring with his then-wife singer Jessica Simpson in Newlyweds...
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April 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Benedict Cumberbatch stars in bizarre Chinese commercial

Have you ever watched a celebrity starring commercial and immediately thought, if the spot didn’t have said celebrity it in than it would have no chance of making it to air? Well, that can easily be said about this Benedict Cumberbatch MG advert. This bizarre Chinese spot features the Oscar-nominated actor in Sherlock mode, investigating and having visions about driving an orange...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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