Wendy's ups the stupidity in fire extinguisher ad

Wendy's is out to prove that Wendy, their spokeswoman, works with the biggest group of morons on the planet. In an effort to promote their Spicy Chipotle Sandwiches, the company created yet another annoying commercial where Wendy is the smug, brilliant individual surrounded by incompetent coworkers.  1. Where does Wendy work and why do they employ such morons? ...
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January 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Applebee's promotes their Under 550 Calorie Entrees with bizarre GIF ad

The latest trend seen in various television commercials is the usage of GIFs. To be clear, the advertisements try to incorporate the popular way to share media online in their commercial by showing one action repeated over and over through looping video. The results have been disastrous. We first ripped on Kmart. Now our attention shifts to Applebee's.  As if the food at...
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January 01, 2014  |  Discuss

JBL Synchros headphones call out Beats by Dre

Beats by Dre has been mostly unchallenged in the audio and headphones market. If you've been following along the last couple of years, you've probably noticed tons and tons of Beats commercials. Those commercials are pretty awful, but that's not the point of this article. JBL Synchros headphones has called out Beats by Dre. In a commercial promoting their new headphones...
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December 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Nike's epic Olympic hockey commercial

Nike is trying to make hockey fans forget that they're the ones responsible for some of the worst hockey uniforms the sport has ever seen. To do this, they've rolled out one of the most epic hockey commercials we've seen in quite some time. Considering just how impressive the NHL's advertising has been over the last several years, that's really saying something...
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December 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Gatorade celebrates Peyton Manning's 51 TD passes

Gatorade wanted to celebrate Peyton Manning's 51 touchdown passes. There were a number of ways they could do this, but they chose one of the more creative routes. The company took images from each and every touchdown pass and combined them into one nearly seamless video.  The result was a fantastic tip of the cap to their spokesman.  Great stuff. Sure, it's...
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December 24, 2013  |  Discuss

Terrell Owens shows his love for Philly Cheesesteaks

Carl's Jr. has a Philly Cheesesteak Burger which combines thinly sliced steak and the usual Philly Cheesesteak toppings with one of their Thickburgers. In order to promote this artery clogger, Carl's Jr. called on a man despised in Philly - Terrell Owens.  The result is a commercial with a few laughs and some major boobage.  Well, at least they haven't...
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December 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Awful Classics: 1980's Coors Light commercial

Coors Light commercials weren't always about a speeding silver bullet train randomly bursting through city landscapes. Instead, commercials focused on relationships and encounters in the local tavern. The bartender was your friend and everyone bonded over Coors Light. Talk about your slice of '80s nostalgia. It's also worth pointing out the completely different...
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December 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kmart's holiday sequel to Ship My Pants

Kmart's ads are almost bipolar. We've praised the Ship My Pants, Big Gas Savings and Yo Mama commercials, but then we've been forced to ridicule the store's bizarre and completely humorless holiday GIF commercials.  After their spectacular holiday flop, Kmart decided to call on and old, yet successful strategy: Shipping pants. This time they added a Christmas...
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December 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Florida Orange Juice wants you to miss your flight

Florida Orange Juice is trying to show all of us that a tall glass of orange juice is the perfect way to start a hectic day. Unfortunately, they decided to explain this to a poor flight attendant as she rushed to catch her flight. We know you need to make this flight, but wait right here as we explain the joys of orange juice.  Thanks for making that woman late for her...
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December 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Meet the SpongeBob USPS mailbox

The United States Postal Service is turning some of their mailboxes yellow for a new promotion with Nickelodeon. In an effort to promote SpongeBob, the USPS will allow several of their mailboxes around the country to be transformed into versions of the beloved cartoon character.  You can find a SpongeBob mailbox in these cities: Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas,...
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December 12, 2013  |  Discuss

SpaghettiOs Tweets about Pearl Harbor and it doesn't go well

SpaghettiOs tried a bit of real-time marketing on December 6th in honor of the anniversary of Pearl Harbor on December 7th. The brand Tweeted out a message of remembrance with a photo of a SpaghettiO holding an American flag. On paper, this probably sounded like a good idea. In practice, this was an epic failure.  Real-time marketing is risky. The goal is to make your brand...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Which brands will advertise during Super Bowl XLVIII?

Fox has officially sold all of their in-game advertising time for Super Bowl XLVIII. Commercials were expected to cost roughly $3.8 million for just 30 seconds of time. Since the price of ads during the game are always ridiculously expensive, it's always interesting seeing which companies pony up and make an appearance during the big game.  Three major categories are represented...
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December 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Nike dares you to be Brazilian for the World Cup

Nobody plays soccer quite like Brazil. For better or worse, the country always produces an extremely entertaining style of soccer which often leaves spectators speechless. As the host country for the 2014 World Cup, Brazil is one of the big favorites and Nike wanted to show just how special the team can be.  What follows is a fascinating display of creative brilliance.  ...
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December 03, 2013  |  Discuss

Kmart's annoying repeating grandma

We've given Kmart a lot of praise over the last several months. With commercials based around "yo mamma" jokes and pronunciation humor, we believed the retailer had raised the bar for traditionally boring, humorless commercials from big-box stores.  That belief has been shattered. Kmart rolled out this...thing...which depicts a grandma acting crazy. In reality...
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November 26, 2013  |  Discuss

We want to toss Tidy Cats' litter commercial out

Tidy Cats created a new lightweight cat litter. It's actually a pretty brilliant idea considering how bulky and heavy a container of cat litter can be, but unfortunately the marketing around the new product isn't as intelligent.  "Hey! Toss me that litter." The previous sentence is the heart and soul behind a commercial which is so atrocious that we want to...
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November 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Nissan has a clever print ad to support the CFL

Nissan is a proud sponsor of the Canadian Football League. How do they elect to show their pride, you ask? By creating a rather clever print ad which illustrates how things are a little bit ... different ... in the CFL. Let's just say the Gatorade showers are a bit more painful in the CFL.  It's a fun print ad from Nissan, but it's kind of hard to tell what the ad...
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November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield hug it out in amazing Foot Locker ad

Foot Locker has come through with one of the best commercials you'll see in sports or anywhere.  In the spot, Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving looks ahead to Foot Locker's Week of Greatness by imagining what might happen when all is right in the world.  It includes Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield hugging it out, Dennis Rodman flying to North Korea and not coming...
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November 19, 2013  |  Discuss

NBA Christmas Day ad features Jingle Hoops

I know, it's the middle of November and it's way too early to be talking about Christmas.  It's not even Thanksgiving yet!  But hey, I've already endured my first snowfall of the winter and the local oldies station has been playing Christmas music since Labor Day, so we better just accept it and move on. In the sports world, the NBA owns Christmas Day with 5...
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November 15, 2013  |  Discuss

Jean-Claude Van Damme's awesome stunt for Volvo

Jean-Claude Van Damme's stunt to show off Volvo's dynamic steering is phenomenal. Van Damme performs the splits, his trademark move, between two moving Volvo trucks. The trucks slowly part and Van Damme is left doing the splits between them as they move backwards down the street while Enya's "Only Time" plays.  Wow.  Great stuff from Van Damme...
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November 14, 2013  |  Discuss

Kellogg's UK appears to hold hungry kids hostage

Kellogg's UK probably had some pretty genuine intentions when they created a social media campaign which would donate food to a needy child each time their post was Retweeted. Unfortunately, the idea which might have seemed positive on paper came off as greedy and insensitive.  The company pledged to donate one meal for every Retweet they received on the post you see in...
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November 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Meet the North Carolina Education Lottery gift horse

Pretend you're the North Carolina Education Lottery. How would you promote yourself around the holidays? There's a slim chance you said a mythical creature which helps you decide which gifts you should buy for your family, but odds are good that you have a functioning brain and you came up with a strategy which actually makes sense.  Meet the Gift Horse - an idea that...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

Meet the Snack Pack Pudding truck

Snack Pack pudding was directly linked to your popularity growing up. If you had Snack Pack at lunch, people wanted to be your friend. If someone forgot to pack it in your lunch, anger ensued. Has that changed? Do kids still love Snack Pack?  That was the question asked in this Snack Pack commercial where the company sent out a truck to sell pudding. Using the same style and...
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November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

A DieHard battery will help you escape a zombie attack

When the zombie apocalypse arrives, you better hope your car has a battery you can count on when things get messy. That's the message from this DieHard battery commercial which cashes in on the current zombie phenomenon.  Here we see two survivors, one man and one woman, desperately trying to escape swarming zombies. The man more or less ditches the woman and makes his...
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November 01, 2013  |  Discuss

This Red Bull Vampire commercial is ....

Maybe because it's Halloween Red Bull thought they could get away with this nonsense, but not since the Herbal Essences orgasm in the airplane bathroom have I seen a commercial so pointless. And that's saying something. Exactly how is this promoting Red Bull? "Red Bull gives you wings but I didn't drink it, so it's irrelevant, please allow me to suck blood our...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss

Toys"R"Us turns a boring field trip into a day filled with toys

Toys"R"Us tricked a large group of children into thinking they were going on a field trip to learn about trees. Almost as soon as the kids were loaded on the bus, the yawns started rolling in. But wait! These kids weren't really going to learn about trees. Instead, they were going to Toys"R"Us to spend time playing with toys.  Pure excitement follows...
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October 31, 2013  |  Discuss
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