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Beef jerky ad has Stephen A. Smith living in Richard Sherman’s stomach

Are you familiar with the little voice in your stomach? You know, the one that tells you you’re hungry or suddenly has you craving a specific type of food? According to an ad from Oberto Beef Jerky, that little voice may belong to Stephen A. Smith. At least it will if you’re Richard Sherman. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPshxL2On2Q Interesting role for Smith. It’s also pretty...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

What’s the deal with these YouTube commercials?

You’ve probably seen some of YouTube’s recent commercials which highlight various channels and individuals on their network. For instance, here’s one about Bethany Mota, a woman with a channel based around fashion, makeup and DIY tips. There are a few others out there which follow this same format. We’re left asking a question which sounds like it’s the start of some Seinfeld...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Sam’s Furniture mimics Fallon & Timberlake skit, fails miserably

Local commercials are bad by definition. It’s when they try to be something more than they are, or try to copy an idea from pop culture, that they enter a truly special category of awful. You might remember this skit from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake which makes fun of how often people use hashtags and how absolutely pointless they all are. It was pretty solid and as of the...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

GEICO heads in yet another new direction with “One Headlight” ad

It’s almost impossible to keep track of all of the different marketing and advertising strategies and campaigns GEICO is using to sell insurance. There’s the pig, the gecko, the camel and a host of others. You can add yet another to the list as GEICO rolls out an ad pitching their motorcycle insurance set to the tune of “One Headlight” by The Wallflowers. At the very least...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jack in the Box keeps trying to be edgy with Company Picnic ad

Jack in the Box has tried to be edgy with some of their advertisements in the past. If you remember, the company ran this ad for a few months discussing how size matters. It wasn’t funny or particularly clever, but it was noteworthy enough to get people talking. This time Jack is back and he’s trying to make women feel uncomfortable at a company picnic. Again, not original,...
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April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

BMO Harris Bank can’t afford images for their ads

BMO Harris Bank is a pretty large bank. They reportedly have over 600 branches across the entire country, with approximately 1,300 ATMs dotting the map. They’re not the largest bank, but they’re certainly not the smallest. You’d think a bank, or a company for that matter, this size would be able to afford some images in their marketing budget. Apparently that’s not the case...
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April 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Poo-Pourri is apparently a real thing

Do you suffer from Second Hand Stink? What is that, you ask? It’s when your significant other uses the bathroom and you have to suffer through the unpleasant aftermath. Apparently there’s a product designed to combat just that. Meet Poo-Purri: Here’s how you use it: Spritz the bowl before-you-go and no one else will ever know! Now that’s a slogan. But wait! There’s more...
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April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

HBO GO: Watch far, far away from your parents

Have you ever been watching TV and an awkward scene comes on right as your mom/dad/grandparent walks in the room? Of course you have. It’s happened to just about everyone. Those moments are, unfortunately, unforgettable. HBO, specifically HBO GO, is looking to save you from those awkward moments. This is probably a bit too relatable for some of you out there. You might not be...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The painful red couch song from McDonald’s

The random red couch commercial from McDonald’s is horrible. Specifically, the song about the random red couch and the Dollar Menu is one that’s excruciatingly painful to hear. If you’ve been spared from this commercial to date, here’s what you’re missing: Just awful. If you’re an advertiser thinking of trying to use a witty song in a commercial, don’t. There’s usually...
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April 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Billboard for rabbit pizza is made from real rabbit

How would you market your new rabbit pizza? If you’re Hell Pizza, a chain located in New Zealand, you use a billboard and attach a bunch of rabbit pelts to it. Real rabbit on your pizza and real rabbit on your billboard. A perfect match, we suppose. As you might imagine, the billboard has been met with mixed reactions. Here’s a statement from the company about the billboard:...
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April 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Gatorade makes Bryce Harper extra juicy

Gatorade Fierce is trying to position itself as the ultimate sports drink. Apparently that means commercials depicting Bryce Harper as one juicy, Gatorade-covered player. It also means baseballs which morph into Harper’s screaming face. The whole thing is … interesting. It’s actually pretty much the same ad we’ve seen for ages from Gatorade, but this time everyone is dripping...
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April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Denmark had some creative marketing for Game of Thrones

The new season of Game of Thrones didn’t really need any marketing. Despite that fact, we saw several online videos and commercials promoting the show. In Denmark, the Game of Thrones marketing was a bit more creative. Now you have a place to tie up your dragon when you pop in the grocery store.   Apparently in Denmark there are parking signs for dogs. That’s pretty awesome...
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April 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Danica Patrick on steroids isn’t the best marketing tool

Go Daddy loves the bizarre. Their Super Bowl ad featured Danica Patrick as a bodybuilder running down the street. It was odd and it didn’t make us want to run out and buy some domains from the company. The Patrick angle was an unusual shift from Go Daddy’s usual sex-filled spots. It appears to be one the company is running with, even away from the TV set. I have no idea wtf GoDaddy...
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April 12, 2014  |  Discuss

We’re judging you, Planet Fitness Selfie High Five Guy

Planet Fitness is trying to market itself as the gym with new equipment, low prices and no judgement. It’s not a bad angle, but it’s a shame they’ve rolled out these ads with people so lame we can’t help but judge. And judge we shall! Selfie is already a tiresome word. Sure, there’s been a handful of creative, noteworthy selfies, but the vast majority are just transparent...
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April 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Taco Bell’s Afternoon Delight is kind of like Arrested Development

Taco Bell is one of hundreds of chains trying to capitalize on the Happy Hour concept. It’s an attempt to boost sales during a slow period of the day (2pm-5pm) despite the fact the usual idea of Happy Hour involves alcohol and hanging out in an establishment which is nothing like Taco Bell. With all of that in mind, here’s Taco Bell’s ad titled Afternoon Delight. And yes, it...
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April 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Reese’s misspells their own slogan

We’re usually pretty supportive of Reese’s. Their commercials are basic, yet they always capture our attention and keep us entertained. Due to their simple nature and limited text, you’d expect the ads to be perfect – especially when it comes to spelling. That’s not quite the case. Watch for their slogan at the very end of this video. It’s brief, but at the end you...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Bubba Watson’s “This is SportsCenter” commercials

In honor of The Masters starting in just a handful of days, ESPN unveiled a couple new “This is SportsCenter” commercials featuring Bubba Watson. Watch as Watson and his caddie attempt to navigate the office while avoiding a treacherous obstacle. In another spot, Watson answers the age-old question about where all those tiny golf pencils come from. Oh, and he’s one annoying...
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April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Pepsi debuts campaign for the 2014 World Cup

Pepsi has unveiled their ad campaign for the 2014 World Cup. In a spot titled “Now is What You Make It”, Pepsi showcases some of the game’s best players during an interesting commercial which offers a fresh take on a familiar David Bowie song. Watch as Robin van Persie, David Luiz, Sergio Ramos, Sergio Agüero, Jack Wilshere and Leo Messi enjoy the Janelle Monáe spin on...
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April 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Nike debuts 2014 World Cup commercial

Nike has unveiled their 2014 World Cup slogan – Risk Everything – as well as their first commercial which features Neymar, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo. The spot shows the three players traveling to their game, passing by hordes of screaming fans and countless flags, banners and jerseys supporting their native country. Chalk this up as another awesome soccer commercial...
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April 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Skittles Cloud ads prove they aren’t even trying

It must be a pretty cushy job being in charge of marketing and advertising for Skittles. Why? Because you could put just about any ridiculous thing you can think of on TV and seemingly no one objects. Skittles has been using some weird commercials for quite some time. From Skittles acne to Skittles teeth, the company has been using the formula that anything and everything works,...
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March 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Emirates shows off their fancy plane with Pele and Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo and Pele star in a new commercial for Emirates which shows off one of the airliner’s fanciest planes. Ronaldo steps out of the shower – yes, on a plane – and waits for a drink at the bar. Again, still on a plane. Two other passengers comment on his legendary soccer skills, but Ronaldo soon realizes they aren’t talking about him. Pele once again steals the...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Ronald McDonald loves Taco Bell’s breakfast

Taco Bell is desperate to prove that their new breakfast items, including a taco made out of a waffle, is better than some of the other breakfast options out there. They company has set out to do this by using one of the oldest tricks in the book – a bit of wordplay. Watch as Ronald McDonald (lots of them) support Taco Bell’s breakfast menu. Get it, Taco Bell is making it sound...
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March 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Snickers: Australian construction workers shout empowering messages

You’re not you when you’re hungry. That’s been the message we’ve seen from Snickers for quite some time, but now the company has brought the message to life in an interesting Australian stunt. Here some Aussie construction workers ditch their stereotypical catcalls and whistles and instead shouted empowering statements to the women below. It’s kind of interesting seeing...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Sprint adds a hamster to their Framily Plan

Sprint’s Friends & Family plan is a pretty cool concept. Sure, the vast majority of us would have absolutely no use for 10 lines on the same plan, but it’s nice to have the option. Unfortunately, Spring really dropped the ball when it came to marketing the plan. Framily. Sprint committed the unforgivable act of creating an annoying buzzword for their package. It’s as if...
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March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pringles and their imaginary dip

New Pringles Tortillas are apparently so good that they’re best eaten plain. Evidently, no dip is required. Instead of just coming out and showing how good the chips are and how they’re superior to chips loaded with dip, Pringles decided to make their consumers look like they have some sort of disorder. Behold – Imaginary dip. Talk about two extremely dumb individuals. These...
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March 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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