Archive for the ‘Advertising Matters’ Category

I am the wineman, they are the winemen, I am the…

Last week I pointed to a hideous ad for Schenley’s whiskey that ran in Life mag­a­zine in 1947. It was notable for its attempts to use a cutesy car­toon char­ac­ter to sell alco­hol. Well, goo-goo-g’joob.

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Schenley caused hallucinations in readers

Never heard of this whiskey before today, and given the ad that sur­faced at Retro Press I think I can see why. Follow along with me as I reveal the night­mare to you, but only in pieces at a time, lest your mind be over­whelmed by too much ghast­li­ness at once and you be dri­ven into the nether­est regions […]

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Why SUVs and their owners deserve the same fate

A Colombian ad agency, pro­mot­ing the Chevy Tahoe, has come up with an image that both sums up the mind­set of SUV own­ers, and illus­trates why the SUV can’t die soon enough: [Text reads, “The street is yours.”] And still Chevrolet can’t under­stand why their brand­ing and mes­sage are obsolete.

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Christard threats spread overseas

I’m not about to try to min­i­mize the Muslim-​​​​backed insan­ity in Mumbai; I just thought I’d point out that Islam isn’t the only Abrahamic reli­gion that has a vir­u­lent fun­da­men­tal­ist streak. While this poster adver­tis­ing a bible camp in New Delhi isn’t as totally obnox­ious as some Christard efforts I’ve seen, it’s up there. “If you don’t want to […]

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This one works in a different way.

My only ques­tion after see­ing the end­ing is why was she unbut­ton­ing his jeans for him? Find more videos like this on AdGabber A fine one from AdRants.

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Sometimes it works

Pain Without Borders offers a somber and effec­tive reminder in this minute-​​​​long piece. Via Ads of the World.

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Was Campbell’s using lead-​​sealed cans?

That actu­ally used to hap­pen, you know — soup and other cans were sealed with lead. One has to won­der if per­haps that wasn’t the sealant used for this prod­uct, espe­cially given the mod­els’ expres­sions of abjectly mani­a­cal glee. In fact if the prod­uct weren’t vis­i­ble, you’d have to won­der exactly what this woman was doing to […]

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FinallyFast: Pretty slow

OK, take a look at this com­mer­cial. See if you notice any­thing wrong, apart from the pres­ence of enough cheese to bind a goat. Pay atten­tion to the talk­ing heads — or, more par­tic­u­larly, the hard­ware they’re run­ning: While FinallyFast​.com might or might not offer a prod­uct that’s of merit, their com­mer­cial is of dubi­ous value, since it […]

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Rendered to its absolute basics

A car­di­nal rule of adver­tis­ing is that sex sells. This might not seem sen­si­ble when one is con­tem­plat­ing, say, Little Debbie snack cakes,1 but it’s hard to ignore the fact that Mr. Clean is rather buff. While it might seem sen­si­ble to extol the virtues of a given prod­uct over another — per­for­mance, for instance, or […]

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Set phasers on stunning

Earlier in the year the dojo had a Literary Extravaganza to raise money for tour­na­ment fees. We’re doing it again on November 8th, this time to get non­per­ish­able food for dona­tions. What’s nice is that a trio of per­for­mance artists from Flagstaff, Spoken Circus, will be there per­form­ing. Last time I saw some­thing that impres­sive was in the […]

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Pepsi: OMG FTW

Couple weeks back news sur­faced that Pepsi was plan­ning to change their logo from the stan­dard roundel-​​​​with-​​​​a-​​​​stripe to some­thing … well, lop­sided and fugly. Brand New has the scoop, and wow, is this thing just bad. Pepsi alleges that the mark is meant to resem­ble a “smile”. Well, it doesn’t. It’s off bal­ance, the pro­por­tions are […]

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Nice little posters

Venezia Café in Romania is pro­mot­ing wire­less ser­vices in a fun way, one that appeals to the typog­ra­phy geek in me. Now that we’ve exhausted emoti­cons, I sup­pose emotibev­er­ages are really the next fron­tier. I’m a lit­tle bummed that some­one beat me to this, though I wouldn’t have much use for it any­way except to pro­mote the hospital’s cafe­te­ria… Via.

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