Issue Advertising with a Serious Message

This is really just a link to a collection of ads on another blog. They’re definitely worth checking out. See them here:

Advertising Which Tells us Something Serious



Groupon Sadly Pulls New Ad Campaign

When the first ad in this campaign aired during the Super Bowl, many people were upset and offended. I’ll admit that when I first saw it, I was a little taken aback. But after I heard Groupon explain the reasoning for creating the campaign (the stars are supposed to come across as idiots), I re-watched the ad and found it quite funny.

Later that week, I saw a new ad in the campaign while watching TV and literally laughed out loud. Rather than describe the commercial, check it out for yourself below:

As of this morning, I learned that Groupon has decided to pull the ads due to the controversy. In my opinion, this flat-out sucks. It is a shame that “political correctness” won the battle because the ads were funny and did an excellent job of explaining Groupon’s service.

But, I suppose there’s nothing that can be done at this point. Hopefully the ads remain online and continue to be passed around. I’d hate for people to miss out on the deforestation ad I posted above, because honestly, it’s f***ing hilarious.

What did you think of the campaign and the commercial? Talk about it in the comments section below!

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Latest Verizon iPhone Ad Touts Network Quality

With pre-orders for the Verizon iPhone selling out in less than a day, I think it’s safe to say the Verizon and Apple have a very successful partnership on their hands. While their have been many commercials from both AT&T and Verizon, each trying to promote their own network’s benefits, I happen to really like this latest one from Verizon.

A few tech blogs have stated that the commercial “slams” AT&T, which to me is a big overstatement. Every time a commercial like this emerges, it always a “slam” on the competitor… and it never really is. For what it’s worth, there is definitely a jab at the AT&T network, but I think the real takeaway is the quality and reliability of Verizon (it’s more of a ‘we’re good’ than a ‘they’re bad’). Either way, it’s a good commercial. Check it out below:

What did you think of the ad? Got any interesting thoughts on the Verizon iPhone? Talk about it in the comments section below!

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Oscar Nominations 2011 Announced Today!

Oscar Awards

This really isn’t about advertising as much as it is about me advertising the Oscars.  I absolutely love them–it’s my Super Bowl. And today, all of the playoff teams were announced.  Here’s the official nomination list on the Oscar site.

I’m sure that I’ll be talking a lot about the list in the next few weeks, so Adam’s Ad Blog may unofficially become Adam’s Entertainment News Blog. Regardless, I’m pumped the list was announced, I’ll be taking some time to really review it, and I’ll be back with some preliminary thoughts in the next few days! Stay Tuned!

In the meantime, if you want to print a ballot list of the nominees, download the PDF here.

CoD: Black Ops – There’s a Soldier in All of Us

I know that it’s old, but I found myself watching this commercial again today and couldn’t figure out why I didn’t blog about it.  Needless to say, it’s one of my favorites.  Check it out:

The commercial is well shot, funny, and a tad confusing at first, but once you get the concept, you realize how awesome it is.  Even without the star studded cast, the commercial shines and does a great job of showing off the entertainment value of the game.  And the music fits so well, too.

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The Panera Last Supper


I’m sitting across from my fiancee in Panera as she enjoys her last bowl of chicken noodle soup. Tomorrow, Panera will be changing the style of their soup; switching to something that they claim to be more healthy. But health is not the issue– deliciousness is. Panera has been split testing the 2 different soup styles for some time now. A friend of mine who works at Panera informed me that the new soup is preforming very poorly and many of the guests prefer for the old soup style. Sadly, and to the disappointment of many, Panera is still deciding to switch to the new soup starting tomorrow.  Is Panera trying to jump on with the latest health trends or are they just trying to save some money by switching to a lower quality and watered down soup?

Whatever the case, it seems to be a bad decision, and an insult to many of Panera’s loyal followers. In my opinion, it’s a marketing failure. In my fiancee’s opinion, it’s a tragedy.

The Verizon iPhone has been Officially Confirmed

Though we’re still in the midst of the press conference, Verizon has confiremed that the Verizon iPhone will launch next month.  Hop over to and you’ll see that they’ve already updated their homepage with the info.  The links are still broken, but all the information should be out later today.  Exciting news!

Verizon iPhone on Verizon Homepage

The Verizon iPhone confirmed on the Verizon Homepage

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