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.

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Brilliant Advertising with Mr. W

I won’t say much about this ad as not to give away what makes it great, but watch it and enjoy it.  It’s very clever and has a great message:

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Amour Ads – Acting Isn’t Their Strong Suit

While I’m not using this blog to promote adult-entertainment, I will promote an ad for adult-entertainment.  Canadian adult-entertainment network Amour has put together the following spots (several are strung together in the video) to promote their services.  They promote the network’s “strengths” by highlighting their weaknesses- a tactic that would likely not work in any other industry.  Personally, I think they’re hilarious and well done and they have definitely created quite a buzz for the company.  Check out the ads here:

For more information on the ads, and to see a few print ones that accompany the campaign, check out this post on AdFreak.

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Old Spice – Questions

Following up the success of their “The Man Your Man Could Smell Like” commercial, Old Spice has released another ad in the same style.  If you’ve seen the first, there isn’t much to say about the second other than that it’s good.  So enjoy:

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Target + LOST Commercials are Fantastic

Last night I sat down in front of the TV for the series finale of LOST on ABC.  While I had no idea how the show would end, there were two things I was definitely not expecting: (1) that my local ABC station would totally drop the ball and encounter technical difficulties with the TV signal (thanks WEWS…) and (2) the awesome Target commercials that tied right in to the world of LOST.  Given that this is an advertising blog, I’ll be discussing point number 2 (even though the problematic TV signal was a load of garbage).

If you don’t watch LOST, odds are you don’t find the commercials at all funny, but for fans of the series, they were a huge home run.  I watched the finale with 7 of my friends, and everyone loved the Target spots.  They tied in to LOST, were short and to the point, and all-in-all, just plain clever.  I really can’t say much else, so I’ll let the ads speak for themselves. Check them out for yourself below!

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New McDonald’s Ads Revitalize “I’m Lovin’ It”

In my opinion, McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” ads were some of the strongest that the company ever put out.  It may have been that their release coincided with my rising interest in advertising, but the message simplicity and global appeal have made the slogan extremely successful.

Therefore, I was excited to hear that McDonald’s would be bringing back the slogan in the company’s latest batch of TV ads.  Check out my favorite (titled “Proud Papa”) below:

Although the ads don’t feature the slogan as prominently as before (and I will admit that I miss the jingle), I still feel that the message come across thanks to the content of the ad itself.  What better way to highlight on the universal appeal of the slogan than by featuring bears eating McDonald’s? (it may be odd, but it definitely works) Also, the bit at the end about the last fry is perfect.

To see some of the other ads in the new campaign, check out this post on AdAge.

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Ads During LOST Finale will Cost $900K

Rather than plagiarize or re-write the original post, check out this story on Hollywood.com about the cost of advertising during the LOST finale.

Given that the series finale is easily one of the biggest TV events this year, I don’t think that the expensive price tag is all that ridiculous.  Do you think the ads are worth it? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

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