Tickets don't grow on trees. Well, in StubHub's world they do and the trees that grow them are pure nightmare fuel. Sure, you can get tickets to the next big game but you'll have to put up with a tree we feel might be a few acorns short, if you catch our drift, hanging out in your backyard. Was it really necessary to give him a lazy eye and an odd speech pattern? We can only imagine how annoying this Ticket Oak would be on the 360+ days you don't need to buy tickets and how he'd continually interrupt your backyard activities by making odd comments and hitting on your neighbors. No thanks, StubHub. This is one tree we'd chop.
Everyone knows someone who "hates" Facebook. Whether it is on Twitter or someone you actually know in real life, everyone has that person that has to be anti-Facebook. Most of the time, that person also has an active Facebook profile but continues to bash it. I could name names of popular Twitter users who do nothing but bitch and moan about Facebook yet depend on it to spread their content, but I won't. I'll be the bigger blogger.
Phil Hartman speaking in monotone? Check. Phil Hartman dressed in drag not once but twice within five seconds? Check. Outdated technology that crashed and burned before ever lifting off the ground? Check, check and check.
The CD-i was an odd CD-ROM, video game, computer hybrid. The idea was to give customers a more interactive CD player without the actual cost of having a full computer. The system most closely resembled a video game console but that's if we're being kind and loose with labels. The CD-i was a disaster, often described as being one of the worst gaming consoles ever produced. At the very least, CD-i gave us some memorable and somewhat disturbing commercials for what turned out to be one of the biggest technological failures in recent memory.
The marketing strategy deployed by Wonderful Pistachios was originally a clever, entertaining ploy. The concept of showing how different celebrities / icons crack their pistachios was an opportunity to make the rather boring idea of eating pistachios into humorous jabs at pop culture. For a while, it worked. Now as the cycle continues with little change, the concept is beyond played out.
We enjoyed the spots using the Winklevoss (Winklevii) twins and the one with Keyboard Cat, but the recent wave of spots feel more forced, more annoying and worst of all, less entertaining. The idea of seeing how people open their pistachios has lost its spark and originality. It's time for a new idea, Wonderful Pistachios.
The worst offenders can be seen below.
The Village People - Nothing says nuts like the Village People.
These lengthy Kirk Herbstreit ads for Allstate are... well... head scratchers. Herbie's job here appears to be a pitchman for Allstate's 60 Seconds of Mayhem. But if you watch the entire 228 seconds in both spots, you won't have any idea how to take part in it, or what 60 Seconds of Mayhem is aside from a couple cool prizes. You will learn a great deal about Herbie's Bingo scandal and a grisly episode involving lumberjacks though.
As far as an effective ad, Allstate doesn't pass the test. You can't make folks Google search "60 Second of Mayhem" to find out what exactly it is you're doing. As a concept, the Kirk Herbstreit Apology Tour is mildly amusing, if only for the over-the-top irony of the straightest of straight-laced ESPN analysts being involved in Bingo and lumberjack scandals. You won't laugh, but you may chuckle or give a wry smile a time or two. Herbie's decent in these spots, but he's a much better and more effective ad-libber. I prefer his more natural, spontaneous reactions as seen in the "Kirk Herbstreit Earthquake Face" and "Lee Corso drops an f*** bomb on Gameday."
Nintendo is ramping up their marketing campaign for the 3DS and their approach might surprise you. Instead of targeting gamers, Nintendo is trying to target non-gamers in two spots that feature Gabby Douglass and Dianna Agron. By tackling non-gamers, Nintendo is seemingly trying to tackle the market that's currently pursuing iPads, Kindles and other tablet devices - an extremely difficult demographic to corner. Will it pay off?
I am an iPhone user. I have tried the Android phones and had nothing but bad luck. I love my iPhone and have had zero problems with it in the last year*. With that being said, I love a good ribbing about how attached to my iPhone I am. For instance, the new Samsung Galaxy S III commercial that poked fun of iPhone users waiting in line was hysterically well put together. But sometimes companies miss the mark.
In their latest ad Google is asking - practically begging - Android users to try out Google+ on their mobile devices. Google+, otherwise known as the Google experiment that still hasn't gotten off the ground, brings some cool features to the Android. Will it be enough to make Google+ relevant? Probably not.
If you're at a picnic and want to capture some memories, Google+ and Android can help. All of your friends' photos will now appear in one place. A cool idea, in theory, aside from the fact none of my friends are on Google+. Also, there's bound to be that one guy (usually me) that posts candid, random photos simply to add some humor to the stream.
Your friends can connect from wherever they are. Like Jamie Le in the ad above that couldn't make the picnic because she...had to sit in a coffee shop of some sort. Geez, thanks for bailing Jamie. I suppose she didn't want to sit on a blanket while all of her friends were glued to their phones, trying to upload photos. Whatever happened to actually enjoying the moment instead of trying to capture it virtually?
The Google+ hangout is also seen but there isn't a major difference (in the ad at least) between it and Apple's Face Time. Google does a lot of things right but it'll need more than just this ad if it ever hopes to make Google+ a force in the industry.