Monday, June 29, 2009
"Hi, Billy Mays Here!" It saddens me to say that we will never hear that phrase uttered again from such an influential man. It seemed like only yesterday that Billy Mays had started selling Oxiclean. Mays had a lot going for him beyond the infomercials as he had just signed a deal with Taco Bell to pitch for them.
From Oxiclean and Orange Glo to even making jest while pitching espn360.com, Billy Mays was the ultimate pitchman but he was much more to many people.
Our condolences go out to Billy's wife and family; we are very sorry for your loss. We know that he is in a better place doing what he loves to do.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Before allegedly receiving things from her husband's top supporters under the table, Laurie Coleman was peddling the Blo and Go.
The Blo and Go is a product the allows the user to dry their hair while leaving two hands free to style. While the product is most likely helpful to the user; the name may need tweeking from the Pitchmen (Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan).
The name sounds more like a booty call or what presidents do in the oval office. I mean seriously how did she pitch the name to her husband Senator Norm Coleman...
LC "I want to sell my idea, the Blo and Go."
NC "Sound like a great idea but hasn't it been done before? I think they call it a 'booty call.'"
LC "No my hands free hair dryer invention!"
If I had the money I would so buy one, not only for the name but for the actual function.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Have you ever noticed secret sybolism in a television commercial? Or, spectulate what message the advertiser was trying to convey? For example: In the Rozerem commercial below: What do the figures and scene symbolize?
The figures in the commercial all symbolize a different aspect of the guys life that keeps him awake.
The beaver represents work, "busy as a beaver."
President Lincoln represents money.
The old time diver represents the unknown and the fear of change.
Did you catch that when you watched?
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Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I found this odd infomercial on another site.
I guess sleeping on your side is not a good way to sleep because of the lack of support. The creator of the commercial did their best not to make the commercial sexually charged but the ample amount of cleavage did need to be there to demo the product.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Here is a commercial from godaddy.com featuring Danica Patrick in the shower. The hot and steamy commercial, from 2008's Super Bowl, is ended by slap stick comedy.
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Gene Simmons never has a bad day. "Dr. Love" is now promoting Dr. Pepper with cherry or "a KISS of cherry" flavor. Adding to the great commercial was a cameo by The Demon's son, Nicholas Simmons.
Coke's "Happiness Factory" trailer commercial, gives a odd look at the insides of a vending machine and the struggles within. The commercial is appealing. I found it odd that the ruler of the land, inside the machine, was wearing a pink bear outfit... weird.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Since today is wednesday aka "hump day" here is one from godaddy.com that will certainly perk some viewers up.
Godaddy.com has certainly taken selling with sex to a new level. Enjoy.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
This quickly is becoming a new viral video.
The commercial was created for MC Hammer's new show to appear on A&E. We will see if the show holds up with audiences.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
It must be magic or some kind of voodoo that slips into people when they think they can make money without doing anything. Beyond relatives dying or finding a treasure chest this will never happen but why do people still try to find easy money?
There are several ways to make money without too much effort and here are a few of them:
- Sell your used stuff on Ebay or Craigslist
- Start a blog about anything and place ads on it.
- Sell your plasma (it helps burn victims!)
- Become a freelance writer
- Sell your soul to the devil (just kidding!)
This topic does not truely fit within the constructs of the blog foundation but I thought many people might want to read about it or are looking for easy cash. My only thought regarding how this fits into the blog is to bring more thoughts on advertising to the table.
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Wal-Mart blasts competitor with new commercial. The jab at Target is apparent.
Is Wal-mart going for blood now? Target, Wal-mart's main competitor, has had a few unlucky quarters lately and Wal-mart seems to have positioned themselves to kill. It looks that way to me.
My thoughts on the symbolism in the commercial could represent several things. The changing of the colors reminds me of a political ad; red to blue. Could the red and blue mean more than just Target and Walmart?
Rolling back the hands of time to 1950... Is Walmart propositioning Target is Communist?
I don't have enough evidence of it, but it is still speculation.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
PBS... The guy who critiques commercials watches PBS? Yes, it is true, I watch PBS. it gives me a needed break from all the advertising that fills the void between my ears. Moving on, I was on hulu and found a great show that airs on PBS that I would like you to watch.
The show is Scientific American Frontiers and is hosted by Alan Alda. In the posted episode is all about how our mind makes decisions. This reseach will soon infuse to all marketing and even product design.