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Bad Buzz — Lean Pocket, Heavy on the Ham

I wonder how my Bavarian brothers will feel about their rich history as told by… um… Lean Pockets. “Filled with meaty goodness, just like me?” Oh, Bruder.


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A Banner Ad by Any Other Name Would Suck as Much…

So I stumbled across this banner ad, obviously a “unique” advertisement for Philadelphia tourism. Interesting, because I just so happened to talk about an ad campaign for St. Louis tourism that was particularly unique not more than a week ago… let’s compare, shall we?

Now, granted, it’s not too bad of a banner in itself. In fact, I was intrigued enough (does it help that I write ads for a living?) to click through, naturally expecting to find a payoff for the question posed. Not only could I not even click through (literally. no action occurred on click), but after I actually typed in the URL (which 99.999992% of your audience will NOT do – even if their lives were in jeopardy), there was no pay off, no acknowledgement that I followed the ad, hell, not even ONE mention of the ad at all.

Now, the site is nice, sure (I’m not going to link to it, for that would just help these lazy fools out by increasing site hits)… but there’s a very basic understanding between advertisers and all us poor slobs: if you come upon that very rare formula that gets us to take interest with your ad versus one of the other 300 or so we see every hour, DO SOMETHING WITH IT! Phew. Okee.

So there’s really no point in comparing this ad to the well executed, well defined and well differentiated one for St. Louis. I guess let’s just chalk this up to a weekly bitch-out session on what not to do with your audience’s very very very (99.99992%) limited attention.

Plus, I didn’t really want to go to Philly anyway.


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Best of the Bad Buzz – Pepsi Throwback

Throw it back?

Ok, by now we’ve all seen the commercials a million times: Pepsi + montages of classic and contemporary sports + current pop stars covering Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young”. Thanks for banging us over the head with the “we were there then, we’re still here now” mantra, Peps.

Overall, the spots are not bad. Sure, they play them ever five seconds, but they have some great old footage, creative splicing and a toe-tapping song.

But here’s the thing that gets them into the bad buzz hall of fame: the product. Pepsi is proudly touting its ‘throwback’ version of the teeth-rottingly-sweet cola and, as the tagline says, it’s “Made with REAL sugar for a limited time!” Whoa. WOWZA! I can let real sugar help me rack up thousands of dollars of dentist bills and develop type 2 diabetes instead of corn syrup. Sign me up, Pepsi!

I mean, come on. That’s like if Germany’s national tagline was, “Germany: Holocaust free for over 60 years!” Jawohl!

Sorry Pepsi, nice try. I do like how you stuck with the today-yesteryear dichotomy, but I’m not buying it, so therefore I’m not buying it.


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