History Horrible / Advertising

11th Jun '17 12:51:13 PM mr3urious
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* Radio ads that utilize car horns, tire screeches, ambulance sirens, or other loud noises, especially for listeners who commute to work. These are the kinds that are startling at best, and accident-causing at worst as they could be confused for real sounds. ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' shows why [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqg5htbYXRg this]] can be a problem, using the long-time transmission repair franchise AAMCO as an example.

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* Radio ads that utilize car horns, tire screeches, ambulance sirens, or other loud noises, especially for listeners who commute to work. These are the kinds that are startling at best, and accident-causing at worst worst, as they could be confused for real sounds. ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' shows why [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqg5htbYXRg this]] can be a problem, using the long-time transmission repair franchise AAMCO as an example.
10th Jun '17 8:50:47 PM mr3urious
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* Radio ads that utilize car horns, tire screeches, ambulance sirens, or other loud noises, especially for listeners who commute to work. These are the kinds that are startling at best, and accident-causing at worst. ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' shows why [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqg5htbYXRg this]] can be a problem, using the long-time transmission repair franchise AAMCO as an example.

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* Radio ads that utilize car horns, tire screeches, ambulance sirens, or other loud noises, especially for listeners who commute to work. These are the kinds that are startling at best, and accident-causing at worst.worst as they could be confused for real sounds. ''Series/CurbYourEnthusiasm'' shows why [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bqg5htbYXRg this]] can be a problem, using the long-time transmission repair franchise AAMCO as an example.
5th Jun '17 7:15:57 AM Josef5678
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* British snack company Walkers launched an automated promotional campaign for the UEFA Champions League final with Gary Lineker by encouraging users to tweet selfies to their account with the EngineeredHashtag '''[=#WalkersWave=]''', where in they would be congratulated by Lineker holding their photo and perform a wave. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[GoneHorriblyWrong Plenty]], as how the Internet is [[{{Troll}} prone to doing]],users hijacked the campaign [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40047816 by tweeted images]] of such notorious individuals as {{serial killer}}s [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred West]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] and disgraced public figures Jimmy Savile and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, resulting in massive embarrassment. Within hours, Walkers wound up deleting the tweets, ending the campaign and [[https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/867794946954149888 issued an apology]]. Gary Lineker himself [[https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/867779684196601856 joked about the gaffe]], saying that he "had an unusual day in some very strange company".

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* British snack company Walkers launched an automated promotional campaign for the UEFA Champions League final with Gary Lineker by encouraging users to tweet selfies to their account with the EngineeredHashtag '''[=#WalkersWave=]''', where in they would be congratulated by Lineker holding their photo and perform a wave. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[GoneHorriblyWrong Plenty]], as how the Internet is [[{{Troll}} prone to doing]],users doing]], users hijacked the campaign [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40047816 by tweeted images]] of such notorious individuals as {{serial killer}}s [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred West]] and [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] Shipman]], and disgraced public figures Jimmy Savile and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, resulting in massive embarrassment. Within hours, Walkers wound up deleting the tweets, ending the campaign and [[https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/867794946954149888 issued an apology]]. Gary Lineker himself [[https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/867779684196601856 joked about the gaffe]], saying that he "had an unusual day in some very strange company".
5th Jun '17 3:11:50 AM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* British snack company Walkers launched an automated promotional campaign for the UEFA Champions League final with Gary Lineker by encouraging users to tweet selfies to their account with the EngineeredHashtag '''[=#WalkersWave=]''', where in they would be congratulated by Lineker holding their photo and perform a wave. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[GoneHorriblyWrong Plenty]], as how the Internet is [[{{Troll}} prone to doing]],users hijacked the campaign [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40047816 by tweeted images]] of such notorious individuals as SerialKillers [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred West]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] and disgraced public figures Jimmy Savile and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, resulting in massive embarrassment. Within hours, Walkers wound up deleting the tweets, ending the campaign and [[https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/867794946954149888 issued an apology]]. Gary Lineker himself [[[[https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/867779684196601856 joked about the gaffe]], saying that he "had an unusual day in some very strange company".

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* British snack company Walkers launched an automated promotional campaign for the UEFA Champions League final with Gary Lineker by encouraging users to tweet selfies to their account with the EngineeredHashtag '''[=#WalkersWave=]''', where in they would be congratulated by Lineker holding their photo and perform a wave. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[GoneHorriblyWrong Plenty]], as how the Internet is [[{{Troll}} prone to doing]],users hijacked the campaign [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40047816 by tweeted images]] of such notorious individuals as SerialKillers {{serial killer}}s [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred West]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] and disgraced public figures Jimmy Savile and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, resulting in massive embarrassment. Within hours, Walkers wound up deleting the tweets, ending the campaign and [[https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/867794946954149888 issued an apology]]. Gary Lineker himself [[[[https://twitter.[[https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/867779684196601856 joked about the gaffe]], saying that he "had an unusual day in some very strange company".
5th Jun '17 3:09:06 AM GiantJumboJellyfish
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* British snack company Walkers launched an automated promotional campaign for the UEFA Champions League final with Gary Lineker by encouraging users to tweet selfies to their account with the EngineeredHashtag '''[=#WalkersWave=]''', where in they would be congratulated by Lineker holding their photo and perform a wave. WhatCouldPossiblyGoWrong? [[GoneHorriblyWrong Plenty]], as how the Internet is [[{{Troll}} prone to doing]],users hijacked the campaign [[http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40047816 by tweeted images]] of such notorious individuals as SerialKillers [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_West Fred West]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman Harold Shipman]] and disgraced public figures Jimmy Savile and Wrestling/ChrisBenoit, resulting in massive embarrassment. Within hours, Walkers wound up deleting the tweets, ending the campaign and [[https://twitter.com/walkers_crisps/status/867794946954149888 issued an apology]]. Gary Lineker himself [[[[https://twitter.com/GaryLineker/status/867779684196601856 joked about the gaffe]], saying that he "had an unusual day in some very strange company".
31st May '17 2:52:29 PM sanfranman91
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* '''UsefulNotes/{{Ouya}}'''[='s=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0ha6Mb5_YQ "Sixty bucks for a game?"]] Packed to the rafters with stereotypes, vulgarity, and gore, the ad hurls insults at consumers of rivaling media yet has little to say about the product it's trying to sell. Nowadays, Ouya are calling NoTrueScotsman on it, despite it having been featured on their official Website/YouTube channel (before the negative reception it got convinced them to set it to Private)... which is probably for the best, as it's apparently driven customers ''away''. It's often seen as one of the many reasons why the once highly-anticipated console wound up flopping badly when it was finally released.

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* '''UsefulNotes/{{Ouya}}'''[='s=] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0ha6Mb5_YQ "Sixty bucks for a game?"]] Packed to the rafters with stereotypes, vulgarity, and gore, the ad hurls insults at consumers of rivaling media yet has little to say about the product it's trying to sell. Nowadays, Ouya are calling NoTrueScotsman on it, despite it having been featured on their official Website/YouTube channel (before the negative reception it got convinced them to set it to Private)... which is was probably for the best, as it's it apparently driven drove customers ''away''. It's often seen as one of The ill-fated ad, along with the many fact that [[Horrible/VideoGamesOther the console itself wasn't very good]], are major reasons why the once highly-anticipated console wound up flopping badly when it was finally released.badly.
25th May '17 5:45:46 PM MikeSparks101
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* '''Burger King''' had their notorious "Where's Herb?" ads in 1985-86. The gimmick was that Herb was a man who had never eaten a Whopper in his life, and customers were to be on the lookout for Herb at their local Burger King for a chance to win $5,000. In addition, customers could get Whoppers for 99 cents if they told the cashier "I'm not Herb." (or if they ''were'' named Herb, that "I'm not the Herb you're looking for."). After initial mass confusion caused by people not being given any hints as to what Herb looked like, he was revealed at a Super Bowl game in January 1986... at which point nobody cared anymore [[note]](though Herb did get to be a guest timekeeper at Wrestling/WrestleMania 2, for all that's worth)[[/note]]. Not helping was a controversy stemming from the fact that a 15-year-old boy spotted Herb at a Burger King in Alabama, but as he was underage the prize had to go to a friend of his who was in the restaurant at the same time, which in turn led to the Alabama state senate declaring consumer fraud. The campaign lasted only three months, and Burger King's profits plummeted by 40% as a result. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this at #42.
* '''David Carlson''' (the politician) launched an attack ad on Kurt Bills during the race for Minnesota's senate. Instead of attacking Bills' stance on important issues, it borders on slander and complains about Kurt Bills being "unelectable" just because he's a supporter of Congressman UsefulNotes/RonPaul, claiming with exaggerated points that America would become a [[CrapsackWorld dystopia]] if Bills won. The ad also uses gratuitous amounts of GodwinsLaw to make a point on why Bills shouldn't be a senator. As a result, it's one of the most disliked political ads of the 2012 election season on Website/YouTube and, unsurprisingly, Carlson lost.

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* '''Burger King''' had their notorious "Where's Herb?" ads in 1985-86. The gimmick was that Herb was a man who had never eaten a Whopper in his life, and customers were to be on the lookout for Herb at their local Burger King for a chance to win $5,000. In addition, customers could get Whoppers for 99 cents if they told the cashier "I'm not Herb." (or if they ''were'' named Herb, that "I'm not the Herb you're looking for."). After initial mass confusion caused by people not being given any hints as to what Herb looked like, he was revealed at a Super Bowl game in January 1986... at which point nobody cared anymore [[note]](though Herb did get to be a guest timekeeper at Wrestling/WrestleMania 2, for all that's worth)[[/note]]. Not helping was a controversy stemming from the fact that a 15-year-old boy spotted Herb at a Burger King in Alabama, but as he was underage the prize had to go to a friend of his who was in the restaurant at the same time, which in turn led to the Alabama state senate declaring consumer fraud. The campaign lasted only three months, and Burger King's profits plummeted by 40% as a result. ''Literature/WhatWereTheyThinkingThe100DumbestEventsInTelevisionHistory'' lists this campaign at #42.
* '''David Carlson''' (the politician) launched an attack ad on Kurt Bills during the 2012 race for Minnesota's senate. Instead of attacking Bills' stance on important issues, it borders on slander and complains about Kurt Bills being "unelectable" just because he's a supporter of Congressman UsefulNotes/RonPaul, claiming with exaggerated points that America would become a [[CrapsackWorld dystopia]] if Bills won. The ad also uses gratuitous amounts of GodwinsLaw to make a point on why Bills shouldn't be a senator. As a result, it's one of the most disliked political ads of the 2012 election season on Website/YouTube and, unsurprisingly, Carlson lost.
17th May '17 12:53:34 PM OlfinBedwere
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* The launch ads for the '''UsefulNotes/PlayStation3''' were a mess almost on-par with the Atari Jaguar's marketing. Sony evidently figured from the humongous success of the [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation first]] [[UsefulNotes/PlayStation2 two]] incarnations of the system the [=PS3=] would easily sell itself, and thus they could afford to produce ads that were unique and eye-catching at the expense of actually saying anything about the system. The results, when they weren't just plain [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=46DJWqZ8c0g bizarre]], were often [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vq9vHFKZHLE outright]] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0dpzhMMFk5U frightening]]. Unfortunately for Sony, the [=PS3=] launched at CrackIsCheaper prices with few games worth buying, and said ads didn't do much to persuade people why they should fork out the huge asking price for the system, doubtless contributing to its early struggles.
12th May '17 7:40:43 PM supernintendo128
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* The '''[[UsefulNotes/ThreeDOInteractiveMultiplayer 3DO]]''' advertisement campaign by Creator/The3DOCompany. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkqWvuM41-0 The Panasonic version of the system]] referred to itself as the most advanced gaming system in the universe and blatantly insulted the popular [[UsefulNotes/SuperNintendoEntertainmentSystem SNES]] and UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis consoles by calling them "baby toys". For its supposed advancement, the 3DO had for the most part only one controller input, instead of two as consoles had for years at that point. And while it had superb graphics at the time, it was very expensive, costing $700! Few were sold, and it was quickly overshadowed by upcoming consoles.
12th May '17 7:38:44 PM supernintendo128
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