History Horrible / Advertising

18th Jun '18 3:17:34 PM MurlocAggroB
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* '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-v8zcokHlg Locker Room Meltdown]]''' is a failure on several levels - badly acted, badly narrated, and [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain barely related to the product]] (Kraft Meltdowns, a short-lived line of microwavable nachos).

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* '''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-v8zcokHlg Locker Room Meltdown]]''' is a failure on several levels - levels. The ad shows a middle school coach scolding kids for not putting their dirty towels in the bin, and quickly getting exasperated. Eventually he freaks out, starts throwing balls in the bin, then climbs in himself. It culminates in the nonsense tagline "Don't have a meltdown. Have a Meltdowns." It's badly acted, badly narrated, and [[WhatWereTheySellingAgain barely related to the product]] (Kraft Meltdowns, a short-lived line of microwavable nachos).nachos). The commercial is a spin-off of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvJFJz5N62o Principal Wilson's Meltdown]], but completely misses the point of the original ad - including the person being calmed by a plate of Meltdowns, the entire reason for the scenario!
17th Jun '18 7:11:46 PM DDRMASTERM
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* In 2005, '''UsefulNotes/McDonalds''' launched an online viral campaign that was designed to promote the company's "YoungerAndHipper" image. Using a series of banner images emblazoned with young people eating double cheeseburgers, the ads were meant to convey a more playful attitude (in tandem with the company's well-established "I'm lovin' it" campaign). Sounds good, but during the creation of this campaign the ad agency that oversaw it decided to run with the slogan "Double cheeseburger? [[TotallyRadical I'd hit it. I'm a dollar menu guy.]]" They didn't realize that [[AccidentalInnuendo "hit" is a common slang term for "have sex with"]]. When the banners appeared on sites like ESPN, the public reaction was immediate and fierce. The banners were pulled after a firestorm of controversy and mocking from the public and various online advertising blogs, with [=McDonald=]'s executives chalking up the failed campaign to not understanding what the term meant. The "I'd hit it" campaign is now a regular fixture on "worst marketing campaigns of all time" lists.
13th Jun '18 6:36:50 PM mightymewtron
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* '''Google's''' [[https://youtu.be/weGjZnVCYng Know What's Nearby]] pre-roll ad campaign from late 2016 takes TotallyRadical to heights not reached since ''WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew.'' The ads consist of two-to-five second video loops with Google searches overlayed on top and a single sentence; for example, "When you find delicious ice cream nearby," in a style reminiscent of Tumblr posts. Now, this could have worked, had Google not chosen to use [[MostAnnoyingSound a trap remix of a high-pitched man screaming loudly]] as the background music. This, coupled with the fact that the ads were so common when they were shown, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wroDmbzv7UM led to people]] [[MemeticMutation mocking and parodying the ads]], to the point that Google ''had to unlist the first of these ads on their [=YouTube=] channel due to the toxic reception.''

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* '''Google's''' [[https://youtu.be/weGjZnVCYng Know What's Nearby]] pre-roll ad campaign from late 2016 takes TotallyRadical to heights not reached since ''WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew.'' The ads consist of two-to-five second video loops with Google searches overlayed on top and a single sentence; for example, "When you find delicious ice cream nearby," in a style reminiscent of Tumblr posts. Now, this could have worked, had Google not chosen to use [[MostAnnoyingSound a trap remix of a high-pitched man screaming loudly]] as the background music. This, coupled with the fact that the ads were so common when they were shown, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wroDmbzv7UM led to people]] people [[MemeticMutation mocking and parodying the ads]], to the point that Google ''had to unlist the first of these ads on their [=YouTube=] channel due to the toxic reception.''
12th Jun '18 9:58:23 PM mightymewtron
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* '''Google's''' [[https://youtu.be/weGjZnVCYng Know What's Nearby]] pre-roll ad campaign from late 2016 takes TotallyRadical to heights not reached since ''WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew.'' The ads consist of two-to-five second video loops with Google searches overlayed on top and a single sentence; for example, "When you find delicious ice cream nearby," in a style reminiscent of Tumblr posts. Now, this could have worked, had Google not chosen to use [[MostAnnoyingSound a trap remix of a high-pitched man screaming loudly]] as the background music. This, coupled with the fact that the ads were so common when they were shown, led to people [[MemeticMutation mocking and parodying the ads]], to the point that Google ''had to unlist the first of these ads on their [=YouTube=] channel due to the toxic reception.''

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* '''Google's''' [[https://youtu.be/weGjZnVCYng Know What's Nearby]] pre-roll ad campaign from late 2016 takes TotallyRadical to heights not reached since ''WesternAnimation/DaBoomCrew.'' The ads consist of two-to-five second video loops with Google searches overlayed on top and a single sentence; for example, "When you find delicious ice cream nearby," in a style reminiscent of Tumblr posts. Now, this could have worked, had Google not chosen to use [[MostAnnoyingSound a trap remix of a high-pitched man screaming loudly]] as the background music. This, coupled with the fact that the ads were so common when they were shown, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wroDmbzv7UM led to people people]] [[MemeticMutation mocking and parodying the ads]], to the point that Google ''had to unlist the first of these ads on their [=YouTube=] channel due to the toxic reception.''''
10th Jun '18 6:31:45 AM nombretomado
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* '''Above the Influence''' were no stranger to courting criticism for their {{narm}}y [=PSAs=], but even their defenders considered "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCK2CE3IIAM Sick]]" ('''heads up''': loud music near the end) a major misstep. The commercial depicts a presumably drunk girl stumbling into a bathroom and then vomiting into a toilet, which we [[NauseaFuel hear in all its glory]]. The camera pans into the toilet several times to show her "vomit" is actually important things from her life, including family pictures and trophies. An interesting concept in theory, but not only does the ad clumsily handle it, it also did it in a manner that many viewers considered to be simply disgusting, especially since it often appeared on television and before YouTube videos often while people would be eating or relaxing. Enough people complained on Above the Influence's Facebook page and on other websites to eventually lead to the ad not only being eventually pulled from TV, but virtually wiped from the internet altogether. While the ad drew numerous complaints online during its run, pretty much no info about it can be found online anymore, and it's telling the only copy of it available is a parodic edit that overlays poop sounds over the puking and plays a [[SensoryAbuse very loud]] version of "[[Music/TupacShakur California Love]]" near the end. However, if this [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120706024254/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIU2UXUlFyM&playnext=1&list=TLIcjkIQkeK60 archive]] of the organization's taken-down upload of it is anything to go by, chances are the reception to it may have had a hand in that. It seems like this may have [[CreatorKiller killed the campaign]], as this was one of the organization's last TV ads; they eventually dialed back their efforts to schools and the internet instead before being absorbed into Partnership for Drug-Free Kids two years later after "Sick"'s release.

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* '''Above the Influence''' were no stranger to courting criticism for their {{narm}}y [=PSAs=], but even their defenders considered "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCK2CE3IIAM Sick]]" ('''heads up''': loud music near the end) a major misstep. The commercial depicts a presumably drunk girl stumbling into a bathroom and then vomiting into a toilet, which we [[NauseaFuel hear in all its glory]]. The camera pans into the toilet several times to show her "vomit" is actually important things from her life, including family pictures and trophies. An interesting concept in theory, but not only does the ad clumsily handle it, it also did it in a manner that many viewers considered to be simply disgusting, especially since it often appeared on television and before YouTube [=YouTube=] videos often while people would be eating or relaxing. Enough people complained on Above the Influence's Facebook page and on other websites to eventually lead to the ad not only being eventually pulled from TV, but virtually wiped from the internet altogether. While the ad drew numerous complaints online during its run, pretty much no info about it can be found online anymore, and it's telling the only copy of it available is a parodic edit that overlays poop sounds over the puking and plays a [[SensoryAbuse very loud]] version of "[[Music/TupacShakur California Love]]" near the end. However, if this [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120706024254/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIU2UXUlFyM&playnext=1&list=TLIcjkIQkeK60 archive]] of the organization's taken-down upload of it is anything to go by, chances are the reception to it may have had a hand in that. It seems like this may have [[CreatorKiller killed the campaign]], as this was one of the organization's last TV ads; they eventually dialed back their efforts to schools and the internet instead before being absorbed into Partnership for Drug-Free Kids two years later after "Sick"'s release.
5th Jun '18 11:30:29 PM TalesofUnder
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** This type of ad is sometimes [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs combined with the above example]], resulting in an ad that automatically redirects you to a page that claims that your Internet provider is randomly handing out valuable prizes between their users "as thanks for using their services" and you're one of the lucky winners. [[BlatantLies All you need to do to claim your prize is to fill in a survey and give them your contact information]], [[SarcasmMode which definitely won't be sold off to marketing companies so they can bombard you with their own ads.]]

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** This type of ad is sometimes [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs combined with the above example]], resulting in an ad that automatically redirects you to a page that claims that your Internet provider is randomly handing out valuable prizes between their users "as thanks for using their services" and you're one of the lucky winners. [[BlatantLies All you need to do to claim your prize is to fill in a survey and give them your contact information]], [[SarcasmMode which definitely won't be sold off to marketing companies so they can bombard you with their own ads.]]]]*
* Any website that advertises itself by posting grammatically-dubious comments on unrelated websites. 99% of the time these will be selling [[AllNaturalSnakeOil herbal medicines]], [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct "brand name" jewelry and clothing]], [[FakeWizardry "magic spells"]], or dating sites for [[RaceFetish specific races]]. ''Especially'' if they "advertise" by creating or editing pages on Website/TvTropes.



* Any website that advertises itself by posting grammatically-dubious comments on unrelated websites. 99% of the time these will be selling [[AllNaturalSnakeOil herbal medicines]], [[ShoddyKnockoffProduct "brand name" jewelry and clothing]], [[FakeWizardry "magic spells"]], or dating sites for [[RaceFetish specific races]]. ''Especially'' if they "advertise" by creating or editing pages on Website/TvTropes.
4th Jun '18 2:33:12 PM NoonboryKedabory
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* The "ads" for the anti-virus program '''Protegent'''. They are all poorly drawn and badly acted (all of the people in the commercials have ''very'' thick Indian accents, and mostly look very similar), and the design of Proto (the mascot) design is [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} plagiarized from]] Wyatt from ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''. In addition, Protegent is notorious for being low-quality, so the ads shouldn't come off as surprising. The only good things to come out of these are the various [[MemeticMutation memes]]. See all of the ads [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH6ytDIxTnU here.]]

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* The "ads" for the anti-virus program '''Protegent'''. They are all poorly drawn and badly acted (all of the people in the commercials have ''very'' thick Indian accents, and mostly look very similar), and the design of Proto (the mascot) design is [[UsefulNotes/{{Plagiarism}} plagiarized from]] Wyatt Whyatt from ''WesternAnimation/SuperWhy''. In addition, Protegent is notorious for being low-quality, so the ads shouldn't come off as surprising. The only good things to come out of these are the various [[MemeticMutation memes]]. See all of the ads [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fH6ytDIxTnU here.]]
31st May '18 6:07:14 PM FromtheWordsofBR
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* '''Above the Influence''' were no stranger to courting criticism for their {{narm}}y [=PSAs=], but even their defenders considered "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCK2CE3IIAM Sick]]" ('''heads up''': loud music near the end) a major misstep. The commercial depicts a presumably drunk girl stumbling into a bathroom and then vomiting into a toilet, which we [[NauseaFuel hear in all its glory]]. The camera pans into the toilet several times to show her "vomit" is actually important things from her life, including family pictures and trophies. An interesting concept in theory, but not only does the ad clumsily handle it, it also did it in a manner that many viewers considered to be simply disgusting, especially since it often appeared on television and before YouTube videos often while people would be eating or relaxing. Enough people complained on Above the Influence's Facebook page and on other websites to eventually lead to the ad not only being eventually pulled from TV, but virtually wiped from the internet altogether. While the ad drew numerous complaints online during its run, pretty much no info about it can be found online anymore, and it's telling the only copy of it available is a parodic edit that overlays poop sounds over the puking and plays a [[SensoryAbuse very loud]] version of "[[Music/TupacShakur California Love]]" near the end. However, if this [[https://web.archive.org/web/20120706024254/https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIU2UXUlFyM&playnext=1&list=TLIcjkIQkeK60 archive]] of the organization's taken-down upload of it is anything to go by, chances are the reception to it may have had a hand in that. It seems like this may have [[CreatorKiller killed the campaign]], as this was one of the organization's last TV ads; they eventually dialed back their efforts to schools and the internet instead before being absorbed into Partnership for Drug-Free Kids two years later after "Sick"'s release.
27th May '18 7:35:25 AM Digsu
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** This type of ad is sometimes [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs combined with the above example]], resulting in an ad that automatically redirects you to a page that claims that your Internet provider is randomly handing out valuable prizes between their users "as thanks for using their services" and you're one of the lucky winners. [[BlatantLies All you need to do to claim your prize is to fill in a survey and give them your contact information]], [[SarcasmMode which definitely won't be sold off to marketing companies so they can bombard you with their own ads.]]
26th May '18 12:27:23 PM Mahzui
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* The earlier commercials for the down-on-your-luck tax service '''[=BlueTax=]''' were among the worst aired on cable news channels. Start with our spokesman, "Max from [=BlueTax=]", who comes off as either [[UncannyValley very creepy]] due to the entire advert's [[SpecialEffectsFailure terrible CGI]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMCvGw3-pJo his hair was bitmapped]]) or as obnoxiousness incarnate for his grating voice and inability to shut up for half a second. The public domain chalkboard fonts, toll-free number spiels said by Max [[MadLibsDialogue using individual voice clips]] (much like an automated phone call) were obvious, as a final insult Max [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_x1Ff_3Des closed the ad with a shout]] that just drove home how [[TheScrappy unlikable]] and/or creepy he was.

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* The earlier commercials for the down-on-your-luck tax service '''[=BlueTax=]''' were among the worst aired on cable news channels. Start with our spokesman, "Max from [=BlueTax=]", who comes off as either [[UncannyValley very creepy]] due to the entire advert's [[SpecialEffectsFailure terrible CGI]] ([[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lMCvGw3-pJo his hair was bitmapped]]) or as obnoxiousness incarnate for his [[MostAnnoyingSound grating voice and inability to shut up for half a second.second]]. The public domain chalkboard fonts, toll-free number spiels said by Max [[MadLibsDialogue using individual voice clips]] (much like an automated phone call) were obvious, as a final insult Max [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_x1Ff_3Des closed the ad with a shout]] that just drove home how [[TheScrappy unlikable]] and/or creepy he was.
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