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23rd Jan '17 5:19:35 PM mightymewtron
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** They're selling [[http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/heres-colorful-cryptic-alternative-your-ad-here-signs-unsold-billboards-154969 ad spaces.]]

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** They're selling [[http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/heres-colorful-cryptic-alternative-your-ad-here-signs-unsold-billboards-154969 ad spaces.]]]] Note how earlier versions of the ads ''did'' prominently display the Van Wagner logo and number, clarifying that it was available billboard space.
23rd Jan '17 5:15:06 PM mightymewtron
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* An ad for Lunchables Kabobbles TV lunches showed a jackalope and platypus calling each other [[MixAndMatchCritters "mixed up"]] to parallel the ability to "mix up" the food in the lunch. Soon the two animals appeared in commercials doing things like jazzercise, pottery, and sneaking into a fancy restaurant, and the only connection to the product is a bystander calling the situation "mixed up" while eating or giving the animals Lunchables.
11th Jan '17 9:42:01 PM PhantomRider
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* Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. (The manufacturer wanted to avoid making factual claims about its headache-relieving properties the "active" ingredient is homeopathic {it's mostly wax} to avoid legal trouble. Draw your own conclusions.)

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* Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. Head-On, apply directly to the forehead. (The manufacturer wanted ([[EarlyInstallmentWeirdness It once had normal commercials]] with people talking about it relieving their headaches, but they soon had to avoid stop making factual claims about its headache-relieving properties specifically, it having any at all, as the "active" ingredient is homeopathic {it's mostly wax} to avoid legal trouble. Draw Further ads had testimonials with various people saying things to the effect of "your commercial is so annoying, but you've got a great product." ''Why'' it's great, as always, [[OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope cannot be elaborated upon or else]]. A whole line of products followed, all telling you that from the makers of Head-On there is now whatever-On; apply ''directly'' to your own conclusions.X. None of them ever actually state that anything will happen if you do.)
11th Jan '17 9:32:36 PM PhantomRider
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5th Jan '17 1:49:48 PM ElodieHiras
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* Want to sell a novelty glass shaped like a boot? [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuDtACzKGRs Call it "Das Boot"]], get someone with a hilariously [[WhatTheHellIsThatAccent fake german accent]] to stuff various food and drinks in it while acting like every CampGay stereotype ever. DownplayedTrope, because at least most of the ad is about using the glass, and they had enough self-awareness to include the include a joke about how utterly ridiculous the whole thing was at the end.
25th Dec '16 12:12:32 PM Morgenthaler
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* The Advertising/{{GEICO}} commercials are no better. They have a gecko, a caveman, a wad of bills with googly-eyes glued to it, '''and''' a [[TheTwilightZone Rod Serling]]-esque guy. [[Series/ThirtyRock Just pick a mascot and stick with it, already]]!

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* The Advertising/{{GEICO}} commercials are no better. They have a gecko, a caveman, a wad of bills with googly-eyes glued to it, '''and''' a [[TheTwilightZone Rod Serling]]-esque Creator/RodSerling-esque guy. [[Series/ThirtyRock Just pick a mascot and stick with it, already]]!
19th Dec '16 9:07:12 AM Luigifan
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** The exception is the Alexander Keith's ads, which were memorable for featuring a guy in a kilt and muttonchops yelling at people for "not givin' the brew the respect it deserves!" On the downside, everyone remembers it for being the beer drunk by loud annoying guys with really bad Scottish accents (Nova Scotian accents don't sound like that) and one actor being convicted for possessing child pornography. The ads don't air anymore.

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** The exception is the Alexander Keith's ads, which were memorable for featuring a guy in a kilt and muttonchops yelling at people for "not givin' the brew the respect it deserves!" On the downside, everyone remembers it for being the beer drunk by loud annoying guys with [[OohMeAccentsSlipping really bad Scottish accents accents]] (Nova Scotian accents don't sound like that) and one actor [[PaedoHunt being convicted for possessing child pornography. pornography]]. [[OldShame The ads don't air anymore.]]



** A similar commercial by [=FedEx=] lampshaded this Trope when they claimed to have found the formula for [[http://youtu.be/34SxslBJKH4 the perfect Super Bowl ad]] - 1: [[CelebrityEndorsement Celebrity spokesman]] (Burt Reynolds) 2: Animal (Bear walks into [=FedEx=] building) 3: Dancing Animal (Bear dances with Burt Reynolds) 4: [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Cute Kid]] (Kid comments on the bear being able to dance) 5: [[GroinAttack Groin Kick]] (Bear kicks Burt in crotch) 6: TalkingAnimal (Bear apologizes for kicking Burt in crotch) 7: [[SexSells Hot Chicks]] (Two cheerleaders comment that the bear can talk) 8: Product Message (optional) (Burt recites slogan) 9: [[RepurposedPopSong Hit Song]] (Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" plays over [=FedEx=] logo) 10: Epilogue Scene (Bear admitting to Burt that he loved him in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'').

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** A similar commercial by [=FedEx=] lampshaded this Trope when they claimed to have found the formula for [[http://youtu.be/34SxslBJKH4 the perfect Super Bowl ad]] - 1: [[CelebrityEndorsement Celebrity spokesman]] (Burt Reynolds) 2: Animal (Bear walks into [=FedEx=] building) 3: Dancing Animal (Bear ([[DancingBear Bear dances with Burt Reynolds) Reynolds]]) 4: [[DeliberatelyCuteChild Cute Kid]] (Kid comments on the bear being able to dance) 5: [[GroinAttack Groin Kick]] (Bear kicks Burt in crotch) 6: TalkingAnimal (Bear apologizes for kicking Burt in crotch) 7: [[SexSells Hot Chicks]] (Two cheerleaders comment that the bear can talk) 8: Product Message (optional) (Burt recites slogan) 9: [[RepurposedPopSong Hit Song]] (Music/{{Journey}}'s "Don't Stop Believing" plays over [=FedEx=] logo) 10: Epilogue Scene (Bear admitting to Burt that he loved him in ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'').



** In one strip, a new advertising executive reveals a new ad that is simply a squirrel with a Norwegian accent. When Dilbert asks how this will sell their product, the executive immediately admits he's a fraud and resigns
** In another, the company unveils a new ad - one cat saying something, and another replying "Yeah, right" in a sarcastic voice. Cut to the PointyHairedBoss laughing uproariously, while Dilbert says "This explains so much".

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** In one strip, a new advertising executive reveals a new ad that is simply a squirrel with a Norwegian accent. When Dilbert asks how this will sell their product, the executive immediately admits he's a fraud and resigns
resigns.
** In another, the company unveils a new ad - -- one cat saying something, and another replying "Yeah, right" in a sarcastic voice. Cut to the PointyHairedBoss laughing uproariously, while Dilbert says "This explains so much".



** After a while, you associate certain corporate sponsors with certain drivers, especially sponsorships that last for many years - [=FedEx=] is always associated with Denny Hamlin, Lowe's is with Jimmie Johnson, [=GoDaddy.com=] is associated with Danica Patrick, 3M is associated with Greg Biffle, the National Guard goes with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., GM Goodwrench and their black paint job will always be forever tied with Creator/DaleEarnhardt, and others.

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** After a while, you associate certain corporate sponsors with certain drivers, especially sponsorships that last for many years - -- [=FedEx=] is always associated with Denny Hamlin, Lowe's is with Jimmie Johnson, [=GoDaddy.com=] is associated with Danica Patrick, 3M is associated with Greg Biffle, the National Guard goes with Dale Earnhardt, Jr., GM Goodwrench and their black paint job will always be forever tied with Creator/DaleEarnhardt, and others.



* This is a very real risk for any product [[SexSells sold with sexual imagery]]. It's probably to your advantage if you've gotten horny consumers to notice both the boobs and the brand in your ad, but according to [[http://www.mediaanalyzer.com/studien/MediaAnalyzer-Studie-Sex-Sells-2005.pdf at least one study ''PDF'']] (in German), the chance of their even noticing the brand goes down by about half (differing slightly across genders.)

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* This is a very real risk for any product [[SexSells sold with sexual imagery]]. It's probably to your advantage if you've gotten horny consumers to notice both the boobs and the brand in your ad, but according to [[http://www.mediaanalyzer.com/studien/MediaAnalyzer-Studie-Sex-Sells-2005.pdf at least one study ''PDF'']] (in German), [[DistractedByTheSexy the chance of their even noticing the brand goes down by about half half]] (differing slightly across genders.)genders).
13th Dec '16 9:20:11 AM themisterfree
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** Then there were Levi's 80s-era ads. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlnls3RlUVc This one]] is a good example of what you would see- samurai lizards, tiny little anthropomorphic Levi's logos, and a Tarzan knockoff who would always run into trouble. Maybe the thinking was "everybody ''knows'' we make jeans, so let's just spend 30 seconds doing weird stuff"?
4th Sep '16 7:08:48 PM mightymewtron
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* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ON_enOWJGFA A radio ad]] for Quick Draw from New York Lottery focuses on people waiting in line to eat the "muffgel", a hybrid between a muffin and a bagel. The only connection to the lottery in the ad is that it's a better way to bring people together than waiting for the latest food trend.
24th Aug '16 5:58:46 AM LadyJaneGrey
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See also BreakawayAdvertisement, SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer, MadeOfShiny.

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See also BreakawayAdvertisement, SidetrackedByTheGoldSaucer, MadeOfShiny.
MadeOfShiny. Contrast ThePowerOfCheese, which is when the ad gives ''way'' too much credit to the product.
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