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11th Jul '16 11:58:48 PM wuggles
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** Cialis also had an infamous ad campaign from about 2009-2011 which had a couple holding hands while in separate bathtubs without ever directly saying what Cialis does.
4th Jul '16 4:42:01 PM twilicorn
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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAXP_bKsv0 A current running ad]] in Canada for The Salvation Army features happy music and a girl wearing grungy clothes in a subway station imagining twirling around in a pink dress, swinging on a swingset, and being read a bedtime story being read to her by her mom. Had it not have been for the final shot featuring the tagline and the Salvation Army's logo, you'd have thought it was an advertisement for something totally different. Justified to some degree; the Salvation Army being a charitable group (a church, too, but mostly a charitable organization) with a focus on providing for the poor and particularly poor children, the girl's daydream ''is'' what they're "selling".
* The Foundation for a Better Life commercials that often are shown in American movie theaters are something of an inversion: they usually depict someone doing a good deed, then say "pass it on..brought to you by the Foundation for a Better Life." Viewers might assume these are trying to sell them on the Foundation, but the Foundation is a nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage people to do more good deeds, meaning that the demonstration of the good deed is the point of the advertisement.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iAXP_bKsv0 A current running This ad]] in Canada from Canada, for The Salvation Army Army, features happy music and a girl wearing grungy clothes in a subway station imagining twirling around in a pink dress, swinging on a swingset, and being read a bedtime story being read to her by her mom. Had it not have been for the final shot featuring the tagline and the Salvation Army's logo, you'd have thought it was an advertisement for something totally different. Justified to some degree; the Salvation Army being a charitable group (a church, too, but mostly a charitable organization) with a focus on providing for the poor and particularly poor children, the girl's daydream ''is'' what they're "selling".
* The Foundation for a Better Life commercials that often are shown in American movie theaters and on TV are something of an inversion: they usually depict someone doing a good deed, then say "pass it on..brought to you by the Foundation for a Better Life." Viewers might assume these are trying to sell them on the Foundation, but the Foundation is a nonprofit whose purpose is to encourage people to do more good deeds, meaning that the demonstration of the good deed is the point of the advertisement.advertisement.
** [[http://www.values.com/inspirational-sayings-billboards Their billboard series]] takes a similar approach: showing a famous or semi-famous person who overcame some sort of barrier, and admonishing those who see it to "pass it on!"
4th Jul '16 4:25:37 PM twilicorn
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* There's a series of highway billboards which are all black with white text which only say "I HATE STEVEN SPRINGER" without any other information. Turns out the advertisements are for [[spoiler:a brand of jewelry called Steven Springer, which is "hated" because it's too great of a deal]]. Too bad most people don't know the brand and the signs can quite easily backfire by discouraging the people who do know it.

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* There's In Philadelphia, there's a series of highway billboards which are all black with white text which only say "I HATE STEVEN SPRINGER" SINGER" without any other information. Turns out the advertisements are for [[http://www.ihatestevensinger.com/ for]] [[spoiler:a brand of jewelry called Steven Springer, Singer, which is "hated" because it's too great of a deal]]. Too bad most people don't know the brand and the signs can quite easily backfire by discouraging the people who do know it.
28th Jun '16 6:09:17 AM Berrenta
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* The original Claritin commercials involved bright, beautiful scenery and happy music. They were very uplifting and memorable, at least at the time...yet what they actually were selling remained a mystery for some time, making this the most famous effect of YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO?

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* The original Claritin commercials involved bright, beautiful scenery and happy music. They were very uplifting and memorable, at least at the time...yet what they actually [[SideEffectsInclude were selling selling]] remained a mystery for some time, making this the most famous effect of YesButWhatDoesZataproximetacineDO?time.
21st Jun '16 10:02:08 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* This Thailand commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)

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* Carl's Jr is notorious for [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjCigJyu3lo commercials that advertise their hamburgers]] with EroticEating; the product is clearly visible, but isn't what most viewers focus on.
* [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79Ih0UGZmig
This Thailand Thailand]] commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)
21st Jun '16 9:57:30 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* This Thailand commercial showing a woman somehow increasing her bust size using her "love handles". What's the product? ''Iced tea''. (This one is banned in the United States for obvious reasons)
31st May '16 10:09:25 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Referenced (predicted?) in JohnBrunner's novel ShockwaveRider (1974). A game accessory let people tweak commercials as they were playing, which led to people ignoring the product ''...it wasn't "that Coke ad" or "that plug for Drano" it was "the one where you can make her swipe him in the chops."''

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* Referenced (predicted?) in JohnBrunner's Creator/JohnBrunner's novel ShockwaveRider (1974). A game accessory let people tweak commercials as they were playing, which led to people ignoring the product ''...it wasn't "that Coke ad" or "that plug for Drano" it was "the one where you can make her swipe him in the chops."''
29th May '16 3:15:09 AM BartN
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* Infiniti's early advertising showed only the brand name and a flock of birds. Nothing to indicate that it was actually promoting a ''car''.

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* Infiniti's early advertising [[https://youtu.be/0R6Gl94FEo4 early]] [[https://youtu.be/5rIUAuW6vLk advertising]] showed only the brand name and a flock of birds. Nothing to indicate that it was actually promoting a ''car''.
6th May '16 9:46:51 AM aye_amber
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** The same car brand had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkt8L0NtSjA an advert]] directed by DavidLynch. About the only thing at all about the ad that anyone got was that they made portmanteaus out of favourable adjectives for cars. People agreed that the advert was very [[StealthPun shiny and bright]].

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** The same car brand had [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkt8L0NtSjA an advert]] directed by DavidLynch.Creator/DavidLynch. About the only thing at all about the ad that anyone got was that they made portmanteaus out of favourable adjectives for cars. People agreed that the advert was very [[StealthPun shiny and bright]].



* Sony brought in DavidLynch (!) to direct a series of advertisements for the launch of the [=PlayStation=] 2 in Europe. They were surrealist black and white affairs about The Third Place, which is apparently an enigmatic land of play alongside people's work life and home life. There were many jokes about the other meaning of the slogan, but only amongst gamers Sony had neglected to actually include the console, or any other gaming references, in the advertisement.

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* Sony brought in DavidLynch Creator/DavidLynch (!) to direct a series of advertisements for the launch of the [=PlayStation=] 2 in Europe. They were surrealist black and white affairs about The Third Place, which is apparently an enigmatic land of play alongside people's work life and home life. There were many jokes about the other meaning of the slogan, but only amongst gamers Sony had neglected to actually include the console, or any other gaming references, in the advertisement.
25th Apr '16 11:45:47 AM RobTan
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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 immediatly admits he's a fraud and resigns

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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 immediatly immediately admits he's a fraud and resigns



** In quite possibly the ultimate example, the Boss subconstracts "Amorphous Advertising Inc" to create their new advertisement, which consists of several minutes of grey mist and noise. The Boss asks if it will mention the product at any time, which the advertiser says would just spoil the ad.

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** In quite possibly the ultimate example, the Boss subconstracts subcontracts "Amorphous Advertising Inc" to create their new advertisement, which consists of several minutes of grey mist and noise. The Boss asks if it will mention the product at any time, which the advertiser says would just spoil the ad.
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