History SeriousBusiness / Advertising

5th Apr '16 1:11:17 PM erforce
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* Several commercials for the Visa Check Card showed people who were so serious about needing ID before accepting a check as payment that they wouldn't do so even when the customer's identity was pretty obvious. In one, Bob Dole needed one to pay with a check ''in his home town.'' In another, Main/JamesBond needs one in a spy-exclusive nightclub that requires a retina scan, voice scan, and fingerprint scan simply to get into. In yet another, Shirley [=MacLaine=] meets a woman who was her best friend in ''multiple'' past lives; she still needs an ID before accepting her check.

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* Several commercials for the Visa Check Card showed people who were so serious about needing ID before accepting a check as payment that they wouldn't do so even when the customer's identity was pretty obvious. In one, Bob Dole needed one to pay with a check ''in his home town.'' In another, Main/JamesBond Franchise/JamesBond needs one in a spy-exclusive nightclub that requires a retina scan, voice scan, and fingerprint scan simply to get into. In yet another, Shirley [=MacLaine=] meets a woman who was her best friend in ''multiple'' past lives; she still needs an ID before accepting her check.
31st Mar '16 12:51:02 PM LadyJaneGrey
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* Several commercials for the Visa Check Card showed people who were so serious about needing ID before accepting a check as payment that they wouldn't do so even when the customer's identity was pretty obvious. In one, Bob Dole needed one to pay with a check ''in his home town.'' In another, Main/JamesBond needs one in a spy-exclusive nightclub that requires a retina scan, voice scan, and fingerprint scan simply to get into. In yet another, Shirley [=MacLaine=] meets a woman who was her best friend in ''multiple'' past lives; she still needs an ID before accepting her check.
15th Jan '16 3:24:58 AM Anddrix
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** And wearing black? ARE YOU MAD!?! Some of the old commercials would show an 8x10 glossy of the spokesman in black, and the camera would zoom in on the white flakes on his/her shoulder. The actor would even circle the offending area with a marker, [[ViewersAreMorons just in case you missed it]].

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** And wearing black? ARE YOU MAD!?! Some of the old commercials would show an 8x10 glossy of the spokesman in black, and the camera would zoom in on the white flakes on his/her shoulder. The actor would even circle the offending area with a marker, [[ViewersAreMorons just in case you missed it]].it.
15th Dec '15 1:10:02 PM CheeseDogX
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* Some of DirecTV ads treat recording space as this. Two recordings are conflicting each other? Expect a massive fallout between family members and be on the verge of destroying each other unless you get the upgrade to five recordings at any time.

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* Some of DirecTV [=DirecTV=] ads treat recording space as this. Two recordings are conflicting each other? Expect a massive fallout between family members and be on the verge of destroying each other unless you get the upgrade to five recordings at any time.
3rd Dec '15 4:48:11 PM nombretomado
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* The SegaSaturn was Advertising/SegataSanshiro's way of life. If you didn't play it, he ''beat the living crap out of you''.

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* The SegaSaturn UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn was Advertising/SegataSanshiro's way of life. If you didn't play it, he ''beat the living crap out of you''.
19th Oct '15 11:52:54 AM MHarrington
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* The many campaigns for Advertising/{{GEICO}} seem to treat its business of saving on car insurance as a serious one.
3rd Mar '15 8:05:11 PM Madrugada
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* There's a Brazilian beer ad where we have the captain of a sinking ship trying to salvage four passengers. They ask if they can take their beer box with them. After the captain informs there will not be enough room for them and the box, they send him and all other survivors away, just so they can stay with the beer box. ''While they stand on a freaking sinking ship''. Cut to the guys sitting on an iceberg ([[ConvectionSchmonvection unexplainably next to a tropical coastline]]) with a seal which they use to make the beer chill faster. If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then I guess these guys had hung around with [[TheSimpsons Barney Gumble]] before.
** [[FridgeLogic What kind of ship has enough room for a case of beer but not four people?]] You'd think people on a sinking ship would be pretty understanding about having to sit in the engine room or in the mess hall...
*** If they're on a sinking ship, they're probably escaping into life boats, which are quite small, so there conceivably wouldn't be room for four people and a beer box.
* Another ad that is set in an arctic station, similar to the above Bud Light example, has some people pull up and find all the people inside starving to death. They find that there are plenty of rations and enough food to go around, then they come across the reason for their hunger: there's no more Heinz ketchup left, the only bottle being empty.

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* There's a Brazilian beer ad where we have the captain of a sinking ship trying to salvage four passengers. They ask if they can take their beer box with them. After the captain informs there will not be enough room for them and the box, they send him and all other survivors away, just so they can stay with the beer box. ''While they stand on a freaking sinking ship''. Cut to the guys sitting on an iceberg ([[ConvectionSchmonvection unexplainably next to a tropical coastline]]) with a seal which they use to make the beer chill faster. If this isn't SeriousBusiness, then I guess these guys had hung around with [[TheSimpsons Barney Gumble]] before.\n** [[FridgeLogic What kind of ship has enough room for a case of beer but not four people?]] You'd think people on a sinking ship would be pretty understanding about having to sit in the engine room or in the mess hall...\n*** If they're on a sinking ship, they're probably escaping into life boats, which are quite small, so there conceivably wouldn't be room for four people and a beer box.\n
* Another ad that is set in an arctic station, similar to the above Bud Light example, station has some people pull up and find all the people inside starving to death. They find that there are plenty of rations and enough food to go around, then they come across the reason for their hunger: there's no more Heinz ketchup left, the only bottle being empty.



* If there was any board game that was SeriousBusiness, it had to be Crossfire. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-WmQWEJRo Crossfire! Crossfire! CROSSFIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!]]
** "HUH!"
* Similar to the beer and ketchup ads from above, some 90s Miracle Whip commercials would feature someone making a huge, delicious looking sandwich... and then throwing the whole thing into the garbage when it turns out they're out of Miracle Whip. (God forbid you just stick the sandwich in the refrigerator while you run down to the store!)
** Heck, there was one where [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Sylvester]] refused to eat Tweety because of a lack of Miracle Whip.

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* If there was any board game that was SeriousBusiness, it had to be Crossfire. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4M-WmQWEJRo Crossfire! Crossfire! CROSSFIYAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!]]
** "HUH!"
* Similar to the beer and ketchup ads from above, some 90s
Miracle Whip Whip:
** Some 90's
commercials would feature someone making a huge, delicious looking sandwich... and then throwing the whole thing into the garbage when it turns out they're out of Miracle Whip. (God forbid you just stick the sandwich in the refrigerator while you run down to the store!)\n
** Heck, there There was one where [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Sylvester]] refused to eat Tweety because of a lack of Miracle Whip.



** But in 2006, it [[http://themoderatevoice.com/26568/the-day-the-miracle-whip-died/ did exactly that.]]
* Averted by Norwegian pop brand Solo, which ads generally featured some guy screwing something up, and the blurb "Solo - quite possibly the only pop that doesn't help against anything but thirst" popping up on the screen, telling us it's just pop, not serious business.
* On a similar theme, one Sprite advert in the UK went out of its way to inform the viewer that it would not make them run faster, jump higher or become more attractive to the opposite sex.



* Without a doubt a parody, but these ads for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru6p5NLXxvY Brawndo]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zy73RruvpVg&feature=related the Thirst]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxieMOdo6IU&feature=related Mutilator]], from the movie ''Film/{{Idiocracy}}'', gets away with being over-the-top hilarious SeriousBusiness.



* A deodorant commercial features several jobs such as the secret service, a surgeon, and a fireman at work and saying "when you're under pressure, your deodorant is too weak" implying that smelling good should be placed above saving lives.
** Or that a person trapped in a burning building would turn down a rescuer with a mild body odor.
*** Granted, if you can smell a fireman through all the protective clothing he's wearing, not to mention the ''fire'' blazing around you, he probably has more than "mild" body odor. It's equally doubtful that anything less than prescription-strength deodorant is going to be of any help for the poor person.



* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHpUvK934s No! Not my Corn Pooooooooooooooooooooooooops!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!]]"
* Let's not a forget Head and Shoulders. Someone would spot the man/woman of their dreams and upon seeing him/her scratch their head, would completely pass him/her by.
** They've been doing this in their ads for a long time. Characters with dandruff are scared out of their minds of scratching their scalp for fear of being shunned.

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJHpUvK934s No! Not my Corn Pooooooooooooooooooooooooops!! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!]]"
* Let's not a forget
Head and Shoulders. Someone Shoulders.
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would spot the man/woman of their dreams and upon seeing him/her scratch their head, would completely pass him/her by.
** They've been doing this in their ads for a long time. Characters with dandruff are scared out of their minds of scratching their scalp for fear of being shunned.
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* Inverted with the line "I've fallen and I can't get up!" from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlpDiXPZHQ the LifeLine emergency medical pendant commercial]], which was subject to MemeticMutation. According to Creator/BillBryson's ''At Home'', 85% of people who die in stair-related injuries are over 65, ''because they fall and they can't get up''. When the slogan became the property of the similar Life Alert company, they used it in a much less campy manner. They were not above cutting a deal with Hallmark to use the phrase in sound-based greeting cards, though.

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* Inverted with the The line "I've fallen and I can't get up!" from [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bQlpDiXPZHQ the LifeLine emergency medical pendant commercial]], which was subject to MemeticMutation. According to Creator/BillBryson's ''At Home'', 85% of people who die in stair-related injuries are over 65, ''because they fall and they can't get up''. When the slogan became the property of the similar Life Alert company, they used it in a much less campy manner. They were not above cutting a deal with Hallmark to use the phrase in sound-based greeting cards, though.



* "Barney! My Pebbles!"
* "Silly rabbit, Trix are for kids!"
* (An oldie but real goodie:) "You left your family defenseless? .... Get off my sand dune!"



** Or their other line of commercials where your bad cable service could lead to you having a grandson with a dog collar (because your daughter is now a degenerate), being body slammed by a rogue gorilla, or waking up in a ditch. Better switch to DirecTV, just to play it safe.



* A commercial back from the 90s (when rollerblades were the Next Big Thing) shows a woman reading a letter from her boyfriend, explaining that he wishes he could come see her, but can't...her sidewalk is too steep. The camera cuts to the woman walking outside of her house, presumably in San Francisco or another hilly city with steep angled sidewalks, throwing out the bouquet of flowers he had delivered. As she's doing so, the boyfriend glides by in rollerblades, screaming her name. Then four other men, all holding bouquets and wearing rollerblades with advanced braking technology, stop right in front of her house. [[SpaceWhaleAesop So, remember to buy their rollerblades, or your supermodel girlfriend might dump you]]. It can only be assumed that in the world of that commercial, alternate modes of transportation don't even exist.
* "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!"
** If your customers can't squeeze the Charmin, [[Advertising/MrWhipple Mr. Whipple]], then [[HypocriticalHumor you shouldn't either!]]

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* A commercial back from the 90s (when rollerblades were the Next Big Thing) shows a woman reading a letter from her boyfriend, explaining that he wishes he could come see her, but can't...her sidewalk is too steep. The camera cuts to the woman walking outside of her house, presumably in San Francisco or another hilly city with steep angled sidewalks, throwing out the bouquet of flowers he had delivered. As she's doing so, the boyfriend glides by in rollerblades, screaming her name. Then four other men, all holding bouquets and wearing rollerblades with advanced braking technology, stop right in front of her house. [[SpaceWhaleAesop So, remember to buy their rollerblades, or your supermodel girlfriend might dump you]]. It can only be assumed that in the world of that commercial, alternate modes of transportation don't even exist.\n
* "Please don't squeeze the Charmin!"
**
Charmin!" If your customers can't squeeze the Charmin, [[Advertising/MrWhipple Mr. Whipple]], then [[HypocriticalHumor you shouldn't either!]]



** The people of Ireland would seem to feel the same way, willing to brave a hurricane just to enjoy a glass of his whiskey.
18th Jan '15 2:01:43 PM KoopaKid17
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** And now the modern Miracle Whip commercials are passing the product off as being almost counter-cultural and revolutionary as if it were rock and roll in the 50's or 60's. "We are Miracle Whip, and we will not tone it down."

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** And now the modern Miracle Whip commercials are passing from [[UsefulNotes/TheOughts the late 2000s]] tried to pass the product off as being almost counter-cultural and revolutionary as if it were rock and roll in the 50's or 60's. "We are Miracle Whip, and we will not tone it down."
21st Oct '14 9:29:48 AM CheeseDogX
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* A commercial back from the 90s (when rollerblades were the Next Big Thing) shows a woman reading a letter from her boyfriend, explaining that he wishes he could come see her, but can't...her sidewalk is too steep. The camera cuts to the woman walking outside of her house, presumably in San Francisco or another hilly city with steep angled sidewalks, throwing out the bouquet of flowers he delivered. As she's doing so, the boyfriend glides by in rollerblades, screaming her name. Then four other men, all holding bouquets and wearing rollerblades with advanced braking technology, stop right in front of her house. [[SpaceWhaleAesop So, remember to buy their rollerblades, or your girlfriend might dump you]]. It can only be assumed that in the world of that commercial, alternate modes of transportation don't even exist.

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* A commercial back from the 90s (when rollerblades were the Next Big Thing) shows a woman reading a letter from her boyfriend, explaining that he wishes he could come see her, but can't...her sidewalk is too steep. The camera cuts to the woman walking outside of her house, presumably in San Francisco or another hilly city with steep angled sidewalks, throwing out the bouquet of flowers he had delivered. As she's doing so, the boyfriend glides by in rollerblades, screaming her name. Then four other men, all holding bouquets and wearing rollerblades with advanced braking technology, stop right in front of her house. [[SpaceWhaleAesop So, remember to buy their rollerblades, or your supermodel girlfriend might dump you]]. It can only be assumed that in the world of that commercial, alternate modes of transportation don't even exist.
21st Oct '14 9:23:25 AM CheeseDogX
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** The newest ads still use this concept. Characters with dandruff are scared out of their minds of scratching their scalp for fear of being shunned.

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** The newest ads still use They've been doing this concept.in their ads for a long time. Characters with dandruff are scared out of their minds of scratching their scalp for fear of being shunned.
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