Category Archives: advertising

TV Commercial: Japanese Advertising Secrets

An interesting and unusual TV commercial for sushi from Japan.

Xerox: Real Business, Complicated

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This ad for Xerox isn’t visually appealing and the copy is filled with marketing-speak gobbledegook: Order-to-cash lifecycle, scalable solutions, measurable process efficiencies. I don’t even know what they’re selling.

What’s this ad doing in a consumer magazine like Wired? I don’t know, either.


By Marc Librescu

Movado: An Ad Worthy of an Art Museum

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There’s a class of ads for luxury brands found in upscale magazines like Vogue and Vanity Fair that utilize images and little, if any, copy. The advertisers take it for granted that the reader is familiar with the brands, therefore no explanation is necessary.

Movado is one of the brands who advertise this way. According to Wikipedia:

The company is known for its iconic Museum Watch which is defined by a single gold dot symbolizing the sun at high noon, the hands suggesting the movement of the earth. The original Museum Watch was the first wrist watch to be displayed at the Museum of Modern Art and was designed by the American designer Nathan George Horwitt in 1947. Edward Steichen, the rewnowned photographer and director of the photography department at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, proclaimed Horwitt’s design “the only truly original and beautiful one for such an object”.

True to the artistic origins of the timepiece, the ad agency has crafted an image worthy of being framed and hung on the wall. We like it.


By Marc Librescu

Just For Fun: Le Trefle

Yeah, we’re back. Stranger things have happened.

The Flintstones: Fred And Barney And Winston

Return with us now to 1960 — the good old days — when you could sit down with the family to watch The Flintstones, while the folks at the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company marketed Winston cigarettes to your kids.

As Fred says, “Winston tastes good like a cigarette should.”

By Marc Librescu

Saturday Night Live Black Friday Commercial Parody

This link is to a Hulu video of a Saturday Night Live commercial parody. I would have liked to embed the video in the blog, but there’s no way to do that with a video on Hulu and a WordPress.com blog.

If you’ve been following this blog, you may have noticed that I haven’t posted to it in  a long time. I’ve been (and still am) concentrating on finding paying work. In the meantime, I’m going to make an effort to continue posting here when I can.

By Marc Librescu

Charmin Ultra Strong: Enjoying the Go?

Unless you’ve been hibernating, you’ve seen the animated commercials for Charmin Ultra Strong featuring bears and their dingleberries. Are these commercials annoying? Does a bear sh*t in the woods?

To make matters worse, they’ve recently added the line “Enjoy the go!” Enjoy the go? Do they think I’m saying to myself, “Gee, I can’t wait until this afternoon when I can sit down and unwind with a nice long dump?”

Enjoy the go. Picture it — it’s Friday night. You had plans to go out on a hot date, but instead, you call her up and say, “Hey hun, I know we were supposed to go out to dinner tonight, but I think I’m just going to stay in and pinch a loaf.”

Don’t worry. She’ll understand. She knows how much fun doing a deuce is.

Here’s a parody I found on YouTube, followed by one of the actual commercials.

If you want to find out more about enjoying your go, you’ll enjoy going to Charmin’s website.

By Marc Librescu