Online banner ads are a necessary evil. If you’re a website, they help in paying the bills and keeping the site up and running. In exchange, the owner of the ad gains exposure and eyes on their product or brand. That’s the deal. We have a big problem the moment the online banner ad interferes […]
Welch’s has been using cute children to promote their products for ages. While their old promotions are still up and running to our knowledge, Welch’s opted to move in a different direction to promote the benefits of their grape juice and how it compares to wine. This more mature subject wouldn’t be appropriate with children […]
Kmart wants to show how happy people are when they use the company’s free in-store pickup service. The service, one which is fairly common among big box retailers, apparently makes this family so happy that they can’t help but dance. And dance. And dance. So much dancing. Ugh. The lady’s dance moves are painful. They’re […]
Arby’s has an agreement with Pepsi to mention the soft drink company in two commercials a year. Apparently they forgot (oops) and wanted to make amends by dedicating an entire 30-second spot to Pepsi. The result is possibly the best commercial Arby’s has ever made.
We’re starting to sound like a broken record here at Awful Ads. Why is it that every major retailer is trying to come up with a cutesy, 30-second spot loaded with singing? Why is it that most ads feature singers without any kind of singing experience? We digress. Microsoft Surface is the latest to break […]
If you’re planning to market yourself by mocking a polarizing topic, you’d best be ready for some major backlash. One St. Louis bar, The Dubliner, made this mistake by posting a comment mocking the situation in Ferguson. The Tweet in question was quickly deleted, but here’s what it said along with one reaction: With the […]
We have a simple rule here at Awful Advertisements: Don’t sing in your commercial. Even if you hire the most talented singers and have a catchy beat or clever lyrics, it’s not going to work in your advertisement. Jingles are one thing, but a full television spot loaded with singing is usually a recipe for […]
“It’s like a Steelers game, but with better calls.” (Although, 7-4 and 2nd in the AFC North is nothing to scoff at.) How can you not love this parody of the 90’s cheesetastic Dream Phone game? There are so many unanswered questions – will Le’Veon get more weed? How did the Ray Rice card end […]
Do you find it silly when a commercial for beer or some form of alcohol comes on and it shows a wild night and unbelievable situations only to end with a “Please Drink Responsibly” disclaimer? It’s as if you’re supposed to ignore the crazy, loud scene you just watched and tone it down a notch. […]
Dr. Pepper has a new face for their franchise and it’s an awkward, annoying guy named Larry Culpepper. Larry, the Dr. Pepper Guy, may resemble that uncle you always dread seeing on family holidays and now he’s pitching Dr. Pepper in a loud and annoying way. He claims to be the inventor of the playoff […]
If you’re not a fan of Progressive’s character Flo, you’re going to hate this new commercial which introduces us to the spokeswoman’s family. That’s because every single member of Flo’s family is played by the same actress who plays Flo. Think of this as some sort of bizarre Thanksgiving at the Klumps, except one family […]
Big Lots is trying to show all of us that they’re the best location for Holiday decorations, gifts and products. They decided the best way to illustrate this point is a song in which singers talk about how they’re #NailingThis.
Do you enjoy the phony ads for fake products you see in movies? If so, the folks over at Screen Junkies have a treat for you. They’ve compiled a collection of some of the best and most memorable ads we’ve seen across the years in some classic films. From Goodfellas and Anchorman to Tommy Boy […]
It’s that time of the year. Stores have already rolled out their Holiday products and now it’s time for Holiday ads to litter the airwaves. Walmart is the latest major brand to push out their ads for the Holiday season and if these are any indication, we’re in for a long couple months. It looks […]
We’ve come to expect a lot from Call of Duty when it comes to advertisements. Back in 2012, we were treated to a live action ad with Robert Downey Jr. and a series of other movie and Internet celebrities for Black Ops 2. It was awesome. The following year saw a fairly underwhelming ad campaign […]