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Old 11-28-2019, 08:27 PM
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Memorable commercials that you don't remember what was being advertised.


What commercials have made an impression on you but you have no idea what was being advertised? The one that sticks in my mind is ”Lamp.” And yes, I did feel crazy at the end of it. Having YouTubed it, I guess I should have been able to guess who it was for.

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Old 11-28-2019, 08:50 PM
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The commercial where they play Smoke on the Water on gearshifts. I think it's about a car brand, but can't find it with a quick search.

There's also a commercial from the same company that did those awful Head-On commercials but for non-head aches.
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Old 11-28-2019, 09:15 PM
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There was an advertisement for something or other (I think some kind of antacid or other such troubled tummy aid). The off screen singers were going on about holiday leftovers to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas". All I can clearly remember was day five when they sang "Flaming turkey wings".

ETA - actually just found the ad - it's for Pizza Hut.
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Old 11-28-2019, 10:52 PM
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The amazing, incredible "Toys" commercial from Nissan.

This dazzling piece of creativity cost a million dollars to produce, ran on Seinfeld and Monday Night Football, won industry awards and earned its creator an appearance on Oprah.

It also managed to get Nissan sued by Mattel, and even worse, failed to get anyone interested in the car. It was so ineffective that Nissan dealers rebelled against corporate for building a $200 million campaign around the commercial. Two decades later, it's still used a case history for failure.
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Old 11-28-2019, 11:08 PM
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There are TONS of commercials like this for me. I know the product they’re selling but I couldn’t tell you the brand. I like those “mayhem” insurance ads but I don’t know what insurance company it is.
The same for beer, pick-up trucks, and cell phone carriers.
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Old 11-29-2019, 06:04 PM
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The amazing, incredible "Toys" commercial from Nissan.

This dazzling piece of creativity cost a million dollars to produce, ran on Seinfeld and Monday Night Football, won industry awards and earned its creator an appearance on Oprah.

It also managed to get Nissan sued by Mattel, and even worse, failed to get anyone interested in the car. It was so ineffective that Nissan dealers rebelled against corporate for building a $200 million campaign around the commercial. Two decades later, it's still used a case history for failure.
I think you left out an important part of the story, but thanks for linking to that article. it explained (and I like reading in-depth anyway), among other things that: the car in the commercial was no longer being produced. So even if one were interested in the product and the spot "succeeded" by driving them to the showroom, they couldn't buy the car. Paraphrasing the article, the dealers would have been left telling the customers something like "yeah, how about that Z? Can I interest you in a Sentra?"
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Old 11-29-2019, 07:47 PM
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One ad that cracked me up: kids are arguing over which of the company’s pizzas is the best — maybe their Meat Lovers? Maybe their Supreme? Possibly the one with the five different cheeses? — when Dad pulls up in the driveway, and they ask him which of their pizzas is his favorite. But, he amiably explains, he can’t pick one; why, that’d be like asking him to pick his favorite kid.

The kids, though, insist. “Okay,” he says, thinking it over. “Well, it’s Billy.”

(No idea which pizza place it was for.)
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Old 11-29-2019, 08:36 PM
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I think you left out an important part of the story, but thanks for linking to that article. it explained (and I like reading in-depth anyway), among other things that: the car in the commercial was no longer being produced. So even if one were interested in the product and the spot "succeeded" by driving them to the showroom, they couldn't buy the car. Paraphrasing the article, the dealers would have been left telling the customers something like "yeah, how about that Z? Can I interest you in a Sentra?"
Not exactly. The article overlooked that, while the 300ZX had ended production, that production was for that year's models. All the cars that were going to be available that year were already either on the dealer lots, or ready to be shipped by Nissan to the dealers. Otherwise, why would the company produce a million-dollar commercial in the first place? It's not like dealers could bait-and-switch customers into a more expensive car; the 300ZX was the most expensive car Nissan had!

Based on production numbers, the 300ZX was a failing model, and the commercial did nothing to convince either customers or Nissan otherwise.
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Those annoying Hump Day commercials from a few years ago. Everyone in my office would walk around saying ‘Hump DAY!!’ on Wednesday. Without googling, I think it may have been Progessive or Geico insurance, but it could have just as easily been Bud Light.
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Or Lima Emu... and Doug!
That’s one right now I couldn’t tell you the product or brand.
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Old 11-29-2019, 09:28 AM
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Or Lima Emu... and Doug!
That’s one right now I couldn’t tell you the product or brand.
I use a DVR to skip commercials almost all the time. I've actually watched those commercials because I was stumped as to what the deal was.

Still am.
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Yesterday, Comcast Xfinity dropped a commercial where two old friends reunite. As it turns out, both of them have wives and kids now. The product IS featured in the commercial, but it's overshadowed by the joy we feel in seeing this holiday reunion.

Here's the full four-minute version.

And that IS really Henry Thomas--and looking good, too.
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Those annoying Hump Day commercials from a few years ago. Everyone in my office would walk around saying ‘Hump DAY!!’ on Wednesday. Without googling, I think it may have been Progessive or Geico insurance, but it could have just as easily been Bud Light.
Oh Jeebus. There’s a guy in my office that still uses this stupid garbage phrase every goddam Wednesday and pauses in joyous anticipation for anyone to join in and celebrate this delightfully witty occasion. I really want to smack him but he’s my boss...
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at least 40 years ago.

Male college student hitchhiking while standing in snow. He's holding a sign that says, "Miami" or "Miami Beach". A hot babe stops and says, "I'm going as far as Ft. Lauderdale." at which point the fellow begrudgingly rejects the offer and sticks out his thumb for the next car.

I posted this about five years ago. Someone claimed it was an ad for Alka Seltzer, but I fail to see the connection and am unable to find it in any online Alka Seltzer advertisement (there are scores and scores of online ads for A.S.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:44 AM
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at least 40 years ago.

Male college student hitchhiking while standing in snow. He's holding a sign that says, "Miami" or "Miami Beach". A hot babe stops and says, "I'm going as far as Ft. Lauderdale." at which point the fellow begrudgingly rejects the offer and sticks out his thumb for the next car.

I posted this about five years ago. Someone claimed it was an ad for Alka Seltzer, but I fail to see the connection and am unable to find it in any online Alka Seltzer advertisement (there are scores and scores of online ads for A.S.
Alka-Seltzer featured the "Mama Mia, Thats a Spicy Meatball" ad in 1969 and was a popular meme at the time. It actually reduced sales of the product.

(the sad part of all of this is that, when searching google for references, several sites have to explain where the phrase came from to these young whipper-snappers)
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Old 12-02-2019, 01:05 PM
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Candidates for a brain transit time of milliseconds:

- just about any cellphone/ Internet provider ad; totally forgettable
- most beers ads; beer sloshing into a glass? Take your pick from dozens
- car ads are increasingly similar, if you don't recognize the make anyway
- most proprietary medicines
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:22 AM
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Oh Jeebus. There’s a guy in my office that still uses this stupid garbage phrase every goddam Wednesday and pauses in joyous anticipation for anyone to join in and celebrate this delightfully witty occasion. I really want to smack him but he’s my boss...
Are you conflating this with the one with Mike the Camel? The term hump day has been around for years but I don't remember anyone ever just shouting "Hump Day!!"
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Old 12-03-2019, 08:36 AM
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NATIONWIDE WAREHOUSE, NATIONWIDE WAREHOUSE, NATIONWIDE WAREHOUSE!

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Old 11-29-2019, 09:45 AM
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The amazing, incredible "Toys" commercial from Nissan.

This dazzling piece of creativity cost a million dollars to produce, ran on Seinfeld and Monday Night Football, won industry awards and earned its creator an appearance on Oprah.

It also managed to get Nissan sued by Mattel, and even worse, failed to get anyone interested in the car. It was so ineffective that Nissan dealers rebelled against corporate for building a $200 million campaign around the commercial. Two decades later, it's still used a case history for failure.
Don't worry. Someone who took Communications 101 is bound to come in here to let us know that in fact that commercial was a success just because we're talking about it now.
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Old 11-29-2019, 10:01 AM
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The old Chrismahanukwanzakah commercials. I can remember that they were plugging cellphones, but I have to look them up every year, because "Virgin Mobile" completely slips my mind.
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Don't worry. Someone who took Communications 101 is bound to come in here to let us know that in fact that commercial was a success just because we're talking about it now.
HA! Ain't it the truth. And when sales of twenty year old Nissans take off, they can say they were right.

Funny thing is, I like that commercial. I'd forgotten about it, but it still is neat. But I didn't want a Nissan (or a woman that looks like a Barbie doll) then, and I still don't.
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Don't worry. Someone who took Communications 101 is bound to come in here to let us know that in fact that commercial was a success just because we're talking about it now.
I guarantee a commercial featuring child porn would be memorable for years, but would it be a success?

Especially if the producers did jail time for it?

Of course, there were those ads with Brooke Shields and those jeans.
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Yesterday, Comcast Xfinity dropped a commercial where two old friends reunite. As it turns out, both of them have wives and kids now. The product IS featured in the commercial, but it's overshadowed by the joy we feel in seeing this holiday reunion.



Here's the full four-minute version.



And that IS really Henry Thomas--and looking good, too.


That made me cry and now I’m making my husband watch it. That was something.
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Back when I was in college, circa 2000, there was a Superbowl ad about "cat herders", showing a bunch of stereotypical cowboys herding cats across the southwest as if they were cattle. It was a funny and memorable ad, but I'll be damned if I could tell you what company it was advertising. I think it was some sort of IT related company, and given the time period when it aired it's quite possibly a company that went belly up after the dot com bubble burst.
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Back when I was in college, circa 2000, there was a Superbowl ad about "cat herders", showing a bunch of stereotypical cowboys herding cats across the southwest as if they were cattle. It was a funny and memorable ad, but I'll be damned if I could tell you what company it was advertising. I think it was some sort of IT related company, and given the time period when it aired it's quite possibly a company that went belly up after the dot com bubble burst.
EDS (Wiki Link) was one of those companies that your average consumer isn't going to do any business with. It's kind of like seeing an ad for Workday or Salesforce. These are businesses that don't cater to consumers they cater to other businesses. Unless you were in IT or owned a business that could make use of their services EDS never would have been on your radar.
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There was an ad with a gorilla playing drums to "in the air tonight" about ten years ago. I never cared for it, so maybe that's why I can't remember what it was advertising. A lot of people seemed to enjoy it, but I don't recall them ever mentioning what it was for either.
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There was an ad with a gorilla playing drums to "in the air tonight" about ten years ago. I never cared for it, so maybe that's why I can't remember what it was advertising. A lot of people seemed to enjoy it, but I don't recall them ever mentioning what it was for either.
The Cadbury Gorilla, from 2007

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnzFRV1LwIo
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I have a (very) vague memory of a commercial I saw some decades ago. I think it was during the 1976 Olympics. The scene opened in an old fashioned post office, the clerk was leaning against the window, there was a spider web between him and the window frame. He was muttering, "Only two thousand five hundred and seventy three days to retirement." The ad was for some sort of express delivery service, but I absolutely cannot remember which one. The commercial has stuck in my mind for decades, but I have no idea what was actually being advertised.
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I have a (very) vague memory of a commercial I saw some decades ago. I think it was during the 1976 Olympics. The scene opened in an old fashioned post office, the clerk was leaning against the window, there was a spider web between him and the window frame. He was muttering, "Only two thousand five hundred and seventy three days to retirement." The ad was for some sort of express delivery service, but I absolutely cannot remember which one. The commercial has stuck in my mind for decades, but I have no idea what was actually being advertised.
Perhaps "1982 Federal Express Overnight Commercial"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHAFUoLXWWg

slightly longer version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzjBEYiZrLM
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Perhaps "1982 Federal Express Overnight Commercial"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHAFUoLXWWg

slightly longer version
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzjBEYiZrLM
I guess that must be it. It doesn't exactly match my memory, but that's memory for you.
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I just learned something... The "I've fallen and I can't get up" commercials were originally for LifeCall. Now there is a slight variation and used for Life Alert. I never knew the company for the original ones, but I do know Life Alert.

And I don't know what they were advertising in those commercials when they showed someone in an office setting and then a football player tackles them and starts yelling at them. Something like Larry the office linebacker.
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And I don't know what they were advertising in those commercials when they showed someone in an office setting and then a football player tackles them and starts yelling at them. Something like Larry the office linebacker.
That's Terry Tate: Office Linebacker, and man, I just thought they were funny ESPN commercials.

I just looked it up and they were Reebok commercials. Wiki goes on to quote: "Though successful in attracting viewers and attention, the ads' ability to increase recognition of the Reebok brand has been questioned, with only 55% of respondents on an on-line poll indicating they realized the ad was affiliated with the company"

I love those commercials.
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I remember a cool commercial with a pretty girl dancing seductively around a BMW e10 to some groovy music, but no idea what they were selling. It wasn't BMW's, I know that.
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The 1964 LBJ campaign's "Daisy" ad was a bit ambiguous.
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That Godawful Puppy-Monkey-Baby thing from the Super Bowl a few years ago. I was too busy running for the remote and yelling about who the hell would buy anything from a mascot that creepy to pay any attention to the product it was selling.
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There was an advertisement in the mid to late 1980s with a voiceover that kept repeating in a whispering voice, "hot news! Hot news! Hot hot! Hot news! Hot news! Hot hot!" I think it was for an electric kettle or maybe a popcorn popper, but my Google search comes up empty (other than this thread that I started in 2011).
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The ad where the guy is teaching his dog to drive. It was for Carfax
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The ad where the guy is teaching his dog to drive. It was for Carfax
I love that one. I still say "mother of pearl!" from time to time.

Also, loved the Terry Tate ads. "If you kill the joe, you make some mo!"
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The one where they release ravenous wolves on the high school band.

"That's good stuff."

Apparently it was for outpost.com, which is very clear in the commercial, but I didn't remember that.
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There was one a few years back where there was some kind of office-related melee, where people were wearing 3-ring binders as armor, etc... I think maybe it was an online job site of some kind that was being advertised.
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The 3 elderly women that became a popular internet meme for “That’s not how it works. That’s not how any of this works.” It’s memorable but I never could have told you it was for (googles....) esurance.
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