Sunday, March 21, 2010

Blatant Advertising Tricks

Ads are getting pretty funny these days. The Old Spice ads are hilarious and the Geiko ads are funny too. But I don’t like their sneaky ways of infiltrating yet more commercialism into our lives. First they started increasing the ads during TV shows. You could see this when they started offering classic Christmas shows like Charlie Brown and the Grinch on tapes and DVD. Suddenly there were these scenes you either had never seen or hadn’t seen for years because they took them out to fit in more commercial time down the road from the time the show originally aired. Bad!

Then they started the subtle (and sometimes not so subtle) technique of product placement. Products weren't there by chance, they were there saving money on production costs. I feel bamboozled.

With the addition of ads before movies I feel they’ve really been getting blatant in where they’ll show up with ads next. I’m sure we’re not far off from them actually editing classic movies to incorporate ads and you’ll be scratching your head once again wondering what is different about your favorite movies.


27 comments:

Mrsupole said...

And then they charge us, the consumers, for putting the ads in these shows, or anywhere.

I say stop the freaking advertising, and just lower the price of the product. Stop paying the famous person, and lower the price of the product. Let the product speak for itself. If it costs less, then we the public will find it all on our own.

God bless.

RA said...

Ads are like a miniature images of the culture in question, and hence highly interesting. The same principle applies in the amount of ads and their timing when shown. What does that tell you? LOL or not so LOL, sad really.

Tom said...

yeah, and why are paying gobs of money for cable (or dish) tv, plus watching commercials? insane. I have even seen tv shows where they shamelessly plug product--like chewing gum, or cars. hey, i think i'll go back to my blog and sell something, later.

Collette said...

Some of them are pretty funny, but I agree that w are being bombarded with ads. We are smart enough to figure out what we want on our own. Or maybe that is what they are afraid of.

ReformingGeek said...

What? No commercials? That's sacrilege.

Sheesh. How would I get my edumucation?

The Incredible Woody said...

That's exactly why I love my dv-r!

Gladys said...

You mean they show that Pepsi can in the movie every 6 seconds for a reason? I thought that the actors just really liked Pepsi. It all makes sense now.

CatLadyLarew said...

I think Cary Grant would make an excellent Amtrak spokesperson.

Chris C said...

They kinda already have them. The DirectTV ads.

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. said...

Most of the comments are complaining of ads, but if you're an internet marketer you should be studying them very closely, especially the one's that become popular or campy

Megan said...

I can't imagine Darth Vader sleeping. That's just weird.

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

I don't watch ads. At least when I'm with Mr. P. We watch 50 different shows in a half hour to avoid watching the ads.

sharonheg said...

They've been cutting bits and pieces of TV shows for YEARS. I remember when the Monkees made a comeback in the mid-1980's and the TV show was put on a local, non-cable rerun channel over the summer. THEN the episodes were shown on MTV, with 3 extra minutes of footage because they played less commercials on cable.

Baino said...

Not so subtle is the placement of Apple Mac laptops in just about every movie, have you noticed?

Dennis the Vizsla said...

All Luke wanted was a good night's sleep.

Janna said...

If it wasn't for commercials, there wouldn't be any time for bathroom breaks.
That could be disastrous for everyone involved.
And for the sofa.

Unless you use new Depends pads with StopLeak technology, now available at a store near you.

See? Product placement in a comment.
It's everywhere you look.

aladdinsane12 said...

there totally should have been an asthma medication commercial with darth vader.

Elizabeth said...

Yep, every TV show seems to use Apple computers too.

Subby said...

Ah yes...too bad. When I lived in Germany we had perhaps 20 minutes of commercials...per day! And they always ran the ad spots at the end of each show. Wonder how it is now? Hmmmm....

And VE, due to tech issues( mainly ), I'll be commenting thru' the new bloggo...

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VE said...

mrsupole – Lower the price? Lower the price? Only in electronics to the prices ever go down!

RA – You’re so right. Some of the most creative writing is devoted to them. I can still complain though because I don’t like to be forced to watch something just to see what I really wanted to watch…

Tom – Ha! If I sell something on this blog…it’ll be something I create…

Collette – True…there are many ads that are hilarious…but I can still complain…

Reforminggeek – And the right products…

Incredible woody – My cable company charges for that and I don’t watch enough TV to warrant buying my own. I’ll just suffer…

Gladys – I think that Pepsi can is really just a stalker TV groupie…

Catladylarew – We should bring him back from the dead. Na…better not…people brought back from the dead are always angry…

Chris c – Those are obnoxious…

Sensei – Fortunately I am not an internet marketer. That’s right up there with accounting and pit smelling…

Megan – It is a bit of a leap of faith there to consider. I’ll bet he snores something awful too…

Perpetual chocoholic – 50 shows…now that’s multi-tasking!

Sharonheg – It’s true…and irritating…

Baino – I have. First they took over the schools….now the movies…

Dennis – It’s difficult to do in space…no wonder there were wars out there…they’re all cranky from lack of sleep…

Janna – That’s what pause is for!

Aladdinsane12 – Ha! Good one…

Elizabeth – They’re taking over…ultimately it’ll be a final showdown between them and Google to control the world…

Subby – Now that would have been ok because I would have just turned off the TV after the show…

Roy – Doh! I can’t win….

Hale McKay said...

My favorite channels are: Biography, History, Science, Military, SyFy, etc., ... but the frequency of the commercials, whether funnt or not, are driving me crazy.

The Silver Fox said...

That wasn't funny, dude; it was frighteningly real!

In the early days, when commercial TV time was cheaper, entire shows would be sponsored by one advertiser. I remember the "Tide" logo in the actual end credits for "The Rifleman." And in the shows themselves, you'd see characters smoking their sponsors' cigarettes, for example.

Product placement for budgetary reasons was, to list one more cigarette example, why Margot Kidder smoked constantly in the 1970s/1980s Superman movies, although Lois Lane in the comics was a non-smoker.

I once saw a low-cost raspberry soda on the supermarket shelf. It was called "Razcal," and its slogan was "Nobody famous drinks it!" I bought it immediately.

Jaime said...

blatant product placement annoys me. it's marginally okay if they can work it in as a subtle thing.

lime said...

ok, the last one just made me totally crack up at the truth of it.

Sensei J. Richard Kirkham B.Sc. said...

No one famous can work. The Volks Wagon Beetle used to slam the way it looked on commercials

VE said...

Hale – And they tend to use such a limited set of commercials that you have to suffer through over and over and over…

Silver fox – True…I forgot about those sponsored shows…

Jaime – We’re very in tune with it now though so it is hard to be subtle…

Lime – And the truth is the funniest…

Sensei – I loved the VW commercials and print ads. Humility is an effective tool…