Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Insurance Entertainment Bubble

I have to wonder when the financial bubble will burst for insurance companies.  Ever notice that they seem to be throwing gobs of money competing against each other on who can be the funniest?

There's Flo (she must be caught in some kind of never ending river eddy because I just keep hoping she'll continue to FLO downstream and be gone)

There's the Mayhem guy (one of my personal favorites) 

There's they everyday guy everyone likes that State Farm uses.  Apparently they're too down to Earth and mature to use humor to sell their wares. 


There's the guy from the movies Spiderman and Thank you For Smoking that trains agents 

And let's not forget the creepy salesguy from Nationwide. 


Then there's the endless spokespersons for Geico.  That lizard with an accent, the cavemen, the money character, etc. etc.

The list goes on...


And behind it all, there's one poor sap in the entire country that somehow got insurance at standard undiscounted stock rate prices.  He's the ONLY guy that can actually save $400-$600 by switching companies because that's what they base that savings on.  I mean, this guy probably also bought his mattresses when they weren't on sale.  That's hard to do!

But there will come a time when even insurance companies will dry up spending money on commercials for our entertainment.  Then we'll have to go back to the pharmacy companies and amuse ourselves on just how many side effects they can squeeze into a 30 second commercial...

12 comments:

sybil law said...

None of those guys really annoy me, and that's saying a lot, since almost all commercials annoy me. Flo is irritating, and I kind of like the Nationwide guy (I know! It surprises me, too!), but Mayhem is hands down the best.

I love that my kid asked me what Viagra was when she was like, 4.

Mrsupole said...

I dislike almost all the commercials out there and rarely watch anything not recorded. It is so nice to be able to just skip all of them but unfortunately I have watched most commercials at least once.

I think they are so boring and I guess they are needed for potty breaks.

But mostly when I see a commercial, I just see that we now have to pay more money for whatever product they are selling. If they would just give us a true discount with our insurance payments then word would get out and everyone would benefit, well except these actors and those involved in making the commercials.

And what about the Allstate guy with the deep voice, he is my favorite.

God bless.

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The Incredible Woody said...

Wee-wee-weeeeeeeeee!!

VE said...

sybil - Yes...Viagra is hard to explain ;)

mrsupole - And the thing is...there are a lot of very creative people in advertising. What a waste...

carl can - You look like spam to me. Goodbye!

incredible woody - Haha...love the pig. Who wouldn't love a thrill seeking pig with pinwheels?!

ReformingGeek said...

That's some scary folks.

Flo can flow away anytime. The Cavemen can go back to their caves and the rest I've been fortunate enough to ignore.

Serena said...

I have to confess that I like the Mayhem guy. For some twisted reason, he makes me laugh. The rest of them, though, I wouldn't miss if I never saw them again, especially the uber creepy Nationwide guy.:)

Megan said...

Commercial break:

Car, insurance, drug, car, car, VICTORIA'S SECRET MODEL, car, drug, car, insurance, car, car.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled programming. Drill, baby, drill!

Quirkyloon said...

You know I am totally NOT surprised that mayhem guy is your fave. In fact when I started reading this post... I thought of him and YOU. You would be him if you could, wouldn't you.

heh heh

lime said...

the insurance commercials are generally annoying yes but i have to say i almost split a gut laughing the first time i saw the ziplining pig....ya know since i've had my own horrid zipline incident.

VE said...

reforminggeek - Like the caveman would suddenly evolve into modern society to do insurance commercials? I agree, why bother?

serena - Mayhem is awesome. My favorite...

megan - Wow, I didn't know there were that many car commercials. Perhaps because I buy a car only once in 10-15 years I just don't pay any attention to those. They're rarely funny...

quirkyloon - You know me quite well. I would totally be mayhem! Muhahah....

lime - Ok, I admit...the pig is a winner...especially because of the pinwheels...a most excellent accessory choice...

torresongs said...

What about the other guy in the Progressive ads? The one that looks like a 70's porn actor. Or like a guy that sells weed to kids from an ice cream truck. Or like an extra in an episode of Starsky & Hutch. He's a creeper! He has that little bobblehead of Flo on his dashboard. I get the feeling that if he ever meet up with her, he's going to try to kill her. I would like to see them battle it out "kill bill" style!