Ads you love to hate

 
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
YM Mundrabilla opened a can of worms with his thread on dumb measurements and language.  What about a thread on advertising?

You have to love the advertising industry’s ability to throw figures around; a few to go on with:-

A beauty product; “ 86% of Australian women felt an improvement” 2015 population of women is 11,845,000; 86% of this is 10,186,700, and the ad claims this figure. It’s probably not what they meant, but it’s what they said.
Similarly, L’Oreal; “94% of Australian women found an improvement. . .” see above.
Also L’Oreal; “ Revitalift. . .reduced wrinkles by 47%”. How on earth is that measured?
And, Ostelin; “ 73% of Australian women don’t get enough calcium in their diet.” Source?
Forty Winks;  40% of Australians are not getting enough sleep”. Source?
Tetley – “ Almost 80% of Australians are dehydrated.” Source?
Rexona (deodorant) “gives 3x more protection”; 3 times more than what?
Voltaren Emulgel “ relieves pain two times faster”;  2 times faster than what?
Dettol “kills 99.9% of germs.”  How was it measured?
Regaine hair restorer “New hair grows 48% thicker”  Oh yeah; who measured it?  Thicker than what?
E Harmony – “someone finds love every fourteen minutes”. Measured by whom and how?

Then there are the other gems:-
Proprietary medicines “scientifically formulated” . . . one would certainly hope so; it’s probably better than being cooked up in mum’s laundry.
“Award-winning” – what isn’t?
Mortein Surface Spray – “kills the bugs for up to six months”. They then rise from the dead?
“Available at leading pharmacies.” What is a leading pharmacy, and who decides?

I’ll bet there are more to come.

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  doyle Chief Commissioner

I dislike 100% of ads...
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

I dislike 100% of ads...
doyle
99.9%, just that minute amount of wiggle room. If my product doesn’t perform, you’re the 0.1%.
A simple random number say 97.98765% would at least in appearance be infinitely more credible.
  doyle Chief Commissioner

No really don't like ads at all, try to switch off, I've got root on my android just to stop ads while browsing
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
We could also have a thread on the various rail based docos which do nothing other than make the industry and its people look like amateurs and idiots. Everything is 'massive', 'disasterous', 'catastrophic' or portending the end of the world in one form or another. The fridge has failed - everything will be rotten by the time we get to Adelaide! Carriage water supplies measured in tonnes rather than litres (or Olympic swimming pools!).

ER (fuel) at Cook 'to get us to Sydney' (which is around 2,900 km via Adelaide).

Sadly some of the front line employees add to an unpolished and unprofessional industry. The hillbilly, bogan, untidily uniformed Indian Pacific and Ghan staff are but one example. 'Let's have yer........' yells the Train Manager. Rolling Eyes
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
It use to really annoy me with Pantene in the early 2000s claimed that the "women of the world" voted Pantene as the best product.

Really?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Annoying ads that stick in the head:

"Ken Bruce has gone mad, Ken Bruce has gone completely mad!"
"Hellooooooo....  Frank Walker from National tiles.... "
"It won't hippen overnight, but it will hippen" (Pantene ad with Rachel Hunter)


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7EweM_ILVt4

Growing up in Regional Vic there were a multitude of terrible jingles.  A memorable one was for the local private school:
"Give your kids the edge, send them to Girton College".
To which us State School kids would change to:
"Give your kids the edge, give 'em a bowl of porridge"
  Madjikthise Deputy Commissioner

"50 minutes of uninterrupted music on (station name here)!" Except you just interrupted it to tell me that.
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Growing up in Regional Vic there were a multitude of terrible jingles.  
Carnot
Special mention must go to "Tank World, it makes a world of difference! Tank World!"

Some annoying ads become cult classics though. Bring back Franco Cozzo!
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Any political ad.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
There's a tonne of adds I hate but it's the one's with a good opening, that keep you looking.

In this add, the then Kate as she was known, would appear to " love a good opening " Razz



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TpQP4bvLsII

Kate's not quite in the same name or condition these days....

BigShunter.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Growing up in Regional Vic there were a multitude of terrible jingles.
Carnot
There still are!!!!!!! Got to love some of the budget ads for local businesses in the regions, some of them are priceless! My current fave is the young lady in the gym ad who seems to pronounce talking as talkigin. No idea how she manages it, i've tried to replicate it but can't do it.

But back to ads in general, those that promote something as achieving "up to 100%". So anywhere between 0% and 100% effective then!!!
  Expost Chief Commissioner

Any ad on pay TV. Free to air TV, I can understand, advertising revenue keeps it free. But when I pay for content- yes I am looking at you Foxtel, then why the bloody hell do I also have to watch ads on there, and its the same repetitive ads again, and again, and again, and again, and.............. Surely your revenue comes from people who actually pay for your service, to watch content, and not ads.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Any ad on pay TV. Free to air TV, I can understand, advertising revenue keeps it free. But when I pay for content- yes I am looking at you Foxtel, then why the bloody hell do I also have to watch ads on there, and its the same repetitive ads again, and again, and again, and again, and.............. Surely your revenue comes from people who actually pay for your service, to watch content, and not ads.
Expost
I don't have Foxtel.  Never have.  Waste of money.  No wonder people prefer Netflix etc.

I am a fairly avid YouTube watcher - more of that gets watched than free-to-air in our household.  The increasing amount of ads is tempting me to go YouTube premium.  Can't quite justify the $15 per month yet.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

I haven't had a TV connected to an antenna for at least 10 years. The only time I see ads are at other peoples houses and it amazes me that people put up with them.

There is almost no reason anyone has to endure adverts in 2021.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat Line
I dislike 100% of ads...
doyle

I see virtually no ads as I don't watch commercial TV fullstop and I ignore billboards. I also have adblocker on my PC.

Occasionally I'll see an add as a novelty on Gruen, ABC tv.

Mike.
  Mr. Lane Chief Commissioner

Any ad on pay TV. Free to air TV, I can understand, advertising revenue keeps it free. But when I pay for content- yes I am looking at you Foxtel, then why the bloody hell do I also have to watch ads on there, and its the same repetitive ads again, and again, and again, and again, and.............. Surely your revenue comes from people who actually pay for your service, to watch content, and not ads.
I don't have Foxtel.  Never have.  Waste of money.  No wonder people prefer Netflix etc.

I am a fairly avid YouTube watcher - more of that gets watched than free-to-air in our household.  The increasing amount of ads is tempting me to go YouTube premium.  Can't quite justify the $15 per month yet.
Carnot
Almost all of my video and music media consumption comes through Youtube, including the ABC.

I subscribed to Youtube Premium years ago when it was Youtube Red so am still on the $11.99 rate. I think it may have been less than $10 at some point I don't remember.

Definitely one of the better expenses. No ads at all ever (unless the content creator has edited an ad into the actual video) and never run out of things to watch or listen to. My time and brain is worth $11.99 per month.

No one in my family has ever had Foxtel.
  DirtyBallast Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
Just going back to regional ads, probably put together by some hick kids who don't know better, one thing I've found annoying over the years is the poor representation of place names when small businesses are being advertised. Warrigal instead of Warragul, Lenogatha instead of Leongatha, Kurrumburru instead of Korumburra, Yarrum instead of Yarram, Morewell instead of Morwell, Granet Rock (a locality near Bairnsdale) instead of Granite Rock, and...wait for it...even though the spelling was right, Moe pronounced as Mo!

Several years ago I sent off a cheeky email to WIN TV and Prime TV offering my services as a spell checker for their local advertising departments to save them from future embarrassment, in exchange for a small fee - and never heard back.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
Several years ago I sent off a cheeky email to WIN TV and Prime TV offering my services as a spell checker for their local advertising departments to save them from future embarrassment, in exchange for a small fee - and never heard back.
DirtyBallast
Reminds me of WIN Local News (Toowoomba) a couple of decades or so back. On the weather report they showed "Cecil Plains" as "Cecil Planes" on screen and the forecast temperature for Kingaroy was shown as 221 degrees!
  doyle Chief Commissioner

I remember a news (channel 10 sydney) report about 35 odd years ago about a fire in Brisbane, the banner on the bottom of the screen read 'Bernie Flame' chief fire superintendent
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Just going back to regional ads, probably put together by some hick kids who don't know better, one thing I've found annoying over the years is the poor representation of place names when small businesses are being advertised. Warrigal instead of Warragul, Lenogatha instead of Leongatha, Kurrumburru instead of Korumburra, Yarrum instead of Yarram, Morewell instead of Morwell, Granet Rock (a locality near Bairnsdale) instead of Granite Rock, and...wait for it...even though the spelling was right, Moe pronounced as Mo!

Several years ago I sent off a cheeky email to WIN TV and Prime TV offering my services as a spell checker for their local advertising departments to save them from future embarrassment, in exchange for a small fee - and never heard back.
DirtyBallast
'... Several years ago I sent off a cheeky email to WIN TV and Prime TV offering my services as a spell checker for their local advertising departments to save them from future embarrassment, in exchange for a small fee - and never heard back. ...'

Can we be sure that they could even read your kind offer?
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

I remember a news (channel 10 sydney) report about 35 odd years ago about a fire in Brisbane, the banner on the bottom of the screen read 'Bernie Flame' chief fire superintendent
doyle
A local GP clinic also had a dental surgery attached. Attending GPs and dentists were listed in the front window, one dentist was named Dr Fang.
  KRviator Moderator

Location: Up the front
I remember a news (channel 10 sydney) report about 35 odd years ago about a fire in Brisbane, the banner on the bottom of the screen read 'Bernie Flame' chief fire superintendent
A local GP clinic also had a dental surgery attached. Attending GPs and dentists were listed in the front window, one dentist was named Dr Fang.
michaelgm
Almost as good as that American "news" bulletin that screwed up the Asiana 214 pilot names. If I ever have the good fortune to meet the bloke who pranked them so spectacularly I'll gladly buy him a beer!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jtxds204ZMI
  doyle Chief Commissioner

I always laughed at Chitti Pharmacy at lockleys on Henley beach road in Adelaide
Small things amuse small.......
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
That idiot from National Tiles with his smeg tone.
Every time I hear it, either the channel gets changed, or I’m reaching for a blunt object.

Hullooowwwwww. The guy is a flog!

Doubt we’ll top this guy for irritating?

Regards

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