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February 2006



Tim, I am glad to hear you agree with me about Gillette. I didn't read much in the media about it. But when I saw that ad, it really helped me understand why the prodcut was better. The visual was powerful. And then they followed that up with Ben Roethlisberger's beard being shaved off on the Dave Letterman show using the Fusion. Brilliant!!!

Tim Asimos


I completely agree with you about Gillette's commercial. It wasn't the funniest or the most exciting, but it sold the product. The ad did a great job of explaining what the product is, what the product does, and how the product will help you. I use Gillette and I'm going to pick one up next time I'm at Target. That is a lot more than I can say about Ameriquest.

The difference between Budweiser humor and Ameriquest humor is that Budweiser actually includes a distinct brand message and a clear connection to the product. The Budweiser commercials were by far the most "creative" and "effective" of the spots.

Did you catch the Full Throttle ad right before kickoff? I thought it was brilliant and was funny, yet had a clear brand message and product pitch.


Thanks Tim. I deleted the posting immediately. When I saw them this morning I figured it was some sort of spam. I appreciate your message. It is really frustrating that people do that.



Vika's two postings (above)are spreading a trojan through their links and the sites are really in poor taste. Just thought everyone should know.

I'm really against censorship, but when people takwe advantage of a medium like blogs and an innocent site to hurt others it's wrong. I strongly suggest that these two be deleted before they damage other peoples files and your reputation.

Don't follow the links posted on Vika's comments.



Steve said much of what I would say. Very few of these commercials helped build an emotional connection with prospective costumers, or reinforce it the with their existing ones. Better yet, very few adhered to any of the fundamental elements of brand building. Most of them were entertainment.


Steve you are so right. In general, advertising is not terribly effective. And the most talked about ads people can usually never remember what product or even sometimes what category was being sold. Priceless is an excellent example of a memorable ad with little impact at least for the MasterCard brand. It did more to help Visa. A weak #2 brand gets little help from a powerful or funny ad promoting the category.

A powerful leader like Budweiser needs to advertise on the Super Bowl to reinforce its brand and block the competition from getting on the game. The beer ads were funny but you are right they didn't talk about Bud. But since they are the leader the brand did benefit. Hopefully more guys will drink more beer instead of wine and vodka.

Steve Liberati

Sorry to disagree, but I seriously doubt the ads were as half as effective as they were entertaining.

For example, I really enjoyed the commercial with the guys on the roof. The problem is I really couldn't tell you which beer the "guys on the roof" were promoting until you told me.

I think most people in general have this same problem. So many ads, so little impact. We know the commercials, but don't know the product or service they're pushing.

Remember the "priceless" commercials? Who doesn't right? Problem is I really can't tell you if its for Mastercard or Visa. I wonder how many more people are out there suffer from "ad amnesia" like me.

My guess is alot.

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