Mr. Clean Gets Sexy In Its New Super Bowl Ad

Do you believe that advertising can make people change their behavior? If so, I wonder whether we’ll see an upswing in men doing house cleaning. Of course, the whole notion that they don’t is a pretty tired stereotype. Regardless, this Mr. Clean commercial created by Leo Burnett Toronto seems like one people will be talking about during the Super Bowl. I’ll update with actor/actress info when I find it.

Skittles’ Super Bowl Commercial: Katie!

With the Super Bowl a little over a week away, many of the big game ads have already been released. It’s been like this for numerous years now, and I’m not a fan. For an advertising nerd like me, there’s something special about seeing a brand new Super Bowl commercial. But that’s the way it is, so I guess I’ll just have to get on the trolley. Skittles has always had weird ads, and this one is no different. Fortunately, unlike last Super Bowl’s Steven Tyler spot, this one is actually good. A guy is throwing Skittles at Katie’s window and repeatedly calling her name. Only thing is Katie, her parents, grandma, a burglar, a cop, and a beaver (or gopher?) are all catching the Skittles in their mouths. It’s a bizarre and amusing ad, created by London’s adam&eveDDB.

UnitedHealthCare: Chuck Norris Has Still Got It!

Remember Chuck Norris Facts? They became popular starting in the mid-2000s, and quite possibly served as an inspiration for Dos Equis’ The Most Interesting Man in the World campaign. The old men at this diner see Chuck Norris and mention some of the “facts” they’ve heard about him. The one old guy bets the other a buck that Chuck can catch a salt shaker that’s quickly chucked at him. Chuck responds with a quick kick, and the salt shaker ends up smacking the old man chucker right in the face (landing right-side up on the table to boot). He ends up going to the doctor with his busted face, presumably where UnitedHealthcare has him covered. It’s a chuckler.



These Canadian Guys Debate The Big Mac Bacon

McDonald’s Canada has just introduced the Big Mac Bacon. Bacon seems like such a no-brainer addition that it seems weird that it hasn’t been on the Big Mac before. Maybe one of the reason is that it’s such a classic that’s stayed relatively unchanged since its creation. So is the Big Mac Bacon even a Big Mac? These two guys have an amusing debate at a McDonald’s about whether it is or isn’t. McDonald’s is extending the campaign with some print ads and the hashtags #NotABigMac and #StillABigMac. I say that it’s still a Big Mac.

PowerBar Helps Ryan Lochte Wipe Away The Past And Make A Clean Start

2016 was full of ridiculous news stories, but one of the silliest was Ryan Lochte’s fabricated armed robbery tale. In an equally silly endorsement, PowerBar uses Lochte as a pitchman in this ad for its new Clean Whey Protein Bar. See, Lochte needs a clean start, and PowerBar also wants to help start clean with their new bars. Ryan’s lunkheaded persona is on full display here (“metaphors are chill.”) It’s a cheesy ad, though that was likely the intention.

This iPhone 7 AirPods Ad Is Hypnotic

Lil Buck is quite the dancer, and this is a visually compelling commercial that keeps you transfixed for the duration. The song is “Down” by Marian Hill.

Southwest’s Wanna Get Away: I Am Fenwick

This one is a chuckler, especially if you’ve seen Spartacus. Poor Fenwick…and poor, stupid guy that reveals Fenwick. Coulda just rotated your shield, buddy. I bet they both wanna get away.


This Commercial Sucks: T-Mobile’s Lice

So T-Mobile compares AT&T and Verizon’s fees to little bugs. Fees rhymes with fleas, so there’s something. But ultimately, this is a T-Mobile ad…so now I associate T-Mobile with lice, fleas, and other little bugs. Not a great strategy.

Pearle Vision Shows Us Ben’s Big Glasses

A young boy, Ben, is wearing glasses that don’t quite look right on him. They’re way too big for him, and he seems to have trouble seeing with them. All sorts of mishaps ensue…he overruns the school bus, can’t zip his zipper, and loses the ability to pour orange juice into his glass. Plus, the glasses are always falling off. When Ben’s parents notice his problems, they take him to Pearle Vision, and we see the heartbreaking/heartwarming reason why he’s wearing them. The beautifully haunting song is “Weather” by Novo Amor. It’s a lovely and emotional ad, created by Energy BBDO.

Geico: You Probably Don’t Want Tiki Barber As Your Barber

Tiki Barber was a good NFL running back, and he’s a charismatic TV and radio personality. But despite his name, Tiki Barber wouldn’t be a good choice if you were going in for a haircut. It’s a bit predictable, but still a chuckler…especially if you’re a football fan.

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