Verizon’s Joy Returns For Christmas

This fall, Verizon’s much-played “Yee Haw” commercial featured a character named Joy, played by Britt Lower. Now Joy’s in a new Christmas ad with her niece. Her niece wants a rabbit, while Joy wants the new iPhone. This one’s getting hammered on YouTube, though that seems more because of Verizon’s role in the net neutrality fiasco.


After Santa And Red Faint, The Yellow M&M Unexpectedly Saves Christmas

The holiday season is a time of traditions, and the advertising world is no different. Numerous holiday commercials are played year after year, to the point where it would feel weird not to have them around. Off the top of my head, I can think of classic spots from Hershey’s Kisses, Campbell’s Soup, and Folgers. Another one is the M&Ms ad where  Santa Claus meets the Red and Yellow M&Ms. You’ll recall that Santa and Red both faint upon realizing that they do exist, and Yellow is left concerned. This one’s been playing since 1996, and now French agency CLM BBDO has created a followup. The doofy Yellow sets out to save Christmas, but runs into some problems. But as it turns out, he’s brought people together and made it even better. Here’s more from Adweek.

Taco Bell: If You’ve Got Rolled Chicken Tacos, You Might End Up Awkwardly Chest Bumping Your Girlfriend’s Ex

Jake and Jen are dating. Jake is a fan of Taco Bell’s Rolled Chicken Tacos. They’re out and about, when they run into Mark, Jen’s meathead-looking ex. The introduction between Jake and Mark couldn’t be more uncomfortable. Mark calls Jake “chief” (ugh), and goes in for a handshake. But Jake’s too busy enjoying his Rolled Chicken Tacos, and he’s got no free hands. So Jake does what seems logical, and chest bumps the much taller Mark. Wow. Mark is played by Brett Davis, and Jen is played by Alexandra Siegel. Jen’s got a new guy since last year, but she apparently has a thing for awkward men who love Rolled Chicken Tacos. Anyone know who plays Jake?

Dilly Dilly! Check Out Bud Light’s Pit Of Misery

Bud Light’s “Banquet” commercial has been an extremely popular one for the last few months that I for some reason didn’t write about on here. In particular, the repeated and silly “Dilly Dilly!” quote became a memetic catchphrase. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger even used a “Dilly Dilly!” cadence in last week’s blowout win over the Tennessee Titans. So, responding to the ad’s popularity, Bud Light has made a followup spot. We see Greg making the Pit of Misery somewhat less miserable by bringing back some Bud Light? Is it dumb that he escaped the Pit of Misery, only to return to give Bud Light to his fellow miserables? Probably, but whatever. Dilly dilly! Here’s more from Adweek.

Halo Pet Food Introduces Poopsie

This one’s been out for two months, and I’m not sure how I missed it. The song about Poopsie, the happiest little poop from pets who eat Halo, is so damn catchy.

Tuesday Throwback: Extra Gum’s Story Of Sarah & Juan

This past weekend, I went to a wedding where the couple used Haley Reinhart’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love” as their first dance song. The song came to prominence from its usage in Extra Gum’s mega-viral 2015 spot “The Story of Sarah & Juan.” It was a romantic tearjerker that was also interesting in the fact that it told a story not even about the product, but a creative use of the packaging. So let’s take a look back at this lovely ad from Extra.



Geico: Randy Jackson Judging A Dog Show Is Surprising, Dawg

Former American Idol judge Randy Jackson was famous for calling contestants “dawg.” But what happens when he judges an actual dog show? After watching Geico’s newest spot from the “It’s Not Surprising” campaign, I actually was surprised…surprised that they didn’t make this ad sooner.


The Macy’s Lighthouse Christmas Commercial

Well, the holiday season is rapidly approaching…or it’s already been on for a few weeks if you work retail. Anyway, that means a large new set of emotional commercials. So let’s start. Macy’s tells the story of a touching gesture from a young boy who lives with his family on the mainland to a grieving young girl who lives with her father in a lighthouse. Aww. The song is a cover of “Everlasting Light” by The Black Keys, performed by Sarah Rayne. Excellent spot from BBDO New York. Here’s more about it from Ad Age.

Things Change…This Former iPhone Fanboy Is Now A Samsung Galaxy Devotee

This Samsung Galaxy ad has been majorly trending, with more than three million views since debuting yesterday. In 2007, Erik excitedly got an iPhone. In 2013, he meets Lauren, who has a Samsung Galaxy. As he falls in love with Lauren, he falls out of love with iPhones. Finally, in 2017, Erik makes the plunge and gets a Samsung Galaxy. As he sees people lining up for the iPhone X (a notably shorter line), he walks away with apathy. Damn. Things change. The song playing in this commercial is “I’m Moving On” by Chyvonne Scott.

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