The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in financial Ads

Original…. The Good
Get your money to reproduce.

Creative Directors: João Livi, Leo Macias
Art Director: Leo Macias
Copywriter: João Livi
Illustrator: Daniel Kondo
Photographer: Marcelo Ribeiro
Published: March 2007

The first thief…. the Bad
Make you Money Work Harder
Advertising Agency: Fortune Promoseven, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Creative Director / Art director / Copywriter: Moh'd Khatib

Published: 2008

The second thief the Ugly
Make your money work for you
Advertising Agency: IMPACT BBDO, Beirut
Chief Creative Officer:
 Dani Richa
Creative Director:
 Joe Abou Khaled
Associate Creative Director:
 Joe Abou Khaled
 Cara Khatib
Art Director:
 Joelle El-khoury
Via [DubaiLynx]

----------UPDATE 2.10.2009----------

Apparently brand owner don’t weight much if their ads were highjack neither rip-off as long they deliver on brand communication objective.
Marketing 3.0 discussed suspected “Mysterious coincidence” wit client and they stand behind agency work and had approved it .
Dear Mr Sarhan,

Thank you for the mail, please note that the ads were approved by us and appeared in the Lebanese press in November 08. re-copycat, we have full confidence in the judgment of our advertising agency, if further info is required please contact Dany Aouad at IB2 on 
d.aoud@i2.com.lb  you will get all the info you need.

Best Regards

Marketing & Communication Division Head 

from Diala Choucair
to ayman.sarhan@gmail.com
date Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 4:36 PM

Please relay this inquiry to Ms. Diala.Choucair
Your published ads “Make your money work for you” has been found and classified as a copy cats.
For me to classify your recent ads either Scam ads or Ghost ads, I need your comments and statement if you ever approved this work ."
Best regards

Ads copyright infringements is a ancient and old topic in Arabia – despite of all what been said, agencies in Arabia seems firm on ignoring calls , and advice to avoid scam ads .
Although plagiarism had been a problem long before the Internet arrived, the web has made it much easier for unscrupulous individuals or companies to duplicate and use concepts or catch-lines with a few simple clicks.

"will not forget" Print Ads

 "crème de la crème"Every now and again, however, an advert comes along that’s so powerful, due to the originality of its content or the way that it conveys its message, that it inspires us to change our behaviour.

Fun Up Your Home [Microsoft]

Images: The Uninvited Blog & Neurosoftware

Goodbye Bush [Veet]

Image: Miragens

360° Wide Angle CCTV [Samsung]

Image: kuteev

More Volume [Schwartzkopf}

Image: kuteev

Optical Zoom [Olympus]

Image: Elastique

French Kiss [Pepsi]

Image: I Believe in Advertising

The New Expression of Fun [Miragica Theme Park]

Image: I Believe in Advertising

No Drowsiness Gum

Image: kuteev

Arcor Bubblegum

Image: Sauce

Whatever The Delay We’ll Text You Straight Away [Connex]

Image: Ads of the World

Hands Are Everywhere [Dettol]

Image: The Inspiration Room

Shirt Straw [Perrier]

Image: DesignSitesUp

Verbal Abuse Can Be Just As Horrific [Aware Helpline]

Image: The Inspiration Room

Guantanamo Bay [Amnesty International]

Image: KikiPulse

 Animals Are Not Clowns [LPDA]

Images: Ads of the World & Ads of the World

Bad Water Kills More Children Than War [UNICEF]

Image: Ads of the World

Stop Gout Patients’ Suffering [EULAR]

Image: Ads of the World

Nature Can’t Be Recycled [WWF]

Image: Ads of the World

Second Hand Smoke In The Home [The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation]

Image: Frederik Samuel

Cigarettes Smoke People [Cancer Patients Aid Association]

Image: Space Invaders

Don’t Buy Exotic Animal Souvenirs [WWF]

Image: Ads of the World

Stop the World Record of Executions [Amnesty International]

Image: I Believe in Advertising


Dirty Jobs [Discovery Channel]

Image: Frederik Samuel

Authentic Wildlife Documentaries [Animal Planet]

Images: Ads of the World & Ads of the World

Olympic Games [ESPN Brasil]

Image: Frederik Samuel

Formula 1 GP – The Fight Begins [Sky]

Image: The Inspiration Room

News Beyond Your Borders [BBC World]

Image: Frederik Samuel

Fight Your Sore Throat [Mebucaine]

Image: I Believe in Advertising

Blocked Nose? [Otrivin]

Image: Igor Kovic

Root Out Disgusting Fungi [Tolnaftate]

Image: Ads of the World

Viral Marketing Campaigns flops

Mike Gravel: 'Rock'
 A 78-year-old former senator from Alaska running for president

Cheetos Orange Underground

The Orange Underground site features a deliberately scratchy video urging viewers to commit Random Acts of Cheetos (RAoC). "Coat your fingers with Cheetos and leave your mark. On someone's back. Someone's desk. Wherever you like." It encouraged visitors to fill people's shoes with Cheetos, crush them inside someone's laptop, or toss them into the dryer with someone else's laundry--and then post videos of their dirty deeds online.
The brand 
set up a blog & created a YouTube channel

Coors Code Blue

Coors's online adventures started with a beer commercial built around its new temperature-activated bottles. When the mountains on the Coors label changed color, excited Coors fans in the ad send "Code Blue" text messages to each other, indicating it's time for a cold one. The idea looked so cool on the commercials that Coors wanted people to do it in real life, until the company discovered that "text-messaging elaborate 'Code blue' alerts as shown in the commercial using mobile devices would not currently be technologically feasible" (
according to the New York Times).
Coors Code Blue

Instead, Coors poured money into the Web, creating Facebook andMySpace pages that allowed Coors fans to send "Code Blue" alerts to their pals. Apparently, Coors has never heard of Twitter.
Cold? Maybe. Cool? Not a chance.

Naming the campaign after the term used for hospital patients going into cardiac arrest. Maybe Coors should have included a free defibrillator with every six-pack.

 Sony 'All I Want for Xmas Is a PSP'

All Sony wanted for Christmas in 2006 was to create a little buzz for its handheld gaming platform. So its marketing company created a fake blog called "All I Want for Xmas Is a PSP," allegedly written by a teen named Charlie who's trying to get the parents of his pal Jeremy to pony up for a PSP. Bloggers who smelled a rat looked up the site's domain and found that it was registered to guerrilla marketing company Zipatoni (now called Rivet). 
The reaction was swift and brutal, and the site disappeared shortly thereafter.
SonyHow bad was the blog? To wit: "we started clowning with sum not-so-subtle hints to j's parents that a psp would be teh perfect gift. we created this site to spread the luv to those like j who want a psp!"
It gets worse. Along with badly executed teen patois came a video ofCharlie's cousin Pete rapping about why he too wants a PSP (when what he really needs is a job and maybe some hair plugs)

eBay 'Windorphins'

No, they're not anti-depressants. eBay's marketing geniuses dreamed up some 
blobby little cartoon characters to promote the site and the "endorphin" rush you get when you "win" an eBay auction ("win-dorphin," get it?).
Per the original press release of July 2007:
"We've all experienced that feeling you can only get on eBay--you know, the excited rush you get when you win that item you really wanted at a great price? ... Well, we've had a scientific breakthrough! According to our official scientists--after a lot of arduous, painstaking research--it can be linked to aeBayphenomenon called 'Windorphins.'"
eBay set up a Web site where you could create your own Windorphins, and spent millions on billboards, magazine ads, and TV spots promoting them. One billboard ad proclaimed, "Windorphins are like a ticker tape parade for your soul." A more accurate description came from the blogger who called them "happy, animated hemorrhoids." eBay quietly dropped the campaign a few months later in favor of one titled "Shop Victoriously." Ugh. As for the Windorphins: Now they're just plain orphans.

Wal-Marting Across America

They were Jim and Laura, two average Americans who hit the road in their RV , parking overnight at Wal-Marts around the country and blogging about the fine folks they met along the way. 

Wal MartBut the relentlessly upbeat entries about how everyone just loved working for Wal-Mart set off alarms in the blogosphere, and before long the blog was exposed as a fake. Though Jim and Laura were real, the trip was paid for by Wal-Mart and engineered by its PR firm, Edelman. Once people connected the dots, the blogosphere erupted, splattering both Wal-Mart and Edelman with mud and spawning yet another Web 2.0 neologism--the "flog," or fake blog.
Edelman, which helped write the ethics guidelines for the Word of Mouth Marketing Association but apparently forgot to read them, later admitted to creating two more flogs for Wal-Mart.

Jawbone Films

JawboneFoul-mouthed racists, homicidal laundry employees, a shark-infested swimming pool, mauled teenagers, and Russian mobsters drowned in their own borscht. The latest Tarantino/Rodriguez gorefest? No, it's a collection of viral videos created to promote Aliph's Jawbone Bluetooth headsets. The idea: Despite what's going on around you (murder, mayhem, sloppy kissing between male rugby players), you can drown it all out using the Jawbone's new "NoiseAssassin" technology. Nice.
In the worst of the four videos, a racist jerk enters a Chinese laundry, insults everyone, and gets smothered with a dry-cleaning bag and beaten to death by the employees--while an oblivious bystander enjoys a crystal-clear cell call.
"I don't have virgin ears and I've dropped an f-bomb or two in my life," notes Patrick Byers, CEO ofOutsource Marketing and purveyor of The Responsible Marketing Blog. "But this video is incredibly insensitive, offensive and violent. The Jawbone brand is creating buzz all on its own. They didn't need to resort to exploitative or offensive virals."

Aqua Teen Hunger Force and 'The Bomb'

Aqua Teen hungerForceHow do you promote a cartoon starring anthropomorphic versions of fast food? The creators behind the Adult Swim show Aqua Teen Hunger Force thought it would be a neat idea to attach hundreds of small billboards styled like Lite-Brite glowing toys to buildings, bridges, and underpasses in cities across the country. But when the Boston police mistook the battery-operated signs for terrorist bombs in January 2007, all hell broke loose. The city shut down highways and parts of the Charles River for several hours. The masterminds behind the signs, Peter Berdovsky and Sean Stevens, were arrested, and Turner Broadcasting System had to pay $2 million to clean up the mess. (Berdovsky and Stevens were eventually sentenced to community service.)
But this viral-marketing disaster may have actually helped the show's image, says Barak Kassar, group creative director of full-service marketing firm Rassak Experience.
"Adult Swim's young male audience relish anti-establishment cartoons and likely relished the news footage (which they probably watched on YouTube) of the 'busted' yet unrepentant gonzo marketers who were contracted by the network," says Kassar.
Of the dozen major cities where the signs were placed, only Beantown mistook a marketing gimmick for a terrorist plot. But after all, said Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley, "It had a very sinister appearance. It had a battery behind it, and wires."

Microsoft Vista's 'Wow'

It was a marriage made in marketing hell: a lame product with an even worse catchphrase. Yet "The Wow starts now" was only the beginning of Microsoft's desperate effort to drum up enthusiasm for Vista, its years-late-and-many-dollars-short operating system.Wow
The campaign hit rock bottom with the Web site that Microsoft created for Vista fans to display their "Wow" moments. By having users upload photos and video clips to ShowUsYourWow.com, Microsoft hoped to show off Vista's nifty Aero interface. Unfortunately, Aero was too processor-intensive to run on many machines, leading to a class action lawsuit over the "Vista Capable" stickers used to promote the OS on underpowered systems.
"In 1994 we represented CompuServe, which had a product called 'Wow' with a slogan 'Bring the Wow into your life,'" notes Richard Laermer, principal of RLM PR and author of 2011: Trendspotting for the Next Decade. "Twelve years later, Microsoft's doing it. Using 'Wow' is like sleeping on the job. Whoever came up with that campaign for Microsoft should be shot."
Our favorite ShowUs moment: a video of Claudio, a bone-thin topless transvestite in a blonde wig, shaking his booty and lip-syncing to Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." Wow

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