Posts Tagged ‘Ad’

McDonald’s in the U.K. Pokes Hipsters with McCafe Ad

steveparkhurst | February 22, 2017 in Branding,Earned Media,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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McDonald’s in the United Kingdom has a clever new ad that really makes hipsters look, well, hipsterish.


From AdAge:

Watch this spot for McDonald’s McCafe from the U.K. and you’ll wonder why you ever went to an achingly trendy hipster coffee bar.

The ad, created by Leo Burnett London and directed by Tony Barry at Knucklehead, pokes fun at a ton of things you’ll wincingly recognize — miniature cups, confusing menus, extortionate prices, coffees that come in jam jars with straws, weird brewing methods, pretentious WiFi passwords, cafes where you can’t sit down but you can play table tennis.

The increasingly confused customer finally ends up in a McCafe, where he can get a nice normal coffee and sit down at a table without paying a fortune for a tiny drink and an artisan cake. Nice work (and it might even inspire hipsters to try a McCafe in future).


Great Ad For “Great Grains”

steveparkhurst | June 12, 2015 in Advertising,Promotional,Television | Comments (0)

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Between the “cookie air diet” and the “baby food diet,” there should be plenty here to make you laugh. Great job by the people behind Great Grains cereal.

Nationwide Still Hearing About Bizarre Ad

steveparkhurst | February 3, 2015 in Earned Media,Marketing,Television | Comments (0)

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It’s probably no real surprise to learn that Nationwide Insurance is still hearing feedback about their bizarre Super Bowl ad on Sunday. I’ve heard interesting things on talk radio as well as personal conversations with others. The Wall Street Journal featured a prominent story about the ad in this mornings edition.

The company’s response: We knew what we were doing.

Wall Street Journal Nationwide Super Bowl Ad

Hornitos Tequila Ad

steveparkhurst | July 5, 2013 in Advertising,Branding,Marketing,Television | Comments (0)

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I saw this ad on tv and I thought it was not only funny, but it made a great point about consumers and brands. How many times have you heard people ask for a Kleenex, when they actually just wanted a facial tissue. How many times will someone ask, “what kind of cokes do you have?”

Whether it’s laundry detergent, paper towels, gasoline, or hand soap, there are times you might look for something, or ask for something, and not really care which brand you get. This Hornitos ad does a pretty good job of elaborating on that point. Watch it and let us know what you think.

Natachee’s “Best Burgers in Midtown” Ad

steveparkhurst | March 1, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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The latest from Natachee’s.

Natachee's 2-28-13

Yoko Ono Runs Full Page Ad In NYT

steveparkhurst | January 3, 2013 in Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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Yoko Ono ran a full-page ad in the New York Times on New Year’s Day. You can see the ad below:

Imagine Peace NYT Ad

Original Photo

Talk about minimal wording and a whole lot of white space, this is it. A full-page ad in the New York Times is not cheap. Thoughts of reverse psychology come into play here, perhaps because you would have to expect someone buying a full-page ad would load the page up with words or visuals. Instead, this may be the most white space ever seen in a New York Times ad. There are many elements at work here that may prove effective. The “love, yoko” give the feel of a personal letter. Given the right circumstance, this method of advertising could be right for you.

What are your thoughts on the Yoko Ono ad?

Very Funny Samsung Galaxy Ad

steveparkhurst | December 19, 2012 in Advertising,Marketing,Television,Visual | Comments (0)

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This commercial for the Samsung Galaxy is currently one of my favorites on tv. It’s simple and funny. There are several elements, or scenes, throughout the short ad that we can all relate to.  Pretty much every family has the character that wants to dress up and be Santa. I was particularly fond of the line, “I landed on my keys”, followed by a visibly wounded, slowed Santa handing out gifts. Kudos to the team that made this ad: The setting is simple, the technology is self explanatory and the Santa is hilarious.

Let us know what you think.

Dutch Bus Stop Sign

steveparkhurst | July 23, 2012 in Advertising,Visual | Comments (0)

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I saw this tweet today where the lady (@Helena109) tweeted this bus stop ad, which is apparently in Dutch. The lady that tweeted the picture lives in Amsterdam, so I’m assuming that’s where this is from. Anyway, there’s no special significance, I just like ads from everywhere.

Helena109 Amsterdam - The Parkhurst Group

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Natachee’s Final Four Ad

steveparkhurst | March 31, 2011 in Advertising,Branding,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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Maybe not their best effort, but an interesting way for Natachee’s to attempt to get Final Four fans into the place while they’re in Houston

Natachee's Final Four Ad

Call Forwarding Ad from 1981

steveparkhurst | November 14, 2010 in Advertising,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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What’s call forwarding? I kid of course.

This ad raises other questions of course. As an official Monday morning quarterback, I have to wonder how well this ad might have actually worked. Obviously, the ad was meant to portray that a call could be received anywhere. I’m thinking they could have found a few better choices to represent “anywhere” than a sauna. But, it was 1981, maybe this was the best they could do.

Call Forwarding - The Parkhurst Group


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