13 glorious days of advertising fodder for you in this edition of Ads@6. Of note: Vodafone shares a little too much information, split personalities via 2Degrees, Benadryl enlists the help of a creepy miniature monkey puppet and some dodgy special effects from Big Save Furniture.
A smaller group of Ads@6 this time round. Of note: The overly excited bacon-seeking dog that wishes it had opposable thumbs; Charting the evolution of television through Sony’s new Internet TV; some fine tic tac balancing skills and why wolf-whistling is never really a good look.
This edition of Ads@6 takes a step back to mid-late June. Of note: The Electricity Authority takes creative liberty on the celebrity heads game; Westpac shows us how ambitious babies can be with their well crafted Gen W commercial; The Aussie’s continue to do their best to reel us over the Tasman for a holiday—this time with a spot of snorkeling; and MasterCard commences with its nostalgic rugby campaign.
We’re venturing back into May and early June for this edition of Ads@6. Of note in this bunch: Classic Hits might be trying to reposition itself as hip and contemporary, but it endorses a rather cheesy CD of soppy ballads; Mainland and Werther’s Original tap into some nostalgia; Ford’s All Blacks designed car delves into the interior aspects; some bogus surfing action for internet protection software; NZTA takes the humorous route; and the Electoral Commission does its best to get you vote savvy.
Even Ads@6 gets an Easter break. Minus a couple of days, this week’s offering includes a really long Countdown ad about pears (both hard and soft), Hammer Hardware still going strong, the IRD make an attempt at humour, Genesis Energy continue to gather the troops to help in the Christchurch neighbourhood muck in, Freeview gets animated, Dilmah maintains its ethical stance and the Topp Twins develop multiple personalities.
This week’s roundup includes Countdown employing MasterChef 2010 winner Brett McGregor to offer tips on making the ultimate child’s cake; TV3 amps it up for this weekend’s ITM 400 Hamilton; another sporting push from Freeview for the Rugby World Cup; famed international landmarks get doodled on by hotels.com; Rexona employs a man impractically wearing sunglasses during the night to up the appeal of its deodorant; and Sara Lee goes retro with a sitcom cartoon featuring a 1950s baking housewife.
Of note in this collection of televisual commercial messages, the Red Bull Trolley Derby gets set to take some skin off; a classic from Mini keeps it on top in the car class; Robert Harris launches a seemingly unnecessary product for lazy people; ASB and Expol let off a couple of groaners; Skinfood goes mainstream and gets itself on the telly; Tower hits the courts, Pinnacle Life continues with its enjoyable challenger brand cheek and a new campaign from Cigna tries to clear the murky life insurance waters; Magnum embraces temptation by sending a babe down a fire escape in a low cut dress; Telecom continues to push its Android smartphone wares hard, presumably welcoming news that Android took over from Apple as the biggest mobile operating system in the UK recently; and the Skyline ad maintains its place as the best ad on TV at the moment.
In this round of Ads@6, Expedia taps into our frugal Australasian sensibilities with its ‘New York on $50’ spot; Westfield and Moccona continue to push their big travel promotions; Countdown continues its TV domination; P&O’s ads somehow make going on a cruise seem like it would be enjoyable; Persil hits the spot with its Small Whites ad; Rexona gets uber fashionable for its ‘fragrance collection’; Burger King puts bourbon in its burgers; TV3 embraces comparative advertising; Hyundai gets bucolic—and patriotic—with its Country Calendar promotion; and if Harvey Norman’s shouting, the ITM 400 Hamilton promos and the Protex ‘wash wash’ jingle are just too much to handle, Maxalt and The Low Down are here to help.
All the regulars are accounted for in this edition of Ads@6, with an array of cars, food, banks, electronics and home/DIY on offer. But it’s the battle of the male deodorants that sticks out, with the rather entertaining ‘Premature Perspiration’ spot for Lynx going head to head with the new and quite powerful All Black-laden Rexona ad. Be still our beating hearts.
Hey Ads@6, whaddya been up to? What’s that, you’ve recorded all the commercials during the first ad break of the 6pm news on both major TV channels so that everyone in the marketing and communications industry can see who’s paying for the expensive, primetime spots? Well, that’s very nice of you. Sorry, what’s that? Adstream, a one stop shop for all of your TV, print, radio and workflow solutions, is the new sponsor of Ads@6? Well, that’s very nice of them. Alright, have a good weekend. See you next week. Don’t go changin’.