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A Brief History of Brand Slogans™

Without much thought, most of us can probably rattle off a handful of catchphrases from old TV commercials. Slogans, tag lines, catchphrases – whatever your vernacular preference, although some might argue their differences – are the caboose on the advertising … Continue reading

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This is SportsCenter, Not Real Life

For nearly two decades, ESPN has been extending its flagship brand, SportsCenter, beyond the studio, giving us a peek inside the offices where the proverbial magic happens. Merging the world of sports with cubicle life, “This is SportsCenter” has something … Continue reading

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6 Subliminal Connections Between Volkswagen Ads and Seinfeld

Volkswagen has been an advertising trail blazer since the Mad Men days, when Bill Bernbach (the ‘B’ in DDB) created a legendary campaign that even caught the attention of Don Draper. Spanning the decades, ad agencies and automobile models for … Continue reading

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Will You Eat with Us? What if We Put Bacon on Everything?

Denny’s restaurant, self-proclaimed “America’s Diner,” has represented a lot in its nearly sixty-year history. The place where you can sit down, morning or late night, and order just about anything. It’s where road trippers stop along the highway to chow … Continue reading

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Battle of Burgerdom: Jack & Carl & Ronald & The King

Fast food’s impact on pop culture is as large as any industry’s, and like the chains themselves, their advertising is everywhere.  Burger joints – in particular, McDonald’s, Burger King, Carl’s Jr. and Jack in the Box – compete for our … Continue reading

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(Some of) The Worst Ads of 2010

In order to find the best, one must wade through…something less than that.  Compared to everything else out there, these commercials are bad.  Compared to the cream of the crop, they’re the worst.  Enjoy! “Pet Carrier” from Boost Mobile This … Continue reading

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(Some of) The Best TV Spots of 2010

It’s time for the customary “Best of 2010” list here at AoA.  I present to you the greatest ads seen on US TV this year.  This list is likely insufficient and is limited to the ones I could recall as … Continue reading

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