How Many Ads Can Talk You into Eating Chocolate Plastic?

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In the press room at ad:tech I met a guy called Frank Nein of OrionsWave, who observed the ad and marketing sectors are falling into turmoil -- spinning uncontrollably into hell, sifting through the din in search of equilibrium in a world gone self-publish and multi-platform.

And I can't stop thinking about Chris Franklin of Big Sky Editorial, who laughed at the idea of a viral ad. "All ads are viral!" he'd said. The point he made was that in order for an ad to succeed, it should be watchable again and again.

How many of our frenetic new manifestos are ideas that have always been there, or at least should have been?

With that, and as a kind of tribute to the future, I give you the Tootsie Roll ad. I couldn't count on my fingers and toes how often in childhood I saw this spot.

What's awesome about it is, most everyone I've met who's roughly my age still knows all the words to the song. We enjoyed watching it then; a lot of us still do.

And in our lifetimes, we ate a hell of a lot of Tootsie Rolls.

by Angela Natividad    Nov- 8-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Commercials, Industry Events, Opinion, Television   

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HAHA, love it. I've been recalling all kinds or random advertisements from when I was young, including...remember when they marketed that thing that counted how many times you could hop in place while swinging a weight around your leg? Or the ever epic "Crossfire"? yeah.

Posted by: thomas on November 12, 2007 10:35 PM





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