Today is the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11, 2001. AT&T posted this advertisement, featuring a hand holding a smartphone with an image of the memorial lights for the Twin Towers against the NYC horizon, to their Twitter page, writing, “Never Forget.” Hmm, using a national tragedy to essentially advertise your products/services? Crappy business move, in my opinion. What do you guys think? Tacky, tasteless and offensive, or is this no biggie? [Twitter]
HelloFlo, a service that delivers mail-order period care packages complete with tampons, pantyliners and chocolate, is marketing their service to younger set of menstruators with the creation of a Period Starter Kit. They’re genius marketing campaign features the “Camp Gyno,” a young girl who is a loser at summer camp until she gets her “red badge of courage.” Soon she becomes the most popular period expert (bordering on tyrant) on the lake, giving “menstruation demonstrations” and advice. “It’s like I’m Joan and their vadges are the Arc,” she brags. The Camp Gyno’s reign comes to an end when all the girls start getting their HelloFlo Period Starter Kits delivered and realize the service is “like Santa for your vagina.” Keep reading »
How do you illustrate excitement? If you’re British department store Harvey Nichols, you show models who are so excited about their upcoming sale that they’ve actually peed their pants. The British public, predictably, is none too happy with the ads, as dissenting Twitter users expressed their concern. This isn’t the first time Harvey Nichols’ ads have caused controversy — over Christmas, the company ran a series of ads depicting women doing “the walk of shame.” Some said the ads were sexist, though the Advertising Standards Authority ruled that the depiction of women in this way was “unlikely to cause serious or widespread offense.”
What do you think the ads? Are they cheeky or cheesy?