crap advertising

June 28th, 2005

I know, I know, but I just came across a terrific example surfing today. The most severe case of bad advertising I've seen in 2005. It's an ad posted in Gazeta Wyborcza, probably the most respectable Polish daily, ordered by some Christian interest group (hell, religion is so hip these days).

Since the font is so tiny, I'll help you read it. It says "Is the load hard to bear [ed. as in do you have a heavy conscience?]? Go to confession before Easter".

Whenever I see something like this I tend to stare in awe and wonder who would actually pay for this to be made? Do people just order ads without knowing anything about how they will turn out, and then they're forced to pay what it cost to make them? Is there no iterative process of development (yes I know I'm rehashing software development theory, feck off)? Or do people actually want ads like this one? Could it be? Does anyone actually think this is a good one?! Did someone get a pat on the back for this one?

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6 Responses to "crap advertising"

  1. Erik says:

    I like it...

  2. numerodix says:

    you can't be serious..

  3. Erik says:

    I am though. I don't think it's that bad. Attracts the attention and there isn't TOO much information or confusion, which is where most "high standard" commercials go wrong.

  4. numerodix says:

    You're doing this on purpose, aren't you? :P

    Cmon, the symbolism is so excruciatingly obvious that the milisecond you understand it, it already bores the hell out of you and you hate it for being so void of any challenge.

    In fact, I see a lot of this in Polish advertising.

  5. Erik says:

    Advertising isn't supposed to be challenging, it's supposed to stick and obviously it did because you even made a blog entry on it :P

  6. numerodix says:

    Not really. I've seen tons of these in Poland and I don't remember a single one. This one I just happened to see in a blog entry and it reminded me of the trend in advertising I've observed.

    Doesn't mean I'm going back to confession. :P