The power of advertising — 9 Comments

  1. Logically, you only have to advertise stuff that doesn't sell itself. On that basis, if your TV is showing ad after ad to get people to stop using a product they like but that you can't even advertise…..well, you have to laugh!

    Even worse, the public, and not some multinational, is paying the bill. So much for all those old nannies who said  that commercial TV was dangerous because it persuaded the uneducated to buy useless things they can't afford. Now the nannies are the ones having to advertise rubbish, and we still aren't buying it.

    • There was a bit of an uproar here yesterday when the Irish Cancer Society withdrew financial support from some cancer victims due to "lack of funds".  They have rowed back a bit today especially as it was revealed that the chief executive was pocketing €145,000 plus perks.  How come they had to cut aid to patients yet still have sufficient funds to pay for those fucking ads?

      On the subject of advertising stuff that sells itself, before the days of competition we used to have only one supplier of electricity.  They used to advertise regularly on radio and television.  Did anyone there stop to think that the only way we could get those ads was if we already had electricity?  I could never understand the logic in that. 

      • Yes, Gramps.  I’ve never understood those ads that appear from time to time about Freeview TV.  Now that there’s no analogue TV channels any more, surely the only people now who don’t already have Freeview are those people who don’t have a TV and who thus will never see the ads!

        • Well, there is a certain logic there as it is a viable alternative to Sky and the various cable operators?  I have been more than tempted in the past to switch [though I always get confused between Freeview and Saorview] but Herself loves the film channels and I wouldn't dare argue.

          • So, if you get your TV through Sky, you don't get the Freeview channels?  Really?  I always thought you got Freeview regardless …. just goes to show what I know!

  2. Greetings Grandad !

    I reckon that you should set up an arts installation thingey, with pictures done in Leggo of "Tobacco Dissidents", like your good self, Prof R Lindsen and others. When Leggo refuses to sell you the brickies to complete this great work a huge Twitterstorm will ensue, till they back down and the rightiousness of your cause is embraced by all correct-thinking persons…

    … or maybe not.

    • I would imagine the grandkids have more than enough to create such a work.   And I am extremely flattered that you would put me in the same league as the goof Prof!

  3. I was watching QI last night when I heard of a nice little irony courtesy of Stephen Fry that gave me an inward chuckle. When tobacco advertising was banned in the UK the only winner from this was in fact the tobacco industry, as they no longer had to fork out tens of millions of pounds in advertising revenue! Obviously the same was the case here when Dole Éireann followed suit. Don't you just love ironies? 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Heh!  Not only did they save millions but there wasn't a discernable blip in sales.  They're laughing all the way to the bank.

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