Hey there folks!
I know that a lot of what I have been writing about, especially in the last few days has been kind of heavy, so today I wanted to try and lighten the mood a bit. Today I want to talk about commercials, partially because it is fun to vent, but also because I am curious if I am the only one that feels this way.
To be honest I do not watch nearly as much TV as I used to, although commercials have invaded many forms of online media such as YouTube and Twitch. However, for as long as I can remember commercials have had an effect on me.
Sometimes the effect is probably what is intended; for example, a few months ago I was seeing Red Lobster commercials everywhere I looked so one Saturday I called my cousin I said get ready because we are about to go to lunch. The bug bite me so to speak and the only way to get it off of my mind was to go eat there. Yet, this is not the effect I really want to discuss.
Far more common an activity for me is to decide what companies I refuse to do business with based on their advertising campaigns. The logic behind this is simple, the company most likely thought this crappy commercial I am watching was a good idea; therefore, their judgment cannot be trusted. Hence, I cannot trust that they made good decisions in the creation of their product or service and they do not deserve my hard earned money.
Allow me to provide a few examples of what I mean. GEICO is a company with which I will never do business based solely on their commercials. When was the last time you saw a GEICO car insurance commercial that had anything to do with cars or insurance? I know I haven’t seen one. They all focus on the damn lizard walking around talking about saving money. This is all good but makes me wonder why they are trying to keep my mind off of cars in a car insurance commercial. What exactly are they hiding?
Another one that has been driving me crazy lately is Direct TV. I live in an apartment building and can only have cable because satellites are a no go. So for the last few months I have had to watch Direct TV go on a campaign of talking shit about me as a cable customer, saying I am socially awkward and I make bad decisions among other things. First, why are they paying close enough attention to me to know that I am socially awkward and make bad decisions? Seriously quit stalking me Direct TV. Finally, why the hell do I want to do business with a company that is flat out insulting me? If you are going take that route be direct about it and just own that position. If you don’t buy our product you’re an idiot! At least then I will have an inkling of respect for you being ballsy enough to do that.
In the end I am just trying to have some fun, but what do you think? Are there any companies you have a quirky kind of problem with? Or just a commercial that drives you crazy? I would love to hear about it in the comments below.