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How is it that everyone else seems to just "accept" the adverts that are forced upon us on telly yet it only takes a go compare advert to fill me with enough rage to provoke me into going on a rampage. Thank the lord for my good self restraint or hell would break loose in the bitterne area....

 

Do ads generate such anger in everyone else or do I just need to concentrate on my changing channel ability????

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Nope. Don't watch commercial channels, unless I'm watching through my HDD/DVD recrder, which has a Timeshift facility. Then I flick through the adverts at 16x speed and they don't annoy.

 

But basically, I don't watch commercial TV, as it is all pretty much rubbish, and I don't watch that much TV at all, anyway. Except avidly watching MotoGP races and a bit of stuff off the iPlayer.

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Most ads actually put me off buying the product because most ads insult my intelligence.

 

The worst are those that purport to interview 'ordinary folk' who are blatently actors reading lines.

 

A couple of weeks back I actually went into the Halifax and closed my account. I took the greatest pleasure in telling them, when asked, as to why.

 

You are not alone.

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Nope. Don't watch commercial channels, unless I'm watching through my HDD/DVD recrder, which has a Timeshift facility. Then I flick through the adverts at 16x speed and they don't annoy.

 

But basically, I don't watch commercial TV, as it is all pretty much rubbish, and I don't watch that much TV at all, anyway. Except avidly watching MotoGP races and a bit of stuff off the iPlayer.

Well maybe you are the mighty one to save me from such mayhem provoking shoddyness and can point me in the direction of such material worth watching????

 

To be honest most of the time I'm watching stuff i've missed on sky plus so Im lucky enough to have the forward facility too but not always the case....... Perfect timing, webuyanycar just came on. Thank god the knives are out of reach....

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Most ads actually put me off buying the product because most ads insult my intelligence.

 

The worst are those that purport to interview 'ordinary folk' who are blatently actors reading lines.

 

A couple of weeks back I actually went into the Halifax and closed my account. I took the greatest pleasure in telling them, when asked, as to why.

 

You are not alone.

Haha! Really?? Because of their advert?? I LOVE YOU

 

That Is the thing, surely when they come to decide on whether an advert is worth broadcasting it must dawn on them that the advert is actually sh*t and it's going to drive customers away?!?!

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Ron, I admire you so much for closing your Halifax account because those adverts just make me want to self-harm every time they come on. First they had the ones when they made some fat bird from Macclesfield singing about their 0% APR account whilst surfing or something, and now the radio ones. The GoCompare adverts make me want to go Derrick as well.

 

Adverts do insult our intelligence, but ultimately, the more annoying an advert, the more people will talk about it and the more publicity the product will get, which is what the advert was meant to be doing in the first place.

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Ron, I admire you so much for closing your Halifax account because those adverts just make me want to self-harm every time they come on. First they had the ones when they made some fat bird from Macclesfield singing about their 0% APR account whilst surfing or something, and now the radio ones. The GoCompare adverts make me want to go Derrick as well.

 

Adverts do insult our intelligence, but ultimately, the more annoying an advert, the more people will talk about it and the more publicity the product will get, which is what the advert was meant to be doing in the first place.

 

But I can't understand why they have the thought process that "more anoying the advert is + the massive reaction it gets = more business" If anything surely it LOSES them business? I for one will not buy from any company with a sh*t advert

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But I can't understand why they have the thought process that "more anoying the advert is + the massive reaction it gets = more business" If anything surely it LOSES them business? I for one will not buy from any company with a sh*t advert

 

It's more about raising the profile of a company or organisation than selling a product. Generally, adverts showing off a particular product will steer away from what people may find annoying and rely on star power. Look at the likes of Pepsi, they contract massive celebrities, athletes and personalities to appear in their adverts, and I can't remember the last time somebody was complaining about "that advert with all the football players".

 

Often, smaller companies or organisations won't rely on star power (although some like SwiftCover use celebrities like Iggy Pop) and will focus on creating 'viral' adverts instead as they don't have the money to attract these big stars like Pepsi do. Viral advertising spawned from the rise of YouTube and the ability to find these amazing videos of things happening all over the world that people can watch on their computers. Obviously, advertising mercenaries wanted to capitalise on that, so we ended up with stuff like the Honda advert 'The Cog' (

) which has the effect of one of those videos in a sense that people will discuss it and therefore raise the profile of the company.

 

The ones that people complain about nowadays are poor imitations of the original viral adverts, designed to introduce cheap, gimmicky catchphrases and 'kooky' characters such as the Go Compare opera singer. These are the ones that make people skip the adverts.

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Adverts for on line Poker, Casinos, Bingo et al just make me think: jeez are you that chuffin stupid to play computer gambling games against a computer running a program that has the house will win far more than it stumps up far more than it coughs out built into itself as a matter of course.

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Adverts for McDonalds and other fast food chains.

 

The female servers are always pretty hot and slim.

The staff are always really happy and friendly with customers.

The customer takes a slow motion bite in to a perfectly formed burger without spilling anything and reacts as if he hasn't eaten in 48 hours.

 

Football adverts that show groups of friends in their trendy looking apartment, all jumping and shouting at the tv. Then cheering when their team score and smile at each other with teeth flashing.

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But I can't understand why they have the thought process that "more anoying the advert is + the massive reaction it gets = more business" If anything surely it LOSES them business? I for one will not buy from any company with a sh*t advert

 

I saw this and thought of you:

 

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when your choices are many

you could save a pretty penny

when you go online to gocompare

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when in doubt check them out

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with just a few clicks and your spondoolicks

and you’ll thank your stars that you went to gocompare

yes you’ll thank your stars that you went to gocompare

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Adverts for women's hair products where the model clearly has hair extensions to imply said product can make hair thicker.

 

Adverts for mascara where the model clearly has false eyelashes.

 

Do you miss washing your hair or do you still have a few grey bits left? ;)

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There have been some evenings when the ads have been the most entertaining things on telly! I could do without them but without ads everything from newspapers upwards would cost more. A necessary evil, but some of them are art forms in their own right. The ad world is also full of very bright, creative people. Knock Go Compare all you like, but it has done its job, as proved by this thread. It has got people talking about the product - guess what? Some of them will spend their money on that product.

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Well maybe you are the mighty one to save me from such mayhem provoking shoddyness and can point me in the direction of such material worth watching????

 

To be honest most of the time I'm watching stuff i've missed on sky plus so Im lucky enough to have the forward facility too but not always the case....... Perfect timing, webuyanycar just came on. Thank god the knives are out of reach....

 

Name me a list of programmes that are unmissable on commercial TV. No, hang on - give me a list of TV programmes that are unmissable on any TV.

 

Ultimately, if I find I'm ordering my life around the TV schedules, too much, I decide to go and do something more interesting instead. There are people in this world who watch, and there are people in this world who do. I would hate to be one of the watchers at a time when I could be doing something. Why do I watch MotoGP..? Well, I'm not young enough, nor good enough to race a motorcycle. So I'll watch them. But otherwise, there are a whole wealth of fun things to do rather than watching TV.

 

EDIT: Oh btw, I'm not sure, but I don't think there has been a single TV advert, ever made, that has made me go out and buy a product. If commercial TV was depending upon people like me, it would out of business.

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EDIT: Oh btw, I'm not sure, but I don't think there has been a single TV advert, ever made, that has made me go out and buy a product. If commercial TV was depending upon people like me, it would out of business.

 

Directly, you are most likely right.

 

However, because of adverts on tv, radio, internet, newspapers, bus stop etc. You have subconsciously become aware of that product. And when it comes to needed it (whether it be a beer, food, newspaper or bog roll) you will make a decision based on how well you know that product.

 

Obviously this is not the case for everything you buy, but believe me, it affects you more than you clearly realise.

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Directly, you are most likely right.

 

However, because of adverts on tv, radio, internet, newspapers, bus stop etc. You have subconsciously become aware of that product. And when it comes to needed it (whether it be a beer, food, newspaper or bog roll) you will make a decision based on how well you know that product.

 

Obviously this is not the case for everything you buy, but believe me, it affects you more than you clearly realise.

 

If I was Mr Average, I'd agree with you. You're probably right in that I have used a product that I've seen on TV, but that was only to save me money, i.e. GoCompare.com and USwitch.com. But believe me, you don't realise how little TV commercials affect me and have affected me, over the years. As I say, they'd go out of business. ;)

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That Tombola sponsorship of Emmerdale... stupid music and patrionising visualisation of thick people who clearly live a happy and safe life on council estates in their nuclear family units. And Tombola bingo or whatever it is makes it even nicer.

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If I was Mr Average, I'd agree with you. You're probably right in that I have used a product that I've seen on TV, but that was only to save me money, i.e. GoCompare.com and USwitch.com. But believe me, you don't realise how little TV commercials affect me and have affected me, over the years. As I say, they'd go out of business. ;)

 

Maybe you are the exception to the rule.

 

But surely there is a beer you have drank, a brand of cereal, a type of hair gel, anything. Something you have bought that you wouldn't have, had there not been advertising around. Simpley because you wouldn't have known that brand otherwise.

 

Advertising goes far deaper than just TV. Just driving to work or walking around a supermarket you are exposed to 1000s of adverts and phycological advertising that you might not realise, but does affect you.

 

Companies pay millions to just have their brand on the gondola end of a supermarket aisle. Therefore you see it more than once (doesn't mean you will buy it that time, but you'll know the brand) and believe it or not, just by being there you are more likely to consider buying the product.

 

Notice all branded porducts are always at eye level.

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Some adverts are good. Some adverts are shyte. The sooner they do away with adverts and have product placement instead in soaps and the like (which I try to avoid where possible anyway), the better.

 

Oh, and the new We Buy Any Car sponsorship trailers on Dave are just awful. Bring back the Halfords ads, even if they were so repetative I wanted to harm my other half.

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Knock Go Compare all you like, but it has done its job, as proved by this thread. It has got people talking about the product - guess what? Some of them will spend their money on that product.

 

And that is precisely the reason I detest them so much. So many people just do not realise how these commercial messages creep into their unconscious. It's a form of psychological manipulation used in a low-down dirty way to make people think that companies are actually a lot better than they are. If I ever watch anything on commercial TV now, I hit the mute button while the adverts are on; I refuse to be manipulated in this way.

 

The ones that get me really angry are the ones you see for painkillers like Nurofen (for instance). They make out like their product is the fastest, best and most effective thing for getting rid of a headache, but when you read the ingredients on the box, you realise that they are identical in every way to the supermarket own-branded ones that cost about 30p a pack. When you go and spend £2-3 on a packet of Nurofen tablets, not only are you paying for the fancy packaging, but you are also effectively bankrolling their marketing department which in turn bombards you with even more adverts, and the cycle repeats itself.

 

On this subject I'm in full agreement with the late, great Bill Hicks...

 

By the way if anyone here is in advertising or marketing... kill yourself.

 

No, no, no it's just a little thought. I'm just trying to plant seeds. Maybe one day, they'll take root - I don't know. You try, you do what you can. Kill yourself.

 

Seriously though, if you are, do.

 

Aaah, no really, there's no rationalisation for what you do and you are Satan's little helpers. Okay - kill yourself - seriously. You are the ruiner of all things good, seriously. No this is not a joke, you're going, "there's going to be a joke coming," there's no ****ing joke coming. You are Satan's spawn filling the world with bile and garbage. You are ****ed and you are ****ing us. Kill yourself. It's the only way to save your ****ing soul, kill yourself.

 

Planting seeds. I know all the marketing people are going, "he's doing a joke..." there's no joke here whatsoever. Suck a tail-pipe, ****ing hang yourself, borrow a gun from a Yank friend - I don't care how you do it. Rid the world of your evil ****ing makinations. Machi... Whatever, you know what I mean.

 

I know what all the marketing people are thinking right now too, "Oh, you know what Bill's doing, he's going for that anti-marketing dollar. That's a good market, he's very smart."

 

Oh man, I am not doing that. You ****ing evil scumbags!

 

"Ooh, you know what Bill's doing now, he's going for the righteous indignation dollar. That's a big dollar. A lot of people are feeling that indignation. We've done research - huge market. He's doing a good thing."

 

Godammit, I'm not doing that, you scum-bags! Quit putting a godamm dollar sign on every ****ing thing on this planet!

 

"Ooh, the anger dollar. Huge. Huge in times of recession. Giant market, Bill's very bright to do that."

 

God, I'm just caught in a ****ing web.

 

"Ooh the trapped dollar, big dollar, huge dollar. Good market - look at our research. We see that many people feel trapped. If we play to that and then separate them into the trapped dollar..."

 

How do you live like that? And I bet you sleep like ****ing babies at night, don't you?

 

"What didya do today honey?"

 

"Oh, we made ah, we made ah arsenic a childhood food now, goodnight." [snores] "Yeah we just said you know is your baby really too loud? You know?" [snores] "Yeah, you know the mums will love it." [snores]

 

Sleep like ****ing children, don't ya, this is your world isn't it?

 

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Football adverts that show groups of friends in their trendy looking apartment, all jumping and shouting at the tv. Then cheering when their team score and smile at each other with teeth flashing.

 

Brilliant call. I was going into a rage about them this afternoon.

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In truthfulness, I did check with We Buy Any Car.com as to how much I could get for my car.

 

 

They want to financially rape me, beat me up, then steal my car. How they get ANYONE to sell their cars to them, with those shocking valuations, is beyond me.

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In truthfulness, I did check with We Buy Any Car.com as to how much I could get for my car.

 

 

They want to financially rape me, beat me up, then steal my car. How they get ANYONE to sell their cars to them, with those shocking valuations, is beyond me.

 

Well presumably they prey on the gullible and the lazy.

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Well presumably they prey on the gullible and the lazy.

 

Just like those 'same day loans' companies, who charge something ridiculous like 200% interest a day on what you borrow.

 

"It was so easy, I didn't have to fill out any paperwork or anything!"

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Maybe you are the exception to the rule.

 

But surely there is a beer you have drank, a brand of cereal, a type of hair gel, anything. Something you have bought that you wouldn't have, had there not been advertising around. Simpley because you wouldn't have known that brand otherwise....

 

 

I remember, many years ago, when as a kid, I was walking along the line of products in a supermarket, and I noticed that the branded products were hugely more expensive than the non-branded products. Now, I'm no cheap skate, but I fail to see the reason for paying more than is necessary for something. Especially as, if you save the money, it means you can have more money in your pocket to buy something else.

 

The other thing is, I'm not at all sold by someone who has been hired to promote a product, who clearly has nothing to do with it, and wouldn't be seen dead using it anyway. Besides, TV adverts are so sodding obscure these days, I'm not 100% sure I know what they are trying to sell me, half the time. And anyway, I'm just not interested. I'm not interested in having the latest or newest thing, when the item I have is perfectly usable. And another thing, there's a planet out there [i think it's called [i]The Earth[/i]..?] with dwindling resources, which we all conveniently forget about until the news media remind us with some new horror story. God knows what Virgin and SKY make of me, because I just chuck their offers, that come through the door, straight in the shredder. Advertising and Me don't go together.

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Just like those 'same day loans' companies, who charge something ridiculous like 200% interest a day on what you borrow.

 

"It was so easy, I didn't have to fill out any paperwork or anything!"

 

200??? Next time its on check the quidquid one it 2356% FFS!!

That should never be allowed to happen.

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200??? Next time its on check the quidquid one it 2356% FFS!!

That should never be allowed to happen.

 

That's what I meant, 2000%! It's the poor mugs who fall for it that I feel sorry for, the ones that are so desperate they had to borrow money from them in the first place, and are therefore the least likely to be able to pay them back. Shouldn't be allowed, and i'm sure the government would get a lot of kudos if they made loans above a certain % of interest illegal.

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I absolutely agree with the sentiments of the original poster.

 

I’ve not had a tv for years and years and get by very nicely with a radio, a projector, iplayer and DVDs. This means I can avoid the dross that fills around 90% of the tv schedules and completely circumnavigate adverts, or as I call them, AIDS ridden brain-rapes.

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Cannot stand the Compare the Market.com ads with those bloody meerkats, even worse when speaking to people who now decide to add "simples" at the end of their sentences :smt076

 

Shane Warne and his hair implant TV ads annoy me too, only used to be on the back page of the paper, now they're on both. He's been harping on about it for years now, is he ever going to shut up about it. It can't be that good as it appears he's their only customer.

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Cannot stand the Compare the Market.com ads with those bloody meerkats, even worse when speaking to people who now decide to add "simples" at the end of their sentences :smt076

 

For ages I didn't know why people kept saying simples, when they meant simple. At one point, I asked if I wasn't hearing properly [i do have a touch of tinnitus], and was told the story of the meerkat adverts. I've seen them since. I'm not captivated by them, I have to say. :)

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