ZumbaAd

Zumba commercial plagues Flint, Michigan

It’s time to look at things on the local level. Some of our favorite awful ads are the ones only a small demographic get to enjoy. Remember this incredibly bad mall commercial song from Missouri? Perfect example of crappy advertising on the local level. This time we’re turning our attention to the Flint, Michigan area. […]

Yogurt

Dannon Oikos Yogurt hires Cam Newton, fires John Stamos

The days of John Stamos pitching Dannon Oikos Yogurt are over. The company announced that they have dumped Stamos and instead have hired Cam Newton in an attempt to appeal to a larger male audience. Newton has already appeared in an ad for the brand: Why dump Uncle Jesse? Via Ad Age: We have ended […]

Esurance

We hate your company if your online ad does this

Online banner ads are a necessary evil. If you’re a website, they help in paying the bills and keeping the site up and running. In exchange, the owner of the ad gains exposure and eyes on their product or brand. That’s the deal. We have a big problem the moment the online banner ad interferes […]

Grapes

Welch’s ditches children for talking grapes

Welch’s has been using cute children to promote their products for ages. While their old promotions are still up and running to our knowledge, Welch’s opted to move in a different direction to promote the benefits of their grape juice and how it compares to wine. This more mature subject wouldn’t be appropriate with children […]

KmartDance

No one is this happy shopping with Kmart

Kmart wants to show how happy people are when they use the company’s free in-store pickup service. The service, one which is fairly common among big box retailers, apparently makes this family so happy that they can’t help but dance. And dance. And dance. So much dancing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MVnGzt1NeE Ugh. The lady’s dance moves are painful. […]

PepsiArbys

Arby’s has Pepsi!

Arby’s has an agreement with Pepsi to mention the soft drink company in two commercials a year. Apparently they forgot (oops) and wanted to make amends by dedicating an entire 30-second spot to Pepsi. The result is possibly the best commercial Arby’s has ever made.

MacSurface

Microsoft Surface butchers Winter Wonderland

We’re starting to sound like a broken record here at Awful Ads. Why is it that every major retailer is trying to come up with a cutesy, 30-second spot loaded with singing? Why is it that most ads feature singers without any kind of singing experience? We digress. Microsoft Surface is the latest to break […]

Dubliner

St. Louis bar promotes itself by mocking Ferguson unrest

If you’re planning to market yourself by mocking a polarizing topic, you’d best be ready for some major backlash. One St. Louis bar, The Dubliner, made this mistake by posting a comment mocking the situation in Ferguson. The Tweet in question was quickly deleted, but here’s what it said along with one reaction: With the […]

WendysMelt

Wendy’s Bacon Portabella Melt ad features some brutal singing

We have a simple rule here at Awful Advertisements: Don’t sing in your commercial. Even if you hire the most talented singers and have a catchy beat or clever lyrics, it’s not going to work in your advertisement. Jingles are one thing, but a full television spot loaded with singing is usually a recipe for […]

DreamPhone

This Steelers parody of the 90s Dream Phone commercial is epic

“It’s like a Steelers game, but with better calls.” (Although, 7-4 and 2nd in the AFC North is nothing to scoff at.) How can you not love this parody of the 90’s cheesetastic Dream Phone game? There are so many unanswered questions – will Le’Veon get more weed? How did the Ray Rice card end […]

SouthPark

South Park mocks alcohol commercials

Do you find it silly when a commercial for beer or some form of alcohol comes on and it shows a wild night and unbelievable situations only to end with a “Please Drink Responsibly” disclaimer? It’s as if you’re supposed to ignore the crazy, loud scene you just watched and tone it down a notch. […]

ProgressiveFamily

Progressive introduces Flo’s family and they’re all played by Flo

If you’re not a fan of Progressive’s character Flo, you’re going to hate this new commercial which introduces us to the spokeswoman’s family. That’s because every single member of Flo’s family is played by the same actress who plays Flo. Think of this as some sort of bizarre Thanksgiving at the Klumps, except one family […]

BigLots

Big Lots puts a nail in our Holiday spirit

Big Lots is trying to show all of us that they’re the best location for Holiday decorations, gifts and products. They decided the best way to illustrate this point is a song in which singers talk about how they’re #NailingThis.

BigRed

Here’s a video highlighting all of the phony ads in movies

Do you enjoy the phony ads for fake products you see in movies? If so, the folks over at Screen Junkies have a treat for you. They’ve compiled a collection of some of the best and most memorable ads we’ve seen across the years in some classic films. From Goodfellas and Anchorman to Tommy Boy […]

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