Airplanes that fly the advertising banners do not take off with the signs. They lower a grappling hook and grab them from the ground. airsign.com/blog/how-we-f…
Santa was skinny for most of his existence. In 1863, cartoonist Thomas Nast began drawing him with a huge stomach. Both the skinny and fat versions of Santa existed into the 1930's, when Coca Cola used a fat Santa in their advertisings, forever cementing that image in pop culture. simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
The first large-scale dog food company, Spratt's, used snob appeal to get consumers to switch from feeding their dogs table scraps to their food. Their aggressive advertising and targeting of health-conscious pet owners helped convince people to buy a product they didn't actually need. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spr…
Ethan Zuckerman, the man who invented pop-up ads has apologized to the world for creating one of the Internet's most hated forms of advertising. nbcnews.com/tech/tech-new…
Suicide have a claim to being the first band to describe themselves as "punk", with flyers for a 1971 gig advertising a β€œPunk Music Mass” theguardian.com/music/201…
Today I learned of a 1993 proposal to build a giant advertising billboard in outer space that would appear roughly the same size and brightness as the moon. The project didnt meet funding and inspired a bill to ban all advertisement in outer space. wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_…
The first instance of junk mail was back in 1864. A telegram advertising a dentist was delivered to the door of an anonymous reader of the Times of London. blog.knowbe4.com/here-is-…
Cadbury's Flake chocolate bar gained some notoriety for its highly sensual advertising. In the UK, the advertisements showed people – almost always women – enjoying a Flake whilst relaxing. The Flake Girl became famous as a symbol of indulgence and secret pleasure en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fla…
After the horrific murder, beheading, and cannibalization of a Greyhound passenger in 2008 the company had to pull their advertising campaign which extolled the relaxing upside of bus travel and stated, "There's a reason you've never heard of bus rage". cbsnews.com/news/bus-rage…
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag β€œshould never be used for advertising purposes in any manner whatsoever.” This includes paper napkins or plates printed with the design. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
In Bethel, Alaska (population 6,200), pranksters papered the town with flyers & banners advertising the arrival of a Taco Bell restaurant which was false. After hearing of the residents' disappointment, Taco Bell helicoptered in a truck laden with 10,000 tacos which was then mobbed by thousands. nydailynews.com/life-styl…
Casio was widely accused of false advertising after launching an ad where a hockey player used a g shock as a puck to demonstrate its toughness. However once a TV news channel replicated and verified the ads authenticity it gained popularity amongst the general public. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G-S…
Actors in the early silent film era often went uncredited because audiences just didn’t care β€” then, in 1910, actress Mary Pickford became so popular cinemas started specially advertising her films, making her the world’s first movie star britannica.com/biography/…
Advertising goes back to ancient Egypt. Advertisments and political signs were found in Pompeii. Ancient Chinese advertisments date back to 1100 BC, advertising candy on bamboo flutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 2018, the town of Mayo, Florida temporarily changed its name to "Miracle Whip" as an advertising promotion with Kraft. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
In 1975, advertising executive Gary Dahl listened to his friends complain about their pets, giving him the idea for the perfect pet: a rock. In just six months he sold over one million Pet Rocks for $4 each and became a millionaire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
The ratio of people using email for fun versus those using it for work has flipped since the 1990s. Many people nowadays dread email "because it is a conduit for unwanted advertising, a wide range of spam, and flat out attempts to scam or β€˜phish’ us” bbc.com/worklife/article/…
Only in the U.S. and New Zealand is direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs legal. goodrx.com/blog/prescript…
A graduate sued Anglia Ruskin University over her "Mickey Mouse" degree and received a Β£60,000 out-of-court settlement. She claimed the university "exaggerated the prospects of a career" and sued them for false advertising. She graduated with a first in international business strategy. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-4849057…
Jason Statham was a diver who was selected by Britain's national diving team to compete in the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Shortly after, he was asked to model for French Connection, Tommy Hilfiger, and Levi's in various advertising campaigns. wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_…
McDonald's and NASA explored an advertising agreement for a planned mission to the asteroid 449 Hamburga; however, the spacecraft was eventually cancelled. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McD…
Kim Kardashian was paid to post a selfie on Instagram and Twitter advertising a pharmaceutical product. Sent to 42 million followers on Instagram and 32 million on Twitter, this illegal advertisement did not contain any risk information or language specifying that it was a paid endorsement. theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Many car commercials use a vehicle called the "Mill Blackbird" to film their commercials, and use CGI to make the vehicle look like the car they're advertising. thenewswheel.com/car-comm…
In 2013 Federal District Court in San Francisco dismissed a lawsuit from Dairy Farmers to rename Almond Milk to "Nut Juice" for false advertising since "Nuts don't Lactate" It was rejected as "No reasonable consumer would mistake a product like soy milk or almond milk with dairy milk from a cow” nytimes.com/2017/02/13/we…
Today I learned about the Mere-Exposure Effect, a phenomenon in which people tend to develop preferences for stimuli that are familiar or constantly presented. Stimuli can be people, visuals, words, sounds, etc., and influence interpersonal relationships and advertising. wiwi.europa-uni.de/de/leh…
Alaska, Hawaii, Maine and Vermont have banned billboard advertising. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
Mobile game developers, because the FTC's Truth in Advertising has not caught up with this practice, are allowed to grossly falsify gameplay with advertising in order to get you to download as long as they don't charge you up front to play or download the game. mobiledevmemo.com/why-do-…
In the 1990s, Subaru realized that it was surprisingly popular with lesbians, and decided to develop a campaign subtly, but specifically, targeting that core group, helping to push gay and lesbian advertising from the fringes to the mainstream. theatlantic.com/business/…
Today I learned of the 'Illusory truth effect', the tendency to believe information to be correct after repeated exposure. The illusory truth effect has played a significant role in such fields as election campaigns, advertising, news media, and political propaganda throughout world history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ill…
NCIS is sponsored by Lockheed Martin, despite no product placement or advertising within the show. theatlantic.com/entertain…
Hawaii has a law that prohibits any person from erecting, maintaining, or using a billboard or displaying any outdoor advertising device. capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscur…
Illusory truth effect is a tendency to believe that a statement is true if it is easier to process, or if it has been stated multiple times, regardless of its actual veracity. The illusory truth effect plays a significant role in election campaigns, advertising, news, and propaganda. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ill…
There is a theory that explains advertising wants, international conflicts, friendship and rivlary. Mimetic theory’s key insight is that human desire is not an autonomous process, but a collective one. We want things because other people want them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ren…
There's no proof that only advertising actually works. When tested, online advertising effect without selection effects, are statistically indistinguishable from zero. thecorrespondent.com/100/…
Today I learned about the theory of inoculation and its uses in politics and advertising: introducing a weak form of an argument that can easily be thwarted in order to prepare the audience to disregard a stronger, full-fledged form of the argument from an opposing party en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ino…
The little blob on your toothpaste actually has a name. It's called a nurdle and Colgate and Glaxo had a lawsuit over who would be allowed to show it in their advertising cosmeticsdesign.com/Artic…
The game β€œpunch buggy” wasn’t a clever advertising scheme, it was just a game invented by a bored kid. motorauthority.com/news/1…
An artist was hired to create "The most unwanted song" which contains bagpipes, children singing about holidays, advertising jingles, accordions, and a soprano rap, it lasts 22 minutes. youtube.com/watch?v=wUOkz…
The phrase, "It does exactly what it says on the tin" is a registered trademark of the Sherwin-Williams Company, and has been in their advertisements since 1994. In 2004, Colgate used a copycat advertising campaign in Ireland stating that its product "does exactly what it says on the tube". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doe…
In the 1970s food advertising started moving, which is why we see all the fancy tricks: shrimp doing flips, apples sliced in mid air, lobster claws cracking in slow-motion, french fries bouncing across a table. Because of Elbert Budin. newyorker.com/culture/ric…
Frank Sinatra's acceptance speech for a Legend Award at the 1994 Grammys was cut short due to commercial breaks. In response, Billy Joel stopped halfway through his performance of 'The River of Dreams' later on, simply looking at his watch and saying 'valuable advertising time going by...' nj1015.com/watch-that-tim…
It's estimated that there are only 20 to 25 advertising blimps in the world, with only about 13 still in operation today. vanwagneraerial.com/blog/…
Pompeii had snack bars that are likened to fast food restaurants. A 2,000-year-old uncovered thermopolium features colorful frescoes - one is of a sea nymph, but the other is of a worker in a snack-bar environment and is thought to be an early form of advertising. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
UHaul rarely runs advertisements. The founder viewed having trucks all over the road with his logo on it as the only advertising he needed. myuhaulstory.com/2017/07/…
In 2005 the BBC released a promo advertising new services with a head floating around the countryside. It was pulled after viewers complained it 'made them sick' and was 'demonic' theguardian.com/media/200…
Red Bull was sued for 'false advertising' by a consumer after 10 years of drinking Red Bull that he neither grew wings nor any enhanced athletic or intellectual performance. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red…
: With Pather Panchali, Satyajit Ray, besides making his debut, was also the first person to use a teaser advertising campaign before it hit the theatres. readersdigest.in/amp/feat…
People complained to the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority that Apples β€œstudio quality” iPhone camera ads were misleading. Apple won the complaint when it showed there was no real definition of what β€œstudio quality” meant. asa.org.uk/rulings/apple-…
Today I learned about the Pirate Jean Lafitte, who after seen the first American governor of Louisiana William C. Claiborne advertising a $500 dollars reward for his capture, Lafitte offered $5,000 for the head of the governor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The movie Big Trouble was originally scheduled for release on September 21, 2001, and had a strong advertising push. The September 11 attacks of that year made the film's comedic smuggling of a nuclear device onto an airplane unpalatable. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big…

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