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Dystopian Robotics and Uplifting Values

Pity the Poor Robots

Q2 was all about robots and AI: Pringles, Google “100 Billion Words”, Mercedes A-Class, TurboTax Stay and Dash, when Michelob slipped a robotic ad into early Q3 and Alexa appeared in Q4. While the Google and Mercedes adverts showed the positive side of robots, Pringles, TurboTax and Michelob all confirmed robots longing for the pleasures their human masters delight in: food stuff, consume, and the capability to stick to their calling. The Alexa “Not Almost everything Will make The Cut” advert inexplicably confirmed all the methods the technology could go awry — including shutting down most of planet earth. I just hope all these robots are programmed with Isaac Asimov’s To start with Legislation of Robotics, otherwise future calendar year we will see the return of HAL rebelling in opposition to the oppression humanity imposes on them.

Uplifting Values, Even for Beer

The 2nd fifty percent had seven advertisements that touched on values, but averted the political controversies that have dominated in the past. Four values-based mostly advertisements at present rank in the leading 10 on the Usa These days Advertisement Meter (as of midday japanese time, Monday 2/4/19), and an additional 3 in the subsequent 5, building advertisements with values statements pretty much half of the leading 15 rated ads.

In a time of polarization, brand names picked ideas that could provide people today jointly. Coke kicked off the topic of “togetherness” in its pre-game ad whilst Michelob Ultra Pure Gold Q4 advertisement echoed it with its “let’s all knowledge together” concept.

But this Michelob Ultra Pure Gold advert also touched on a further theme expensive to Millennials — more healthy food items and beverage — referencing its natural and organic ingredients. Bubly and Bon & Viv Spiked Seltzer brought lower sugar, small calorie beverages to the wings-and-chips menu of the normal Tremendous Bowl occasion. But maybe the big activity is not rather completely ready for healthier fare – Bubly’s humorous use of Michael Buble acquired then a #7 position, but Michelob and Bon & Viv, are close to the base.

Even Bud Light’s strange adverts rejoicing in the truth they really do not use corn syrup in their brew nods to the Millennials’ values for extra healthful meals and drinks. (The subsequent assertion may be the prejudice of a craft beer guy, but I really do not see Bud Light drinkers as being especially concerned about what they place in their bodies, so I considered it odd to inject an ingredient message into an advert for a brand recognized far more for silliness like “Dilly Dilly“.) But then all over again, none of Bud Light’s attempts at humor have cracked the major 15 in the previous 5 decades hopefully, this technique resonates better with their core focus on.

Other models utilized the togetherness topic in a lot more emotionally effective strategies. Google’s Q2 “100 Billion Words” advertisement created the togetherness pitch with the declare that the most translated phrases in the environment are “How are you?” and “I enjoy you.” Microsoft’s Q4 “We All Win” advertisement demonstrating disabled children producing friends by way of video clip games working with its adaptive controller. Verizon reunited incident victim and Chargers Mentor Anthony Lynn with the initially responders who saved his existence.

Anheuser-Busch arrived nearer to controversy, with “Wind Never ever Felt Better” celebrating their use of wind ability in brewing beer — again, this Blue state dude could be prejudiced but I don’t envision local climate transform is top rated-of-thoughts to the common Bud drinker nor is the ’60’s protest anthem “Blowin’ in the Wind” very in tune with this viewers. But at the very least they introduced in the Clydesdales and Dalmatian to smooth more than any attainable discomfort, earning them #8 in the Advertisement Meter rankings.

But Washington Article stepped proper to the edge of a polarizing concern with a professional defending the Fourth Estate’s role in a democracy. Although, I truly hope this is not a controversial statement…and I’m heartened to see its #13 position.

Missing the Mark: Around-the-Top rated Humor

For a long time and years, the advertisements with outrageous humor and extravagant exclusive effects grabbed the highlight. This 12 months, they just seemed unusual and out of position: M&M’s “Bad Passengers” ad, Olay’s “Killer Skin” and the Avocado “Top Dog” ads all fell flat, at the very least at the Super Bowl occasion I attended. Planter’s Nutmobile did a little bit much better. But of these, only M&M’s cracked the leading 15 of the Advertisement Meter.

Understated humor labored better: Stella Artois ad’s sly nod to Dos Equis’ Most Appealing Guy in the Environment character amazed and grabbed #14 in the Advertisement Meter.

Could this be a turning stage in Tremendous Bowl advert creative approach? Have societal changes like the rise of social values and the dominance of technology in our life vanquished the audience’s wish to see Madison Avenue indulge in extravagant foolishness? I guess we’ll have to hold out right up until up coming year for that solution.