Super Bowl LI, Super Ads?

The Super Bowl LI, just happened few days ago. One of the major sport events in America and also one of major days for TV commercial of the year, where budgets worth millions of dollars are invested for few seconds of glory -and prospect sales- or spent and thrown away to a big-deep-black whole.

I really enjoy seeing how brands and agencies try their best to craft their best ‘pieces of art’ -even sometimes turn to be big pieces of…you know. An event that many see as crucial, which potentially will define the year to a path to success or mediocricity.

Here, the ads of this year. Get ready because its going to be long.

#1. Born The Hard Way’

Seems a punch in the face to Trump’s immigration policies. Even the company says it took 8 months for them to fully complete, for me it just looks like an opportunistic politic situation.

Even the setting and shooting seems taken from the 1850s, it looks more like another 1800s movie rather than an ad. We all know production requires time but 8 months its unnecessary keeping in mind the dimensions of the implicated parts; then a budget close to USD 3 Million (!) and a message that just tells me ‘hey! we’re American born, made by immigrants, look how cool we are!‘ leaves me a feel of indifference.

#2. ‘#DriveProgress’

Well, I don’t know how popular are ‘kid self-made-car races’ in the US public roads, anyways…seems like another ‘grab the contentious’ Trump comments against woman and make an ad. Progress is for everyone, #DriveProgress…I would like to hear what are the last pioneering advances that Audi has done in their last years.

#3. Daughter’

Another commercial using the US political situation but again, how positioning themselves against it is doing some good? besides of course their self-interest -sales- but what about really helping on to avoid the wall been build?

#4. ‘#AvoSecrets’

I would like to say something positive about it but I don’t want to force faking it. It breathes 2000s ad style with a directory of overused bad jokes filling.

#5. ‘The Handmaide’s Tale’

Most probably because I’m not ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ target, but I doubt Super Bowl LI’s audience is.

#6. ”Nintendo Switch’

Good moment -Super Bowl LI- for a gaming ad to be aired, bad timing if it can’t be bought -2 months left to be launched.

#7. ”Buick’

Not bad. Has humor, has kids but all gets decaffeinated because it lacks of freshness.

#8. ”The Conspiracy’

The fact you haven’t brought your team to the final its because of a fast food chain. What’s the reason, fun and value that brings this to the brand? Honestly I have no idea, ask Buffalo Wings.

#9. ”Calling JohnMalkovich.com’

If I had no choice I would pick this ad. It has a simple but meaningful story. And most probably the most expensive part of the production itself was hiring Mr. Malkovich.

#10. ”Hero’s Journey”

Without doubt the best ad in the group and a good ad itself. It has humor without feeding too much on it, good music -and lyrics- and a nice-familiar copy which all combined -and this is the best part- made me forget I was watching an ad!

#11. ‘Wix.com’

Wix.com, you did a great job here. Besides the use of the word ‘disruptive’ the rest was great. A self-explanatory story through a well paced and entertaining ad. Without renouncing to explain the value proposition they knew how to end with an optimistic and positive ending. Love it!

These weren’t all, but some of them.

This shows that 30 sec. can feel like eternity or not enough, in a way you want to see even more.

Whatever is your impression about them, it also rises a the classic saying that not all the good things need to be expensive nor long. The shorter and simpler the better’.

(Ergo completely the opposite to this post)

Specially when airing for 30 secs. means paying to Mr. Fox channel USD 5 Million.

Happy New Year

Taipei 101 showing it has cool

Today. Finally today ends the year. Many can’t wait for this year to end.

Its been a year with many things happening, at least for me. There have been all kind of moments, good and bad ones. As every year, I prefer to keep the good ones and just leave the bad ones as a learning -otherwise why I would be named by a Taiwanese 樂天…huh?

Despite I’m never happy with myself and think I could have done more and better, I may say it’s been at least an interesting year. I’m not going to write about everything, things that already happened before or things I’ve ‘achieved’  -I’m not here to brag, but just few things that despite being little, made me very happy, even if for some are not even worth to mention. Because at least they’re meaningful for me.

+ Got a ‘job’ as a Chinese interpreter…for a 3-day event (without being my major and after less than one year and a half of learning it). Yeah, me…it sounds ridiculous but I did jajaja

+ Appeared on Chinese speaking TV shows…more than twice. Taiwan backing someone like me is something I can’t understand yet, but I feel so beholden for it. Taiwanese generosity has no limits.

+ Travelled through the Pacific with a senior Taiwanese group and came back to Taiwan. And survived.

+ Linked a friend to Spain which lead her into a job

+ Met the lovely 為~什~麼~桌桌 friends

+ Saw my best friend-brother Nacho and his wonderful girlfriend Lou after 2 years

There are other events like getting ‘on board’ for a Taiwanese company doing my real job -marketing/communications, but that’s an experience to talk about another day.

Anyways, have a nice New Year’s Eve and hope we all got healthier, better and even more joyfull in 2017.

2016 bye-bye, hello 2017. From my arty friend at Wilbeck