orangina, geico and manny

There is no theme to this other than I have seen some commercials I wanted to comment on.

First. One I dislike.

And, I admit, I dislike the product also (although that has nothing to do with my dislike for the advertising … it is just an irrelevant coincidence).

orangina brand imagery


Ok. I imagine I mentioned my dislike for the product because it is relevant. Orangina is a wildly popular drink outside of the US. But then so are flavored sparkling water products. I don’t get any of them. They taste horrible to me. On a side note <which is possibly relevant to this> on the other hand … oddly I like the taste of European diet coke/coke better.

Oh well. Who cares? No one <but me>.

But the point I am kind of randomly making is about culture and the fact different places like different things. And that may be the case for this particular advertising. I don’t particularly care for any Orangina advertising but this promotional campaign is particularly bad to me.  Apparently it is part of a rugby themed promotion centered around Orangina’s French Facebook page.

Street bear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHA8ffREyIA&feature=relmfu

Park bear: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHA8ffREyIA&feature=relmfu

So. Excitingly <I say that with false enthusiasm> part of the “audience participation” is that you get to choose the next victim.

I’m wondering how people react to seeing a bear <albeit a person in a bear suit> jump a woman/man/whomever on the street. Anyway. It is actually a Punkd concept <and, to be honest, I don’t like the show either>.

And I am fairly sure there is a strategic vision <I assume they want to reach a younger audience, animal lovers and muggers seeking inspiration> but I am also fairy sure there would have been a better way of doing this idea.

Before I move on … this is more an Orangina ‘brand’ tv execution … just for viewing kicks:

Bear & giraffe: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l02YOA7g7UU



It is difficult to dislike Geico advertising. Out of sheer numbers of ideas … for every horrendous attempt at an ad they come up with an absolutely brilliant execution. Geico is an advertising agency dream come true. The client doesn’t appear afraid to try new ideas as well as they appear to have an ability to let the brand idea wander aimlessly <over a fairly solid messaging center> with a variety of different executions of the same strategic thought.

But their newest idea of the “insurance taste test” is so silly it is great. The execution blatantly says “geico is better” in such a noncompetitive competitive way you know it is absurd … but an absurdly good point.

Geico taste test: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MURRvN0BCWE


Congressman Manny Pacquio <Hennessy>.

Whew. If you are any type of sports person, this one is priceless. There are so many things right about the idea, and how it is executed, the list is too long to write. Suffice it to say they have presented an unexpected success story. A really unexpected one. I have always believed that most liquor advertising was so blatantly bad the people who made the ads should give the money back to the manufacturer … but … what the heck … they approved it and they probably got some satisfaction out of it.

This one is an exception for the category.  Almost a perfect use of an endorser … an endorser indicative of their drinker/buyer (demographically & psycho graphically) … and it isn’t some fantasy-like obscure fashion-envy type execution.

Well done Hennessy.

I am showing the :30 version because I actually like it better than the :60.

Hennessy Manny :30: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43fZ00xLUSE

Some advertising.

Just because.

Written by Bruce