It’s another early morning as you stumble your way into the bathroom, barely missing the cat as it peacefully sleeps in the hallway. It looks up and gives you a dirty look for nearly stepping on it again. Then the cat does a big yawn before lowering its furry head and drifting back to sleep.
Why can’t my life be more like that, you can’t help but wonder. Sleeping all day on carpeting and furniture without a care in the world. The carpeting part rings through your mind again as your bare feet step onto the cold, hard tile of the bathroom floor. The tile happens to be extra chilly this morning as it’s still winter and your home’s thermostat was only set to 62 degrees.
%&$@ing tile! Why can’t I just have carpeting everywhere throughout the house? Why hasn’t somebody invented a carpeting for the shower yet? I want comfort!!!
You step into the steaming hot shower and place your feet on the hard tiles. And then it hits you like a ton of cat poop. Somebody did invent a carpet for the shower and bathroom. Just last night you saw it advertised in an as-seen-on-TV commercial.
Aqua Rug website — www.BuyAquaRug.com
It’s the Aqua Rug! According to the advertisement, now you can have that ultra-luxurious lifestyle of having a carpet in your shower! No more standing on a hard surface while washing your body!
Aqua Rug TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the Aqua Rug advertisement and see how it’s being sold to the general public.
Aqua Rug TV commercial – Who in the world would put carpeting in their shower?!?
The Aqua Rug TV commercial begins with product pitchman Tim Goewey loving the feeling of carpeting on bare feet. He seems quite perplexed though at the thought of putting carpeting in the shower. Nobody would ever be that dependent on constant comfort that they would put carpeting in a shower, right? Read more…
Is it just me, or are the examples in the recent television commercial for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet just incredible lame?
Google’s Nexus 7 – glossophobia (fear of public speaking) – TV commercial
Let’s take a closer look and review the commercial for Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.
The scenario in this commercial is a high school student who has to give a speech to his class. Public speaking can be a nerve-wrecking experience for anybody, no matter your age or the size of your audience. It’s a fear that many people would rank as worse than the fear of death.
Google Nexus 7 TV commercial
The Nexus 7 commercial begins with a boy using the voice recognition feature on the tablet. He’s asking about the term “glossophobia,” which means a speech anxiety or commonly known as the fear of public speaking.
So how did the boy know about the word “glossophobia” without knowing its meaning? Did the teacher use that word in class? Did a smart ass student label him with that term?
We do know that the boy used the speech recognition software to look up its definition, implying that he didn’t know how to spell the word. Score one for the easy path. Just make sure that you pronounce words correctly and don’t speak with a heavy accent. Read more…
Here in Atlanta, Georgia, we frequently see commercials for schools such as Bauder College.
During the daytime hours on the local channels you’ll frequently be seeing TV commercials for car title pawn companies, lawyers ready to take on everybody, structured settlement payment companies, nursing (more like nursing assistant) / medical billing / massage therapy / criminal justice / cooking / IT / HVAC repair programs, and of course, car insurance companies. Naturally, there’s a reason that you see all of these types of commercials while watching all-star programming such as Jerry Springer, Maury, The Steve Wilkos Show, and Cheaters . . .
That’s another article for a different day. Today we’re looking at questionable advertising relating to one of Bauder College’s recent television commercials.
Let’s take a recent commercial for Bauder College’s criminal justice program and see if there’s a fault in the advertising.
The television advertisement states, “We live in troubled times. Have you ever wanted to be a part of the solution? Now you could. Bauder College is now offering a training program in criminal justice.“ Of course, during the voiceover there were images relating to law enforcement. When you go to the school’s website and see the career avenues for the criminal justice program, they’re all related to either security or law enforcement.
How is working in law enforcement qualified as being “part of the solution”?
I can see it now. Some people are going to be thinking, “Yes! I want to be part of the solution! I’m going to be in law enforcement!”
Law enforcement is just that, enforcement of the laws. Stronger law enforcement can be a better deterrent towards preventing crime, but it’s society that is still causing the high rates of crime in the first place.
The true solution for living in troubling times is to eliminate the cause of the problems. In many cases the problems begin early at home with deadbeat parents. Those lazy and deadbeat parents (assuming there are two of them there) do not raise their kids correctly, many of those troubled kids befriend other troublemakers, and the problem spirals out of control. And then there are gangs and kids as young as elementary school recruited into some of the most notorious gangs in the country. Read more…
Is it just me, or am I not getting the right message from a recent TV advertisement for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD tablet?
Amazon Kindle Fire HD with Kindle FreeTime commercial
Let’s take a closer look at the advertising and review a few areas that might be questionable.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD with FreeTime commercial
The TV commercial begins by showing a kid running up and grabbing what I assume to be his family’s Kindle Fire HD tablet. The boy grabs it and goes running off with the tablet. Keep in mind that the price for Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD starts at $199.
Apparently the cost of the electronic device means nothing to this family as the young boy is allowed to not only handle such a device, but also use it whenever and however he pleases. The next scene shows the daughter using a tablet while sitting sideways in a chair. It’s not indicated whether the two children have their own tablets, or if they have to share with others in the family.
Regardless, the message here is that apparently kids love tablet. Kids also love getting dirty, having messy fingers, and generally having little to no respect towards expensive gadgets. Does a child have a true understanding of money when their parents gladly purchase them expensive gifts? Is that same child going to know how to behave properly around such a device? Not if the parents teach them. Best of luck with that happening in today’s society. Read more…
We’re past Thanksgiving and it’s officially the Christmas shopping season once again.
For some people this means spending money that they’ve been saving throughout the year. Others will use credit cards now and pay off their debts after the New Year. For some people desperate enough to spend money without the aid of a savings account, decent paying job, or good enough credit for a credit card, this means using an alternate source of lending such as a car title loan.
Yes, apparently people are desperate enough to spend money for Christmas gifts that they’ll actually use a car title loan to acquire such funds. The root problem here is the massive commercialization of the Christmas holiday, but that’s a subject for another day.
At least, that’s what the most recent TV commercial for TitleMax wants us to believe.
TitleMax TV commercial – Christmas 2012
TitleMax is a car title loan company that provides a short-term loan based on the value of your car (or truck or SUV or whatever you’re driving on the roads). You still get to drive your vehicle while paying back the loan. The catch is that TitleMax (or whatever car title loan company you use) holds onto your car’s title during the period of the loan.
It seems all nice and innocent in the advertising and on the company’s website. For those people who can pay off the loan within a month or two, the process may not even be that painful. After all, the title loan companies encourage you to pay off the loan as quickly as possible.
If you need to have cash quickly and must resort to this method, then paying back the loan (plus interest and fees) as quickly as possible is your best strategy. Sometimes this means acquiring a second loan from an alternate source to pay back the car title loan.
It’s when you pay only the minimum amount of the loan payment each month, or even miss a payment for whatever reason, that’s when most people find themselves spiraling down a massive debt hole. Remember, the company holds your car’s title, and them repossessing it is a very real threat. Read more…
It’s that time of the year again when the restaurants and fast food establishments are rolling out their “holiday” items.
Of course, we ALL know what “holiday” everybody refers to but hardly anybody has the guts to say any more. ‘Tis the season, I suppose.
Anyway, today my girlfriend and I stopped by an Arby’s in the greater metro Atlanta area for some lunch. On the counter and tables the restaurant has signs advertising the new Peppermint Stick Swirl Shake. For the most part, Arby’s milkshakes are pretty good. I’ve had a few of them in the past and they’ve always been delicious.
The Peppermint Stick Swirl Shake sounded good so I tried one today. I ordered a “value” sized shake being well aware of the cup’s small size. No issues there. The problems arise when the cup was handed to me across the counter.
What I received was a pinkish glob that looked absolutely nothing like the shake in the advertising. The advertisements clearly show a pink milkshake with red swirls, and it’s topped with a generous amount of whipped cream and what looks to be tiny chunks of candy canes / peppermint sticks.
The main color for what I received looked correct, but without a clear container it’s impossible to see if there are any red swirls. There was NOT any whipped cream as clearly shown in the advertising, and there were NOT any chunks of candy anywhere. It was just this pinkish looking milkshake. To add insult to injury, the “value size” cup wasn’t even close to being filled. I was missing probably 15%-20% of the shake. Read more…
I’m proud to announce the new website, Chamber of Reviews!
Chamber of Reviews is a spin-off of all of the book, movie and “marketing” reviews that I’ve written here at RellimZone.com. The website has a slightly darker theme, playing more into the usage of sarcasm and disgusting themes present in some of the reviews.
Anyway, I’ve already been adding new reviews to that website. I can safely promise that a LOT more are on the way, covering everything from even more cheesy TV commercials to a wide variety of books and movies. Who knows, perhaps even other topics will be reviewed on the website.
For those of you who are looking for more of my “marketing reviews,” check out that site. That’s where you’ll find the new ones.
Beware — you are about to enter the chamber . . . of reviews!
The afternoon sun is bearing down on your patio as the charcoal continues to heat, coming up to temperature.
The grill is almost ready for cooking.
Inside the house, you’re still in the kitchen preparing the food.
Tonight’s meal: hamburgers
Cook time: 4-6 minutes
Prep time: way . . . too . . . long
It turns out that the hamburger meat isn’t quite cooperating and the hamburger patties look like globs of Play-Doh. Oh, if only there was a kitchen product to help make quick and easy hamburger patties. This is just way too complicated!
According to a recent TV commercial, such a product has just entered the marketplace. Say hello to Burger Magic!
Can it be?
Did somebody create a kitchen product that helps you make circular and uniform burger patties? Read more…
Over ten years ago our world and way of life was changed forever when radical terrorists brutally hijacked airliners and used them as weapons in suicide attacks.
Two airliners crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, another hit the Pentagon in the outskirts of Washington, D.C., and a fourth crashed into a field in Pennsylvania as the passengers heroically fought the hijackers and made sure that their airliner, Flight 93, wouldn’t be used as another weapon.
Thousands of innocent people died in the initial attacks.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world have been touched in some way, shape or form.
Nine and a half years later, Osama bin Laden, the figurehead of al-Qaeda and the world’s most wanted terrorist, met his demise when the warriors of the elite and highly classified (That’s why we’re all talking about it, right?) SEAL Team Six paid his home a visit. Using state-of-the-art helicopters and training, the commandos made a daring nighttime raid and ended his reign, killing him and capturing his body. The Navy SEALs also acquired an untold amount of data that is still being used in the War on Terror, errr, Overseas Contingency Operation.
So how do you commemorate such an occasion?
According to one company, a special commemorative souvenir could do the trick. A . . . JUSTICE COIN!
Yes, just such an item does exist. Read more…
Don’t you just hate it when a massive area of gray hair suddenly becomes visible in the parting of your hairline?
Don’t you just wish that there was an easy and cheap way to temporarily hide it, making the coloring look natural in the end?
Wouldn’t you like to give the middle finger to those pricy salons who actually charge you money to style your hair?
Can cats and dogs really read our minds?
Wouldn’t it be awesome if there was something resembling a can of spray paint that could quickly and magically turn your gray hair roots into the same color as the rest of your hair?
Did somebody say spray paint?
Wait. What was that? Something that looks like spray paint and changes the color of your hair’s roots?
Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with Gray Away.
A little while ago I saw a product advertisement that looked exactly like that last question — something looking like spray paint that colored gray roots in your hair. Then again, that “little while ago” was also the last time I noticed the commercial on television.
Before I go any further, it’s best if you visit the official Gray Away website and see the TV commercial. Right now the commercial is only available on the company’s website and not other sites like YouTube.
Did you see the commercial? Great! Let’s start discussing the website and TV commercial. If you lied and didn’t really see the commercial, take the couple of minutes and go see it, smack yourself in the head for lying not only to me but also yourself, and then proceed with the rest of this article.
Ready? Read more…