From a Fortune Teller's Mistake to Gaga in a Cher Wig: 5 Ads to Watch This Week

Jami Oetting
Jami Oetting



The New York Times advertising columnist Stuart Elliott announced that he will take the paper’s buyout, and there is no news if or who will replace the well-respected journalist who has covered and commentated on the industry for more than 23 years. Google’s newest report confirmed your fears: More bots are looking at ads than humans. And someone "wasted" billable hours finding look-alike dogs for people who work in advertising.


Here are the five ads you need to watch this week:

Magical Holidays | H&M

Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga came together for a duet of “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Don’t Got That Swing)” in this holiday ad for the clothing retailer. While I personally prefer the Gaga-Kermit the Frog match-up, this ad takes glitz and glamour to a new level.

End Violence Against Women Now | UN Women

United Colors of Benetton’s in-house agency created an ad for the UN International Day for the Elmination of Violence Against Women. In the ad, a circle of men, some with stones, surround a young woman in the desert. When the men’s arms fly forward for the throw, an array of red, pink, and white flower petals shower down on her.

If You’re Happy | Weight Watchers

Not that we need a reminder this time of year, but eating is a social event -- cue thoughts of holiday parties, dinners, brunches, and breakfasts. We also eat when we are sad, happy, bored, stressed, angry, lonely, tired, energized -- you get the point. We eat all the time. This ad from the weight loss company is a good reminder that we can’t keep putting off eating healthy for after the New Year.

Esmeralda | GeloMyrtol

The renowned fortune teller makes a mistake when reading a young man’s fate. Her reputation is destroyed all because of a mucolytic.

We Have Pepsi | Arby’s

Brand banter on Twitter — like Taco Bell and Old Spice’s heated debate on fire sauce -- has created some great social media moments. Arby’s took this one step further and created a campaign to say “sorry” to Pepsi for forgetting to feature the soft drink in its ads. In the description of the video, it says, “You’re like a meat to us.” It’s a gesture that could bring a tear to your eye -- almost.

Topics: Creativity

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