Tag: Advertising

Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Facebook Censors Conservative Author Brad Thor

 

Someone at Facebook decided that paying to promote a post on your favorite internet destination is verboten. Carol Roth, host of The Roth Effect here at the Ricochet Audio Network, wanted to promote her latest episode, an interview with best-seller author Brad Thor, but was told she needed to get “authorized” to run ads about “social issues, elections or politics.” So what triggered the rejection? Was it her name, the name of her guest, Brad Thor, or was it the destination?

Here’s the ad she tried to buy:

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July 1st was National Wine Cooler Day. This called to mind Bartles & Jaymes. Others hear “wine cooler” and think Bruce Willis for Seagrams Golden Wine Coolers. “Cooler” led to “cool” and then to “Kool,” and therein lies a policy puzzle. Reflecting on where the market has gone since those days, an apparent contradiction emerges […]

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I’ve a confession to make. I used to be a phillumenist. I have an excuse though – I was young. Plus, until about ten minutes ago, I didn’t know what a phillumenist was. As per the British Matchbox Label and Bookmatch Society (BML&BS), phillumenists collect items related to matches including but not limited to matchbooks […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Who Eliminated Mr. Whipple?

 

Advertising for products dealing with our bodily functions predates radio and television, as Kellogg’s built an eventual corporate empire on “healthy” food centered on bowel regularity. Indeed, Kellogg’s followed the success of Cascaret’s sweet-flavored lozenge, advertised as a palatable alternative to castor oil.

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I noticed that Simplisafe decided to jump on the progressive, anti-Second Amendment bandwagon. I am very glad I never gave them business. I believe Ricochet should avoid doing business with companies that want to make a political statement against the NRA and the second amendment. Thankfully, it appears Simplisafe is not a current sponsor. I […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. My Capitalistic Outrage

 

I’m not one to call for boycotts or protest marches. But sometimes I see things, from sources I don’t expect, that simply make my blood boil. Take the History Channel. They have drifted from the programming I used to love back when we lovingly called it “The Hitler Channel.” They still offer some decent scripted shows and a couple of decent “reality” shows like American Pickers and Forged in Fire.

I don’t DVR much and, like most Americans, I’m not into appointment television. So last night I was catching up on a few series using the History app on my iPad. Programs still have commercials but usually the most annoying thing about them is that they are too damned loud. If you’re listening in on headsets some of them can knock you into the middle of next week. But last night was different. On came an ad for a company called North Korean Express. They offer backpacks and all sorts of merchandise decorated with North Korean propaganda posters. OK, fine. If you want to be a schmuck* and wear the shining face of Kim Jong-Un to class I guess it’s not any worse than parading around in a Che tee shirt.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Religious Discrimination or Protecting the Homeland?

 

There seems to be no end to the government’s infringement on our freedom of speech and religion. And now the latest excuse is that the Catholic diocese is threatening the safety of our citizens with their advertisements. An article in The Federalist explained the problem.

On October 24, the archdiocese submitted advertisements to be displayed in the DC Metro. In response, the Metro explained that the ads were not in compliance with Metro guidelines and therefore couldn’t be posted. Under those guidelines, “advertisements that promote or oppose any religion, religious practice or belief” were not permitted. They further explained that the religious scene in the ad promoted religion.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Body Shaming, Dress Shaming, and Snail Shaming

 

As one often is, I found myself inspired by @peterrobinson‘s latest post – in this case, a post on beauty products which may or may not have been shed by cows. Specifically, I was inspired to look up beauty products shed by other animals, such as snail slime and nightingale droppings. Well, it is difficult for a gal to look these things up without being bombarded by other supposedly female-friendly stories, on love and fashion and the like. To go in reverse order, let me start with the snail shaming:

Love is tough. Even tougher if you’re a snail born with the wrong chirality. Poor Jeremy was a left-swirling snail. Maybe that doesn’t sound so bad, for a snail. But he was a left-swirling snail born into a right-swirling snail’s world. Snails are hermaphrodites, which sounds pretty flexible, but they can’t mate with themselves and a pair of them do have to both swirl the same way in order to mate. Scientists wanting to breed Jeremy to study his (zir?) kind found Jeremy another left-swirler, Lefty, to mate with. The two had only begun flirting when they were forced to hibernate together in the fridge, which sounds like a big step – imagine being forced to move in with someone just because the two of you had been caught kissing! After this first scientific violation of gastropod sexual autonomy, stuff just kinda snowballed from there, leading to what’s certainly the most adorable use of “cucked” I’ve ever seen:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Female Fantasies? The Nose Knows!

 

Glade Autumn GlampfireScented candles. What are they for? Ask a man, and you might get varying answers – for masking the stank of indifferent housekeeping; for turning one’s home into a firetrap (bonus if careless children and pets serve as the arsonists); for frittering away money; for making grown men sneeze. Like cushions, scented candles seem an item of home decor most men could do without. Indeed, 90% of candles are purchased by women. Yet candles grace seven out of ten households and come in more than 10,000 different scents for US customers alone.

As the autumn nights draw in, even earlier now that our clocks are set back, the clever advertisers at Glade invite you into the mind of their typical female consumer, so you can see what all the scented fuss is about. “LET TEMPTATION FILL THE AIR,” Glade’s ad proclaims, as a sultry alto invites you to “Dare to let fragrance take you places you never thought you’d go…”

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This PJMedia list of vintage racist and sexist ads got me thinking. The number one goal of advertising today is simply getting people to pay attention. Shock is the usual means. How long will it be before advertisers steal a page from the Trump playbook and start using casual racism and sexism? I mean, it […]

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27 years ago, the New York Times fretted that alcohol and tobacco companies were putting too many advertisements in poor neighborhoods. ”This marketing strategy is outrageous and immoral,” said Harold P. Freeman, director of surgery of Harlem Hospital and national president of the American Cancer Society. ”The cigarette industry just wants to make money because […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. New Ad Features Trump’s Quotes about Women

 

A Republican super PAC released an ad Monday highlighting some of Donald Trump’s comments about women over the years. Produced by Our Principles PAC, the spot will air on national cable as “part of a 7-figure existing buy.”

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‘Tis the season of political ads. About 47 percent of them are uninspired and another 52 percent are downright embarrassing. This cycle, the remaining one percent belong to Senator Ted Cruz. Today his campaign revealed a pitch-perfect parody of the printer scene from Office Space, which itself is a parody of gangster movies:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Television Ads? Meh.

 

shutterstock_133717460In a pre/post-mortem of the New Hampshire Primary and Iowa Caucus, The Economist tried to figure out what return the Republican candidates got for the tens of millions of dollars they spent on television ads. I’m no expert in these matters and haven’t played around with the original data but — with the stipulation that this is a difficult subject to study empirically — they seem to have made a good effort to provide controls and add some real, if tentative, information to the debate.

Their answer: meh. Or perhaps, MEH:

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Diversion of the Day, 12/30

 

When your taco shop gets robbed, you could just sob into your corn tortillas. But Las Vegas restaurant Frijoles and Frescas Grilled Tacos had a much better idea: Turn the surveillance video into an ad!

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Since reading Claire Berlinski’s post on Putin’s propaganda earlier this month, I’ve sort of kept my eyes open for instances of it. The following are screenshots (literally taking pictures of the screen because I don’t know how to take a screenshot on my phone) of Suggested/Sponsored posts that have appeared in my Facebook news feed […]

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Greetings from Israel. Much reading and podcast listening on my trip (thx Ricochet!) Wanted to share a Goldman Sachs Entrepreneur Summit Podcast which interviewed the CEO of a new company I hadn’t heard of until Rico’s recent podcasts (they advertise on Ricochet): Casper, a fascinating start-up with over 100 employees angling to revolutionize (disrupt) everything sleep. Since […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Value, Quality, and Freedom of Choice

 

Twenty four years ago, the Sizzler restaurant chain came out with a new ad campaign that — thanks to the magic of YouTube — is trending on Facebook now. Watch it. It’s something else.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. The “Evil” Koch Brothers

 

The New York Times:

More than a thousand miles from the labor tumult in Wisconsin — where his name shows up on the signs of protesters and a liberal blogger impersonating him got through to the governor on the phone and said “gotta crush that union!” — the real David H. Koch was greeted rather more warmly here Friday when he officially opened a new cancer research institute bearing his name.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Do Real Men Bring Home the Bacon?

 

That was my personal title for this essay, which The Federalist ran under a rather more measured headline:

Is it possible that Clueless Dad (that tired old television trope) is going into decline? He’s long since outworn his welcome. And General Mills seems to have gotten the message.

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