I’m sure you’ve seen this commercial for Chase bank. To sum up, a young woman gets her first paycheck, then immediately runs out to open her first checking account, of course at Chase. For some reason the scene cuts to her dancing around a fountain; apparently she got some good stuff that I didn’t get when I opened up a Chase account. She then proceeds to buy a puppy, walks down the street, pay bills, and have lunch with friends and pay for the bill like we do, but of course all of these actions are punctuated with her looking at her Chase account on her phone, on the computer, or an ATM.
It is the last part of the commercial that really irks me. For your pleasure, I’ll post some screenshots of the final scene with some commentary…
You’re gettin’ some tonight…
Wait! I have to take this call.
Oh, it’s just my other boyfriend Chase. Yay deposit!
Sorry for the blue balls!
Seriously? Who does that? What would you do if your make-out session were so rudely interrupted by your make-out partner for such a trite action?
There’s something about slick branding that makes me wish I majored in advertising instead of science. I can’t get enough of the cool Apple or Target ads that have been showing as of late.
Design Barcode is a design firm in Japan that combines, well, design and barcodes. I loved the samples of their work, along with a cool Quicktime video of their stuff.
Sure makes shopping that much more fun.
While it seems especially prevalent (and quite ridiculous for some) in the personal finance blog community, advertising on blogs is fairly commonplace in the blogosphere. We all like to make a few bucks here or there by pursuing a hobby. Google ads, text-link ads, affiliate banners, and the ever popular referral link are some of the most common methods bloggers use to monetize their message.
Due to ad blindness, software that blocks ads, and general dislike towards advertising in general, advertisers are looking for innovative ways to get their messages into the hands of the people who will buy their products.
Fortunately for advertisers, but unfortunately for the internet as a whole, PayPerPost offers a service that will clog up Google’s index with even more spam: they will pay bloggers to drum up some buzz about a specific company.
Bloggers are supposed to be grass-roots and largely un-tempted by money in order to bring the frontline news to the masses. The minute an author is paid by a company to pimp its product is the minute I deem him a sell-out, a corporate drone, a puppet. If a few bucks can persuade an author to write a good review, what else will that person say for some extra cash?
We have ads on our site, because, well, WE’RE BROKE. But for the record, the content at Make Love, Not Debt will NEVER be influenced by the advertising on this site. We’d rather call it quits than let that ever happen.