French Banks Rub Your Nose in it
Monday September 13th 2010, 1:56 pm
Filed under: advertising & marketing,money,weird

Could banks make it even easier to loath them? Not only do they rip you off with their fees for this, that, and the other, and interest rates here and there making you, the customer, pay to use your OWN money – but then comes this advertising spot for French bank, Caisse d’Epargne.

Should they be able to get away with this kind of flagrant insult? They’ve recently come out with a series of spots featuring a new campaign with the tagline “Avec Caisse d’Epargne vous avez de la chance d’etre jeune” (With Caisse d’Epargne, you’re lucky to be young). And like practically all French pubs (adverts/spots) people are making out. (Don’t argue with me about this point, even the French hedgehog makes out with a sponge.)

Back to the commercial for Caisse d’Epargne: I don’t care if people are making out in these spots nor do I care that they are specifically for young adults. That isn’t the point. Did you notice that the people have dog heads!!? I wonder, do I have to even tell you what is wrong here?

Ok, Ready? Caisse d’Epargne treats their customers like . . . DOGS. ba dum chhh!

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C’est bête d’avoir mal
Monday April 12th 2010, 12:13 am
Filed under: advertising & marketing,funny,health,products,tips

hemorrhoids ad in france c'est bete d'avoir mal
If an ad could be cute while being punny even when advertising ointment for hemorrhoids, this is it.

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Want An Office Near La Bourse?
Sunday April 11th 2010, 9:46 am
Filed under: advertising & marketing,news,paris,tips

Well, it’s ALMOST an office. Think of domiciliation as a sort of Mailbox Etc. kind of place but with more amenities. There’s a secretary to answer your calls and help with administrative duties, a snazzy address near La Bourse, furnished offices to use for meetings (but they must be schedule ahead of time), mail forwarding, you know, having mail sent to your REAL office address, which might be in your parents’ basement. Of course you’ll have to share your little bureau with many, many other businesses but with a little planning well ahead of time, you can probably get “your office” in Paris and convince people it’s a fancy schmancy enterprise!

Cap Elysées International
25 Rue Ponthieu
75008 PARIS
Telephone : – Fax :

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IKEA Invades Paris Métro Stations
Saturday March 13th 2010, 1:24 am
Filed under: advertising & marketing,daily life,funny,paris,products,weird

ikea furniture in the paris metro france
Ikea has moved into four Parisian subway stations for two weeks only. Cute idea, but will they have to burn the furniture later? Oh, maybe they’ll go in the “As is” sale section! [via]

Anti-Smoking Ad Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth
Wednesday February 24th 2010, 8:50 am
Filed under: advertising & marketing,articles,news,weird

anti smoking ad in france shocking and in bad taste
Tagline: To smoke is to be a slave of tobacco.

It’s clear that who ever was responsible for this anti-smoking ad for teens in France was in search of shock value. The article from the telegraph says it shocked France, but I doubt that. It’s definitely in poor taste and has a lame sexual innuendo but I believe people here would just do their Gallic shrug and unexcitedly say, “Pffff.” I’m sure these anti-smoking ads will not in the slightest deter teens from smoking, in any case.

Here’s an excerpt from the telegraph:

The adverts, presented earlier this week, show an older man in a suit pushing down on the head of a teenager with a cigarette in her mouth, in a position that suggests oral sex. Another version of the advert shows a teenage boy in a similar position. The accompanying slogan reads: “Smoking means being a slave to tobacco”.

“The campaign trivialises sexual abuse – worse, it implies guilt on the part of the abused,” read one angry comment on the website of “Droits des Non-Fumeurs” (“Non-smokers’ Rights), the organisation behind the campaign.

Droits des Non-Fumeurs said the posters showed neither rape nor abuse, but were meant to shock.
The adverts, which will be published in newspapers and bars, are designed to target young people in France, who are beginning to smoke in increasing numbers despite a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants.

Read the full article

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