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Allstate’s Soya La Mala Suerte: Claw game spot

Allstate’s Hispanic counterpart to “Mayhem,” Soya La Mala Suerte, has a new 30-second spot that puts an unlucky driver at the mercy of a child’s toy won in a claw game. (You know, the merciless machines at Chuck E. Cheese and supermarkets that steal your money, hope, and sanity as you try to retrieve a cheap toy with mechanical claw that looks like it’s an artifact found in the depths of  medieval torture room.)

What was I saying? Oh, yeah. The kid wins a ball that looks like a black cat. (Oooh! A black cat! They’re bad luck! Get it?!?!) On the way home, the sweet-faced child falls asleep in the back of the minivan, and the black cat ball rolls from his tiny little hand to the floor and then to the driver’s side, where it’s lodged under Dad’s brake pedal.

Can you guess what happens next? Well, try. Or watch the clip if the suspense is killing you.
 

 
Soya La Mala Suerte leaves the scene of the accident, cheerfully tossing the black cat ball.

And of course, the ad closes by asking:

¿Estás en buenas manos?

 
At the time of this writing, the clip on YouTube, posted June 25, had 106 views, 2 likes, and 1 dislike. There were no comments, but it’s early still.

In a previous post on Soya La Mala Suerte, I quoted a YouTube commenter, jackrubyuk, who said, “I like this one; he’s more sinister that the Anglo Mayhem. Subtle.” I don’t speak Spanish, but I can pick up tiny bits of dialog and the visuals do most of the work. Even if you don’t understand the clips’ script, you can still tell a difference comparing the Soya La Mala Suerte spots with the Mayhem series.

The commenter was right: Soya La Mala Suerte is more subtle, more ominous. Dean Winter’s Mayhem (which we all love) is goofier, not quite as scary. All the bad things that Mayhem makes happen certainly suck, but they don’t put the characters in the same grade of danger as the characters in the Soya La Mala Suerte ads.

The Soy La Mala Suerte  (“I am Bad Luck”) Facebook page also has a more sinister tone (the threat of the falling air conditioners will certainly strike fear into almost any urban dweller). Even so, the public loves him: At the time of this writing, Soy La Mala Suerte had 124 likes on Facebook. That’s up from 99,284 on Jan. 25, 2012.
 

EARLIER: Soy La Mala Suerte: Billboard

 

RELATED: Mayhem is the Sexiest GPS Alive

 


Allstate rewind: Large espresso lawsuit

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising and social media marketing. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.
 

 
Allstate is reuploading its Mayhem videos to YouTube, and because I subscribe to their channel, my phone is blowing up. Of course, this mean I stop everything to post a fan favorite. In this 30-second spot for the insurance company, Mayhem as the guy who’s going to sue you because you hit him and he spilled his large espresso in his lap.
 

Your 15-minute insurance may not cover my $90,000 car, so I sue you because that’s what I do.
~ Mayhem,
The guy who is going to sue you

 
Mayhem fans visiting this site may notice some videos are marked “expired.” I noticed this just tonight when I was checking some links. I will update the Allstate posts as soon as Allstate finishes updating its channel. Thanks for your patience — and for reading.
 

‘Mayhem the Guard Dog’

 

 

EARLIER: A roundup of 2011 Mayhem commercials

 


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Happy little trees from ESPN and W+K

EDITOR’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising and sports marketing. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

Just spotted on AdWeek’s Ad of the Day: An ESPN commercial from Wieden+Kennedy features none other than Bob Ross, a TV painter whose PBS show undoubtedly distracted entertained scores of Gen Xers before the advent of cable televisions’s Golden Age and the Internet. AdWeek already has a nice overview, so I’ll just add my two cents on why this spot works: The commercial’s retro setting (e.g. the brown paneling, the Sears silk curtains, the bamboo furniture) along with the actor’s costumes and props, give it a weird but effective then-meets-now that will resonate with Xers 35 and older who were so bored at Grandma’s back in the 1970s and 1980s that they gave into Ross and his paints and spent the captive, believing they too could paint happy little trees. And that makes for a happy little memory.

 

You’re always taking the TV to watch all your painting shows.

 

~ Husband,
ESPNWatch commercial, May 2012

 

 

The ESPNWatch “Paintings” spot was posted on ESPN’s YouTube channel on May 21. At the time of this writing, it had 2,471 views.

MORE: Bob Ross painting mountains:

 

 


More from Allstate: It’s March and it’s Mayhem

UPDATE 5-31-2012: Allstate is updating its YouTube channel, and some videos are working and some are not. I’m trying to update the links as soon as Allstate reposts them. Thank you for your patience.

 
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising and social media marketing. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

 
I’m a slave to you people. Allstate uploads a Mayhem video and I stop everything to post it. Yet another one for March Madness. Mayhem is a power forward from your alma mater and …
 

You couldn’t look away if your kitchen were on fire!

 

Hey! Your kitchen’s on fire!

~ Mayhem,
The Power Forward

 
NCAA fans will get an eyeful of this one as we sink our teeth into the Sweet 16. This clip is super fresh — at the time of this writing, posted on YouTube on March 22, had only 115 views. At 3:45 p.m., the clip was not yet posted on the Mayhem Facebook page. However, the “Final Four” clip, which was posted on the Facebook page (finally) on March 18, had 4,475 Facebook likes, 181 comments, and it’s been shared 1,094 times. On YouTube, it has 37,468 views, that’s up from 1,827 on March 16.
 

‘Final Four Mayhem’

 

 

EARLIER: A roundup of 2011 Mayhem commercials

 


Update: Federal court upholds tobacco warning labels

Federal requirements for graphic warnings on cigarette packaging do not violate tobacco companies’ free speech rights, a federal appeals court ruled Monday. The decision by the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Cincinnati, contrasts last month’s ruling by Judge Richard Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. In his ruling, Leon sided with the tobacco companies that argued the gory labels compel speech violated the First Amendment protections to refrain from speaking.

The grisly warning labels, which feature such images as diseased gums and a body on an autopsy table, are at the centers of two legal disputes. As The Wall Street Journal points out, the Sixth Circuit’s ruling focuses on the overall reach of the 2009 Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act, which gives the FDA power to regulate tobacco and nicotine, including authority over the industry’s marketing and advertising efforts. The D.C. case focuses on the graphic images, which include diseased lungs; a man exhaling smoke through a tracheotomy hole; a baby surrounded by smoked being kissed by its mother; a man using an oxygen mask; a crying woman; and a man wearing a T-shirt with a “no smoking” symbol and the words “I QUIT.”

The plaintiffs, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard Inc., and other tobacco companies, have appealed the Sixth Circuit’s ruling to federal district court. Court watchers have said the cases will eventually go to the Supreme Court.
 

EARLIER: FDA releases grisly images for cigarette packages

 

What do you think of this attempt to deter smoking?

 

Too much? Not enough?

 


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Allstate’s Mayhem: A slam dunk in March Madness

UPDATE 5-31-2012: Allstate is updating its YouTube channel, and some videos are working and some are not. I’m trying to update the links as soon as Allstate reposts them. Thank you for your patience.

 
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising and social media marketing. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.
 

 
We all saw this coming, didn’t we?  New Mayhem for March Madness. I think the NCAA fans are too preoccupied by the season: At the time of this writing, this clip, posted on YouTube on March 16, had only 1,827 views. At 8:11 p.m. March 17, the clip was not yet posted on the Mayhem Facebook page. However, the “Guard Dog” clip, which was posted to YouTube on March 14, the same day it was posted on the Facebook page, has 35,508 views; 5,106 people “like” the video on Facebook, 266 people have commented, and it has been shared 2,232 times.
 

 

FROM JULY 2011: A roundup of 2011 Mayhem commercials

 
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From the Grammys: The Target ‘Rolling in the Deep’ ad

ED’S NOTE: This post reflects my interest as a marketing student in advertising, promotion, search-engine optimization, and viral marketing. No agencies or products are endorsed. The opinions expressed here are mine and in no way reflect the opinions of my employers.

UPDATE 2-16-2012: Madame Noire’s Brande Victorian reports the girl in the Rolling in the Deep ad for Target is 11-year-old Denise Bestman from Staten Island. Meanwhile, the Gothamist has more details about PS 22 Chorus and how the 30-second Target commercial was shot.

RELATED: The Wall Street Journal looks at what makes Adele’s “Someone Like You” so powerful in “Anatomy of Tearjerker.”
 
UPDATE at 3:05 p.m. 2-13-2012: YouTube counter says the clip has up to 17,015 views now.

For interested parties, here’s the 30-second Target commercial hyping the deluxe edition of Adele’s runaway-hit album 21. At the time of this quick-and-dirty post, the clip, posted Feb. 10, had 302 views. I bet it gets a lot more soon; those kids are just too cute and that song is too familiar.
 

 

About the Target YouTube Channel
(As of Feb. 12, 2012)

Date joined: Jan. 6, 2006
Channel Views: 676,538
Video views: 18,293,527
Total Upload Views: 20,552,078