Category Archives: Advertising

FAIL: Offer Your Mother A Housekeeper For Mother’s Day

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That’s just so wrong on so many levels! What were they thinking? And to make it even worse, there are special offers on nationalities :S

Update: Speaking of bad Mother’s Day ads, Mustapha just reminded me of this 2011 Klynn ad.

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Update2: The company that sent the shameful SMS apologized.

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Update3: Minister Sejaan Azzi has decided to close down the company in question. Thanks Rami!

It Feels Good When Your Bank Pays For Your Valentine Dinner

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50 couples in 6 different restaurants had their bills paid by Bank Audi as part of the ‪bank’s Valentine campaign #‎BankAudiLovesMe‬. The couples were surprised by my good friends and the talented Uf Concepts guys who had prepared a song for the occasion.

I thought the idea was pretty cool and well executed. Check out the [video].

Best Valentine Ads From All Over Lebanon

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Alben Funny equation from Dairy Khoury

Stli Stoli‘s funny take on Exotica’s Valentine ad

zwz ZWZ’s Valentine ad is the smartest – click [here] to see what they did

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Gandour Tarboosh love by Gandour

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Sony leb True that – via Sony Lebanon

volvo Volvo V40 Polestar is my Swede heart – Volvo Lebanon

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alfa Alfa ditched the red #PurpleValentine

durex Durex Arabia getting inspired from 50 shades of grey

Kababji Kababji

edl EDL Setting the Mood for Valentine Since 1964 – via Sitcom Lebnene

What’s With The Chinese Billboards?

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I noticed a couple of Fransabank billboards in Dbayyeh written in Chinese for some reason. I’m assuming that’s a teaser campaign for some new product but I wanna know what they’re saying and I don’t know anyone who speaks or reads Chinese. I asked on Twitter and got nothing so I googled a bit and found an app (Baidu Translate) that actually translates pictures in Chinese which is pretty cool but not that practical. I got something like “Golden Chamber and Synopsis” from the first billboard on the left which could be referring to Jin Kui Yao Lve’s book but didn’t get lucky with the second picture which is showing Xian’s city wall.

Update: I updated my Google Translate app and used their new feature which includes scanning a picture and detecting and translating the text on it. It’s way more accurate as I got something about a new Fransabank Platinum card debuting in China and being accepted in the whole territory or something like that. I also got UnionBank but I don’t know how it’s related.

Thanks Sabine for the tip!

Nutella’s Controversial Billboard

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People are apparently upset with the above Nutella billboard because it shows Christian names with the English version and Muslim names (Except for Sarah which is not Muslim) with the Arabic one. I don’t know if all the billboards are like this one but I agree that the way the names were depicted in this one is wrong, even if it wasn’t done intentionally. I wouldn’t make a big fuss out of it though but whomever did this should have been more careful.

It is worth noting that it’s common in Lebanon to have billboards in Arabic for areas like Tripoli and the same billboards in French and English in areas like Jounieh and Beirut.

Update: Here are all the Nutella billboards I found on my way to work today. I couldn’t find the one posted by Rania (shown above) and as expected, there are many versions in both Arabic and English. I am checking now to see where that billboard was spotted.

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