McDonald’s Trademarks Slogans That Are Even Worse Than “Lovin’ Beats Hatin'”

"Lovin' > Hatin'" beats "Lovin' Beats Hatin'" in a showdown of the awful, awful slogan ideas that McDonald's is kicking around.

Late last week it was reported that McDonald’s would launch a marketing campaign in January with the phrase “Lovin’ Beats Hatin'” at its center, but the reality of what the burger behemoth actually trademarked makes those three words sound almost authentic by comparison. [More]

11 Company Slogans That Say What We Know To Be The Real Truth

11 Company Slogans That Say What We Know To Be The Real Truth

It’s no secret that we’re fans of fanning the flames of humor around these parts, especially when it comes to getting down to the nitty gritty of what companies are really about. Which is why we were tickled to see the work of Clif Dickens, which, much like our friend Lisa Hanawalt, cuts right to the heart of what companies should really be saying with their slogans. [More]

These Alternate Company Slogans Are A Lot More Honest & Infinitely More Amusing

What's for lunch? Oh, just some smell bread.

If Don Draper had a better sense of humor and wasn’t so busy suffering existential crises whilst being handsome/drunk*, he probably would’ve wanted to hire Lisa Hanawalt. Because in a time when even companies themselves are engaging in bouts of self-mockery in order to entice disillusioned customers by making them laugh, Hanawalt’s delightful doodles of alternate slogans are about a million percent better than what’s out there. And by better I mean, way more hilarious. [More]

I Don't Not Understand Sara Lee's Curiously Double Negative Slogan

I Don't Not Understand Sara Lee's Curiously Double Negative Slogan

The cameraphone of reader Thomas points us to a classic American slogan that has been bedeviling consumers for decades, “Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” It is shortened on this truck to “Nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” Huh? Isn’t that a double negative? Yes, and it was planned this way. [More]

Documentary Looks At Origins Of Greatest Ad Slogans

Documentary Looks At Origins Of Greatest Ad Slogans

The new movie “Art & Copy” reveals the origins of memorable ad slogans, such as Nike’s “Just do it,” Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” and milk’s “Got milk?”

Why Are The Employees At This Store So Sad?

Why Are The Employees At This Store So Sad?

Jean writes:

Successful Ad Slogans Dissected

Successful Ad Slogans Dissected

Nick Padmore at A List Apart has produced an extraordinarily nerdy and detailed breakdown of the various qualities of 115 of the most successful “copy shots” in advertising history—you know, those short phrases like “Where’s the beef?” (1984) or “Don’t leave home without it” (1974) or “it takes a licking and keeps on ticking” (1956) that you’ll carry with you to your grave, unless you develop some sort of “good” Alzheimer’s that only wipes out the commercial jingles part of your brain. (Somebody assign a stem cell researcher to that!)

AT&T Stops Pretending To Be The Network With The "Fewest Dropped Calls"

AT&T Stops Pretending To Be The Network With The "Fewest Dropped Calls"

AT&T is no longer claiming to be the network with the “fewest dropped calls,” according to a company insider. The assertion was widely panned as a lie:

The ad campaign, which launched last March, was based on a Telephia report that actually noted AT&T Wireless (then Cingular) did not have the most reliable network in New York, Chicago, Houston and Los Angeles. A recent JD Power report gives that honor to T-Mobile in most markets. Similarly, a report from Consumer Reports placed Cingular/AT&T at the bottom of their rankings for reliability and satisfaction.

AT&T will instead boast that they have: “more bars in more places.”

http://consumerist.com/2007/07/16/with-last-months-acute-droppoff/

With last month’s acute droppoff in American consumer spending, “Geiz ist geil” could be posed to become the next hot German import. [NYT]

Create and Vote For The New Consumerist Tshirt Slogan

Create and Vote For The New Consumerist Tshirt Slogan

Hey kids, let’s make a tshirt! You write the slogans, you pick the good ones. The winning slogan gets made into a tshirt. If we pick your slogan, you get 3 free shirts and everlasting fame and glory.

Seattle Times Says “SayWA?!?!”

We wrote last week about “SayWA,” the new Washington state travel slogan that was the product of an ecstasy-fueled 18 month brainstorming session by 32 marketing geniuses. What sort of powerful emotions does the SayWA message evoke? Nothing besides puzzlement and the nagging suspicion that someone just came up with a me which actually infects the listener with a highly contagious form of mental retardation.

Continental’s Tagline Enrages Man, to Comedic Effect

Continental’s Tagline Enrages Man, to Comedic Effect

Continental’s tagline always reminds us off that old jazz standard about heroin addiction, “Straighten Up and Fly Right.”