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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Whether it's "snack" or "sack" is debatable; what's certain is that it's extraordinary

I've already written about how my job has involved many pitch meetings for different products, and that I probably pay attention to commercials, slogans, and advertising in general more than the average person does. I think about what goes into a pitch meeting, and how I'm sure some advertising agencies must be amazed when a client goes with (and pays big money for) some half-baked or unintentionally hilarious idea.

For example, I was surprised by this product name and was saddened by this spokesperson/song, and I couldn't believe that this winter accessory actually made it into production.

The following product slogan fits right into the How did the marketing department get away with that? category. This is the perfect example of a commercial that a roomful of men must have scripted:

Double-click on either 'play' arrow if you have trouble with the video

We started with a simple almond.
Added pecans, peanuts and a hint of sweetness.
The result?
An extraordinary nutsnack.

-This commercial had Jen & I in hysterics, which confirms that we're 12-year old boys at heart (and if you remember THIS OTHER post, you are not surprised by our reaction to the commercial at all).

-Somehow we've been quoting the commercial incorrectly for the past 48 hours, saying at every opportunity, "...and what we've come up with is an incredible nutsnack". Since "extraordinary" surpasses "incredible", we owe an apology to the True North Nut company for under-appreciating their nutsnack.

-I've already e-mailed the company to see if they'll send me product samples for giveaways. I'll keep you posted.

Thanks Lark, for being as immature as my friends & I are.


In other, less nut-centric news:
After taking myself and my sister out of the running, and numbering everyone in order of their comment on THIS POST, we have a winner of the George Michael concert merch and her name is Swishy.

E-mail me your address, Swish, so I can get your prize in the mail!


Spammon said...

Woot! First post on the nutsac. What's even more funny is that I was trying to type so fast so I could make sure I was #1 that I fat fingered it and spelled butsac. And if chinnuts are what they say they are, then a but full of nut has just made me try to explain something that is just putting my foot in my mouth.

Spammon said...

I'm going to snag the #2 spot and say what the hell? Why can I never win anything? I think this is a conspiracy. Is it my comments? Have I offended the

House of Jules said...

@Spammon: OMG, I am CRYING right now! You're killing me. First off, your "WOOT" for being first on a post about a nutsNack is so funny, I'll probably get fired just for inappropriately laughing during an important meeting we're having later today. So, thanks for that. As for your complaint about not winning anything, I don't think you really want a George Michael keychain, do you? Really? How about this: If the True North people send some product samples my way, I will bypass the un-biased and you will automatically get one of them, no matter what. You have totally earned your own nutsnack, just based on these 2 comments alone.

Linds said...

Those nutsnacks are making me hungry and it's only 9:30 a.m.

Spammon said...

And it's not until now that I realized that you said nutsnack. It must be my male brain that kept seeing nutsack. And furthermore, I don't think I've said the work nutsnack so many times in such a short period of time.

It's not the prize that matters, it's the concept of winning. And since I have already won said nutsnack, I will die a happy snacking man. Just please don't tell me you'll be kicking them my way.

Troop 542 said...

Extraordinary Nut Snack! I still can't stop laughing like Beavis and Butthead over that commercial! I really need to take up reading or something more smarter! ;)

Spammon said...

linds - That's perverse!

House of Jules said...

@Linds: Well, they ARE extraordinary, so I can see why you'd have a craving for them so early in the morning.

@Spammon: That is partly why the commercial is so funny. You can't really tell if the guy says "snack" or "sack". But surely he's not saying "sack". That's just bad marketing. Whether it's nutsnack or nutsack, I can't say it enough. Out loud, and loudly. I can't even blame it on having a male brain like you can. It just rolls off the tongue (that's what she said).

@Troop/Jen: "Something more smarter". I know you typed that on purpose, but holy nutsack, you are funny.

Spammon said...

jules - It may be good marketing if they are sold next to the flavored condoms. Cherry and chocolate flavored nuts are as American as baseball.

NerdyRedneck Rob said...

I am trying to come up with something witty for a comment but so far I am so totally in awe I am just blank!

I rekon that about September I will come up with the perfect reply.

Sauntering Soul said...

Well Rob, I don't have anything witty to say either. But almond joying myself reading everyone else's comments about the nutsnacks.

Swishy said...

Yayyyy! I'm a WINNAH!!!

And how much do I love that you totally emailed the company for product samples?! HA!

Melissa said...

OMG, I must be a 12 year old boy, too. I literally laughed until I cried. Joe had the big V last weekend so there has been a lot of nut talk around here lately.

I can't wait until he gets home and I get to tell him about this commercial! LOL!

Melek said...

oh my. i haven't seen this one yet. i'm glad i wasn't drinking anything bc i would have spit it out.

Schmutzie said...

You are being featured on Five Star Friday:

Stacey said...

I think you should label every post "Extraordinary Nutsack". It can apply on SO many levels.

The Hotfessional said...

ha! When Miller Genuine Draft introduced their newest "Lite" product, they originally called it G.D. Lite.

Mr. Hot and I nearly fell over laughing and wondering how long THAT would last.

They changed it, not long after, to "MGD Lite".

mrsmouthy said...

Dude, if his nuts(n)ack can sell, maybe it's time to go public with my pie holes!

Georgia said...

Oh sweet jebus...that's too funny! That reminds me of a meat company here in Southern California who drives their product around in trucks that say "You Can't Beat Our Meat!". No joke, that's their slogan.

Colleen said...

Wow. I sure hope they send you some free swag. How cool would it be to win an "Extraordinary Nutsack" t-shirt?

Michelle said...

Just came across your blog from Dooce. Seriously, the photo of you and Jeremy is unbelieveable. It looks surprisingly real...Look forward to reading more of your blog!

Manic Mom said...

Looks like a NUT SACK to me.

And Swishy won some George Michael goodies. Where the hell have I been!?!?!? SHITOLA!