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40+ humorous print ads

By Stacey Kole | Funny, Inspiration, Resources | Mar 8, 2013

All work and no play, allegedly, makes Jack a dull boy. And advertisers seem to agree; globally, major brands seem more interested in making us laugh than selling a product; and for good reason: humor is one of the best ice-breakers. If a brand can make you happy, they can make you open your wallet.

With that in mind, ad execs often turn to the humorous, irreverent, or even outlandish to break through the clutter and demand attention. Sure, sometimes jokes fall flat; but do it well, and the effect goes beyond the eyes — to the brain, to the emotions, and most of all, to behavior change.

And so, for a bit of Friday fun, we thought we’d share some amusing, irreverent, strange and comical adverts from around the world. Enjoy!

 

3M Post-It: Making a Difference, Boyfriend

Post-it Boyfriend

 

Tums Extra: Lamb

Tums Extra

 

Bearded Lady Bourbon: The Search

Bearded Lady Bourbon

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Hedgehog/Fish

VW Hedgehog

 

Playtex: Tattoo Boy

Playtex

 

The Cape Times: William

The Cape Times

 

Nataraj Pencils: Wrecking Ball

Nataraj Pencils

 

Energy Australia: Treadmill

Energy Australia

 

Huggies/Kimberly Clark: Political

Huggies

 

New York International Latino Film Festival: Serial Killer Movie Recipe

New York International Latino Film Festival

 

Milky Way: Skaters

Milky Way

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Car Jack/Glass Truck

VW Car Jack

 

Etch A Sketch: Sushi

Etch A Sketch

 

San Francisco SPCA: Waiting Room

SF SPCA

 

Old Spice Swagger: Action Hero

Old Spice

 

Alo Ultra: Spaghetti Napolitan

Alo Ultra

 

Maxam Civilization: Egypt

Maxam Civilization

 

Blackstar Bikes: Panda

Blackstar

 

3M Scotch Tape: Chameleon

3m Scotch Tape

 

Ferretti Yachts: When the Master’s Away

Ferretti Yachts

 

Pymes Magazine: Milk

Pymes

 

Volkswagen: Park Assist Technology, Portaloo/Hearse

VW Portaloo

 

Kaleva Newspaper: Underground

Kaleva

 

Santher: Misses

Santher

 

Visa: Stanley Cup Playoff Beard

Visa

 

El Comercio Newspaper: Pig

El Comercio

 

Toshiba: Studying

Toshiba

 

Kyivstar: Shared Birdfeeder

Kyivstar

 

Colgate Dental Floss: Smile, 3

Colgate

 

Arjuna Yoga Centre: Woman

Arjuna

 

Volia Broadband: Titanic

Voila

 

Ibuprom: Woodpeckers

Ibuprom

 

Santher: Scout

Santher

 

Sky Company Parachuting: Wind

Sky

 

MasterCard Canada: Women’s Golf Classic

MasterCard Canada

 

Witte Molen: Last Wish

Witte Molen

 

Wrigley Orbit: Cow

Wrigley Orbit

 

3M Privacy Filter: For Your Eyes Only

3M Privacy

 

Bench Fix Hairstyling Products: Gecko

Bench Fix Hair

 

Volia Broadband: King Kong

Volia Broadband

 

The Art Director’s Club: Keep Fighting the Good Fight, Illustration

Art Directors Club

 

McDonald’s: Tiffany

McDonalds

 

Which of these ads is your favourite? Do they do a good job of selling the product? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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  • http://www.417marketing.com/ 417 Marketing

    Wow, these print ads are cool! I’m interested to know the people behind these print ads.:)

  • http://www.facebook.com/Angelanchavez Angela B. Goode Chavez

    That McDonalds Ad is great!

  • http://www.chromatix.com.au/ Amber Lara

    These are really cool ads! Very interesting and i also like the lambs :)

    http://www.chromatix.com.au