Did you ever notice that with advertisements that really want to show sincerity, the person talking lowers his or her voice to just above a whisper? You are supposed to think the message and the deliverer are way more sincere and far more honest if they say it super soft. What they don’t realize is that when they do that to impress anyone over 65, the ones they are aiming at can’t hear them!
Another ploy to get the vulnerable to listen is to use famous actors that we recognize from our past. After all, if we recognize them from old movies or TV that we enjoyed and they speak softly enough, aren’t they trustworthy and honest? Hmmm, should we forget that they are working for money? I mean, really, who would not trust Pat Boone, James Garner, or Robert Wagner? But when they really want you to believe, they use Henry Winkler. Is there anyone who wouldn’t trust “The Fonz?”
I am referring specifically to reverse mortgages. I have to admit I sent for the CD many years ago because some friends had signed up for it and it sounded really good, sort of, but these same friends have regretted that move and are now stuck with their decision. This is not something I am for or against because I know little about it, but as with anything that involves money that may provide for you the rest of your days, check it out thoroughly before signing on the dotted line.
You can tell I’m watching more TV since Internet, land line telephone, and cable were “advertised” for a good bundle price (until the end of the special).
Some advertisements, well, they really leave me cold or let’s say, “could” leave me cold, such as the Cottonelle brand of toilet paper that wants you to go, not “commando” but “commahndo.” It is cold in this far NW country and there is no way I’m removing an extra layer of clothing.
But the one by Quilted Northern is downright nauseating. Daddy Gator and Sir Froggy both state (more or less) that as inanimate creatures who reside in the bathroom, they can never forget your experience with this TP. Give me a break.
The one commercial I love is the one where Mom is chasing a little boy through the house to get him to the bathroom on time (Don’t we Mom’s all remember doing that?). In the second scene she is chasing him again…and then once more. The last scene is where she tremulously opens the closed bathroom door and sees her triplets all enjoying Angel Soft TP. It is a cute commercial and fun to watch.
And speaking of commercials that are fun to watch, there is the Maytag Commercial. Colin Ferguson plays a refrigerator and a washing machine and maybe even other Maytag equipment and does it very well. Although I have to say I was not nearly as impressed with those performances as seeing him on the Hallmark Channel’s Saturday night television series, Cedar Cove. While he is a great Maytag, he is much cuter as a grinning DA playing one of the main love interests opposite Andie MacDowell.
Well, that’s my day. How is yours going? God Bless until next week.
At 45, Widow Minshall began 20 years of solo full-time RVing throughout Alaska, Mexico, and Canada. Sharlene canoed the Yukon, mushed sled dogs, worked a dude ranch, visited Hudson Bay polar bears, and lived six months on a Mexican beach. She lectured at Life on Wheels, published six RV-related books and wrote a novel, “Winter in the Wilderness.”