It's Valentine's Day, and marketers have been tugging at your heartstrings all week with candy-coated, cute appeals. Also, the Winter Olympics continue to prove excellent fodder for major brands. All of this week's top ads focus on those two events, with the exception of one spot in which moms get jiggy over Hostess discounts.
Thanks to the country's anti-gay laws, the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia have turned into a de facto platform for LGBT marketing. Earlier, we had the Canadian ad that said the two-man luge is "a little gay." Now, we have this crazy spot from Norwegian sports apparel retailer XXL. It's an over-the-top, absurd blockbuster of an ad, with overly slick visuals, overly cheesy music and a "twist" ending you could spot from Moscow. And yet … somehow you have to love it. Its heart is generally in the right place, even if it plays out like a male fantasy. (And no, they probably wouldn't do the same ad with two men at the end.) The ad premiered during Norway's broadcast of the Opening Ceremony last week.
This week, Bing bashed Google for "Scroogling" your holiday shopping searches, StubHub's ticket tree mourned its piney and formerly ornamented cousin, and Expedia unleashed a rare commercial that will have you crying and smiling at the same time.