Got a 2013 Top Ten for Us, Doc?

DrAdsforProfileWell the Doc opened up the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out.

Dear Dr. Ads,

I’ve noticed that a lot of media outlets have picked their Top Whatever Ads of 2013 in recent days.

There’s Adweek’s Mostapalooza featuring The Ten Most Sexist Ads of 2013, The 10 Most Epic TV Promos of 2013, The Ten Most-Viral Ads of 2013, and The Ten Most Watched Ads on YouTube in 2013.

Then there’s USA Today’s Top 5 ads of 2013.

Among many others.

Any way you can sort this out for us, Doc?

– H.D. Dromedary

Dear H.D. Dromedary,

We’re guessing you’d be most interested in Adweek’s 10 Best Ads of 2013, which slots this spot at #4:

 

 

But – all due respect – we have to agree with Adweek’s choices for the top three.

Guinness Basketball:

 

 

RAM Farmer:

 

 

And #1, Dove Real Beauty Sketches:

 

 

That’s some moving marketing, yeah?

Yo.

What’s Up with the ‘Heroic Media’ Anti-Abortion Ad?

Well the Doc opened the old mailbag today and here’s what poured out:

Dear Dr. Ads,

I recently saw this Wall Street Journal ad from an outfit called Heroic Media.

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The website’s Frequently Asked Questions section says this about the group’s funding:

Our primary source of income is from individual donors. We also receive support from churches, organizations and foundations. We do not receive income from government sources.

No kidding.

What’s the scoop on this campaign?

– 19 Weeks

Dear 19 Weeks,

Funny you should ask, because the Wall Street Journal is one of the only mainstream media outlets to run the ad.

From the Christian Broadcast Network:

Media Outlets Reject Controversial Pro-life Ad

Three major U.S. newspapers are refusing to run a pro-life ad, calling it too controversial.

The ad by Heroic Media features a hand holding a 20 to 24-week-old pre-born baby.

Above the baby is a quote saying, “This child has no voice, which is why it depends on yours, speak up.”

Lifenews.com reported that The Chicago Tribune , USA Today, and Los Angeles Timessaid they feel the image of the baby is “controversial.”

The controversy stems from the ad not specifying “whether the child was alive or dead,” according to World Magazine.

Here’s a Heroic Media spokeswoman discussing the controversy:

 

The Chicago Tribune subsequently accepted an alternative ad with a different image (via Jill Stanek at LifeSiteNews):

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Okay then, yeah?

Yo.