today's AMAZING TV AD : honda's "cog" 2 minute tv spot

for more on this, go to this post :; april 14 post.
the inspiration is mount pinatubo when some years ago, all of a sudden, after decades of being dormant, it decided to erupt, spewing debris and ash several kilometers high, blowing ashes to float everywhere, far and wide, turning the skies gloomy gray as far away as metro manila, hundreds of kilometers away, covering metro manila streets and rooftops with thick ash. the pinatubo eruption was so powerful that its ashes changed the color of sunsets not only in the philippines but also worldwide.

that's what happens when clients and advertising agencies decide to run ads not worthy to be called advertising. its dark, its huge and very irritating and unfortunately, everywhere!

all they are doing is wawam! what a waste of advertising money!

here is a first row view of Philippine Advertising and Philippine Marketing.

mount pinatubo erupts shooting ashes several kilometers high, then floating to blanket many other towns hundreds of kilometers away

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

p&g's Crest Pro Health Rinse stains teeth - marketing disaster 101

saw this on the today show at nbc - p&g's crest pro health rinse hit a product nightmare snag. some consumers are set to sue p&g for causing stains on their teeth after using the product for two to three weeks.

p&g is one of the world's leading consumer marketing companies, many have credited p&g as the inventor of brand management and crest is the leading toothpaste brand in the US and in the world.

this interesting as we can learn how a giant and leader like p&g handles product disasters like these. it's rare that p&g, one of the best in their field had encountered something like this. p&g puts a lot of premium on research and r&d and usually launches new products only if it is perfect. the last time p&g had this was a few years ago on olestra, a new fat substitute, but that wasn't a consumer product like this rinse product.

in that today show coverage, p&g had their spokesman interviewed. he is the guy whose picture appear in this website : apparently these consumer complaints have been aired some months ago but a today show coverage can make this a big national issue.


read more about it here:

Crest rinse fights off customer complaints

by Al Behrman, AP

Crest Pro-Health Rinse is the second best seller in the market behind Listerine, according to Crest.

CINCINNATI (AP) — Persistent consumer complaints are causing some stains on a Procter & Gamble's (PG) Crest.

Crest Pro-Health Rinse hit the market three years ago as an alcohol-free mouthwash that not only freshens breath but fights oral maladies such as gingivitis and plaque. The strong-selling product has caused some users to report discoloration of their teeth and numbing taste.
P&G says "99.99%" of users have had no complaints and that any discoloration or aftertaste is temporary.

But NBC's Today show reported Wednesday that the complaints have led to a consumer lawsuit alleging fraud and to further study by the Food and Drug Administration, which approved the product.

Laura Brinker, a Crest spokeswoman, declined to comment on the pending litigation. She said an FDA panel is gathering information, but that the product is in full compliance with current standards.

Posted Wednesday on the Crest website was a statement from Robert Gerlach, a dentist and P&G researcher, saying that the product has been tested extensively and proved to be safe and effective.

"The millions of consumers who use it every day, and the growing number of dentists who recommend it, can attest to that," Gerlach said.

Brinker said temporary discoloration can be a sign that the product is killing harmful germs, which can be brushed away, or reflect the user's eating, drinking and brushing habits.
P&G said nearly 100 million bottles — a one-liter bottle retails from $4.69 — have been sold as Pro-Health Rinse. It is the second-leading mouthwash behind Johnson & Johnson's venerable, alcohol-containing Listerine.

But Pro-Health rinse has been dogged by complaints repeatedly showing up on Internet sites.
"Crest Pro-Health mouthwash turned my teeth brown! And on top of that, I can't taste anything!" a reader identified only as Monique wrote to, a consumer affairs website. There are scores more complaints there and on other sites.

"I thought it was unusual in terms of how many people it's affecting," said Ben Popken, Consumerist's editor. "Sometimes you might hear from a handful, but there seems to be a pretty decent body of people saying this."

Steve Markus, a dentist in Haddon Heights, N.J., said people with porcelain implants or other dental and orthodontic appliances could be susceptible to staining from the rinse. He said the mouthwash apparently aids oral health.

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