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Open Letter to Tootsie Roll Industries From the "Tootsie Roll Girl"

Rebecca Jane Weinstein | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Rebecca Jane Weinstein

You've probably forgotten about me by now, but I am certain you remember my work. I'm the "Tootsie Roll girl." That kid who sang the jingle in the 70s. The one that goes: "Whatever it is I think I see, becomes a Tootsie Roll to me." Yeah, that one.

How an Ordinary Person Can Change the World, Well at Least Start the Process...

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

Imagine waking up one day and learning that your daughter has a hearing loss. Imagine finding out the access your daughter needs doesn't exist in this country but does elsewhere.

Joyful Ad Campaign Has People Dance The Age They Feel -- Not The Age They Are

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.28.2015 | Fifty

We all must grow older, but that doesn't mean we have to grow up. A new ad from...

The Best And Worst TV Commercials About Retirement

Next Avenue | Walter Updegrave | Posted 05.21.2015 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Walter Updegrave (This article previously appeared on RealDealRetirement.com.) Americans watch about an hour of T...

Satirical Commercial for Drug Known as Flaccidone

Alena Dillon | Posted 05.18.2015 | Comedy
Alena Dillon

You've reached the age when you know a thing or two. You know how to be a silver fox. Just look at you. You're wearing a fleece, so it must be chilly out, yet somehow your skin is tanned. And your pearly white teeth match your hair. Was that intentional? It doesn't matter -- it works.

Actor David Banks of CUT! Tells Us His Most Disgusting Habit

Ilana Rapp | Posted 06.30.2015 | Entertainment
Ilana Rapp

David Banks is known for his comedic performances in over 100 commercials, however this chameleon has been breaking out and taking on darker roles. Currently he's celebrating theatrical release of CUT! which he co-wrote and starred in. Twitter: @Dynamitedork

Clinton Commercial Series -- Thank You Hillary

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 06.14.2015 | Politics
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

If the Democratic Party makes acceptance of Hillary Clinton a litmus test for my membership, well, I am an American first. There are a number of reasons why I will not vote for her. It may be easier to convey these reasons using a series of commercials that can be produced by an opponent.

Google! Stop Sneaking Ads to Kids Through Your YouTube Kids App!

Nell Minow | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Nell Minow

Family-friendly is more than avoiding bad words, nudity, and violence. When it comes to children, who have not yet been taught how to know which adults to believe, it also means a trusted and consistent voice.

These Stars Would Rather We Forgot About These Early Commercials

HuffPost Germany | Talia Lavin | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment

We all have embarrassing home movies. But for celebrities, who often grow up under the limelight, cheesy childhood moments tend to be a little more pu...

Advertising Theater on Television -- What Works

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.04.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What brings people to the theater? I talk a lot about that each day with various producers and press agents. Of course, if anyone really knew an exact answer, many more shows would be successful. Instead we all try our best to guess.

5 Super Bowl Commercials About Something Greater Than Selling A Product

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.02.2015 | Good News

Sunday night wasn't just about football and Katy Perry -- several social causes got their time in the spotlight, too. This year, Super Bowl adverti...

Advertising Purpose During the Super Bowl

Mark R. Kennedy | Posted 04.04.2015 | Business
Mark R. Kennedy

While the NFL's public service announcement on domestic violence reflected their attempt to play defense given recent controversies, here are some of the examples of companies going on offense by letting their purpose shine during the Super Bowl.

Why Aren't All Commercials As Good As The Super Bowl Ones?

Troy Campbell | Posted 04.02.2015 | Business
Troy Campbell

When we contrast Super Bowl ads with normal ads we learn a powerful business lesson: Being effective does not always mean being quality. It's a lesson many of us find hard to swallow. But it's bitter pill we all need to take.

Barilla and Gay Families: 18 Months Later, Does the Pasta Company Really Care? (VIDEO)

Jordan Bayne | Posted 04.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Jordan Bayne

In summer 2014 Barilla launched a contest calling for content creators to submit work under 60 seconds that reflected their new diversity campaign. I felt strongly compelled to create a commercial testing their commitment to a more inclusive ad campaign. In fact, my submission was the only one that confronted them face-to-face with a gay family.

A Fitting End to a Dysfunctional NFL Season

Geoff Livingston | Posted 03.28.2015 | Sports
Geoff Livingston

Even though fans cry foul and sponsors chastise the league, people keep watching and corporate dollars still flow into the NFL coffers. So why should the NFL change? After all, even the unwilling have to watch the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Ads Provide a Great Way for Advertisers to Waste Their Money

Ira Kalb | Posted 03.23.2015 | Business
Ira Kalb

Why do I have an unfavorable impression of most Super Bowl ads? It's quite simple. Most of them don't work. They cost a lot and produce questionable returns to those that pay for them.

Boy Asked To Create Superhero Draws Garbage Collector, Inspired By His Mom's Career

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.15.2015 | Good News

Is this boy a student, a garbage collector, or a superhero? In this ad for Thai Life Insurance, a schoolboy is asked to draw a superhero and what h...

The 5 Most Memorable Commercials of 2014

Jose Costa | Posted 02.28.2015 | Business
Jose Costa

This year, viewers were treated to memorable spots with all forms of wit and creativity, featuring everything from the Super Bowl, to the Olympics, to Mother's Day.

The Story Behind Nasty Pig's Banned Holiday Commercial (NSFW PHOTOS)

Phillip M. Miner | Posted 02.15.2015 | Gay Voices
Phillip M. Miner

Saturday morning I was lying in bed, looking at Facebook, when I came across a story about Nasty Pig's holiday commercial being taken off TV. I immediately contacted Nasty Pig's CEO, David Lauterstein, to see if he wanted to sit down and tell me more about the situation. I'm extremely grateful that he did want to chat.

Behind the Scenes: Tom Hooper

D. Dominick Lombardi | Posted 01.18.2015 | Arts
D. Dominick Lombardi

Sometimes with pen or pencil in hand, other times with a full palette of acrylic or watercolors, Hooper adds connections or isolating areas to accent characters and objects with little or no preconception or plan -- something like the way a jamming jazz musician riffs or a butterfly flies.

The Hit Song That Was Originally Written For A Bank Commercial

OWN | Posted 11.18.2014 | OWN

Paul Williams is a legendary songwriter. He's won three Grammy Awards (plus an Oscar and a Golden Globe), worked with everyone from Barbra Streisand t...

The Best Live-Action 'South Park' Commercials

HuffPost Live | Jeff Stevens | Posted 11.07.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

This week's "South Park" episode included a hilarious live-action commercial that reminded us just how ridiculous liquor ads can be. It also marked a ...

The Delta Queen Riverboat, the Election and You

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 01.01.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Far too many of us spend our time paddling around in the shallow things of life instead of heading straight for the deeps. We get tangled up on the sandbars of the shallow waters of life, dissipating our energies on the trivial. This is especially relevant now as people prepare to vote in the election of this coming Tuesday, November 4.

Why My Kids Need to Watch More TV

Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh | Posted 12.21.2014 | Parents
Annmarie Kelly-Harbaugh

For the duration of their little lives, my children have watched videos on Netflix and Amazon. They have never had to sit through TV commercials.

Propaganda, Potholes and Pensions: Political Ads and Business Clichés During Election (Hunting) Season

Kevin Walsh | Posted 12.09.2014 | Detroit
Kevin Walsh

Sadly, the two-pronged grade-school defense of "Nu'Uh" and "But he did it, too" will probably carry the day come November. With corporations as citizens, with jean-clad CEOs as governors and with an amnesiac public convinced that their problems stem from the quickly vanishing middle class, what's a non-billionaire to do?