This Super-Chillaxed Commuter Is Winning at the Art of Train Travel
Ringan Ledwidge Directs Anomaly’s First Spot for Trainline
This new campaign for British train information app Trainline features a commuter who’s super-happy — because he’s mastered the art of train travel. We watch him pass, relaxed, through a crowded station as we hear his narration, including lines such as “I am a smooth river of a man…passing through a platform of madness.” The script combines just about the right blend of humor and information: we learn that he’s saved money by booking in advance, but there are also lines such as “I have a little banana in my bag for later in the journey” delivered in a way that’ll make you smile. As he gets more and more carried away in his reverie, he lets finally the world know how amazing he feels.
Simon Darling, Trainline’s commercial director, said in a statement: “We wanted to convey the idea of someone who wins at trains. The kind of person who glides through the station to their platform because they know the platform number in advance via our app. The kind of person who saves money because they booked via our app whilst watching TV the night before they travel. “I am train” conveys that winning feeling.”
Bank of America’s Marketing Morons Torment Billy Idol in Hilarious Ads From Christopher Guest More, more, more comic stupidity
Bank of America and Christopher Guest would like to remind you ad people that there is, in fact, such a thing as a bad idea. And the argument, which doesn’t need much help to start with, gets an assist from none other than Billy Idol in a new campaign from Hill Holliday.
Five spots feature three Bank of America execs in a conference room, brainstorming ways to promote the company’s “preferred rewards” for consumers. It’s precisely the kind of idiocy that gets funnier as it goes along, reaching a high point as the marketing drones debate the wisdom of handing out free shrimp to customers.
Naturally, it turns out Idol’s participation in two other ads is also born of a stupid idea: Asking him to sing the word “more,” the staple lyric of his 1983 hit “Rebel Yell,” even more times, to honor the volume of Bank of America’s rewards. (The 59-year-old British rocker, though, is perhaps not as quite as thick as Guest and his imbecilic Spinal Tap bandmates.)