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Award Winning Print Ads - Great Ad Campaigns - Print Advertisements

Updated on September 17, 2012
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Punctuation & grammar, when wrong, are huge pet peeves of mine. I enjoy sharing my knowledge on this and a number of other topics.

This is the print ad version of my all-time favorite ad; I couln't find the billboard image.
This is the print ad version of my all-time favorite ad; I couln't find the billboard image.

I dislike watching most of the commercials on TV, but I do love creative advertising, when it’s good. Of course, what’s good to one person may not be to another. My favorite ad that I’ve ever seen was a billboard ad at Christmas time for the liquor, J & B. It read in big letters: “ INGLE ELLS, INGLE ELLS” then in slightly smaller wording underneath: “The holidays just aren't the same without J & B.” I don’t remember what the rest of the billboard looked like – I’m sure it had a picture of a J & B bottle somewhere and maybe red and green colors, but what I remember – for many years now – is what it said. I’ve always thought that that was just the cleverest ad I’ve ever seen.

There are many more clever ads out there; Europe is known for being a bit more laid back than the U.S. when it comes to ad content, which makes room for more risk taking and creativity. They are strict about violence on TV, but extremely open to nudity. Therefore, American companies take a totally different approach to their ads in Europe.

All of the following ads are award winning ads, in my humble opinion, well deserving of same. Many of them make excellent use of their context, like the shopping bags. Lots are funny ads; there's a lot of great advertising down below. Check them out and vote below in the comment section for your favorite. Which is mine? You know, I just can't decide; there are so many great ones here. The Pepsi Twist one did give me a good laugh, though.

Note: click any of the pictures to view them larger.


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Anti-Smoking Ads

Speed Ads

Sports Ads

Beverage Ads

Dental Care Ads

Bag Ads


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    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      5 years ago from A Coast

      Thanks, Claudia! I hate most commercials, but I love a clever ad!

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      Claudia Mathews 

      5 years ago

      This was a fun Hub to look at. There were two ads that particularly stick out in my mind. I love the Pepsi ad with the lime and the Raid ad with Spider Man. There are too many boring ads that don't grab your attention and say nothing to you. These marketers understand, entertain them, give them something unforgettable and they won't forget you. Wonderful job, thanks for posting this.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      5 years ago from A Coast

      Thanks, Kevin, and I agree COMPLETELY!

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      5 years ago

      ingles ells is hands down the best ad ever and is what brought me here on Christmas Day.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      6 years ago from A Coast

      Thanks, rohanfelix! Unfortunately I cannot take any of the credit!

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      Rohan Rinaldo Felix 

      6 years ago from Chennai, India

      Some really good ads here! I work in advertising btw!

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      8 years ago

      nice collections of ads, interesting.

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      santosh hasilkar 

      8 years ago

      ya its very attractive and entertainment advertisements...........

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      9 years ago

      I liked them all (even the sexual ones). Last time I checked, sexuality was a part of our nature. Why not include it into advertisement%Pr

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      9 years ago from A Coast

      Fiftyfootelvis ~ thanks for your comment. I agree with you slightly about the Pepsi Twist ad, although it is clever. I'm assuming that one was probably in Europe because they are much more laid back about risky ads there. Thanks for visiting!

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      9 years ago

      There are some great ones here to be sure (I've always loved that JB ad too) but I must say that the lime peeing in the Pepsi is among the worst ads I've ever seen. If I was the client and was presented that concept I would say it's time to review our agency.

      Urine and food just do not go together. It's only a small step away from the lime sitting on the edge of the glass squeezing out tiny limes into the Pepsi.

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      10 years ago from San Diego

      I want to say especial thanks for these cool pictures.

    • Lily Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Lily Rose 

      10 years ago from A Coast

      Thank you for your comment, Mohummad Omar Masood. I realize that there is a language barrier here and that would explain why I don't understand much of what you wrote, except for your being put off by the bread ad. I'm sorry you found it unacceptable, and I'm sure you are not alone.

      However, first of all, only 5 out of 45 ads shown above have any sort of sexual inuendo. Secondly, there are tons of European ads far worse than what you see above in terms of being sexually explicit. I neither endorse nor belittle the "sexual" ads, I simply truly enjoy a well thought out and creative marketing campaign and I found every one of the above ads to be just that.

      I hope that you did find some enjoyment in at least some of the above ads. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      Mohummad Omar Masood 

      10 years ago

      in the ad of titled WESTON is absolutely un acceptable even keeping them in the category of ods or bad category

      is there some limits and ethical bindings of visulising such a rediculus approach about the eating item of bread and buns and is it necessary to discuss all satanic immage if immerging in our mind and is it compulsory to narrate into photography or any other medium of expression - i say whole western society approach is surrounding arround -sex sex sex - penises-testicles -and breasts - could you deny these notions through your actions - my personal professional comment is that the matter of creativity is not yours business without sex -i will say that creative thinking is far beyond to yours immagination - wel we the asians are wel versed in creativity we have the strong imagination thinking instinct and wel contented in accordance with subject originality.

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      Deborah Demander Reno 

      10 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      You are correct, those are some great ads. I am looking forward to reading and learning more about your journey.


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