Microsoft Says Sayonara to Seinfeld Ads

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What would happen if bajillionaires Jerry Seinfeld and Bill Gates attended a Little League game? Visited a multiplex? Browsed a 7-11? Sadly, the world will never know. Valleywag reported this afternoon that after meeting with mixed reactions, the Microsoft/Jerry Seinfeld campaign will go on no longer.

Mashable is confused, as am I and anyone else who found these shorts perversely charming — though, as we discussed in this weekend’s Station Conversation, they do deliberately make light of how out of touch Microsoft is. But ending this campaign can only be construed as another sign of that disconnect. After all, buzz is buzz — and canceling a poorly-planned ad campaign won’t make it go away.

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Mark

too bad – this is one of the few ads I don’t speed thru with my TiVo – they are charming, relevant and chock full of pop culture immediacy – why can’t large companies see clearly what is so obvious to the rest of us?

Brian Hogg

I think it’s a damned shame; I thought they were brilliantly done ads. Also, it seems very early to be canceling them already. Isn’t that like shelving a movie fifteen minutes into its premiere showing because not everybody is loving it?

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