Blog: Olly WehringCarling's online feedback - the good and the bad

Olly Wehring | 9 February 2007

Opening an online topic for discussion has its advantages and disadvantages, as I have found out to my own cost - and feelings - quite recently.

Coors Brewers, I assume, are now only too aware of this risk, having decided to open a forum for its new Carling beer advert. The ad, aired in the UK for the first time a few weeks ago, features flocks of starlings forming rather spectacular roosts in the English countryside. The Hard-Fi song ‘Living for the Weekend’ - which could easily be the ballsy brand’s anthem - plays in the background of the ad, which ends, not with the Carling name, but simply with the message ‘Belong’.

Here is some of the feedback:

Joshua: “The new advert is incredible. The music rocks as well - so does the footage.”

Karla: “Think it was ok ... quite clever idea with the ‘Belong’ theme, but a bit boring.”

Caroline: “There’s probably a lot of confused 18-year-olds hunting the supermarkets looking for ‘Belong’ and just giving up ‘cause they can’t find it!”

However, the whole thing was just plain lost on this guy who, worryingly enough, shares my name:

Ollie: “I don’t get the new advert, personally, because, I mean, what’s starlings got to do with having a bevvie? Don’t get me wrong it’s really good and all that, but I just don’t get it.”

Actually, I admit it - I wrote that last one.

The new Carling TV ad


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