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The Purple Cow walking billboards campaign.
#OrchidsandOnions: Kudos for the walking billboards campaign

And Elon Musk scores an Orchid for showing he cares about dogs - but as for Chas Everitt...

By Brendan Seery 12 Mar 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: You go, Mecer, just ignore the haters

Local is not only 'lekker', it's very much needed. But that doesn't help Vodacom, who gets an Onion for its 'pay to rollover' up-yours to customers...

By Brendan Seery 5 Mar 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions - Toyota pushes the right 'hipster' buttons

And stop lying to your customers, FNB. If you don't, you'll keep getting Onions from me. And maybe I'll join my wife at Nedbank...

By Brendan Seery 26 Feb 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: Investec taps into our angst

The Onion this week - for marketing stupidity and, more specifically, ignoring the Telkom brand warning signs - goes to... me...

By Brendan Seery 19 Feb 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: SA boykie's Super Bowl ad shines

But Tops at Spar's 'Sip of the Nation' social media campaign, which played on the State of the Nation address on Thursday night, was stretching it too much...

By Brendan Seery 12 Feb 2019

A screen grab from the ANC ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: ANC comrades bring sexy back

MSC Cruises' Orchid-worthy print ad spells romance, beauty and freedom - but trashy McDonald's gets a super-sized Onion...

By Brendan Seery 5 Feb 2019

Screengrab from the ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: Let's drown our sorrows

An Orchid to Spar. And an Onion to you, Telkom, because your marketing and your customer service is a mess...

By Brendan Seery 29 Jan 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: A cutting-edge campaign

An Orchid to Gillette for putting an issue out there, and DA, you get the 'How Not to Win Friends and Influence People' Onion for this week...

By Brendan Seery 22 Jan 2019

Screen grab from the Orchid-worthy ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: Two Onions for Woolworths

And two Onions for the tacky Vodacom/Showmax ad - at least Toyota's latest TV ad for its Hilux team deserves a plump Orchid...

By Brendan Seery 15 Jan 2019

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#OrchidsandOnions: A well-timed pit-stop ad hits the mark

Maybe the social media 'clevers' and whoever in the Ford food chain signed off on the Ecosport SUV 'keyless start' ad can share the Onion...

By Brendan Seery 18 Dec 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Thank you... for giving life

Misleading advertising will always get an Onion - and so will you, e-toll collecting agency ETC, for your dishonest and threatening campaign...

By Brendan Seery 11 Dec 2018

Screen grabs from this week's Orchids-winning ads.
#OrchidsandOnions - Nando's, Chicken Licken have lots to crow about

In this world of fake news, purveyors of information need to be extra careful. So Onions to Vend and Red Ribbon for a misleading Black Friday ad.

By Brendan Seery 4 Dec 2018

Clover Nolac.
#OrchidsandOnions: Clover's ad is cheesy, but to the point

And Momentum, no matter how good your damage control eventually was, you get the Ford Kuga Memorial Reputation Management Onion...

By Brendan Seery 27 Nov 2018

#OrchidsandOnions: Schweppes has been refreshingly honest
#OrchidsandOnions: Schweppes has been refreshingly honest

Data that disappears or expires is not just rude, Vodacom, it is also theft. So you get an Onion. And, no, it does not expire...

By Brendan Seery 20 Nov 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: An Orchid for a sparkling ad...

And an Onion to a PR man for his 'shotgun' press release that greatly annoyed the receiver...

By Brendan Seery 13 Nov 2018

Pepe Marais, of Joe Public United. Picture: Michel Bega.
The amazing story behind Joe Public, Africa's number one ad agency

When Pepe Marais was saved by a surfer two decades ago, no one could have guessed they'd start a business together...

By Brendan Seery 9 Nov 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Mahindra's tongue-in-cheek challenge to the bakkie big boys, and Mediclinic's marketing is sick

When it comes to macho, there are few products more oozing in testosterone in this country than bakkies. Rough, tough and hard to bluff, as our Army sergeant used to swear he would make us (...before dissolving into laughter)...

By Brendan Seery 7 Nov 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: Nespresso does go big

An Orchid because it's different. It's Clooney. And an Onion to Facebook for 'silver bullet' marketing miss, based on snooping...

By Brendan Seery 30 Oct 2018

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#OrchidsandOnions: A loud, and crunchy Orchid to KFC

How many of you reading this have not had to bite your tongues as you were rudely, or inefficiently, dealt with by a government employee?

By Brendan Seery 23 Oct 2018

Screen grabs from the ad.
#OrchidsandOnions: Absa ad is on the money

An Onion to the painfully slow SA Post Office for its lightning-fast branded vehicle. I won't post it, because I doubt whether it would get there...

By Brendan Seery 16 Oct 2018

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