The Best (And Quietest) Commercial You’ll See Today – – Tim Burt Critiques

If you’re as sick of radio, television, and web commercials screaming at you, then here’s a break for your ears…

Here’s the commercial:

Why This Commercial Wins

Let’s think about (just a few of) the competitors of

  • Priceline/Hotwire

There are hundreds more – if not thousands – of websites.

Those sites are all promising one thing: a “low cost” room, regardless of the quality.

You need a 1-star room? Have fun sorting through hundreds of options. In some instances, you can “name your own price.”

Those sites also offer 4 and 5-star rooms, too. But you’ll have to set those parameters when you search. offers one thing:

Low Cost Luxury Travel

Their slogan reinforces and differentiates them from their competitors: “the worst-kept secret in low-cost luxury travel.”

The key word: luxury.

Add in the fact that they “hand pick their hotels”, and the air of exclusivity reigns supreme.

No Need To Yell isn’t a clearing house for low-cost (or even high-cost) rooms…they’re doing one thing really well: catering to their target audience.

Whispering conveys a sense of prestige, sophistication, and refined tastes.

The only target audience I can think of that needs to be yelled at in advertising are people who need hearing aids.

Whispering Also Does One Critical Thing

Because their competitors are all yelling, or at least over-acting, this commercial forces you to pay attention to it…because you probably have to turn the television or computer speakers up.

Compare that to virtually every other commercial on the air or online right now. What a refreshing approach.

This will endear their target audience to the client, because they’re not cramming a hyperbolic sales message down our throats.

(BONUS tip) Advertising isn’t about getting attention, it is about holding attention, of which this ad does a masterful job.

Bottom Line

Even though this ad is from 2012, I saw it for the first time tonight.

This commercial forced me to watch it. Then, I immediately went to YouTube and purposely sought it out to see it again.

Can you imagine hearing this same ad on your radio while driving? It would be stunning.

The only problem (that I can see), is that they need more exposure.

As I type this, the video has just over 179,000 views on YouTube.

A stronger social media, online, and broadcast presence would do wonders for this brand.

Sadly, most of that takes money…and I don’t know their financial situation.

As for the commercial? It’s the best ad I’ve seen in 2015, even though it’s over 3 years old. The “Worst-Kept Secret In Luxury Travel” needs to be a household brand name.

Grade: A+

Tim Burt

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Advertising On Websites: Men Don’t Read, But Women Do – Tim Burt Explains

The “shotgun” approach to advertising is dead. It’s the (flawed) reasoning: “just put my advertising everywhere, and someone will respond to it.

In the “B.I.” age (Before Internet), this was all too common.

It should have never been born, but that’s another discussion.

My, How Times Have Changed…

If you own a business, you (should) know your target audience. Men ages 18-24; women ages 30-40 with children, etc.

Online advertising has really helped laser-focus where a business should spend their advertising budget. For instance, with Facebook ads, they help you determine where and how your target audience will see your message.

If you’re a plumber, you’re not going to advertise in the “Fashion & Clothing” section. At least I hope not…

Where Most Businesses Drop The Ball

A one-size-fits-all template for a small business website may seem like the best way to go. Price, setup, and maintenance are usually bundled into something that isn’t daunting to handle.

But are these templates the best option? Probably not.

Here’s why it’s important to have a custom website created for your business – because of your target audience.

News Flash: Men And Women Use The Web Differently

Men are the “give me a summary of what you have” crowd.

Women actually take time to read text.

Two Real-World Examples:

First, for the men, I grabbed a screen shot of the home page of Harley Davidson.

Harley Davidson website front pageAs you can see, not a lot of text there. It does contain a rather suggestive headline, which speaks to their target – men – in a way they understand.

(Of course, I’m not saying all men are cave-dwelling neanderthals, this is simply formatted to the way they use the internet.)

Now, for the women…I grabbed the front page of Bed Bath And Beyond:

Bed Bath And Beyond website front pageHere, we have far more text, with an actual product description on the home page. This page actually scrolls down much further, with more pictures and descriptive text.

They’re catering to their audience.

Does your website do that?

Are you sure?

Time to revisit your site…

Tim Burt

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Finalist – Best Commercial of 2015: Kyocera DuraForce Phones – Tim Burt Reviews

First, the commercial:


As the owner of a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, I’ve invested in a (somewhat) sturdy case, and a tempered glass screen protector. The last thing I want is to drop it, and have it shatter into something only a broom and dustpan will be able to collect.

This phone claims (through the ad) that it can handle whatever stress test you put it through.


According to Kyocera, it’s:

  • Waterproof
  • Worry-proof
  • Military Grade

Yeah, that’s cool and stuff…but…


Then, this ad brilliantly conveys its features:

  • Enhanced push-to-talk (a high-tech walkie-talkie)
  • Glove and wet touchscreen operation
  • People can hear you when you’re in a crowd with their new microphone/speakers

Yeah, that’s cool…but I’m in the United States…so…


ANYWHERE. It’s 4G-LTE Global-Ready.

Now, think of virtually any other cell phone ad in the marketplace right now.

Have you seen a commercial that answers virtually all of your questions in 75 seconds? Doubtful.


Do you recall seeing an advertisement that convinced you to buy your current phone that was this striking? That answered all your questions?

Or did you do what most people do…go for price/features/name recognition?


As the ad states:

  • “Handles tough days, all day, everyday.”

No matter what you can throw at this phone, (they claim) it can handle it.

Brilliant. Simple messaging. Beautifully executed.

Remember, advertising solves problems.


Tim Burt

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Advertise Like A Boss: Send A Simple Signal – Tim Burt Explains

Relentlessly repeating the same message in your advertising – regardless of where you advertise – is absolutely critical to making the cash registers ring.

This takes years…not weeks.

How Do You Get People To Remember Your Business With Advertising?

A Great Slogan – Repeated Often – Will Get People To Remember Your Business Through Advertising

The Best Slogans Are Rarely Changed

Here in the U. S., I could ask virtually anyone over the age of 35 about the following slogans, and they could name the advertiser:

  • We’ll leave the light on for you (Motel 6)
  • Finger-Lickin’ Good (KFC)
  • Just Do It (Nike)

The question isn’t how do you know those slogans…but, rather…

WHY Do You Know Those Slogans?

Here’s the short list:

  1. They are short (the longest is 6 syllables)
  2. They are descriptive, informative, or motivational
  3. They were repeated relentlessly

You may be saying to yourself, “Tim, those are for multi-million or billion dollar companies. They have gallons of money to promote those brands.”

And you would be right.

But there’s one thing that they all did exceptionally well, which your business can use starting immediately:

Send A Simple Signal

Does your advertising follow that simple guideline?

I’m calling that “S3”

Think about your own life for a moment. Would you respond to a commercial that requires you to decipher the client’s message?

Your target audience (whomever they may be) does not react to what I call “Corporate Zombie-Speak.”

I Want To Change My Message

Most business owners (regardless of size) often fall into what I call the “Boredom Trap.”

They feel that their message is worn-out, tired, and the audience doesn’t respond to it any longer.

Most times, it’s simply because they haven’t exposed enough people to the slogan for it to become memorable.

Change for change’s sake (or boredom) is a losing formula.

Here’s The Winning Messaging Formula

Step 1: Send A Simple Signal (to your targeted audience)

Step 2: Relentlessly Repeat

Tim Burt


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[video] Advertising Myth Busted: Getting Attention – Tim Burt Explains

In this short video, I bust one of the biggest myths in advertising: “getting” the audience’s attention.

Here, I use two real-world commercials to demonstrate that advertising is not just about getting the attention of the audience…it goes much deeper than that.

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Super Bowl 49 Commercials – Live Blogging With Advertising Expert Tim Burt

If you’re going to be watching Super Bowl 49 (Super Bowl 2015) just for the commercials, you’re not alone.

It is estimated that approximately 1/3rd of the audience is watching for the ads alone.

After all, it’s the most watched television program of the year.

Super Bowl Ads Are Supposed To Sell

Here’s the bad news…the vast majority of ads are designed to simply entertain. Not sell.

This is a huge mistake.

I explain why in this video:

Get A Peek Inside My Head During The Game

As in past years, I’ll be live-blogging my critiques and analysis of the Super Bowl commercials on this website:

Here are the other sites which I’ll be posting my snark:



Tim Burt



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Finalists: The 3 Dumbest Christmas Car Commercials, 2014 – Tim Burt Reviews

Every Christmas season, without fail, there will be one auto manufacturer with a stupid advertising campaign, or at least one dumb commercial. This year, we have THREE.

Finalist #1: Honda

Are you selling toys or cars?


Let me guess…the Michael Bolton commercials from last year didn’t work out so well?

Finalist #2: Ford

So…nine-year old kids can now drive?

Finalist #3: Toyota

(I apologize, you have to click through the link to watch…but its awfulness is worth it…)

Does this happen in any showroom? Ever? At least during business hours?

How do you follow that up, Toyota? By asking your dealers to make your customers make ridiculous, forced, lame videos like this…which, I would bet, these people hadn’t seen the “dancing” commercial before they walked in to that dealership…

So…just remember…

These commercials are supposed to convince you to spend $25,000+ on a car.

Tim Burt 


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