Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bankruptcy Commercials

Lawyer advertising has always received a bad rap. Its hard enough to tell whether lawyers are capitalizing on people's misfortunes when charging clients to sort out their problems (I don't have a problem with charging clients, but I do recognize the perception outside of business circles that lawyers make money on the heels of tragedy). That being said, I don't know how you produce a "classy" commercial. If you use empathy, it just looks shallow -- i.e. the single mom at a table with a stack of bills at 2:00 in the morning and the voice over of someone that sounds like a televangelist talking about no hope, and "there's a way out." If you try a business approach, you just look like a non-caring SOB that is going to get paid -- i.e. two attorneys posing, usually in front of bookshelves, sitting 3/4's on a desk, or some other office setting, and telling you "you have rights," (by the way that we will convert into dollars in our pocket). I point this out because I am not really sure what to do with this one. Is it anger, comedy, both or neither?

Here is another.

Marc (MLR)

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