Ad Creep Update is a regular feature on ANIMAL documenting the spreading epidemic of advertising media placement into every nook and cranny of your daily life. Zurich Financial Services, a worldwide insurance conglomerate, thought you wouldn’t mind too awful much if they placed some shattered glass, graffiti, and gouge stickers on your parked car to advertise their HelpPoint auto care service centers. Wait! Don’t key the jerk’s car next to you, it’s just a sticker! After you peel off the stickerâ€”if you haven’t dropped dead from a stroke (Zurich also sell life insurance)â€”this is what it says (translated) on the back: “For car repairs that are always this simple and fast, contact Zurich HelpPoint.” These little pieces of clever, absolutely fucking obnoxious guerrilla marketing were created by Publicis in Zurich, so I’m assuming the stunt was only done in Switzerland. Do we have a new leader in Most Intrusive Ad Placement? Or is it still your crotch?
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