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Geico Television Commercial Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 9:05 am

There is a new Geico Insurance television commercial airing on national television in the U.S. The setting is an business office in a building with a skyscrapper view out the window. The Gecko is standing on the desk and sitting behind the desk is a white male (actor I assume) conversing with the Gecko. The guy sort of looks like Bill Walsh, former head coach of the San Francisco 49ers but the voice does not sound like him. Is this guy an actor or famous? Thanks,

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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 10:32 am

The "actor" is Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, owner of Geico Insurance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Buffett
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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Fri Jan 09, 2009 7:21 pm

Okay, now I have a question about Geico commercials. Why do they have so many damn advertising campaigns at once? At one point there were 3 up and running at the same time, I think there are 4 now:
> Cavemen
> Normal people with a "celeb" (I still don't think Mrs. Butterworth is a celeb though)
> The lizard
> Now they started one with two wads of banded cash and a pair of eyeballs

Why are there so many!?!?!?  Confused

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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:18 pm

It's not totally unprecedented for a company to have more than one unique ad campaign running concurrently but it is unusual to have so many. I would suggest that because their market is so diverse, management , or more likely their ad agency the Martin Agency, decided on this multi-"shotgun" approach to appeal to as many viewers as possible. Geico relies on most sales from customers telephoning or E-mailing on the spot; they have no sales agencies per se, so I think it's plausible they feel thay are reaching a more diverse cross section of prospective clientel.

BTW, the "actor" mentioned above is most certainly NOT Mr. Warren Buffet. regards...jack
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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:30 pm

It's not Warren Buffet, nor is it Bill Walsh who sadly is dead.
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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:35 pm



Quoting Tiger119 (Thread starter):

Are you talking about the one where he asks the Geko to wear the suit...? No way is that Warren Buffett
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RE: Geico Television Commercial Question

Tue Jan 13, 2009 5:22 am



Quoting Goldenshield (Reply 1):
The "actor" is Warren Buffett, chairman/CEO of Berkshire Hathaway,

- It was most definetely NOT Warren Buffett

Quoting STT757 (Reply 4):
Bill Walsh who sadly is dead

- I am sorry to hear that, when did he pass away?

Quoting EMBQA (Reply 5):
Are you talking about the one where he asks the Geko to wear the suit...?

- That's it, that's the one.

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