One Apple ad, entitled ‘Bean Counter,’ “appears to assume that you care about Micorosft advertising budgets, and the second one [entitled ‘The ‘V’ Word’] doesn’t make much sense at all unless you’ve noticed the downplaying of Vista in recent Microsoft ads,” wrote former PCWorld editor, Harry McCracken. “Both bash Vista without saying anything positive about the Mac, and they bash it for its promotion as much as for the product that’s being promoted.”
“It’s getting dirty out there folks—we haven’t seen a smear campaign like this since, well, Obama and McCain,” Zach Epstein wrote in his Boy Genius Report blog. “The bottom line is that the whole thing is getting old. Sure, fanboys will still snicker at Justin Long and all of his snappy zingers, but you don’t need to sell fanboys now, do you Apple? …It might be best to get rolling with a new campaign before Justin Long becomes the next Aflac duck or Geico gecko—you know, so hated that people actually vow never to give those companies a single dollar as a result.”
Microsoft declined to comment on Apple’s latest ads.
“It’s Marketing 101. It clearly makes sense for the No. 2 guy to pick a fight with the No. 1 guy,” Eric Hollreiser, director of corporate communications for Microsoft told Computerworld last month. “There were some pervasive misperceptions that we needed to address. It’s unmistakeable that we will focus on them. But we will quickly pivot to the positive values of Windows.”
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