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    Former MSE Lawrence
    'What’s the most annoying financial advert?' poll discussion
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    • 8th Feb 10, 4:12 PM
    'What’s the most annoying financial advert?' poll discussion 8th Feb 10 at 4:12 PM
    Poll between 8-15 February 2010:

    What’s the most annoying financial advert?

    Advertisers are adopting ‘lets be funny with money’ techniques, and these ads are so often repeated it can feel like there’s no escape. So this week for a bit of fun, we want to know which of the following current ads you find the most irritating.

    Where available, the ads are linked to below.

    A. Barclays' Piggy Savings with Stephen Merchant voiceover - 1% (170 votes)
    B. Barclaycard’s Waterslide/Rollercoaster through town (view it) - 2% (243 votes)
    C. Compare the market’s compare the meerkat (view it) - 6% (758 votes)
    D. Confused.com’s ‘It’s so easy to use’ vox pop (view it) - 5% (675 votes)
    E. Direct Line’s red phone ads with Paul Merton/Stephen Fry voiceovers (view it) - 2% (292 votes)
    F. GoCompare’s Opera Singer - Go Compare (view it) - 53% (7157 votes)
    G. Halifax’s radio-presenting staff playing Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ (view it) - 21% (2763 votes)
    H. HSBC’s ‘we’re the world’s local bank’ (view it) - 1% (115 votes)
    I. ING Direct’s cushion the blow airbag savings (view it) - 2% (288 votes)
    J. Mastercard’ s Priceless campaign – Mastercard (view it) - 0% (43 votes)
    K. Moneysupermarket’s Haggle Hero with Omid Djalili (view it) - 3% (336 votes)
    L. NatWest’s MoneySense free financial ‘help’ - 4% (590 votes)

    Voting has now closed, but you can still click 'post reply' to discuss below. Also, read Martin's musings on whether annoying ads are really a bad thing. Thanks

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  • Robgmun
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    • 8th Feb 10, 4:59 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 4:59 PM
    G is the worst

    K is by far the best
    • eileenfromplaistow
    • By eileenfromplaistow 8th Feb 10, 5:42 PM
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    • #3
    • 8th Feb 10, 5:42 PM
    • #3
    • 8th Feb 10, 5:42 PM
    Love the meerkats, hate the smug Nat West "advisers", in no small part to their actor customers (think I recognised one from the tv)
    • LimeLight
    • By LimeLight 8th Feb 10, 6:43 PM
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    • #4
    • 8th Feb 10, 6:43 PM
    • #4
    • 8th Feb 10, 6:43 PM
    Where's the option for 'all of them'?
    just passing through.... Nothing to see....
    • wildthing01
    • By wildthing01 8th Feb 10, 7:03 PM
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    • #5
    • 8th Feb 10, 7:03 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:03 PM
    i voted halifax - those adverts are really smug (plus i dislike halifax as they did me out of my 'windfall' money when they became a plc, and were really unhelpful to me when i had been a loyal customer for years)

    i love the meerkats!!! their website is hilarious!
    • irishwench69
    • By irishwench69 8th Feb 10, 7:31 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:31 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:31 PM
    Hi

    'G' (Halifax) is by FAR the worst - it is so bad, I have actually considered changing accounts away from them (damn their regular savers for being so good )

    I love that song, but ARRRGGGGHHH.......

    However, there are soooooo many annoying ads on that list - the confused.com vox pop and opera singing one are very high up on the ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH scale......but I don't mind mastercard or the barclaycard rollercoaster one (that could be because of the great song though - and at least this one doesn't have a smug t**t in scarily tight shorts like the swimming chute one!!!!)

    Thank goodness for sky+ and being able to skim over ads

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  • SarahNeedle1872
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:50 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:50 PM
    F is definately the worst, closely followed by G.

    Would love a go on B, and K is brilliant!!
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    • MothballsWallet
    • By MothballsWallet 8th Feb 10, 7:58 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:58 PM
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    • 8th Feb 10, 7:58 PM
    All of them except B. At least they picked a decent tune; Halifax just butchered Spandau for me (just like Cowell & Co's version of REM for Haiti).
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    • Billco
    • By Billco 9th Feb 10, 1:05 AM
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    • #9
    • 9th Feb 10, 1:05 AM
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    • 9th Feb 10, 1:05 AM
    I'd happily watch them all time and time again over any of those swiftcover adverts....god I hate them....

    Go Compare was funny the first couple times, 1000x later however, its annoying.....

    I voted for the Halifax one though, thats just irritating and like someone else here said, "smug"
    • drinkupretty
    • By drinkupretty 9th Feb 10, 1:13 AM
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    Go compare and Halifax are equally as annoying.
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    • gilligansyle
    • By gilligansyle 9th Feb 10, 7:20 AM
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    Halifax add is really smug, but then I've never really like Halifax ads. The whole, 'these are real people' thing annoys me.

    But by far the most irritating is definitely 'Go compare'.

    As someone has said, a lot of them are OK first few times and then you just want to strangle them.

    Would definitely have voted 'all of the above' if it had been available.
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    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 9th Feb 10, 9:42 AM
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    I loathe and detest the meerkats one. I think it's just silly, making a whole advert out of a tenuous similarity in the sound of two words. Why would anyone want to compare meerkats? (but maybe that's the Aspie in me).

    GoCompare is pretty awful too.
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    • minerva_windsong
    • By minerva_windsong 9th Feb 10, 10:22 AM
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    I hate the GoCompare adverts with an absolute passion. I have it in my head now and I know it won't shift all day!

    The 'ooh, ooh, ooh-ooh-oooh-ooh' music on the Natwest adverts is horribly irritating as well.

    I like Compare The Meerkat (but then I'm a sucker for a good 'story' advert like the BT ones) and the Barclaycard ones, and actually quite enjoy the Omid Djalili ones, although the first one was better than the current one in the office.
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    • eileenfromplaistow
    • By eileenfromplaistow 9th Feb 10, 11:42 AM
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    At least Go Compare and Compare the Market stay with you after the ad - I have trouble remembering what Omid Djalili is advertising, funny as he is.
    • seven-day-weekend
    • By seven-day-weekend 9th Feb 10, 11:45 AM
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    At least Go Compare and Compare the Market stay with you after the ad - I have trouble remembering what Omid Djalili is advertising, funny as he is.
    Originally posted by eileenfromplaistow
    Don't they just....that silly meerkats advert is going round and round in my head at the momentt.....
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    • moneysaver12
    • By moneysaver12 9th Feb 10, 12:23 PM
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    i really dislike the halifax one
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    • zygurat789
    • By zygurat789 9th Feb 10, 12:37 PM
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    I never watch adverts so I haven't seen any of them and have no wish to.
    The only thing that is constant is change.
    • camaj
    • By camaj 9th Feb 10, 12:54 PM
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    The Natwest advert is the most annoying I've seen in a very long time. It was bad enough last year, then they had to do a follow up! Go compare is a little annoying but in a cheesy way, the Natwest one is just fakeness all around. If the natwest staff were really like that I'd have to move my account, you're not my friend, stop being so chummy!
    • jackieblack
    • By jackieblack 9th Feb 10, 1:05 PM
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    HATE the Halifax one and change channels when it comes on!
    Love the meerkats, the waterslide/rollercoaster one and Omid Djalili
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    • By emily jackson 9th Feb 10, 1:17 PM
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    I love the meerkats but hate Go Compare
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