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Scoop There It Is - GEICO Commercial

Scoop There It Is

Advertising today is different, but most have not figured out all the new-age subtleties. It seems that many advertisers just want to tell people things in commercials and videos, and magically have them immediately react and buy something, give money, sign up or schedule an appointment. GEICO has discovered that advertising in a digital world is a new medium that requires some artful sales, loud and literal messaging and a lot of entertainment value.

Scoop There It Is - GEICO CommercialDo you recognize the following line from a GEICO ad? “French Vanilla, Rocky Road, Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Cookie Dough … scoop, there it is. Scoop, there it is.”

The GEICO ad features Atlanta’s TAG Team (aka DC “The Brain Supreme” Glenn and Steve Rollin Gibson). “Scoop, there it is” is sure to be a slang phrase of 2021. The clever mix of ice cream names and the strong beat drives the commercial so much you want to get up and dance. And according to Dr. John Medina, “Music boosts cognition.”

Scoop! There it is, and GEICO has found a way to break through the clutter and build a brand around fun ads, great characters and music. It’s a triple scoop of creativity that is pleasing to the eye and ear. And of course, their iconic standard branding line about saving 15% or more on car insurance.

So how is it doing? Well, as you can see, the commercial has more than 15 million views on YouTube. That’s 15 million people who watched a “commercial” on YouTube. Who said people want to skip the ads.

Scoop, there it is.

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Mark wrote his first direct-mail fundraising letter in 1981 for the University of Iowa Center for Advancement. The effort raised a few million dollars in undiscovered wills and legacy gifts. From that day forward Mark discovered a love of the big idea that moves the needle.

With that kind of experience, after working at KWWL for 12 years, Mark became one of the founding partners of ME&V and, subsequently, AMPERAGE. Today, he leads the AMPERAGE creative teams, including video production, graphic design, public relations, writing and web development.

He is creatively ambidextrous — son of an artist and engineer — and famous for distilling complex ideas down to a few words and a few visuals. Mark is a writer. When he found that many nonprofits struggled with complex branding puzzles, he wrote the book, “NonProfit-NonMarketing .” He also wrote a novel called “Reenactment.”

Mark is an active blogger OneMinuteMarketer® with nearly 1,000 readers each week on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. One of his most popular YouTube videos is on “How to Look Good on Zoom.”

One of Mark’s fondest business memories was being named to INC 500 two times and attending the INC 500 conference with other winners. Mark is considered by some a Civil War expert (and that explains his novel). Mark also served as an adjunct professor in the business and in the communications departments at Wartburg College.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Iowa and is currently vice president of the University of Iowa Journalism and Mass Communications Advisory Board.

Mark is married to state Sen. Liz Mathis, and the two love to travel, even when it means being trapped by a volcano in the Czech Republic for three weeks.