Apple pulls ‘Genius’ ad series from its website, YouTube channel

“After pulling the ads from television, Apple has now removed the ‘Genius’ series of three ads that aired during the Olympics from its website and YouTube channel, apparently considering them a failed experiment,” MacNN reports. “The ads, which featured an Apple Genius (as seen in the retail stores) helping customers more fully utilize their Macs, drew criticism from some.”

“The chief complaint about the ads seemed to be that they were a marked departure from the understated, poetic ads that had recently promoted the iPhone, iPad and Siri,” MacNN reports. “The ads were intended to be lighthearted and humorous, reminiscent of the ‘Get a Mac’ campaign, but riled some Mac users who saw the customers — new Mac owners — as clueless or stupid, notes MacRumors.”

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      1. Maybe you’re not seeing this because of AdBlock or something, but the ad in the top right prime slot of this MDN page shows a driver’s licence in the name of Jane Sample, 456 Anywhere Street. But the driver photo is a dead ringer for Marissa Mayer…

    1. I liked them. Most Mac owner newbies are somewhat clueless about the many features within their new purchase… not to mention those deciding on a computer purchase/os switch.

      1. So did I…but Apple seems to be paying attention to the tech press, desiring to coddle its core customers who, they have seen, are actually self-interested more than uncritically supportive.

        In other words, Apple fanboys aren’t fanboys at all.

        They’re loyal but discerning and outspoken fans of Excellence itself.

  1. My opinion is that Apple will have a hard time figuring out how to create ads that promote (in a remarkable way) anything else than the products themselves, their legendary design quality, ease-of-use, and “It just works” style. Anything that happens “after sales,” be it of highest quality, is associated with a negative feeling in most customers’ mind. The vast majority of long-time Apple customers know that they’ve rarely (or never) had to contact Apple to get any issue fixed, and new Apple customers should know that they can count on AppleCare, or on their local Apple Retail Store, to get any issue resolved. To me, there is no need to promote Apple’s exemplary after-sales service. Your Apple product is designed to work, and last. When it doesn’t, Apple wants to hear from you. Period.

      1. I remember the ad and the campaign. The problem back then was the Mac was falling behind, kinda like today.

        No Mac Pro= No Mac future for many users. The iOS pimps need to remember that all those apps are written on Macs. ALL OF THEM.

    1. Wait—my perception was that the genius behaved not in a clueless manner but in a reactive manner, like Marty McFly or Buster Keaton, incredulous that his customers should be so clueless. “Here, let’s just get us all out of harm’s way…”

      Curse me, and Apple, for forgetting that subtlety and allusion don’t always cut it in the advertising racket.

    1. If Tim Cook and other Apple executives chose John Browett, there is/are a/many reason(s), really. Let’s not be be too harsh about this decision. John Browett did admit some mess-up. Now let’s see how Apple Retail evolves in the next weeks/months/years. They we can judge him.

      1. OK, except that it’s probable that Browett acted unilaterally, the senior staff erupted, the CEO called a meeting, the action was discussed, and Brower was given a suggestion or two, resulting in an uncharacteristic mea culpa.

        It may be that in Tim Cook’s ballpark, it’s TWO strikes and yer out…we’ll see.

  2. I actually think Browett is doing a fantastic job. What he should also do is rebrand all Apple stores to Dixons-Apple. Next he should get rid of that crappy Apple logo from the shop front and then sell computers and devices where you are not locked into an Apple ecosystem.

  3. I guess I’m alone in this opinion, but I didn’t think the Genius ads were that bad. They weren’t good, mind you, but I think the celebrity Siri ads (especially the John Malkovich ones) were far worse.

    1. I liked the Genius ads. I think people were reading too much into them. They didn’t have to run forever, but I don’t think a slightly more extensive run would have hurt anything.

      Unlike others, I thought they would also appeal to younger buyers who might relate to the Genius.

      I liked them better than the old “image” ads that Apple ran for so many years. But I do miss the Mac/PC ads.

    1. Yup, some of the staff I have to deal with are utterly clueless. CLUELESS! However it’s easy to criticise someone else who is struggling when you know how to do what it is you are showing that person; the skill is teaching that person without making them feel clueless….

      It’s a fine line, Apple fell off it with the last set of ads, I’m sure they’ll analyse them and figure out a way of saying the Genius Bars are awesome in a non-condescending way (which, in my opinion, they are – I’ve had nothing but awesome customer service whenever I’ve used an Apple Store/Genius Bar).

    2. Yup. I had a client ask me if there was something wrong with her macbook pro. She thought someone had hacked into her email on the mac because it showed her “curly letters” whenever she tried to send an email. So, she didn’t send any email. The “curly letters” phenomena was the email service anti-spam authentication window. We’ve all seen those graphics — “type these three letters”.

    1. Absolutely, Thumper, I had the same thought immediately. Steve would have never aired those. They reminded me of when Apple was flailing around with the Intel bunnies exploding and whatnot, before the elegant “Think Different.” campaign started expressing the true nature of Apple. These were just awful. Apple needs to express it’s different and inventive, unless it’s truly not anymore.

    1. Really? Where do you shop? Our area Apple Stores, places like Valley Fair, Palo Alto etc have very clean attractive employees. They look, sound and smell proper.

      1. Ours are terrible. they are pierced up all over and have those disgusting huge earrings that make them look like dumbo. I don’t even like going in there.

        I used to work tech support for Apple back in 08 and the tech people were WAY more normal looking than the people they hire for retail- it should be the other way around.

  4. What I’m concerned about is that Apple won’t put out other Mac ads for a long time.

    I haven’t seen imac ads for years. There doesn’t seem to have been significant mac TV ads since the mac PC guys (which ceased years ago) . Never seen Mac Mini ads any where not even in print, and no point even to talk about Mac Pro ads..

    Apple should should boost Macs more. Although Mac sales is beating PC growth for many quarters I believe it can do better. Worldwide Mac market share is still only around 5% (although higher in the States).

    Apple lost a great opportunity with Vista to climb over 10% and more, they shouldn’t waste the looming Win 8 disaster.

    as a aapl investor I think apple should grab all the low hanging fruit it can and depending too much on iOS alone for profits is dangerous. C’mon Macs are profitable (and there’s always a segment who needs ‘trucks’ ) , more mac ads…

  5. Those ads represent exactly what made the Apple stores a success!
    People are NOT stupid or clueless, they just want a place to ask their questions without feeling stupid or clueless.

    Besides, I like the ads, they made me laugh. They also made my mother laugh, and THAT is why they work!

    1. Not any more, Apple pulled them.

      Shows you where the real control resides: WITH THE POWER USERS, YAY! Except, wait…we used to be a niche market, but Apple wants to expand beyond that, but they fear alienating their curmudgeon user base…oh my, is my mind is experiencing the pain of…evolving?

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