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God in the details: why we love Conan

This ad for American Express is clever, artful, lavish — and hilarious. I can’t believe he did this. 

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Mary Margaret

posted November 10, 2010 at 7:46 am

He really needed the money, didn’t he?

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posted November 10, 2010 at 11:08 am

It’s a great ad — really creative. Nice to see.
The ad budget is the ad budget, whether Conan does it or whether it’s an animated silent ad involving no celebrities at all. The more successful the ad, the more likely future ad budgets will be as big or bigger in the future.
When you see an ad, you see a product — a product that created jobs for a large number of people.
It’s easy to take pot-shots at celebrities and their wealth, but the reality is they are cottage industries unto themselves. They generate wealth for others as well as for themselves, much like corporations — they generate wealth in order to profit, but they employ large numbers of people in the process.

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Matthew Orley of Akron, OH

posted November 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Conan’s ability to make himself larger than life is played out here- as well as his dedication to his craft. I think it’s a great ad for him to be in.
God in the details though? Not sure how that fits..

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