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Posts Tagged ‘Vallerie Bettini’

Progressive Knows Bad Drivers Want to Make Out with Your Car

From Arnold comes the latest TV spot for Progressive, “Rate Suckers,” helmed by director Ruben Fleischer (of  pretty great Zombieland and pretty terrible Gangster Squad fame). Depicting bad drivers as the soul-sucking, rate-hiking leeches they are, the ad also introduces Progressive’s new “Snapshot” technology.

“Snapshot,” a little device that sticks underneath your dashboard, ostensibly counts how many times a driver slams on the brakes, calculates the time of day and how many miles a car has driven. Then it rewards good drivers with Pez or something, but as the spot doesn’t say what the hell it is, none of this really matters now does it?

Noticeably absent from this spot is Flo, Progressive’s chipper apron-ed spokesperson. I know that we, the car insurance-purchasing consumers, were always supposed to really like Flo because everyone in Progressive’s ads sure did. However, the Flo-lessness of this spot reminds me that I kind of hate Flo, and I hope to never see her ever again. Credits after the jump.

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Alas, a Date with Flo is Only But a Dream

Another day, another ad starring Progressive’s perky pitchwoman Flo, who somehow worked her way up to “advertising’s greatest icon” status earlier this year–well, at least according to Entertainment Weekly readers. In this latest installment from Arnold Worldwide, Flo actually ventures outside her sterile Progressive warehouse confines and heads to the great outdoors to enjoy a lovely day with a lucky bloke. The pair go fishing, ride ATVs and idle away by the campfire until you realize the poor sap’s just dreaming and Flo’s just being her usual saleswoman self. Hey, at least the girl got some sun, if only in fantasy. Care to weigh in as to whether Flo’s still appealing (or ever was) or has she grown tiresome at this point? Credits after the jump.

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