"I've got an idea for a commercial to sell...."

I don't know what has prompted this sudden influx of emails where people alert me to the fact that they have a commercial idea that they wish to sell, but something has happened recently to increase these emails to one or two a week rather than one or two every six months. Perhaps Adland is listed on some commercial producers site somewhere? Your guess is a good as mine. Winner of the most cryptic email goes to the fella today who emailed via our contact form simply:

subject: commercial
[name] sent a message:
i have an idea for a commercial . (301) XXX-XXXX

Now, it seems ripe to be put in the FAQ that we don't produce ads here and can't help people sell their ideas, but I don't know how to best explain the obvious. Perhaps since you adgrunts seem to be hopping on eggnog, you could suggest a few good replies? ;) Have at it, what would you tell them?

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tod.brody's picture

I would send the same response that I send to the people who send me script submissions. I used to get about fifty a month. Now it's dwindled to about ten, so at least I'm going in the opposite direction.

"Thank you for your inquiry, but we're not accepting submissions at this time. Best of luck in your future endeavors."

That response goes out to everyone, and they seldom knock on my door again.

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TDD's picture

ive got an idea for a commercial but i dont bother to find out who you are first and when i write to you i dont use capitals or proper punctuation or a spelcheker and my grammar aint no good

"Happiness is overrated."

adbroad's picture

I'd create a form reply that says "Thanks for your inquiry. We are happy to review your material for a submission fee of $1000. Only checks & money orders accepted. No material can be returned. All submitted material becomes the property of Adland."

Dabitch's picture

HA HA HA HA! adbroad wins. I'm soooo doing that.

Benihahna's picture

I'd take the ideas and start a joke ad agency with them.

malkie66's picture

You know what? I'd let them submit their ideas. Should be good for a laugh. At the end of the year you could publish an illustrated E-Book - "1001 Completely Crap Advertising Ideas Punters Have Sent Me".


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Dabitch's picture

That would be hilarious I'm sure - but most of these people seem really really protective of their gem ideas in that they won't reveal them to me at all (making the emails even more pointless). Shame, as that could be fun(ny).

Justin I Cower's picture

Hmmm...some funny, others not. Your right you can only have great ideas if you educated. I always Knew Einstein was a phony, fucking weasel. How dare you take up my text books with some more American lies.