Funny Microsoft Live Search TV Ads That Should Be Aired

Two weeks ago, I attended a Microsoft event in London to talk about its progress in search. One of the highlights were these fake, hokey TV ads they showed us in between breaks. I loved them. They’re especially funny if you know Britain, but anyone should get a chuckle out of them. Videos are below, via Microsoft’s Mel Carson. If Microsoft were brave, they’d actually get aired.

Video: Live Search 4 – The hunt for saucy hotel snaps

An inside look at the machinery of how Live Search works. Lots of gears and gadgets, heh. And the request? "Oh look. A Mr. G. Swanson from Hemel Hempstead has just requested an image of the Hilton Hotel in Paris without any clothes on."

Video: Live Search 2 – Meet Malcolm Dewsbury

Video: Live Search 3 – The gossip jockeys

How you never imagined Live’s celebrity xRank search works.

Video: Live Search 5 – Fancy a picnic darling?

How Live Search can help you find a place to eat and save you from tinned food killing you off instead during a picnic. "Was that tin labeled potato or … poison?" and "Having realized they’re just about to die, there’s time for one last cigarette."

Video: Live Search 6 – A terrible secret!

"I’ve tried, but I keep using the same old lousy search engine." To his father’s despair.

Video: Live Search 7 – DJ Snizzle and his baby moma Ethel


Video: Live Search 1 – Plucky powered skates

I love the part in this when the narrator explains how this man’s eco-friendly scooter is powered by "his wife’s disappointment."

You can also find all the videos listed on this page.

Related Topics: Channel: Industry | Microsoft: Marketing


About The Author: is a Founding Editor of Search Engine Land. He’s a widely cited authority on search engines and search marketing issues who has covered the space since 1996. Danny also serves as Chief Content Officer for Third Door Media, which publishes Search Engine Land and produces the SMX: Search Marketing Expo conference series. He has a personal blog called Daggle (and keeps his disclosures page there). He can be found on Facebook, Google + and microblogs on Twitter as @dannysullivan.

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