I got an email, asking me to fill out a survey for Turf magazine ads the other day. As I went through the ads, I was amazed at how good some of them were, and how bad some of them were. On some, the thought returned to my mind, (the same thought that popped up when I saw them in Turf) Who on earth paid money for that ad! Anyway, I thought it might be fun to share which ads we like, and which we don't, and why. This would also be helpful to the sponsors, assuming they have thick enough skins. I'll start. I think the Ferris ad in the April Turf was great. I don't own a Ferris, hadn't ever really been interested in one, till I saw that ad. It has an eye-catching photo of an IS 500 and a big $4,995. The ad is very simple, but eye-catching and enough to get me to a web-site... Good job Ferris... I must say that I nearly always like the Hustler ads too. The worst; Three words, and ya'll can guess WE DID IT! How many of you guessed Tanaka? I like Tanakas, good, high-end products; their trimmers are balanced and well built, about the best on the market, but holy crap! Who makes these ads? They passed some emissions standard in 1998, and they are still patting themselves on the back in 26pt bold orange! How is this the bullwark of their marketing campaign? That was 10 yrs ago, who cares? I mean, if it was Homelite, I could see touting some obscure 10 yr old accomplishment as your main sales point; but Tanaka? Flip, may as well be selling Murray mowers with that campaign. WE DID IT! As of 2005 all Murray mowers meet ANSI, and OSHA safety requirements, they said it couldn't be done, but we did it! Our patented Briggs flat-head technology ensures that our mowers are guaranteed to start 7 of 10 times for their first 4 months use. I wrote that they should let me design their next ad. If they do I'll let ya'll know and you can all buy Tanakas when you see it. What ads do you like, or have made you contact a sponsor? What ads drive you up a wall? BTW, I just made up the BS about the Murray mowers, I doubt they are all compliant, and I really doubt they all will start on 7 of 10 pulls.