Viral ad pranks ‘job applicants’

If you don't get the job, it's not the end of the world. Or is it? (Image taken from LG ad on YouTube)

If you don't get the job, it's not the end of the world. Or is it? (Image taken from LG ad on YouTube)

Viral ads get attention. They are usually funny and make consumers remember what is being sold.

South Korean electronics giant LG makes some of the best.

In an ad released on YouTube Wednesday, the company manages to pimp its new 84-inch “Ultra HD TV” while making alleged “job applicants” think the world is ending.

[See the ad below this article]

Here’s the setup: Workers install a giant TV on the wall of what appears to be a typical office but make it appear as though it is a window to the outside world. Technicians stream a video of what should be outside … in this case a skyscraper view of a major metropolitan city in Chile.

Job applicants, who may be actors but let’s pretend they are not, sit at a desk and speak to a manager type who is facing away from the TV/window.

As the interview continues, a GIANT METEOR appears in the corner of the TV and the fireball of destruction realistically plummets to Earth.

The reactions, even if staged, are hilarious.

This isn’t LG’s first ride at the prank rodeo. They’ve also promoted their TVs by showing videos of attractive women above urinals, which caused 26% of men to find another restroom, and created an optical illusion in an elevator that makes riders think they are plummeting to their death.

No heart attacks or lawsuits have been reported.

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5 comments Add your comment

Roekest

September 5th, 2013
1:01 pm

That was brilliant!

I wonder if they had to call in the carpet cleaners after that….

Hamad Meander

September 5th, 2013
1:25 pm

That’s good clean fun! Bravo!

Debra Hogan

September 5th, 2013
1:28 pm

This is soooo funny!

Devil's Advocate

September 5th, 2013
3:11 pm

The scream was great.

Stoney Griffin

September 5th, 2013
9:24 pm

Funny stuff! Got to be some liability issues though…pull that on me and I might have a heart attack.