13. Duolingo – Stop Owl

Duolingo has a reputation for giving its users aggressive reminders to practice your languages. This has evolved into an internet meme where the Duolingo owl is forces users to practice by any means. In this ad, they take a satirical approach and pretend to be a law firm, suing the company for its overly aggressive practice reminders.



Entertainment Value 73%
Quality of Execution 73%
Opportunistic Absurdity 37%
Brand Relevance 77%
Cultural Impact Potential 80%

Ranking Criteria

Entertainment Value – How universally funny, original and clever is the underlying concept? To what extent does it make you laugh, ponder, and make you want to share it with others?

Quality of Execution – How well is the underlying concept presented, what is the level of execution, attention to detail and overall campaign quality?

Opportunistic Absurdity – To what extent does the underlying concept actually capture the seed of a new business idea or potential market offering?

Brand Relevance – To what extent is the underlying concept consistent with, and can help propel the brand essence and market positioning of the company?

Cultural Impact – To what extent can the underlying concept serve to unify and align staff around optimal strategy and culture?

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