Switch (ad campaign)
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Switch was an advertising campaign launched by Apple Computer, Inc. (now Apple, Inc.) on June 10, 2002. It featured what the company referred to as "real people" who had "switched" from the Microsoft Windows platform to the Mac. An international television and print ad campaign directed users to a website where various "myths" about the Mac platform were "dispelled". The television commercials were directed by Errol Morris.
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One of the people who appeared in the commercials, Ellen Feiss, gained immense notoriety overnight in a kind of Internet phenomenon. (Feiss was a friend of Morris's son Hamilton Morris, who also appeared in a commercial.
The Switch campaign, while distinctive, was not very effective, and was gradually phased out in 2003. This can be somewhat blamed, however, for the Macintosh lineup as the iMac G3 was becoming obsolete while the new iMac G4 that was showcased was considerably more expensive than comparable Wintel offerings. The advertising concept of the Mac's advantages over the PC was later revived for the Get a Mac campaign in 2006.
Due to the simplicity of the ad, many parodies surfaced on the net shortly after the campaign started. Most of the parodies lamented features they had lost due to the switch, such as the ability to play popular games and use of the right mouse button (the latter of which could already be rectified by simply using an inexpensive PC mouse). In what seemed like a parody, but was not, Microsoft's marketing team created a Web page titled "Confessions of a Mac to PC Convert", but Microsoft removed the Web page because it was misleading, even to the point of having a stock photograph used.
The background music of the Switch Ads is "Spit" by John Murphy. The music was produced for TBWA Chiat Day by Kendall Marsh of Mental Music Productions, Sherman Oaks, CA.
- "Brown University Newspaper Publishes Interview With Ellen Feiss". The Mac Observer. November 22, 2002.
- Fried, Ian (14 October 2002). "Microsoft "regrets" Mac-to-PC ad". CNET. Retrieved 17 September 2014.
- Mirror of Apple Switch advertisements
- Spoofs of Apple Switch advertisements
- Hunter Cressall's Mac Switch spoof
- Spoof switch ads by the Phone Losers of America
- Press release from the launch
- Errol Morris had some of the unreleased spots on his site via the Internet Archive
- Apple's Switch ads page via WayBack Machine