ads we can't get out of our heads.
Encino, CA (PRWEB) August 6, 2007
Perhaps you remember, back in the late eighties and early nineties, when the lady on the floor uttered the line. Perhaps you saw the ad firsthand, or heard about it from a friend -- or from countless comedians talking about it in their acts. However you learned of it, the famous line "I've fallen, and I can't get up!®" put the personal emergency response company Life Alert on the national map. The timely arrival of Life Alert's quality service (filling the need seniors have for protection against medical and other emergencies at home), combined with the immense popularity of the slogan, catapulted the company to tremendous success. In addition, the slogan became the heart of what is arguably the most successful viral marketing campaign in TV history.
Today, those seven words are still remembered by millions as a permanent part of pop culture, and USA TODAY has now acknowledged that fact: Life Alert's famous phrase has been ranked Number One on its list of "ads we can't get out of our heads." The list ranks the 25 most memorable commercials and ad slogans of the past 25 years (USA TODAY turns 25 on September 15, 2007). They described Life Alert's slogan this way: "The best-remembered (and most-parodied) commercial phrase of the past 25 years ... comes from that elderly woman using the Life Alert gizmo around her neck to call for help. It is the ultimate product-as-hero ad."
"We are happy that USA TODAY recognizes the power of our brand," said Isaac Shepher, Life Alert's founder and CEO, who expressed gratitude to all who know and love his company's services, and his iconic ads. "We will continue to deliver the best service for generations to come." Life Alert Emergency Response has members nationwide, handles over a million calls a year, and on average saves a life every 40 minutes (saving over 10,000 lives in 2006).
The USA TODAY ranking shows the lasting effect Life Alert's trademarked slogan has had on America's consciousness. The TV Land network also recognized the popularity of "I've fallen, and I can't get up!®" as one of the most memorable catch phrases of all time. While Life Alert's slogan originated in the late eighties, it soon went viral, launching an endless stream of standup routines, pop culture references and imitations. The slogan has enjoyed continuous popularity for two decades, a feat rare among brands -- and now it is enjoying a resurgence of fame, especially on the web. Countless cybersurfers watch and create Life Alert parodies on YouTube, including one that first aired on Fox's comedy show "Mad TV."
About Life Alert:
Life Alert is a Personal Emergency Response company that saves lives from catastrophic outcomes, using a unique technology to provide superior home monitoring and protection. Life Alert was founded in 1987, provides services nationwide, and is the only company endorsed by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop.
Life Alert's service solves a major issue for seniors: home-based protection. Life Alert's protection enables seniors to keep living at home with independence and comfort, living their lives the way they are used to, without drastic changes. Thanks to a greater sense of security, the average Life Alert subscriber keeps living in their own home an extra six years -- and an ACNielsen study showed that 87% of subscribers called Life Alert's protection a "main or important factor" in their decision to keep living at home, rather than move to a nursing home. As Dr. Koop says, "Thanks to Life Alert, you can live alone without ever being alone -- and that's why I wear one."
For more information on Life Alert and its services, call 1-800-338-9090 or visit http://www.lifealert.com.