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These 17 simple ads are pure genius

Yes, they’re trying to sell us something – but at least they’re being creative about it.

DESPITE THE DIGITAL revolution and the fact that people use their phones more than print products, advertising on paper is still the most expensive option for brands.

So ad creators have to get value for their money by coming up with great ideas to engage the reader.

Business Insider has compiled this list of creative and funny ads which also sell the product well.

Mostly, they just made us nod our heads in appreciation.

PastedImage-21747 Alka Seltzer: Kitten

PastedImage-64804 Belgian Association for Obese Patients: Encourage Your Children to Do More Sport

PastedImage-54840 Bose noise reduction headphones: Waterfall

PastedImage-79870 Erdal shoe polish: Rearview Mirror

PastedImage-31316 DHL

PastedImage-71178 National Agency for the Fight Against Illiteracy in France: Bikini

PastedImage-81399 It's not the holidays without J&B

PastedImage-38925 Softlan Ultra: Wrestling

PastedImage-6388 Listerine Mouthwash: Sermon

PastedImage-30514 Burger King

PastedImage-80250 ChupaChups Sugar Free: Ants

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PastedImage-67481 Raid Bugspray

PastedImage-9049 Penguin Audiobooks: William Shakespeare

PastedImage-63294 Wrigley Orbit: Chicken

PastedImage-9345 Samantha Cracked Heel Lotion: Sexy Heels

PastedImage-67398 Dental Snacks: Bad Dog Breath

PastedImage-11273 Senior Self Defence Academy: Deadly seniors, Biker

To check out more great print ads, look at HubpagesSprystudios, and Creative Bloq where some of these ad ideas were found.

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