In the News: Pregnant? Pee on this new Ikea ad, get a discountJanuary 12, 2018
You read that right. Ikea’s latest ad involves a pregnancy test strip to, yes, pee on. If the strip is positive, women can receive a discount on an Ikea crib.
According to AdWeek, Ikea’s ad agency, Åkestam Holst, is the brains behind the ad that is running in Amelia magazine, one of Sweden’s most influential magazines for women. According to the Washington Post, it’s not clear if women are expected to bring the ad to the store for the discount. Here is a video that explains how the ad works.
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