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The value of TV Commercial Trivia

The value of TV Commercials Trivia


If you have been playing, hosting and taking an interest in Trivia for some time then you are bound to have face questions on those pesky TV Commercials. We all hate them, they always get in the way of our viewing pleasure but as a serious trivia player and, more importantly in this context, as a trivia host, they are well worth paying attention to. We have looked so far in this blog at the potential and benefits of using Music rounds and picture rounds, but the one problem you may have with those is that it doesn’t make your quiz unique. In trivia nights around the world the hosts are using picture rounds and “guess the song” music trivia, but if you truly want to make your trivia nights stand out then try something different and this is where the value of TV Commercial Trivia comes in.


How to get content for TV Commercials Trivia?

Here is one example of a good source for trivia question  – TV commercials.  You many even consider TV Commercials Slogans. Here is a TV Commercial Quiz.  Now, these sources are just text questions with no video but this is very fun to utilize with a regular trivia round.

Getting actual TV commercial video is a bit more trickier to obtain.  Of course, you could record the commercials with a video recording device, but it would be much easier to download them from YouTube.  There are a number of options there.  For example, you can do a nostalgic game with TV commercials from the 60’s and 70’s.  Or, funniest TV commercials from the 2015 superbowl.  Or Best TV commercials of all time.  Once you have your video clips, then simply edit out the parts that give away the answer.  So, when using well-know commercials that everyone has seen a million times, simply edit a 5 second portion of the commercial and players have to identify which product the commercial advertises.  A good simple video editor is Goldwave.


Firstly, let’s begin with a few simple bits of guidance. When I am talking about the value of TV Commercial Trivia I am not talking about an entire night on the subject. That could be potentially boring and put off serious trivia players. I have never seen a quiz advertised where it was ALL about identifying TV Commercials and will never see one because as a subject it is not enough to justify. However, the value of TV Commercial Trivia really comes when you use it as a round of the entire trivia night.


Secondly, you need to make sure you have the technology and adaptability to do this. Some venues will not be cut out for this type of trivia at all. You will just have to accept that. If the bar has an unusual layout where not everyone can see you, lack tv screens or doesn’t have the room for projector then you are not going to be able to utilize the value of TV Commercial Trivia. However, you have two main options if the venue is suitable. By far and away the bets venues to utilize the value of TV Commercial Trivia are those with screens all over. Sports bars, venues which show live soccer and such like and in truth, a lot of city bars, now will have 10+ TV screens around. If configured in the right manner it will be easy to get access to all ten screens at once and you can then rely the TV Commercial Trivia to everyone which is easily seen. If you are on a stage or at the front and have a projector or large screen you can still utilize the value of this unique format but it may cause problems if the lighting isn’t right or if people can’t see. Customers will be put off if they cannot see screens it is being played on.


Wikipedia has a great article on Television Advertisements.  There is much content there to formulate your own quiz shows.


I am here of course talking about VISUAL rounds for TV Commercial Trivia and the main ways to utilize it. There are other options of course but playing commercials and stopping them and asking what product name is advertised, or who is the celeb, or who is singing the jingle etc will work great. 5-10 questions should suffice as your Trivia players don’t want to be sitting watching TV Commercials all evening.


You can do an audio round which should be suitable in most venues where you play the audio from the commercial and ask the same sort of questions but it doesn’t really have the same impact. It will be a “little different” from the norm but still if you are thinking of TV Commercial Trivia then you really need to be using screens or video projector.


The final aspect is choosing what commercials to use. As a trivia host using TV Commercial Trivia you should be really looking at the advertisements themselves and devising questions and ideas. You need to make sure that you are picking adverts people are likely to have seen. The ones in the popular shows or between the big sports events. If you have seen a TV Commercial at 2am in the morning on an obscure local channel, however great the question you may be or how funny the quote is, it is not going to make good TV Commercial Trivia as people will simply not have a clue what is going on.



In essence, the value of TV Commercial Trivia lies in it being using correctly to give your trivia night that distinctive edge. Done correctly and your customers, and the people who hire you, will be very impressed indeed.

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