The 19 Best Ads of 2019

Justin Kerby
7 min readDec 20, 2019

2019 is coming to an end, and given that I send out a newsletter full of trending ads every week, I thought it might be a great time to share my favorite spots from the year that was.

I fell in love with a ton of ads this year, and it hurts me that there are dozens of great spots that didn’t make the cut.

My original intention was to do a top 10 list but that was way too hard, so 19 is where I’ll draw the line.

To any of my newsletter subscribers reading this who have been on the journey with The Ad Spot in 2019, thank you for your support.

I can’t wait to share more great ads with you in 2020.

Without further ado:

These are my 19 favorite ads of 2019.

19. BMW: Retirement

The CEO of Mercedes-Benz retired this year, and BMW took the opportunity to hire an actor who looked just like him to bid farewell.

18. KLM: Fly Responsibly

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines created an ad that encourages people NOT to fly. The company is making a commitment to taking a leading role in creating a more sustainable future for aviation.

Agency: DDB Unlimited

17. Geothermal For All: Energy We Can All Agree On

What if you sent an activist, musician, and volunteer climate change warrior out into the homes of climate change skeptics? This is…

Justin Kerby

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