I come from the school of thought that ads should have some level of utility. Not just from the goal of trying to get people’s attention in a very fragmented and saturated advertising world, but in a weird “we owe them at least that much” way. If someone is asking for your time/interest, the least they could do is provide you with something. I don’t mean that an ad has to say “here is a tip on how to refloor your kitchen on a budget. PS, switch to AT&T.” Utility can take a variety of forms, be it entertainment, information, a technology, or, the newest one I have come across, giving you money to gamble on sports.