Potato Salad Kickstarter Shows the Power, Ridiculousness of Virality

As of the time this post is published, the Potato Salad Kickstarter campaign has $58,970 in pledges from nearly 5000 backers.

We can only assume that this whole thing was started as a joke. Why would anyone take the time to go online to raise $10 (or whatever it was) to solicit crowdfunds to  make potato salad?

As with any shock/funny/unusual thing on the internet, media interest ensued. Now from coast to coast, this guy is getting free advertising, which in turn is increasing the number of backers and the amount of pledges.

There are now entire television shows devoted to showcasing the strange (and free) content on the web, including stories like this, but also encompassing what public figures are saying on twitter about it.

Are we that fickle that we care more about the unusualness of a potato salad crowfunding campaign than raising $50k for a local food bank? Yes. But for the marketeers of America, this is a valuable lesson. If you can figure out the formula for getting this type of unpaid media attention, you deserve every dollar your clients are willing to pay. If you are an average joe with a unique idea, you’ve just got to cross your fingers that your idea takes off. Having a dumb/intriguing internet video/post might just be your key to success, whether you deserve it or not.

Big Brands Turn to Regional Accents to Pitch Products

If you live in New England, chances are you’ve already been smothered with McDonald’s latest TV & radio ad campaign that features people butchering the traditional Boston/New England accent.

Well if that wasn’t enough, here comes Direct TV with a whole series of ads, web videos and website (TalkBoston.com):

What’s my point? People like familiar things. People like to be able to relate to situations. Perhaps this pertains more to some segments of the population that with others. For instance, Land Rover is not tripping over themselves to get folks from South Boston to explain the features of the new “Range Rovah”. But the ability to connect with your audience in a sort of, “I know someone like that,” or “That sounds like me,” does things no slogan or computer generated animation can do.

Plus, people with accents – or impersonating them – are wicked funny, guy.

The Ocuvite Zombie Pill

image Hide your kids. Hide your wife. The Ocuvite zombies are coming to get you. Not in the usual zombie chase scenario, but by cleverly marketing a pill that will also make you a zombie.

See the full ad here

What’s my point? No real human being has neon blue eyes like these people.

Neon fluorescent glow in the dark blue occurs only in sea life, space and ZOMBIES.

Now since it is a supplement and not a medication, the FDA can’t regulate it right?  How do we not know that these zombie marketeers aren’t putting the zombie virus right in the pill?


OK. Maybe these people aren’t zombies. Maybe they’re just some super human race from the future that have discovered some super nutrient that makes your eyes blue laser beams.

Blue laser beams.

Either way, these ads freak me out. I have no idea how Bausch & Lomb can run an ad like this with a straight face.

Maybe I’ll buy some Ocuvite to see if my eyes turn into police lights.


The Charmin Bears Have Gone Too Far

procter-gamble-charmin-ultra-soft-bears-414I thought I had seen the limit on how far you could go with TV ads when Charmin rolled out their cartoon bear commercials a few years ago. I was wrong. They’ve gone one step further.

Now, everyone has different wants and needs from their bathroom tissue, but I’m pretty sure that, due to frequency, we’ve all had the chance to experiment with various brands to get the desired result. Charmin has decided to remind us that we are apparently all completely incapable of keeping ourselves clean.

Charmin’s first series of ads dealt with mother bears chasing around child bears to clean of the “pieces left behind”. Are you kidding me?

Yes. It’s come to this.

Now, they are questioning whether or not you clean thoroughly enough by referencing clean underwear. (more…)

Facebook Sponsored Ad Targeting Fail

If you’re going to spend the money, spend it wisely. There are so many ways to target (or micro target) your audience with tailored messaging, there is really no excuse for something like this. Unless I am missing something, this is a quintessential example of how to waste your FB or online marketing dollars.

For the record, I live in New Hampshire, not Japan, and I have no connection to any other page(s) that deal with aftermarket auto parts and accessories. I can’t read Japanese. And I am definitely not travelling to Japan to investigate if I should be interested in aftermarket parts for the Toyota or Lexus I don’t own.

facebook ad failScreen capture from my Facebook feed this morning


The Peaking Relevancy of Mustaches in Liquor Marketing

The Peaking Relevancy of Mustaches in Liquor Marketing

Below is an undoctored screen capture from my Facebook feed sometime in January.

We all know mustaches are making a comeback with the young folks, but there still are enough old(er) dudes with mustaches who can/will relate to the middle aged mustache men in these ads, or are in fact the men these characters were modeled after. You cover many different demos here across multiple generations.

Whether a mustache is a novelty or something you’ve worn for the last 25 years, at the very least, these two brands (if not many more) have captured this unique moment in time where the planets have aligned and America has an insatiable appetite for upper lip fur.

liquor mustache men