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Posts Tagged ‘humor’

Here’s Why We All Hate Conference Calls

You may have caught this Tripp and Tyler video when it went live at the end of January, but we’d like to share it after seeing it for the first time yesterday via Fast Company because it couldn’t be more accurate.


Hell, we don’t even like in-person client meetings, what with the bad jokes and the taking of notes and the guy from accounts who you know has more important things to do.

We wish we could tell you how to avoid this sort of thing, but for now we’re enjoying the shameless self-promotion at the end.

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The Friday Dump: Best Amazon Product Review Ever?

Based on his username and review history, we’re going to guess that “James Otis Thatch” is not the mother of three teenage boys. But we do have to congratulate him on this Amazon review of a simple 36-count pack of Kleenex, first posted on December 9th and currently making its viral way around the Internet.

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A note to Liam, Samuel and Hank, if they do indeed exist: dish towels?!?! Come on, dudes—you eat off those plates.

This ‘IKEA as Gravity’ Spoof Is Pretty Funny

Last night we attended a Lippincott-sponsored event focusing on the creation of unique “customer experiences” and thought: “What retail brand provides a more singular experience than IKEA?”

Here, via a guy named Daniel Hubbard who appears to be something of a filmmaker, is a spoof of the IKEA experience playing off the everybody’s-talking-about-it-and-it’s-actually-quite-good Sandra Bullock vehicle Gravity.

This is fairly accurate. We haven’t read the studies, but we know the whole “winding maze that only moves one way so you have to pass through every single department and sample the meatballs before you leave” strategy is based on solid research.

As one commentor who beat us to the punch wrote: “In IKEA no one can hear you scream”—but they can show you where to get a butterfly chair, a cheap full-length mirror and a cool frame for your dorm room poster.

PR Job Listing Seeks Drunk, Depressed Criminal ‘Hell-Raiser’

Selfie.

(Not a selfie.)

This morning the PR Examples blog made us aware of the latest in the Snarky Job Listings game, and it’s a keeper. Here are some of the qualities that British firm Just In Time PR demands of its next senior account manager (“whatever that is”):

  • He/she should be on anti-depressants, because “People who need drugs to keep them going are generally the most interesting”
  • He/she must be funny because, in the words of director Dominic Hiatt, “In 30 years’ time I’ll be as dead as the stars so I need to get my laughs in now”
  • He/she doesn’t have to be a gutter drunk, per se, but it would help if he/she is “only ever one drink away from oblivion”
  • He/she “will have spent at least one night in a police cell”, because how else can a manager relate to the public?
  • He/she will say whatever the hell is on his/her mind in the office, because “Moderation and a sense of perspective are not tolerated”

Some commentors see this listing as a way to win “cheap publicity” from various local tabloids, but based on Hiatt’s comments about receiving “emails and calls left, right and centre” after one tweet and one Facebook post, it seems to be working more effectively than those dull “traditional adverts.”

In conclusion, we say: only the British could get away with this.

D.C. Firm Empowers You to ‘Drunk Dial Congress’

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It’s all over, folks—the week has been won. Here’s how the brilliant “Drunk Dial Congress” campaign works:

  • Step 1: Enter your phone number
  • Step 2: Receive a call from a service narrated by a drunk guy who’s in the mood to give all those schlubs in Washington a piece of his mind
  • Step 3: Have your call automatically routed to the office of a random member of the House of Representatives
  • Step 4: Yell something at the poor sap who answers these idiots’ phones about one of the handy talking points provided on the campaign page (complete with links!)
  • Step 5: Realize how little power you have in our “minority rule” democracy, curl into a ball on the floor and drink some more while watching QVC at full volume

We’d never heard of Revolution Messaging until about five minutes ago, but now we know they’re a D.C. firm that works to promote left-leaning non-profits and somehow still has…a sense of humor!

Hat. Tipped.

Don’t Do What the Anthony Weiner Campaign (Supposedly) Did

We’re not saying that the New York Post‘s report on Anthony Weiner‘s mayoral campaign reaching out to “publicity firm” Crowds on Demand to hire fake supporters for a rally is totally accurate.

We can’t confirm that his surrogates wanted Z-list actors to act “like either supporters or people who met him and became supporters as a result of that encounter”. It’s like, who’s to say with anonymous sources, right?

On the other hand, we have no doubt that Weiner needs credibility very badly right now and that he would love nothing more than to follow the company’s tagline and “Live Like an A-Lister”. Also: we don’t know a single person in the greater New York metropolitan area who would willingly attend one of his rallies or volunteer to speak on one of his campaign commercials—and we know a fair amount of people despite the fact that our mom is always telling us that we should get out more and make new friends. Some stories are just imminently believable, aren’t they?

Crowds on Demand responded to the news with “no comment”, which we take to mean “much high-fiving and fist pumping” because no one in the world had ever heard of them before today. (We kid, we kid.)

*Photo via Doug Meszler/Splash News

Weirdos Sabotage Twitter Promotions While the WSJ Watches

We all work in social media, so this may strike some as an odd question, but we’ll ask it anyway: don’t you just hate promoted tweets?

If you answered “No, I love them; they provide essential information on goods and services that I may or may not purchase,” then you must work in marketing. If you answered, “They are kind of annoying, aren’t they,” then you’re…everybody else.

Twitter has obviously become a key promotional platform in the past couple of years, but it wasn’t always this way—and some longtime users aren’t too happy about it. In fact, as The Wall Street Journal puts it, these young ruffians are all about “subvert[ing] the corporate vibe.” Twitter spokesman Jim Prosser called it “the eternal battle people have over hipsterdom.”

Really?

We never joined the “weird Twitter” club (sue us), which for the most part is all about making strange jokes rather than assaulting brands. But we do know that some comedy professionals use promo tweets as a platform for jokes, because duh:

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About That Bert and Ernie New Yorker Cover…

The New Yorker decided to celebrate gay marriage’s (limited) Supreme Court victory with a cover illustrating its signature brand of humor—the kind that inspires quiet chuckles from its readers and confuses or frustrates everyone else.

Everyone’s joked about Bert and Ernie’s “domestic partnership” for some time (along with the fact that Bert is the biggest bad guy since the Wicked Witch), but as a preview of this week’s cover made its way around the blogosphere, quite a few media observers asked “why?”—and a surprising number of people beyond the usual crowd took offense.

Here go the arguments:

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Brazil Rethinks ‘Happy Prostitute’ PSAs

There’s a subtle art to PSAs, those heavy handed, publicly funded campaigns designed to remind us taxpayers to stand away from the platform edge, resist donating money to panhandlers, and avoid the dangers of tobacco (thank you, C-3PO).

But before last week, we’d never heard of a government’s PR team working to convince the rest of the world that local prostitutes are healthy, happy, and proud of their chosen line of work.

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The Colonel’s Secret Recipe Unites the World

On a planet divided by violent political, sectarian, and international rifts, it’s nice to know that sworn enemies can share a deep admiration for one historical figure who was so much more than a man. Years ago, this misunderstood prophet dared to buck the tide and bring humanity together in the name of an all-encompassing love—the love of crispy, delicious fried chicken.

That man, of course, was KFC founder Colonel Harland David Sanders, and this week the trusty fourth estate brings us multiple stories about residents of Palestine’s volatile Gaza Strip region going above and beyond for a little taste of his special sauce.

Finger lickin’ good PR? Yeah…no.

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