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Bumvertising- Using the homeless to advertise your product

Discussion in 'General Marketing' started by mikejmu, Dec 21, 2005.

  1. mcfox

    mcfox Wind Maker

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    #21
    You could always go with a beggar. Slap a sign next to them and promise them twenty-five quid if the sign is still there when you get back. ;)

    Then take some pictures and send them into the newspapers complaining about how scandalous and depraved it is to see such a thing. :cool:
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  2. SEbasic

    SEbasic Peon

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    #22
    What's the difference between a bum and a beggar?

    I like the idea of sending a shot to the press though - what an awesome way to generate press coverage.
     
    SEbasic, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  3. delrivo

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    #23
    Everyone reads them signs as well just to see what they say.

    Could even be effective if it was just a kind of blackboard with it scribbled on on chalk.

    People might be disgusted but they would remember it and probably tell at least one other person about it
     
    delrivo, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  4. SEbasic

    SEbasic Peon

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    #24
    Needs to be a catchy domain though.
     
    SEbasic, Dec 22, 2005 IP
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    joeychgo Notable Member

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    #25
    Ah geeze. This is what makes america great.
     
    joeychgo, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  6. mcfox

    mcfox Wind Maker

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    #26
    Well, I figure a beggar is trying to get money anyway, so offering them money to sit next to a sign while they continue begging doesn't seem wrong. It's just a way for them to earn more money from begging doing something they were already doing anyway.
     
    mcfox, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  7. mikejmu

    mikejmu Active Member

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    #27
    how about www.pokerbums.com
     
    mikejmu, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  8. SEbasic

    SEbasic Peon

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    #28
    Not available. :(
     
    SEbasic, Dec 22, 2005 IP
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    lorien1973 Notable Member

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    #29
    If I were selling grunge clothing, I think putting a sign on a bum is natural advertising.
     
    lorien1973, Dec 22, 2005 IP
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    #30
    Bumvertising is actually very common in Maryland. On Rockville Pike(big shopping district) there are at least 20 homeless people out with the sandwich boards advertising stores on the average day (not when it's freezing).

    Did you go to JMU, Mike? I graduated in 2002.
     
    Sharpseo, Dec 22, 2005 IP
  11. Chopster

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    #31
    Another idea is to pay the homeless guy to pull down his pants, get on all fours, and stick his ass in the air. Then shove a flag with your company logo in his crack. This is sure to grab attention if he is on a busy street corner and could really help your company get exposure. And...if you pay him $50/week, this is good money and he can use it for food or to get back on his feet again.
     
    Chopster, Dec 23, 2005 IP
  12. delrivo

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    #32
    Lol

    Dont think it would take long for him to get locked up in a nut house.

    Think thats bordering on the obcenity
     
    delrivo, Dec 23, 2005 IP
  13. mikejmu

    mikejmu Active Member

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    #33
    Not a bad idea...but there's no money in it
     
    mikejmu, Dec 27, 2005 IP
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    #34
    Have you ever noticed how those people on the side of the road waving the advertisement arrow signs are always wearing sunglasses (or something else that covers their face).

    Or the few that don't wear sunglasses are sure to hold the sign up in front of their face as the cars pass by.

    My theory is that these people were voted "Most Likely To Succeed" in high school and are afraid that someone will recognize them.
     
    Chopster, Dec 29, 2005 IP