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Gifts for the Hard to Please

December 10, 2009 in Marketing by slowry

I had this sent through to me today and couldn’t help but pass on the Christmas love.

Everyone has folks that are hard to shop for and this could possibly be the must have gift of the season.

It’s also a very clever piece of viral marketing. I guarantee they will get a bunch of sales from folks sending this around coupled with their low low price point.

At first I thought it was just a gag video but they have a real site and you can really order.

In fact I have placed an order and will post a review when the products arrive.

The video is below.

Kind Regards,

Shane

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Top Gear History

November 19, 2009 in Chit Chat by slowry

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I discovered this bit while scouring the interweb for news on the Cheverolet Camaro Convertible, which I’m sure will come out eventually.

In some ways it’s hard to believe that Top Gear has been around for 14 seasons now. The main reason is, that’s not quite true. It’s only the current iteration of Top Gear that has just started it’s 14th season.

The show itself has been around for a lifetime and started out as a typical car show. Here’s the latest Austin Healy, isn’t it grand? Watch as we show how easy it is to park and tell you all about how it achieves 26 mpg.

From a humble car show, Top Gear has grown to be arguably the biggest show in the world. It is viewed by over 350 million people in over 100 countries. That is only the publish stats, there are thousands more that download the episodes and share them around p2p networks.

Take a look and read the history of the show. It’s my favourite TV show and there was a bunch of stuff that I didn’t know.

Cheers,

Shane

PS Remember the uproar around Jeremy Clarkson’s Lorry driver comments. Someone created a game about it and it’s still the most read post on my blog. You can re-visit it HERE

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Bacon – Man’s favourite candy

July 29, 2009 in Marketing by slowry

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I was toying with the idea of calling this “How to attract Men” but figured that may lead you down the wrong idea of what this is all about.

All men know the power of Bacon, it makes everything taste great. To hell with making other things taste great, let’s eat it by itself, or even better, wrapped in bacon. Mmmmmmm.

I’ve been noticing lately that bacon is cropping up in places I’ve never really noticed it before. Mexican food.

The usual crew went out for lunch a few weeks ago and ended up trying a new to us Mexican joint. The food was really quite good, and we had a very pleasant lunch.

One of the guys perusing the menu, noticed a Fajita plate that included bacon. He immediately felt drawn, even compelled to order said dish.

Turned out to be a really good choice as it was indeed incredibly tasty and he no doubt would quite happily order it again. The power of bacon at work. While the rest of the menu was pretty good, it would be the lasting impression of the bacon that would draw us back.

Taco Bell has put out a new burrito recently that has “bacon, topped with bacon” it also has man’s other two favourite foods. Meat and potatoes. Could this be the perfect food?

Probably not, but it is likely to get folks who would normally stay away from Taco Bell and Mexican food to give it a try. The marketing folks of Taco Bell realize this and thus a bacon burrito is born. Tap into the subconscious of man and hit the primal urges that make man crave that most delicious of meat candies … Bacon.

I made sure I ate before writing this piece as sure as day following night, if I espoused the virtues of bacon on an empty stomach, I would be forced to immediately venture forth in search of tasty bacon.

Let’s completely ignore the health concerns over consuming too much fat, apparently the marketing departments have no issues doing so.

As an example, allow me to hold up the Wendy’s Baconator. I’ve had a baconator once or twice and they are indeed incredibly tasty, however at around 1000 calories for 1 they are horrendously bad for you. Throw in a large fries and soda and you have AT LEAST your daily caloric intake in one meal.

It is difficult to refuse the allure of that most tasty pig product and I believe you should dig in and enjoy.

Do yourself a favour though and maybe cut down just a little. It’s a treat, not a staple. The life you save may be your own.

Kind Regards,

Shane

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Macbook Wheel – Too Good To Be True

January 5, 2009 in Tech by slowry


Apple Introduces Revolutionary New Laptop With No Keyboard

With MacExpo 2009 firing on all cylinders, this was too good not to repost.

I have a MacBook on the top of my shopping list and should be able to pick it up early February. Unless of course they announce the MacBook Wheel and can get that within the first quarter of the year.

Enjoy,
Shane

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Strange things to spend your iPhone money on

August 5, 2008 in Tech by slowry

Ok so you have a shiny new iPhone 3G and you are looking to accessorize.

Well if you can do without your phone for a couple of weeks and want something that is unique among your mates try THIS

Colorware will color your iPhone back, front, home button and ear buds starting at a measly $150 for the back.

I’ll take one in Orange for Orange Sands, at least the cost would be a tax deduction.

Then again, my phone is so new I couldn’t bear to be without it for two weeks.

Cheers,

Shane

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iPhone 3G Advertising, twice as annoying.

July 29, 2008 in Tech by slowry

The new iPhone 3G ads are starting to flood TV. Talking of how "Some people will love that it’s twice as Fast" I know that there are several thousand people who will be twice as annoyed that they’re advertising hard when they can’t fill the back orders already out there.

The SUPER THREAD now at over 9500 posts, is full of folks getting more irate by the day as their wait gets longer and longer.

I know that good business means that Apple should be drumming up business and increasing awareness of their new product. However the consumer in me still can’t help thinking that Apple and AT&T are slighting those loyal customers that got off their arses and made an effort to get the new iPhone 3G.

Cheers,

Shane

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