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    Marketing Myopia is a place to vent, and call out the darkside of marketing and advertising.... ad campaigns, bullshit marketing ploys, evil corporate P.R. machines, etc.

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    Posted by designflea on Monday, May 06 @ 09:58:29 CDT (806 reads)
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    Modern-Day Sodom and Gomorrah?
    Posted by designflea on Monday, April 29 @ 09:48:28 CDT (405 reads)
    Internet/New Media Marketing Is Our Industry a Modern-Day Sodom and Gomorrah? — clickz.com from the article:
    Imagine you're visiting a respectable news Web site -- a major news site, not a niche one -- and when you leave the page, suddenly all hell breaks loose on your browser. I'm not talking about a simple pop-under ad. I'm talking about a violent uprising -- an advertising onslaught of fire-and-brimstone proportions. I mean a situation so evil that "the hand of God" should come down and squash the perpetrators.

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    How to handle telemarketers
    Posted by designflea on Tuesday, March 12 @ 19:08:05 CST (593 reads)
    Traditional Media Marketing When Hounded, Hound Back (NY Times reg. req)

    The article highlights annoying ways to get back at the telemarketers calling you at dinner, or leaving automated messages on your answering machine.

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    GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bill Jones sends mass e-mail
    Posted by designflea on Friday, March 01 @ 13:48:09 CST (454 reads)
    Internet/New Media Marketing From MSNBC....
    California Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Jones, whose chances to win the state’s Tuesday primary are apparently fading fast, sent spam e-mail across the Internet on Wednesday. The e-mail irritated anti-spam activists in part because it was sent by less-than-scrupulous means — the spam company took advantage of security vulnerabilities of a computer in Korea to launch the e-mails from there. This is Jones’ second spam campaign — he sent out a similar e-mail in December.

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    Quit looking at porn! You're being investigated - unless you buy our software
    Posted by designflea on Thursday, February 21 @ 13:04:04 CST (764 reads)
    Internet/New Media Marketing Intersting article on the marketing tactics of Robin Hood Software.
    It appears to be a routine browsing error, but instead of "Page not found," the message warns, "You are under investigation." "The material you have been viewing has triggered inquiries into your Internet records," it continues. "Click Here to stop this investigation."
    Some of the ads even display seemingly secret information about a computer, such as its drive contents and IP address.

    "Your hard drive is on the Internet," says one. "Everyone can see. What are all those PICTURES?" Another ad reminds people that "the world situation has reached a crisis," and ISPs are allowing authorities to search their records. "Police raids have already started today," it warns. Your goose is roasted, in other words, unless you buy the $150 software.

    Obviously this is all a big scam - no one is looking at your hard drive, or reporting your surfing habits to the authorities, but there are a lot of unsaavy surfers who will fall for this - partly because of fear, partly because of guilt... The article even speaks of an ad destroying a marriage - after seeing one of the ads saying the husband was being investigated, the wife apparently went apeshit.

    I can't decide if Robin Hood Software sucks for being moron spammers, or if they've just devised an ingenius marketing campaign to prey on the fears of inexperienced web surfers.

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    Product Placement in video games
    Posted by designflea on Monday, February 04 @ 04:09:21 CST (700 reads)
    General Marketing Interesting article on product placement in video games.

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    good idea - an oldie but a goodie
    Posted by designflea on Saturday, January 19 @ 03:20:14 CST (537 reads)
    Traditional Media Marketing nimbus writes "When you get ads in your phone or utility bill, include them with the payment. Let them throw it away. When you get those pre approved letters in the mail for everything from credit cards to 2nd mortgages and junk like that, most of them come with postage paid return envelopes, right? Well, why not get rid of some of your other junk mail and put it in these cool little envelopes! Send an ad for your local chimney cleaner to American Express. Or a pizza coupon to Citibank. If you didn't get anything else that day, then just send them their application back! If you want to remain anonymous, just make sure your name isn't on anything you send them. You can send it back empty if you want to just to keep them guessing! Eventually, the banks and credit card companies will begin getting all their junk back in the mail. Let's let them know what it's like to get junk mail, and best of all THEY'RE paying for it! Twice! Let's help keep our postal service busy since they say e- mail is cutting into their business, and that's why they need to increase postage again!"

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    Opt-outs from Pop-ups
    Posted by designflea on Sunday, January 13 @ 08:54:56 CST (408 reads)
    Internet/New Media Marketing TECHNOEROTICA has posted a list of links allowing you to opt-out of from popular pop-up advertisers, including doubleclick, 24/7 Media, and advertising.com.

    Thank you, oh wise and good people!

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    Bernard Shifman is a moron spammer....
    Posted by designflea on Wednesday, January 09 @ 06:51:07 CST (642 reads)
    Internet/New Media Marketing This is a great spam-by-spam, email-by-email account of one Pete Moss and his spamming nemesis Bernard Shifman.

    from the page:

    Bernard Shifman, "Computer Consultant" spammed me in November 2001. I reported him, as I have done with the other 12,000 pieces of spam I have received since 1998, to his ISP, et al. Shifman then began his assault by sending me an obscenity-laden email. I'm not sure, but I think he wants to have sex with me. Psst! Bernie! I don't swing that way. Anyway, he then sent some murky legal threat, which was never followed up upon. Shifman sent the spam to an address which has never been used for much of anything apart from POP; a google pretty much confirms it is most directly linked with my anti-spam activities. In fact, I use a number of other addresses for most online activities. He claims he only sent targeted email to the human resources addresses at companies that might hire him. I just checked, I don't actually own, nor work for Concordia University.

    Then, again, in December 2001, Shifman spammed the same account! At first, I was incredulous. I mean, after someone informs you they regard your email as spam, why send them more? Then, I complained. THEN I put up this page. Enjoy.

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    Earthlink Customer Support
    Posted by groundscape on Thursday, December 27 @ 15:22:55 CST (1042 reads)
    General Marketing This is very long. Probably not at all interesting to anyone other than myself, however if I don't type this out I'm going to explode. Plus, I want this to be crawled and I want this to be "out there". This is my Earthlink story.

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