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October 2012 - Posts

Not My Last Blog

This is Not My Last Blog

(Sandy is blowing the pants off of Manhattan)

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer

A big thank you to all of my blog followers who took the time to fill out the brief survey about Chip Martin's Blog. Your opinions and comments were greatly appreciated ... and as a result I feel obligated to continue publishing. So thanks for compelling me to spend a few hours each day researching and writing for your entertainment.

RC Car Chase is as Exciting as the Real Thing

Here's something different and entertaining. Visual effects artist Freddie Wong created this video of remote controlled cars in a police chase, just like you'd see in an action movie. And believe it or not, it's fun to watch.  The video was made to promote the game Need for Speed: Most Wanted coming out on October 30th.

Norwegian Bank Commercial Will Make You LOL

Okay, when I saw the end of this commercial I had to call Dale into my office to see if he would laugh as much as I did. It's for a Norwegian bank and it's definitely worth a look.

Waterproof Camera Ad That I Couldn't Pass Up

More Than You Imagined. A waterproof camera for waterproof adventures. Hard to believe that Pinocchio is still getting work after all these years.

What Do You Mean "Lap Dances Aren't Tax Exempt"?

Under New York law, tickets for things like plays, concerts and recitals are exempt from sales tax. Thus, the owner of an Albany-area gentlemen's club tried to argue that entrance fees to his establishment were similarly exempt because of the artistic performances taking place therein. Sounds logical to me.

And the club owner was only one judge away from proving his point, with the state's supreme court voting 4-3 against his claims.

While the dissenting judges stated that state law makes no distinction between "highbrow dance and lowbrow dance," the majority pointed out that not all entertainment is exempt, as taxes are collected on things like sporting events and amusement park tickets.

In the end, the majority found the state lawmakers had created the exemption "with the evident purpose of promoting cultural and artistic performances in local communities" and that the club had not been able to prove it qualified. The court said, "It's not unreasonable to conclude that a club presenting performances by women gyrating on a pole to music, however artistic or athletic their practiced moves are, was not a qualifying performance entitled to exempt status." NY top court says lap dance isn't art, is taxable Travel

Snickers ... It's What You'd Want

Here's one ad from a series for Snickers with the tagline, "It's What You Would Want."


Humor in Social Media Marketing

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer

Use Humor in Your Social Media Marketing

Using humor in social media levels the playing field between big-budget B2B marketing firms and smaller companies. Try having fun with your social messaging. You'll know it's working when your customers says, "I love your blog!" ... or "tweets" or "facebook posts," etc.

A Boot Camp the Ladies Will Like

Here's a 30 second commercial that the ladies will appreciate. It's from Australia for Libra Invisible Pads, and it's funny.

Some People Really Deserve a Decent Sandwich

These clever print ads for Milio's sandwiches get attention with candid, but humorous headlines.

A Downside to Delivery Van Graphics

The Bush is Back?


The headline on this ad says, "The Bush is Back in Fashion."  I've got nothing to say ...

Science World Ads Make Science Interesting

These ads are from a series recently introduced by Science World. The ads capture readers' attention by highlighting little known facts and then promising to provide further explanation. Clever.  

Remember When Doctors Smoked?


How to be both Funny and Helpful

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer

Man Therapy Continues to be Funny ... and Helpful

I've talked about the "Man Therapy" website before. Mantherapy.org takes a fun look at what ails men all over the world - and provides tools, resources and some push to seek help.  The website is constantly updated and proves that even very serious issues can be discussed with humor, if handled in a respectable way. Click on the link to laugh and to learn.

The Daily Show Communicates with Hilarious Puppets

Jon Stewart and the Daily Show did a great job of using puppets to talk about the "Big Bird" fiasco. Go to the 2:00 mark of this link and laugh yourself silly.

This Just Seems Wrong

The costumes above are from a line of sexy Sesame Street costumes sold by Yandy. Ladies can now pick their favorite skanky muppet: Bert, Ernie, Elmo, Cookie Monster, Oscar the Grouch, and Bird Bird. It just seems wrong, doesn't it?

The Ventriloquist Voice of the Planet

According to this ad, Greenpeace is "The voice of the planet." They had to use a cheap plastic puppet for the ad because the bear is going to eat it after the photo shoot.

Vent Nina Conti on Ellen




Our friend, British vent Nina Conti, was on Ellen last week promoting the DVD release of her movie. It was a short bit, but it really broke Ellen up. Check it out: http://youtu.be/o_8Rb_B-GjY

This Model is Too Tan for Some

Birthday Surprise

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer

So Little Time; So Much Offensiveness

A Swedish ad campaign that broke in May for H&M featuring model Isabeli Fontana was recently scolded by Reklamombudsmannen, Sweden's version of Britain's Ad Standards Authority, but not for the reason you might think.

While there were complaints that the ad is too sexy and the model is too thin, one of the chief complainants was the Swedish Cancer Society, which said Fontana's dark skin tone promotes "an ideal of beauty that is life-threatening." In other words, she's too tan. RO said that ad was "designed without a due sense of social and professional responsibility" because too much sun exposure is a cancer risk.

Oh, by the way, the model is Brazilian, and probably has darker skin than most people who live in Sweden. But H&M played it safe and apologized. "We are very sorry if anyone has been upset by our latest swimwear campaign," the brand said in a statement. "It has not been our intention to show a specific ideal or to encourage a harmful behavior."

"I Never Realized Nice Mr. Smithers had Such Pretty Green Eyes"

Gotta love the Mad Men era. This Cossack Vodka ad would never fly today. But in 1972 it probably got the attention of the target audience that it was seeking.

Fun at Hand ... The Playboy Hand Puppet

Here's another vintage ad. "Captivating puppet ..." wish I had come up with that. "The perfect thing for off-the-cuff amusement" ... get it? The puppet is "off the dude's cuff.  Actually the puppet doesn't look like it's worth $6 ... especially $6 in the 1960s.

Puppets Glove and Boots Helping Romance

This was just too funny and too romantic not to post.  Glove and Boots are two of my best friends. Watch the video.

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