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February 2013 - Posts

Billboard Placed in City with High Unemployment Rate

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

Chicagoans Looking for Jobs are Offered This Billboard

This billboard making an oral sex joke is currently up on a busy street corner in Chicago. The billboard is for hook-up sex website ArrangementFinders.com.

"We specifically picked Chicago for this website" because of the city's high unemployment rate, said A.J. Perkins, in charge of marketing for the Toronto-based company. "We wanted to come up with a billboard that had some sort of play on the word, 'jobs.'" Mission accomplished.

I Want this Percussionist's Job

Here's one of the more unique methods a musician can use to call attention to his band. Percussionist Jorge Perez, member of the musical group Patax, can be seen in this video having his way, musically speaking, with four women who have offered up their thong-clad rumps for Jorge to, well, slap as he sees fit.

How to Make Your Next Banquet a Memorable Event

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

Make Your Next Banquet a Memorable Event

Time for our semi-annual plug. These days almost everyone in universe attends at least one banquet each year. So transform yourself into a hero and recommend Dale Brown & Friends to the banquet chairperson.

Dale and his puppet posse provide an abundance of sidesplitting laughter and memorable entertainment. In fact, we're so confident that you'll enjoy our show that we offer a money back guarantee.

Most importantly, every banquet program is customized to include material of specific interest to your company, association, community group or club. (Special discounted prices for Milwaukee area groups.)

We've appeared at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and you may have seen us on Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning and a variety of other news and talk show programs.

Let our proven skills as banquet entertainers brighten your program and make your event a memorable one ... an event that audience members will talk about long after the show is over. Go to http://www.dale-brown.com/ or email Dale at dale.l.brown@bmpr.com

What Others Have Said about Dale Brown & Friends

"You made this our best awards banquet of all time! Our employees are still talking about your performance."
Waupaca Foundry

"I can't tell you how many customers came up to me and thanked me for having you as our after dinner entertainment. You are a very funny man, and you put on a hilarious, clean show. A rare commodity in today's market."
Lincoln Contractors, Supply, Inc.

"I've had several complaints about my guests having sore stomachs today from too much laughter last night. Thanks for being such a special part of our event."
Kohler Co.

"Absolutely the best ventriloquist I've ever seen."
Dale's Mom

Truth is Funnier than Fiction

What's funny about this FedEx ad is that the scenario's a little too close to reality for comfort. Trust me, a lot of sales people and marketers will relate to this situation.

Now They can be Together Again ... Your Boobs that is

Okay, I seriously LOL at this commercial for Valege Lingerie about two boobs trying to get together.

I guess every woman wants proper cleavage, right? They want just the right amount of inward and upward push to form that perfect crevice.  Now thanks to Valege Lingerie, two boobs will never again suffer from being apart from one another.

This commercial may be the wittiest bra ad I've ever seen. They use humor versus the in-your-face sexualization of Wonderbra and the impossible-to-achieve beauty approach of Victoria's Secret. Just two boobs trying to get together. And every woman can relate to that.

Here's a second in the series.

This Laxative Will Make Her Love You

From the copy of this vintage ad, "... her hands are gentler, her voice is sweeter and her kisses are softer. ... she just started loving me!" All because of Bile Beans Laxative Plus! I gotta get some of that stuff for Dale's wife.

Relating to a Bunch of Mannequin Americans

For those in the Milwaukee area who may have missed the full page article last week on Dale and myself in the "Waukesha Now" section of the newspaper, here is a link to the story.


Comical Car Ads

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

We Used to Just Sell Lemonade

An Oregon policeman had a perfect spot to watch for speeders, but wasn't getting any. Then he discovered the problem: A 12-year-old boy was standing up the road with a hand painted sign which read "Radar Trap Ahead." The officer also found the boy had an accomplice who was down the road from where the officer was, with a sign reading "TIPS!" The accomplice had a bucket full of money.

Creative Valentine's Day Ad

Ikea Australia did the math and came up with an amusing Valentine's Day offer-a free crib for babies born nine months from Valentine's Day. Potential customers would have to clip out the voucher and keep it in a safe place for nine months, and also provide proof of birth. The coupon also notes, "Delivery not included." That, of course, is the mom's job.

That Didn't Take Long


Via Mike Kelly: It's been less than a month since Chevrolet revealed the 2014 Corvette Stingray, and already one has turned up wrecked. Since the new Corvette isn't on sale yet, chances are someone at General Motors will have a sizable expense report to fill out.

The photo was snapped in Arizona. Automakers often run hot-weather and handling tests in Arizona, and this car wears the Michigan manufacturer license plates that a GM-owned prototype would carry on public roads.

Every Day is a Top Down Day


With a focus on new car ads, here's one for the new VW convertible. Funny.

Cute German Commercial for Porsche

Okay, why can't we have cute commercials like this in the U.S.? Here's a German commercial for Porsche in which a model ends up flashing a Porsche. Simple and sort of charming.

An Even Better Ad for Porsche

Here's a second Porsche commercial that's pretty funny. What happens when a famous Porsche racecar driver who is used to only driving forward, has to parallel park?

How Fast is a Hyundai Coupe?

Here's an attention-getting ad from Hyundai. The photo says it all.

How to Make an Impression at Your Class Reunion ... Rent from Avis

Another ad that lets the picture tell the entire story. Excellent.


Selling with Sex

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

Sometimes You Don't Want to Get Fried

This commercial sure is selling something ... but it doesn't seem to be the Char Broiled Atlantic Cod Fish Sandwich at Carl's Jr. and Hardee's. Mind you, I'm not complaining. And in its defense, it is gaining a lot of attention.

Hot Cooking

Cooking shows are all the rage now. So MB Lingerie uses cooking to get attention. Never mind that the cook is wearing nothing but lingerie. I think they should turn this idea into an actual show.

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