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A Dummy's Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin
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February 2018 - Posts

Poorly Planned Door Signs

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: Boss: “This is the third time you’ve been late to work this week. Do you know what that means?” Me: “It’s Wednesday?”



Wall Street Traders Reacting as Stock Market Plunges.


Public Signs



Another juggler gives up his dreams.



 Men, women, and a guy carrying a really big penis.

With Apologies to Conrad Hartz


Wouldn’t you have thought that Ringing Bros and Barnum and Bailey would have been able to find a less scary clown to help advertise their circus?

Poorly Planned Door Signs










TBT: Why Use Women to Sell Men's Products?

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

News: Sting is getting ready to turn 60, which means "every step" he takes, and "every move he makes" ... probably makes him pee a little.

Surprise!  J Crew Uses Women to Sell Men's Shirts

J Crew of South Africa has produced a new television commercial aimed at promoting their 25% Off Men's Shirts special offer. And how do they do that? With women of course.

The advert features four different models wearing little other than J Crew shirts. Scheduled to air during a number of prominent Rugby World Cup games, J Crew has ensured that many South African males will have an additional reason to set their DVRs! Click here to see the ad.

JCP says, "It's Seriously Hot in Here"

Here's something along similar lines as the post above, but it's a lot funnier.

JC Penney understands that you don't like ads about clothes. So they honestly tell you that if you watch their 30 second ad, they'll show you a half naked woman. And they do! It's funny, it's entertaining and "It's seriously hot in here." Click here or on the link above.

Predictably in our tight-assed society, JC Penney received complaints about this ad, so the company quickly caved and pulled it.

I'm so tired of people forcing their standards on the rest of us. They take a lot of the enjoyment out of marketing ... and out of entertainment for that matter. I'm performing at a banquet tonight and there will probably be one person out the 250 in the audience who will be offended by something I say.  It could be one of the people who complained about the JC Penney ad. People who go out of their way to be offended by something must live very sad, pathetic lives. And because they can't enjoy themselves they don't want anyone else to enjoy themselves either ... so they attempt to force their views on everyone else. (They probably also secretly surf the net for porn.) I'm glad I'm not one of them ... except for that "porn surfing" thing.

Your Job Determines How Much Coffee You Drink

A survey conducted by Dunkin' Donuts and CareerBuilder looked at professions that are the most reliant on coffee to get through the day. Topping the list were scientists/lab technicians and marketing professionals. (All you have to do is look at all the hyped-up people I'm surrounded by every day.)

The survey measured which professions had the highest proportion of workers saying they were less productive without coffee. The survey came out in honor of National Coffee Day, a made-up holiday for which 7-Eleven and Krispy Kreme both gave out free coffee. Instead of doing a giveaway, Dunkin' decided to commission this survey - the second year in a row it has done so.

This year's survey saw some shakeups from last year. Health care professionals beat the field last year when it came to coffee dependency, with nurses and doctors taking gold and silver, respectively; this year, they dropped to 13th and 6th place in the rankings. Editors and writers took fourth place after being surprisingly absent from last year's top 12.

Here's this year's top 10:

1.       Scientist/Lab Technician
2.       Marketing/Public Relations Professional
3.       Education Administrator
4.       Editor/Writer
5.       Healthcare Administrator
6.       Physician
7.       Food Preparer
8.       Professor
9.       Social Worker
10.     Financial Professional

Dress Up Your Laptop

When you're plugging away at your laptop in public, instead of being all boring and immersed in your work, why not inspire a few stares and laughs?

Deface Laptop Skins will make passersby do a double take. So while you might not get much done, you could make a few friends. Deface Skins are available in different sizes and can be removed easily for just $16.

You Gotta Try This!!

If this isn't the most clever production that you've seen in months, then you're just absolutely impossible to please. Click on the link, draw a stick man and watch it come to life! Do it!

"A Higher Standard" of Funny

A Puppet's Ramblings - from Chip Martin, Mannequin American Marketer
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Chip Shot: I hate when people wear these in public. Like okay, we get it, you’re a surgeon.

A Higher Standard of Comedy


American Standard may be “built to a higher standard,” but it’s new 30 second ad sets the bar a little higher for entertaining commercials. Here’s another one.

“We’ve Got a Situation Here …”



Here’s an entertaining 30 second ad from United Healthcare, that all new parents can related to.

Vintage Ad … “Girls You Look Ugly When You Cough”

Questionable Marketing Signs