Annoying Marketing Strategies

There is this stupid toy machine at our local Walmart that is close to the speedy check out lines. That’s where I spend most of my time, not Walmart but speedy check out lines, only to find out they aren’t so speedy. Am I right?! As I’m standing there wishing I brought my ear buds for my iPhone I kind of go insane. Not the, commit me to the ward insane but the fleeting thought of, “I might punch myself in the face to get it to stop!”  kind of insane. The thought always comes back, after I’ve blocked out the painful memory, “Does annoying marketing strategies really work?!”

Does it work for you?

I just remember the story my mom read to me growing up about the sun and the north cloud that had a contest. It was an Aesop Fable  those were the best. The contest was to see which one could blow the coat off of a weary traveler. So the north wind had his chance to remove the coat so he blew extremely hard and the traveler held on all the more. After the north wind had his bit of fun it was the suns turn. The sun simply came out and warmed the traveler which in turn made him hot so he removed his coat to cool off.

So what does this have to do with annoying marketing strategies? Everything! What I tell every non profit I talk to about raising money is you have to inspire one to give not ask. The question is, do you inspire or annoy someone to give you money? You don’t have to be a non profit for this to work. People want to give to something that is meeting a need. They don’t want to give to someone or something they can’t get behind.

Our society has realized that consumerism isn’t everything it is cracked up to be. It leaves holes in their pockets and their souls.

23 Comments
  • PoohBearPenguin

    I coordinate community events for film & animation. I recently created an unusual film-theme party – it has a logo, marketing materials, a pretty good event “hook”, and mailing list of locals that are eager to attend more of these events.

    I’m a little annoyed because a company in another state saw my party advertised online and held the SAME EXACT kind of party – they took my flyer, photoshopped their logo over mine, and changed the location and date! When I contacted them to stop, they said “they talked to the venue and they said it would probably be fine.” I said, “It is certainly not ‘fine’ – I am the creator of this franchise, so the ‘permission’ was from someone with no authority.” They responded with “You can’t copyright party ideas, but to be fair, since you inspired us, you can send us some of your marketing materials so we can advertise your other products for you so you can help build your organization’s mailing list.”

    While I appreciate the offer to sell my other product to folks at that party
    1.) I’m pretty insulted. Someone just ripped off my artwork, my marketing copy & strategies and is trying to make me feel like they did me a favor.
    2.) I would have a tough time proving that they are distributing my flyers/information.

    Once it got to a certain size, I was planning on franchising this party/festival – charging venues a small fee to license the name or take a percentage of the bar, in exchange for my promotion services to my robust mailing list. But how can I stop bars or jerk-faces from just taking the idea and not giving me a dime?

    It’s not worth suing over because we’re probably talking about peanuts here – again, I run charitable community events.

    Even worse, they are now asking me to contact MY followers on Facebook/Twitter to advertise “their” future parties because “I could use the exposure to market to people in another state and sell my other products to them.”

    That just rubs me the wrong way.

    If I trademarked the name, could I issue a cease and decist, or do I have enough leverage with my copyright/the fact that I held these types of parties first.

    How can I scare people to keep them from stealing from me? I have other franchised theme party ideas, but I’m not telling ANYONE until I figure this out. I guess this is the whole “you can can’t register banana bread but you claim your own receipe” situation.

    May 27, 2013 Reply
  • Marshal

    I do almost all I can do, marketing wise…passing out cds…performing shows….but the main place I work is still Myspace, and I’ve realized Myspace is not going to help me get anywhere at this point…now…what should my next move be? I don’t want to try Facebook, because I know how annoyed I’d be if someone came to my Facebook and told me to go to some other site and listen to their music. And Twitter really doesn’t seem worth the time. I already plan on setting up my own website…but aside from that..what should be my next move?

    June 5, 2013 Reply
  • jdubdoubleu7704

    I just wanna know. And I mean an actual opinion, not just “sucks”, or “I don’t care”.

    Personally I am against DLC that are announced before games are released. I am against content like multiplayer maps or skins or weapons or chapters that could have been included in the release but instead cost $15. The examples are almost all Call of Duty DLCs, the car packs for racing games, the weapon packs for FPS, and especially the costume and character packs in fighting games (I am looking at you, Capcom).

    I am in favor or innovative DLC that gives you a new style of playing. Those DLC that add something unique to the game. Examples, the Festival of Blood DLC for inFAMOUS or the Undead Nightmare DLC for RDR. And they’re standalone! Perfect.

    I am neutral about DLCs that also work as patches or updates, if they charge you too much for it then I’m against. Patches and updates should be free.

    What I completely hate are Online Passes. I understand why they are doing it, but still, it is annoying. If my friend buys Uncharted 3 and lends it to me for a month and I wanna play multiplayer, I can’t. It’s not like he is selling it to me…and honestly if one buys a game and pays $60 for it, one should have full access to all the features (and this is about DLC-marketing strategies too) and be able to do whatever one wants with the game, including reselling it. Especially after publishers have started using thinner boxes and shorter game manuals (especially EA’s “manuals”, they SUCK) but still charging you full price for them.

    Anyway, that’s my opinion, I wanna know yours. And please don’t insult me if you disagree, it’s my opinion and you should respect it, as I will respect yours.
    Thank you for your time, these topics are really interesting to me and I really wanna know what my fellow gamers think.

    June 5, 2013 Reply
  • Sahil

    I am a small business and need to know some things I need to watch out for.

    June 5, 2013 Reply
  • Mark

    It annoy’s me when I’m just chillin and enjoying my summer when I see a back to school ad!! I mean sure, people go back in August, but how come they do it so early? I hate thinking how in a month I’m going to have to go back to that hell of a place. They think we love school, all the grades depending on your life, they think, “Oh, goodie, buisness!!” But I just want to protest against them.

    June 7, 2013 Reply
  • kewlflame14

    I’m refering to the head on commercials…here’s a link for those who don’t know what i’m talking about. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywRa5jQ5Q28&feature=related

    i want to know your opinions / thoughts on their marketing strategy…

    thanx for answering.

    June 7, 2013 Reply
  • lcollier93sbcglobalnet

    I’m new to the whole baby scene, have a little boy due in April. I always remember those “Pack ‘n’ Plays” or “Play Yards” being called “Play Pens.” Is this some sort of attempt to be politically correct, since we don’t put children in pens since we put animals in pens? Just wondering!

    June 7, 2013 Reply
  • Franklin Bluth

    I want to use my walmart discount card in the UK when I travel. I know Walmart own “Asda” and I want to know if they will accept my walmart discount card over there?

    June 16, 2013 Reply
  • Mark

    I’m asking this again because nobody helped last time :[
    On some of the expensive items hanging on a shelf in walmart there will be a pale tanish plastic device at the end. This stops you from taking it off, and you need to get an employee to do it for you. What are they called, and what are the key/device to remove them called also? Thanks!

    July 1, 2013 Reply
  • kewlflame14

    what do u think of the marketing strategy of the head on commercials / product???

    i personally think its a brilliant and effective strategy, it’s annoying as hell, but they do a good job of marketing their product…
    i’m doing research for my marketing class, regarding the marketing strategies companies use to promote their product….just wanted to know your opinions/thoughts on this topic.

    thanx for answering.
    oh another thing, what company / brand do u think does a good job of promote its product ???

    for example, red bull, with their “red bull gives u wings” statement…

    July 2, 2013 Reply
  • Lasagna delivery guy

    I was asked this on a job interview, and since I am an entry level candidate with no experience in marketing and advertising I was wondering what exactly they were looking for on this question.

    Also, any tips on basic marketing and advertising information and stratagies would help. Thanks a bunch guys!

    July 9, 2013 Reply
  • steve

    Is anyone else thoroughly annoyed by this tactic of releasing a dvd and then rereleasing it a month later with the director’s cut. Second to that…and on the other end of the spectrum…is the genius marketing strategy by Disney that we all (including myself) fall for. Taking a movie off of the shelf for 7 years…to build up the anticipation for 7 years! And lastly, while I’m on my soapbox, what is with the previews that you are now forced to watch on dvds…that is until you figure out that you are able to click on menu as opposed to forward or skip. Man, I almost want to revert back to VHS! Anyone else feel this way?

    July 16, 2013 Reply
  • alberto s

    I feel like Apple Inc. is lying about so revolutionary. I feel as if things on their website are lies to. I used to love Apple but that love has surely gone away. Is there anyone else that feels the same way?

    July 16, 2013 Reply
  • Nick

    Watch Yahoo news video concerning Walmart sueing Debbie Shank and see all that her family has been through. I personally want to let Walmart know that I will never spend another cent in their stores including Sam’s Club. I hope more people will contact them concerning this poor family.

    July 16, 2013 Reply
  • jdubdoubleu7704
    July 16, 2013 Reply
  • Gamer959

    Hi! My name is Carissa and I recently created a new YouTube, or also known as BookTube, channel. I will mainly review and discuss books along with tags and stuff. I already advertised on Twitter and instagram. How else? I have commented on videos. Not asking for subscribers cause that’s annoying. I’ve been like really commenting about their video and stuff. Please help. I’m not too concerned with having thousands and thousands. I just want to have some people regularly view my channel.

    Thanks! 🙂
    If you want to know my channel, here it is!

    Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/coolkidsread

    July 19, 2013 Reply
  • Brian

    If you are an MCR or BVB fan then don’t read what’s below if you’re one of those fans who’re easily offended, don’t rant at me if you do because you chose to read it if you do.

    They’ve overrated by Kerrang for a start since they’re mentioned in it almost every week and taken over the whole magazine.

    If there’s not usually a huge article about Andy ranting on about how he doesn’t care about the haters or Gerard saying stuff like ‘we want to make a difference (to sad little girls who think they’ve been through the worst when there’s starving kids in Africa who’s love to have the advantages they’d have)’ then they’re probably gonna be mentioned on the crossword.

    My Chemical Romance were at number one on the rock charts in 2006 or 07 for seven weeks with that Welcome To The Black Parade song and it got so old and annoying very quickly but that’s when MCR started to gain that annoying sqealing fanbase of pre-adolescent girls who overrate them so much and before you know it every girl started to like them, all you heard in my area was ‘mcrmcrmcrmcrmcr’.

    And I realised that they were really overrated by the fans when they got accused of promoting suicide and HUNDREDS of fans, mostly little fangirls protested infront of the Daily Mail, WTF? How sad! If you love the band then just don’t do anything!

    When the fans say ‘they saved my life when I used to cut myself’ it seems like EVERY fan (millions) has said that since so many are saying it but it’s usually fangirls who don’t know any better, it seems like they’re saying it just to sound like a valid fan or something, we all know it’s not true. So they refuse to call themselves depressives, emos or cutters yet so many fans have admitted to cutting online?

    Anyone with a brain would realise that MCR and BVB only say they care for the fans so you’ll see them as gods and saints and buy they products, it’s their marketing strategy and ever since MCR have ditched the ‘anti-suicide and death’ subject a lot of other bands like BVB have been approaching the subject. It’s common sense, I can’t believe that so many people fall for it.

    BVB came to my attention when a young scene girl last year next to me in my Spanish class wouldn’t stop talking about them, then everyone started to like them and they showed up at almost every festival I’ve been to (Download fest .etc.) and everyone seems to love it.

    Am I the only one who feels this way?

    July 21, 2013 Reply
  • Travoiz

    It always covers ‘my profile’ when I want to click on it, and sometimes I click on the add by accident and then it opens up a new window and I am like GO AWAY! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

    July 26, 2013 Reply
  • Dom L

    So what good game do you know? I usually prefer games where market prices are influenced by the players.

    July 27, 2013 Reply
  • Erfan

    The only 8 guys in the whole of the UK who didnt know that selling lobster at under a fiver each was probably an incorrect pricing strategy?

    July 28, 2013 Reply
  • D3ZZY

    Although i’ve been a Nintendo fan all my life, the main thing that’s annoying me about their Wii marketing strategy is that they have yet to reduce the price of their signature games (Mario Cart, Super Mario Bros, Super Mario Galaxy 1, etc), even though they’ve been on sale for a year or more. With the PS3 & 360, after a game has been around a year or two, they release a “Greatest Hits” or “Platinum Hits” or “Game Of The Year” edition, and release it at a lower price point than it was (between $20 and $30). I realized this when I was looking through the friday fliers, and saw that the PSP version of Little Big Planet (which was released back in November if i remember correctly), was already labeled a “Greatest Hit” and marked down to $20, when it started around $50. The PS3 version is down to $30. And yet, on the Nintendo section, Mario Cart Wii was still $60, a year and a bit after release. None of the other signature software had been reduced any either, and were still being sold at launch price.

    So is Nintendo being greedy, or have sales slowed down so much that they can’t financially afford to release a reduced price best seller edition of the game? or do they even have any titles on the Wii considered “best sellers”?

    July 29, 2013 Reply
  • mal_functiongeo

    I understand what they are trying to do, but they give out a ton of shit and then can’t take any back. I can’t stand them !!

    August 14, 2013 Reply
  • kiltakblog

    i have to do a science fair project and html is one of the things that i think would be sorta easy for me but i dont know what i would do for an experiment or anything.

    August 15, 2013 Reply

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