This is a follow-up to my post “Marketers know everything about us! [SARCASM]“. The absurdly-targeted web ads just keep on coming, so I decided to start a collection and post some of them here. Most won’t need an explanation; I will provide one where I think it might be needed.
My small-but-growing collection includes: an Amazon ad for shoes I just bought from Amazon; a CafePress ad for ; an ad for degrees for CIA officers; banner ads in languages I don’t understand, like Korean and Chinese.
COMMENTARY: LinkedIn thinks I may know and may want to connect professionally to a professional astrologer based in India.
COMMENTARY: I speak neither language
COMMENTARY: This is my product. I am selling these . So the marketing “system” (not CafePress) is trying to get me to buy the product that I sell.
COMMENTARY: I was never in the US military, nor was anyone in my family.
COMMENTARY: I am not a CIA officer, obviously. If I were an undercover CIA officer, this ad would be even more inappropriate.
One unintended consequence of is that the running shoes she wore on the Texas Senate floor for 11 hours have become an instant sales hit on Amazon.
This is not unprecedented. Sarah Palin’s glasses also sold well while she was campaigning for Vice President on John McCain’s ticket in 2008. And Paula Deen’s book (not due until October) is already ranked #1 on Amazon. [UPDATE June 29, 2013: Deen's publisher has dropped the book, and she has in earnings over the N-word controversy.]
Which proves yet again that all publicity is good publicity. [UPDATE June 29, 2013: Does not, apparently.]
You can order the Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe from the Amazon link below (I will make a small commission). While there, read the funny product reviews.