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A collection of absurdly-targeted web ads

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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.

LinkedIn astrologer professional connection suggestion
LinkedIn astrologer professional connection suggestion

COMMENTARY: LinkedIn thinks I may know and may want to connect professionally to a professional astrologer based in India.

Amazon Adidas shoe ad for shoes I just bought from Amazon
Honda banner ads in Korean and Chinese
Honda banner ads in Korean and Chinese

COMMENTARY: I speak neither language

GeoHipster t-shirts from CafePress web ad

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.

USAA understands MILITARY LIFE web ad
USAA understands MILITARY LIFE web ad

COMMENTARY: I was never in the US military, nor was anyone in my family.

DEGREES FOR CIA OFFICERS web ad
DEGREES FOR CIA OFFICERS web ad

COMMENTARY: I am not a CIA officer, obviously. If I were an undercover CIA officer, this ad would be even more inappropriate.

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Maybe You Touched Your Genitals Liquid Soap

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Do you touch your genitals? Or shake hands with people who do? If you answered yes to either of those questions, this product is for you. Now available from Amazon Prime.

Maybe You Touched Your Genitals Liquid Soap
Maybe You Touched Your Genitals Liquid Soap
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The filibuster shoe

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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.

Mizuno Women's Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe
Mizuno Women’s Wave Rider 16 Running Shoe

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.

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