Sunday, June 06, 2010

Advertising Faux Pas

Every time I drive down this one highway, I see this pathetic business not too far away that has this giant stream of balloons floating above it. I don’t know what the business is because it’s too far away to tell.

I have to laugh though because I envision it’s a used car business and this scenario having happened…

Owner: We need a really big advertising push….one that everyone will sit up and take notice.

Brother-in-law heads down to the party store and comes back with a stream of balloons that he floats above the building…

Owner: That’s it? That’s your big advertising idea? Floating balloons over the building? You’ve got to be kidding me.

BIL: Then you pay billions for TV ads and tell everyone to follow the big balloons.

Owner has his grandmother try to find the lot by guiding herself with the big balloons

Owner: Apparently grandma is in the hospital.

BIL: Why?

Owner: She was so busy looking at the balloons trying to find the lot that she ran right into a parked car, you idiot!

BIL: But she’s old…younger kids wouldn’t do that.

Owner: Younger kids don’t look up from their cell phones. I tried to follow the balloons myself and it’s ridiculously hard. And what about during the winter when it gets dark early?

BIL: Ah…we fill them up with fireflies in them?

26 comments:

Mrsupole said...

I like balloons as long as a clown is not holding them. I really like those little balloon animals and thingys they make with them. Dang it, it is usually a clown that makes them. That sucks.

God bless.

RA said...

Talk about brainstorming. Or should I call it just storming? :D
I think I hate ballons. Two or more together make a hairraising noice when they rub against eachother.... :(

Subby said...

Hmmmmm....I'll have to dig out that truck dealership pic....you won't believe it!

And maybe Continental Tyres? Or are those still being made?

nursemyra said...

Balloons and just winter don't go together

Roy said...

All I can figure is a car dealership; around here they seem to think balloons are the ultimate advertising tool.

Roy Scribner said...

No way, VE - gotta be an appliance store. No self-respecting car dealership is going to drop that kind of coin on a giant balloon and a tank of helium.

sharonheg said...

It's so much more than balloons tho...what about the color of the balloon? Women like one color, men another. How big, how high, how close to the street... All these decisions!

Elizabeth said...

They do it for people like me because I'm stupid enough to go "Hey, look at the balloons! Wonder what's going on over there, let's go look."

CatLadyLarew said...

I think they should bring back search lights...

Monkey Man said...

Yah, big balloon arch over businesses near my neighborhood, too. Must be a Beaverton thing.

Megan said...

I don't get it, either. Why balloons should have anything to do with a car dealership is beyond me.

secret agent woman said...

I've always wondered about car dealerships fondness for balloons and metallic streamers.

The Incredible Woody said...

On our local channels, we have a used car guy that not only uses balloons but also has a giant ferris wheel and features his misbehaving kids on his ads.

Janna said...

If it's a car dealership, they won't need to use helium. They already have an endless supply of hot air.

Jacki said...

Now that you mention it, car dealers do use balloons a lot. Which is funny because kids love balloons, but I don't know of many adults that are that attracted to them. Now if it were a huge beer balloon, that might work.

VE said...

Mrsupole – What’s with clowns and balloons. Balloons aren’t bad…clowns make them bad!

RA – I’ve heard that noise. Fortunately I’m immune from such distractions. Unfortunately I don’t pay attention to important ones…like the wifey-poo calling me…

Subby – Not sure what the picture is of…I stole it from the internet because I’m too lazy to stop and take a picture of the one I drive by…

Roy – There must be a standard operating manual all these guys buy and it has balloons in it…

Roy – Maybe a mattress store…they’re having a sale, you know! ;)

Sharonheg – You need to hire a consultant. That’s it…I’ll be a balloon advertising consultant. Talk about a niche profession…

Elizabeth – So…you’re the one!

Catladylarew – Yeah, I could put one on top of my car and shine it at that oncoming truck that always leaves his bright headlights on…

Monkeyman – You might even know where this is because I see it from Hwy 217 when I’m heading south!

Megan – It doesn’t sound very smart when there are salesman pricks at every turn…

Secret agent woman – They’re cheapskates…

Reforminggeek – So they’re the ones that gave us balloons to pacify us into not noticing them…oh yes, I’ve watched “They Live”!

Incredible woody – Just great…you have to endure their whole family. I thought they were reserved for mattress store owners and appliance store owners…

Janna – Ha! Good one!

Reforminggeek – Apparently you’re in the know…how can I trust you for sure? You might be on their payroll…

jacki - That's a good point...you don't see a lot of kids buying used cars...

Perpetual Chocoholic said...

Yes, our car dealerships are big balloon nuts around here.

RA said...

You have an award at Sagittiferously Yours. :)

gab said...

its to draw the kids attention first then they will either go mommy mommy look at the balloons can we go see? Or daddy daddy look at the big balloons why are they there can we go look? So once you get the kid's attention usually parents follow. If there are no kids then they hope and pray the adults come on their own because "look at the pretty ballooons"

gab said...

Oh and I wanted to vote on your best way to get rid of vegs but you didnt have dump them into the trash!

Jaime said...

the balloons get some people excited... my son screams out every time he sees balloons at stores. of course, he's 2 so he just tells me that i'm supposed to spend my money there...

aladdinsane12 said...

screw firefly balloons. i'm gonna make bee balloons, bring them to my enemies house as a gift, then shoot them with a long-range peashooter.

teeni said...

Around here they use those huge flashlights a lot for car dealer lots. I'm sure those would evoke some interesting scenarios from you as well. ;)

teeni said...

Oops - please exchange the word "flashlights" with "search lights" in my last comment. D'oh!

Brian Miller said...

but balloons are so cool...and no hating on the clowns...remember i used to be one...

VE said...

Perpetual chocoholic – It’s rampant around the country apparently…

RA – Aww thanks!

Gab – So that’s how it goes. Of course…my kids are too busy with their music and texting to actually look out the window to see the balloons…

Jaime – When they’re young you can use devious trickery to divert their attention away from such traps…

Aladdinsane12 – The gnomes give you “Two thumbs up” for that idea!

Teeni – I’d sneak by and direct them into the house across the street just for fun…

Brian – We’re a bit concerned about that…