“After many reminders constant nagging much encouragement from my lovely wife to get the snowblower sold, I finally got off my butt and posted an ad on Kijiji.”
And that’s when some pretty amazing things started happening in the life of a Canadian man named Weh-Ming Cho. Cho lives in Moncton, New Brunswick (that’s in the pink part up there, about an hour’s drive from the 8-mile Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island).
Last Wednesday morning, he posted an online ad on Kijiji to sell his snowblower during the first snowfall of the season. By Thursday evening, his ad had attracted a whopping 130,000 views, as Cho wrote on his blog, The Blognostifier.
He was bombarded with emails about his ad (over 1,400 so far) — some from as far away as Sydney, Australia — but most of them, he says, were not from potential snowblower buyers, but from people writing to simply say how much they loved his ad. Continue reading
A 1965 ad for Wate-On, featuring legendary movie actress Raquel Welch (then a 25-year old starlet acting in her first film, “A Swingin’ Summer”):
“An attractive feminine figure is a movie star’s main requisite. It’s the man’s way of judging a woman. An undernourished looking body with no flowing figure-line may spell oblivion to a popular social life . . . and may now be unnecessary.
“Clinical tests have proved the value of Wate-On as a food supplement for underweights in normal health whose skinny-ness has been diagnosed as not due to disease.
“Taken as directed, Wate-On can supply extra calories needed to add attractive pounds and inches and help get rid of that thin and skinny appearance.”
Watch this short (4:26) and compelling little video called Is Social Media a Fad – or the Biggest Shift Since the Industrial Revolution?, for the answer to our title question today. It’s from the brainiacs at the U.K.-based group redIT.
Think that, by fast-forwarding through those TV commercials, you can avoid the advertising onslaught? You’ll think again after seeing how marketers are tracking you down through social media.
Big thanks to Stephanie Holland at She-Conomy for this heads up.
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- Why Some People Should Avoid Social Media Completely
This little film was produced by the outdoor advertising industry in the 1940s, and is a great slice of urban history, including some good footage of early public transit. It shows some classic product ads, vintage Chicago street scenes and antique vehicles, along with a crash course on how outdoor advertising works.