Online pawn shop company, Pawngo, made themselves a lot less popular in Boston this afternoon as they dumped 900 pounds of Buterfinger candy bars in Copley Square making fun of New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker. Obviously they’re thinking any publicity is good publicity, and they sure got a lot of publicity out of this. That said, Boston hates them now, and a search of Twitter shows sentiment is overwhelmingly negative. I’m not sure how they imagined a mean-spirited PR stunt would go off any differently, but bringing it to Boston? Speaking as a Patriots fan, people might be mad at Wes Welker, but now they’re MUCH angrier at Pawngo.
According to the City of Boston’s website, the company is going to be charged with violating commercial dumping laws and the honorable pawn brokers of the Boston area are calling for the Attorney General to investigate Pawngo’s business model.
Here’s Method Man’s Sour Patch Kids commercial. It’s awesome. If you like Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man, Sour Patch Kids, or awesome stuff, you’ll like this.
Via Jay Smooth / David Jacobs
I don’t know how I missed this WWF ad campaign from the summer, but I also don’t know how it took so long for someone to think of it.
Via inspire me now.
This guy in the Ford Focus commercial who says something like, “If I say, to my friends, give me $5 gas, they think they’re giving me a fair amount, but really they’re giving me way more than I need.” That kid’s an asshole. Why don’t you ask for the amount you need as opposed to seeing your friends as ATM machines. If they wanted to convey that it uses less gas than people think, why didn’t they just have him say, “When I drive and my friends give me money for gas, they give me $5 and it’s too much. I tell them sometimes, but not all the time.”
Why do they want to make Ford Focus drivers look like people who knowingy take advantage of their friends?
Or full quote from this Mediaite.com interview with Bill Simmons: “Facebook is a social network; Twitter is a media/marketing vehicle disguised as a social network.” It’s interesting to see how hard Bill Simmons has fallen for Twitter because a couple months ago he was bashing it. In general, I think his take on media/journalism is too simplified, but this quote about Twitter is right on.
I don’t like to write about where I work, but BzzAgent” is doing something pretty cool and deserves props. We have some extra space and instead of subletting it, the powers that be thought they’d do something different, which might help some people out to boot. We’ve got 12 desks that are going to go to entrepreneurs and laid-off peeps that prefer to work in an office setting instead of Starbucks. I think Bzz thinks that you can never have enough smart, enthusiastic people in one place and that place may as well be our office. Essentially, you bring the energy, we’ll bring the coffee machine. I think about it like an incubator without the VCs, but I could be wrong. I don’t think there are any catches, which makes it even cooler in my mind.
It’s a neat office in a good location (the South End, which is neat in and of itself, even if the burrito place around the corner isn’t good anymore) and the people are great. If you’re interested, let me know and I’ll put you in touch.