Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Maybe the stupidest promo item I've ever seen.


(click images, via) A Bucharest gym thought it would be a great idea to pay local hair salons to use these branded aprons so men could experience "20 minutes of muscles" as their ad agency DraftFCB called it in their press note. Yeah. I'm sure these went over wonderfully with insecure Romanian schlubs just trying to get a relaxing hair cut. The agency claims, and I quote, "after three months, more than half of those who wore the aprons took up workout classes at Pescariu. (italics mine)." Bullshit.
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5 Comments:

Blogger Ted said...

I think they said the truth, Mark, since probably two persons wore the apron (one was the gym' owner).

2:07 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Well if you want to get THAT cynical (which is probably the truth. It was probably done just as an attempt to win ad awards.)

2:11 PM  
Blogger Ivan Raszl said...

Done before: http://adsoftheworld.com/media/ambient/golds_gym_barber_apron

6:26 PM  
Blogger copyranter said...

Thanks, Ivan.

7:21 PM  
Anonymous Hans und Franz said...

The agency claims, and I quote, "after three months, more than half of those who wore the aprons took up workout classes at Pescariu. (italics mine)." Bullshit.

No claims as yet re: the rise in sales of steroids, tanning and oil products, waxing and laser hair removal.

7:47 PM  

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