Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Do you have soft stools?
As chronicled in many earlier posts, I am easily amused.
I'll laugh at anything.
I've even sat through the Paul Blart movie with my daughters.
Advertising is a different story however, that's when I become a Taste Nazi. Perhaps it's because I've spent considerable time in the trenches. But if I see something crappy on TV or on the web or in a newspaper, I think of the ad agency involved and say to myself, "You have this big brand and this big opportunity and you waste an at bat on something like that?"
But let's get back to stools and the inspiration for today's post.
As anyone who writes a blog knows, it's fun to mine the analytics, just to see how many people are actually reading this tripe and where the traffic is coming from. Just like any small business owner would do with a software program detailing his or her sales volume and sales sources. Only in the case of a blog it's all done without any actual money changing hands.
Last week I noticed that considerable traffic was coming from djstools.com. Naturally I was curious. Turns out it's a European distributor of electronica. Why were Italian musicians looking for the latest offerings in amplifiers being routed to round seventeen? As someone in the IT department explained to me, it has something to do with a spambot.
I have no idea what a spambot is, I thought it was a Hawaiian breakfast treat. But I do know where to find the funny in any given situation. And let's face it, stools and anything stool-related is funny.
So I did what any 12-year old boy would do and found the US based stool store. Then I called the Madison, Wisconsin establishment at 1-608-271-4088 and spoke with a sales rep.
Me: I was looking at your website.
Salesman: Excellent we have a wide range of products to meet your every need.
Me: How big are your stools?
Salesman: They come in all sizes.
Me: And they have wheels?
Salesman: Some do, yes sir.
Me: That would make it easier to move my stools?
(me fighting back laughter)
Me: Do your moving stools come in brown?