Great Moments In Marketing: Special Flatbush/Ditmas Park Edition

January 23, 2009 by
Filed under: Area 51, Culture War, Greenpoint Magic 



This example of marketing savvy comes courtesy of my friend down at Flatbush Gardener. He writes:

There’s more story behind the photo, too. As soon as I stood in front to take a picture, the (presumed) owner came out, with two or three of his staff. He wanted to know what I was doing. Not aggressive at all, just seemed concerned. I told him I was taking a picture of his sign.

What are you doing?
Me: Taking a picture of your sign.
Owner: Why?
Me: You know it’s misspelled, right? It’s supposed to be “Taliban”, right?
Owner: Are you going to get me in trouble?
Me: I don’t see why.

I went on to explain that I already had a “Taliban scarf” – what I
know as a keffiyah – I just wasn’t wearing it at the time.

Owner: What color is it?
Me: Red.
Owner: I have lots of colors inside.
Me: I know, I saw the sign (pointing to the sign that says “More colors inside”!)
Owner: Come inside.
Me: I don’t need another one right now.
Owner: Come inside.
Me: [Thinking there is some non-zero danger of being recruited for something] Another time.

The sign is still up.

Say what you will about this chap’s advertising prowess (or lack thereof), it’s still better than this or this.

Miss Heather


5 Comments on Great Moments In Marketing: Special Flatbush/Ditmas Park Edition

  1. rheingold on Fri, 23rd Jan 2009 5:52 pm
  2. There are also Yankees hats in the window. In Flatbush, home of the Dodgers?! To quote Chester A. Riley, “what a revoltin’ development!”

  3. rheingold on Fri, 23rd Jan 2009 5:56 pm
  4. P.S.-I checked out the scarf links at the end of the post. Is there a McGuinness Blvd. scarf?

  5. missheather on Fri, 23rd Jan 2009 6:02 pm
  6. I’m certain there will be soon enough… with “Newtown Creek”, “Meeker Avenue Plume” and “BQE” models forthcoming. Every time I see a 20 something wearing one of these scarves I want to ask him/her if he/she know what they are called, where they originate from from, etc.

    I don’t because I know what the answer will be: NO.

  7. al oof on Wed, 28th Jan 2009 1:08 am
  8. urban outfitters calls them ‘freedom scarves’ or something.

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