Posts Categorized: Promo News

If You Build It They Will Come

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru My Uncle Rex has always said there was nothing more boring in life than watching a Kevin Costner film. And this is the same man who owns The English Patient. What’s more, he didn’t care how many Academy Awards he won for Dancing With Wolves, it was as bad as Waterworld,… Read more »

Good Things Come In Small Packages

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru As Yogi Berra once said, “a nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore,” or as that Burger King lady put it years ago, “where’s the beef?” And, of course, there is my grandfather, who loves to tell you that “it costs more to buy a new car today in the United States… Read more »

# 174465

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru I’d like to talk to you about U.S. Patent # 174465, also known as the phone, our country’s most prized possession and/or obsession. At any one time, there are 100 million phone conversations taking place in our country, five of which are happening in my house alone, and all of which… Read more »

Where’s the Spam?

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru My father used to pace around the house in his “thinking underwear” yelling, “Where’s the spam…Where’s the spam?” It’s not that he liked spam. In fact, he hated it. It was the idea of spam he loved, or more accurately, the fact that a can of spam is opened every four… Read more »

Stix and Stonz May Break Your Bones

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru Walk into my fathers office and you can pretty much guarantee two things: one, he is asleep when you get there and two, there is some sort of odd sculpture sitting on his desk. Right now, he has this paper clip-fortune cookie attached to some “green slime” he picked up from… Read more »

The Sporting Life

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru In the Belgian province of Antwerp, there is a small town called Duffel, population 16,019. It is here where the simple bag of cloth was born many years ago. The makers of this bag—in their infinite wisdom—called it the Duffel Bag. Today, it is a staple of American Life. Originally used… Read more »

A Cautionary Tale

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru To come perfectly clean: I have just spent the last eight hours watching a “24” marathon on TV. To make matters worse, it’s Tuesday, in the middle of the day and I’m not sick, tired or out of work. Oh, and I have Tivo. My day started normal enough. I got… Read more »

One In A Billion

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru I still remember my ninth birthday. The whole beautiful thing—friends, family, presents, games, cake, candles and, of course, Uncle Isadro, who at the end of my party, put his teeth back in his mouth, raised his scotch to me and said, “Kid, ten million people share your birthday…you’re not that special.”… Read more »

Winstson. Virgil Winston

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru Alright, I’m going to flip flop a little from my last post. The only thing cooler than an Etch-A-Sketch, would be an Etch-A-Sketch satellite system, complete with laser gun, infrared scope and rappelling rope. Yes, I still passionately love low tech and stupid, but, at the end of the day, there… Read more »

Margaritaville

Virgil Winston: Marketing Guru This just in: 27% of all male college students believe life is a meaningless existential hell, which brings me right to our featured product of the day: the Etch-a-Sketch Key Chain. My regular readers know what I’m talking about. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe we need… Read more »