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Pathetic Marketing Scheme of the Year Award: Microsoft

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September 24, 2009 – Comments (11)

Woo-hoo! We're going to have a Windows7 launch party everyone! Won't that be fun??? This video has to be seen to be believed. I thought it was a spoof ... but it's real.

And we thought Mac users were the geeks? ;) [Just kidding!]

Are you kidding me, Microsoft? Do you really think something like this will work? Is your product so devoid of meaningful improvements that you need a groundswell of manufactured grassroots enthusiasm to brainwash your users? Do you really think that we have nothing more important to do with our free time than host a Windows launch party? 

Congratulations, Microsoft ... you've earned yourself the inaugural honor of the first-annual Pathetic Marketing Scheme of the Year Award.

Has anyone else noted marketing efforts revealing an underlying tenor of desperation? Do you have nominees for runner-up or honorable mention? Surely, nothing could match the laughable idiocy of this launch campaign.

If I weren't a "Yes" man with no red thumbs, I'd be red-thumbing Microsoft right here, right now. Mark: $25.80

 

11 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On September 24, 2009 at 10:45 AM, outoffocus (23.35) wrote:

This ad is so cheesy it gave me gas.

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#2) On September 24, 2009 at 11:26 AM, 100ozRound (29.50) wrote:

Oh Good Gawd!!

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#3) On September 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM, 100ozRound (29.50) wrote:

Oh and Sinch - in response to question for nominee for honorable mention, I present to you Microsoft's very own Songsmith:

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#4) On September 24, 2009 at 11:35 AM, mdabat (< 20) wrote:

I couldn't finish watching this, all i hear is party...party...party....

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#5) On September 24, 2009 at 1:42 PM, silverminer (30.75) wrote:

Oh ... and whomever invented that shaky camera style that producers have come to assume is a required element for success ... they win the long-overdue award for most annoying innovation in filmography. I know it's been around for years and years, but it's always been a pet peeve of mine.

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#6) On September 24, 2009 at 1:47 PM, silverminer (30.75) wrote:

100ozRound

Ouch ... why did you make me watch that?!  ;P

Microsoft's VP for Marketing ... make sure you collect your bonus early this year!

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#7) On September 28, 2009 at 5:56 PM, TMFGreenwave (33.18) wrote:

Wow.  Just Wow. That is the LAMEST thing I have ever seen.  I refuse to believe this is real.  I mean, it's an even worse rip-off of that terrible Magic Bullet kitchen infomercial.

http://www.youtube.com/v/RtpKjgwi4Sc&hl=en&fs=1&"> name="allowFullScreen" value="true">http://www.youtube.com/v/RtpKjgwi4Sc&hl=en&fs=1&" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="425" height="344">

To quote one of the 4 "actors" in MSFT's video: 

"Can you believe Microsoft put the launch of Windows 7 in our hands?  Are they nuts or what?"

The answer to your question is yes, unequivocally yes.

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#8) On September 28, 2009 at 5:57 PM, TMFGreenwave (33.18) wrote:

Darn the Magic Bullet video didn't embed.  Well here's the link.

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RtpKjgwi4Sc

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#9) On September 28, 2009 at 10:31 PM, eLizKinnel (< 20) wrote:

This pore excuse for an ad made me want to shove my Bump-it in my eye.

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#10) On September 28, 2009 at 10:39 PM, ozzfan1317 (78.57) wrote:

Wow when I finish school I was gonna apply for a marketing job looks like they need the help..lol

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#11) On September 28, 2009 at 10:57 PM, RLAprof (21.11) wrote:

RedHat just jumped 30 points.

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