2007 September (2)

Browse Month: September 2007

Simplicity Power – Solution

You need to count the number of round elements in each string. For example, in first line, “8809” contains six round elements (two in each “8”, one in “0”, one in “9”). Next line, “7111” does not contain round elements at all. And so on.

P.S. Sorry, took me a little longer 🙂

Simplicity Power

The following problem is offered to kids admitted to kindergarten or first-grade in some of the Ukrainian schools. I couldn’t solve this problem immediately, had to look for a solution. For readers of this post I’ll let out a small hint – the problem is much simpler then you first think.

8809 = 6
7111 = 0
2172 = 0
6666 = 4
1111 = 0
3213 = 0
7662 = 2
9312 = 1
0000 = 4
2222 = 0
3333 = 0
5555 = 0
8193 = 3
8096 = 5
7777 = 0
9999 = 4
7756 = 1
6855 = 3
9881 = 5
5531 = 0

2581 = ?

If you really must know the solution -I’ll post it tomorrow.

Yours Truly, Marketing Department

Manhattan Mini Storage Ad This morning I discovered a new ad from Manhattan Mini Storage in subway cars. Yep, the guys who put that “huge ass in a fishnet stockings” banner over the FDR Drive. The new ad is a very logical way of continuing advertising campaign – at least from my perspective. The ad in the subway is a bit different from the one on their site (the picture on your left). The difference is minor, yet very entertaining. The subway ad (which I couldn’t take a picture of) features the URL for web site to vote on, slightly different message and signature “Marketing Department” on a pink post-it note.

Now to the simplicity and te brilliance of the move. As a small business entrepreneur without any specific marketing skills I always try to learn from the environment that surrounds me. New York City, in this sense, is a perfect environment that allows me to see both good and bad marketing during a simple one-hour trip to work (or back home). Why do I think this ad is brilliant? Because the series of previous ads was controversial, because it got people talking about them and now it get the message out that you can simply go and voice your opinion. In simpler terms, it created traffic to company’s web site. No matter how one vote – he visits the site and, obviously, spends some time there. The company’s image is again reinforced in the consumer’s memory. Company gets feedback for ad campaing. In addition to that, old ads a reviewed and reused (which by itself is another great move, something like reusing old blog posts). By the way, you can even download all campaign ads in a single .zip file to review or share with those, who missed them.