What’s So Funny About Social Media and Online Marketing?

June 1, 2010

What has 28 links and will make you laugh? This blog post! From social media cartoons and contextual advertising gone wrong to dysfunctional agency-client relationships and the best (and worst) online ads, here are some of the most amusing, creative and remarkable blog posts and videos of 2009.

Funniest Marketing-Related Blog Posts and Videos of 2009Some of this content may not be suitable for most office environments, elderly relatives, children, pets, potted plants or those who simply lack any sense of humor.

Amusing, Creative and/or Just Plain Odd Blog Posts

Social Media

Top 30 Social Media Jokes, Clips and Cartoons! Episode 4 by Thoughtpick

An outstanding collection of social media-themed cartoons and videos. Mostly safe for work.

Twitter CartoonThe Twitter Avatar Roast: 10 Types of Profile Images by Tremendous News

An inspired taxonomy of Twitter avatar types, from “The People Who Think We’re So Interested In Them We Need To See Their Childhood Photos” to “The Nothing-Is-More-Natural-Than-Me-Just-Kinda-Laughing-Not-Noticing-You’re-Taking-A-Picture-Of-Me Guys.”

Ten Reasons NOT to Use Social Media by Sanera People Development Company

Exhausted from trying to explain the benefits to social media to clueless executives, Alicia Arenas switches gears here and delightfully makes the case for “why you should avoid social media like the plague,” with reasons such as “Because what your customers say about you and your company is irrelevant” and “Because participating in the world’s fastest growing communication tool is not a good use of your time.”

How social media is like the seventh grade by Training Marketer

How automated social media responses make online introductions as awkward as junior high.

SEO, SEM and Web Design

You might be a redneck SEO if… by David Leonhardt’s SEO and Social Media Marketing

David Leonhardt takes on Jeff Foxworthy with his own list of 50 signs you may be a redneck SEO, including “If your other Mac is a truck, you might be a redneck SEO.”

The 100 most funny and unusual 404 error pages by Blog of Francesco Mugnai

Who says 404 error pages have to be boring? Check out this outstanding collection of amusing, creative and occasionally bizarre examples of what you may see when clicking on an outdated link or mistyping a URL.

10 unbelievably cute 404 page illustrations by Limeshot Design

If your taste in custom 404 error pages runs more toward sweet than strange, then check out this collection of plump cartoon animals and other frilly stuff.

20 Funny, Clueless, Weird, And Existential Google Keyword Searches by MediaPost Search Insider

Wondering if anyone has ever entered “where did I put my keys” into a Google search box, Rob Garner discovers an array of loopy searches, from “Why am I hot” (9,900 searches per month) to “Why am I so broke (16 searches per month – comforting to know that narcissism is so much more common than destitution, I guess) to “What is the number for 911” (yes, these people can vote too).

Contextual Advertising Gone Wild – 20 Examples by Pedro Laboy
***** 5 Stars
As anyone involved in online advertising knows, contextual advertising attempts to match ads with the surrounding text, so that, for example, if you’re reading an article about European sports cars, you’ll see an ad from Porsche or BMW. Sometimes, however, this can go horribly wrong–as the examples in this post demonstrate. A Bank of America ad showing up next to a news story on mortgage fraud; an ad for cheap life insurance next to a story about the untimely death of “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin; an ad for Kaplan University with the headline “Jobs become obsolete; talent doesn’t” next to a report about Steve Jobs taking a medical leave of absence from Apple. Ouch! Some of these will make you laugh, others will make you cringe.

How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell by The Oatmeal

Anyone involved in design will relate to this; the decline of a design from the “everything is cool…the client communicates their needs and you set expectations” stage through “minor changes” and the everyone-gets-a-say stage through the final abomination of the original, georgeous design.

Advertising & PR

The LOL Cats Take On The World Of Freelancing by Hi, I’m Grace Smith

Grace Smith imagines the LOL Cats from I Can Has Cheezeburger taking on various types of challenging clients in the world of freelancing.

The Publicity Stunt Hall Of Fame by Taylor Herring Public Relations

A collection of funny, clever and inspiring PR stunts from around the world; you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll pick some trivia for the next happy hour, you’ll maybe even be inspired in these vignettes about the origins of the Tour de France and Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade to the “Barbie Street,” how Liz Hurley became famous, and much more.

Six Business Lessons from the North Pole by The Communicator

Highly creative take on Santa’s marketing and business brilliance, from branding (the red suit is instantlyrecognizable) to human resources (who’s ever heard of an unhappy elf?).

Hard to Categorize

32 Absurd Action Figures by TrendHunter

A bizarre collection of action figures the world probably doesn’t really need, but some people will buy regardless, such as the cast of the “Twilight” movies, political action figures (including Sarah Palin, Joe the Plumber and BHO), the Katy Perry doll, and the “Jesus Action Figure and Cleaning Kit.” Really.

Won Park – The Master of Origami Paper Folding by The Design Inspiration

“Bending, twisting, and folding, Won Park creates life-like shapes inspired by objects living and not– both in stunning detail.” An amazing collection of Origami art using $1 bills.

Review of webmarketcentral.blogspot.com by Global Business Blog Reviews

This showed up in my Google Alerts one day; a two-paragraph review of my old blog. Who knew a marketing blog could be “visually restorative” and “enchanting”? Well I thought it was funny anyway.

Funny, Clever or Otherwise Remarkable Videos

Billy Mays’ Resurrectifier Commercial – YouTube

Jimmy Kimmel explains how late pitchman Billy Mays is able to keep selling products even after his untimely passing. Tasteless, but funny.

Why Print isn’t going anywhere for a long, long time… by Junta42

Remarkably creative spoof commercial for “The UK’s best handheld for 40 years” – the Sun newspaper.

The Vendor Client relationship – in real world situations by Erin Blaskie

If you’ve ever worked in a marketing agency, you’ll find this video hilariously familiar. In you work on the client side, hopefully you won’t and you can just laugh at the inconsideration of others.

Top 5 Media Industry Parody Videos – a Little Too Close for Comfort? by iMedia Connection
***** 5 Stars
Matthew DiPietro collects some of the funniest agency-related videos of last year. The language gets a bit rough in spots though, so wear your headphones or earbuds if watching at work.

Resco Packer-Viking Week – YouTube

Mail fulfillment house Resco created this video to some publicity in the Minnesota-Wisconsin region by capitalizing on the passionate Vikings-Packers rivalry-which was intensified last year by the defection of Packers legend Brett Favre signing on with Minnesota. But this destined-to-be-a-classic video really speaks to the primal emotions of fandom anywhere, in any sport. And it’s very funny.

Meet The Fune, Microsoft’s New Smart Phone (It’s Really Hot) by TechCrunch

“It’s a phone that runs Windows Vista, and it connects to the Internet through America Online.” Get a sneak peek at Microsoft’s answer to the Android and iPhone.

VerticalResponse – Nuthin’ But an App Thang – YouTube

An email service provider rap video. `Nuff said.

Comic Relief – The Process by Web Marketing Therapy

What stop signs would look like if they were designed by clients and advertising agencies. It’s not pretty, but it is funny.

14 hilariously effective online campaigns by iMedia Connection

From rapping preppies and a disturbing Australian Flash Dance take-off to John McCain and Paris Hilton, Jim Nichols reviews a slew of the most entertaining viral video ads of last year.

Evian Roller Babies international version – YouTube

The gold standard of viral videos. With almost 24 million views, yeah, chances are you’ve seen this, but it’s still absolutely amazing.

Top 10 Shockingly Bad Tech Ads by Listverse

Google Latitude CartoonSome are more tragic than funny, but these can be the results when bad video happens to good people. The vintage clips at the end promoting Windows 1.0 and Windows 386 are priceless.

2009 The Year in Social Media by The Group News Blog

A nine-minute wrapup of the social media “highlights” of 2009.

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10 Responses

  1. I don’t generally respond to articles but I will in this case. Amazing a big thumbs up for this 1!

  2. I love twilight! I may sit and watch all day long if I didn’t have school..or life to stay me from doing it! lol Amazing Simply Wonderful!

  3. Wow Tom this is really funny stuff. I have bookmarked this to come back again and again. I especially like the Ad agency video and the contextual advertising bit. Obviously you like humor and I do as well. I have pages on my blog http://blog.prosperyourmind.com lower third column under Personal Development Fun Facts that I believe you’ll enjoy.

  4. Thanks for these links… I’ve just gone through a couple of them so far, but had a good laugh. I love the amusing 404 error pages!

  5. Tom 

    Thanks Gina. :-)

  6. HA HA HA, this is some very funny stuff. Thanks for sharing this. Do you have anymore of this? I can’t get enough of this stuff.

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  7. Tom 

    I tweet these as I find them, but also bookmark them for an annual post each spring.

  8. You made my day. “Contextual advertising gone terribly wild” is bizarre. I’m sending some of these links to my friends to enjoy.

  9. Tom 

    Glad I could make your day Jamie! Feel free to pass this post along as widely and frequently as you like. :-)

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