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Walkers crisps endorses Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris in epic markting fail

Being the social media manager for Walker’s crisps is a doddle. Just get Gary Lineker to hold up a card and invite crisp enthusiasts to tweet a photo of their head which can be added to the former England footballer’s message. It would form a big Mexican Wave of crisp lovers. What could go wrong? Well, Walkers became endorsed by such lovelies as Osama bin Laden, Josef Fritzl and a bloke with a huge penis. And Jimmy Savile, Rolf Harris, Fred West and more.


walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

walkers wave fail lineker

Posted: 26th, May 2017 | In: Celebrities, The Consumer | Comment

Revolting marketing: UK betting firm offers odds on which footballer will come out as gay

daily star


In the Anorak Inbox today, this missive form a desperate

A UK betting site has offered odds on which England football will come out as gay, following the news over the weekend that two Premier League footballers are set to do so. Players such as Luke Shaw, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner all appear in the low tier with odds of 10/1 or lower, whilst the likes of Joe Hart, Jordan Henderson and Wayne Rooney all appear at odds of 20/1 or lower.

More information can be found below, but please do get in touch if you require any further information.


How revolting.


Following the news over the weekend that two Premier League footballers (one of whom allegedly plays for England) are ready to come out as gay, a betting website based in the UK has become the first to offer customers the chance to bet on which footballers might do so. Visitors to the site can take a punt on which footballers they think will make the announcement; with the sportsmen split into low, medium and high tier odds according to the perceived likeliness of their involvement in a potential upcoming announcement.

The odds for different players vary according to likelihood, as judged by Win Cash Live’s trading team…

Speaking about offering odds on which footballers are likely to come out as gay, Ashley Faull (founder of, said the following:

“…there’s no denying that this is a very hot topic right now and we couldn’t see that any gambling sites were offering odds on which footballers will come out as gay, following the news and rumours over the weekend. We know that there is a lot of speculation and the public will want to see if they can guess correctly, so we’re offering them the chance to get a return on their inklings.”

You think you’ve reached rock bottom but there’s always someone with a new spade whose ready to dig….

Posted: 27th, October 2015 | In: Money, Reviews, Sports | Comment

Marketing Watch: make 2015 the year of Analcare creams

Happy New Year from the marketing team:

marketing new year

marketing new year

If you anal itching isn’t salved you get your money back. You just need to prove it…

Spotter: @TheMichaelMoran

Posted: 31st, December 2014 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Lily Allen And The Horrors of Aggressive Marketing

American R&B singer Macy Gray receiving her award for Best International Newcomer, during the Brit Awards 2000 ceremony, held at Earls Court in west London. Date: 03/03/2000

American R&B singer Macy Gray receiving her award for Best International Newcomer, during the Brit Awards 2000 ceremony, held at Earls Court in west London.
Date: 03/03/2000


ONE thing that has always been a major force in music, is marketing. Songs don’t accidentally find their way to listeners, unless you’re a crazy crate digger who actively looks between the cracks for music.

One of the finest pieces of music marketing, one that stills hangs around subtly today, saw Macy Gray becoming a huge star (albeit briefly). The job they did on her was magnificent. Basically, so sly was the campaign behind her, that listeners convinced themselves that they’d discovered her all by themselves.

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Posted: 8th, May 2014 | In: Music | Comment

Seattle Burger Shop Uses Bong Toking Jesus To Celebrate Cheap Easter Meat

jesus burger

OUTAGE in Seattle, Washington, over the new ad for burger eatery Lunchbox Laboratory featuring the call to celebrate Easter with a weed-smoking Jesus. The ad tells readers:

“When I get back all I want is the Burger of the Gods.”

Jesus is holding a burger and a joint, with the 4/20 date highlighted in green.

Lunchbox Laboratory owner John Schmidt tells KIRO radio:

“We knew we were pushing it a little bit but at the same time that is kind of what our marketing is about.”

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Posted: 13th, April 2014 | In: Reviews, The Consumer | Comment

Unbranding Is The Ingenius Marketing Ploy To Keep D-listers Off Your Branded Goods

LOOK out for Mary Bale posing with a Gucci wallet and BHS blouse as the unbranding scam gathers momentum.

Simon Doonan spots that fashion houses and PRs are sending other companies’ goods out to celebrities they would not want to be associated with.

The celeb get loads of free stuff. And the exclusive fashion house gets relief as the low-rent star – say Snooki from MTV’s Jersey Shore or Kerry Katona, of the Daily Star – poses with a rival’s branded bag.

Of course, should the star actually buy their own bag, the cunning plan falls to bits…

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Posted: 26th, August 2010 | In: The Consumer | Comment

Sexy Jenny Quits Her Job On Whiteboards And Gets Work At Anorak (In Pictures)

STEVEN Slater, the JetBlue trolley dolly who quit his job in spectacular style has a rival called Jenny. She used messages on a whiteboard to address her colleagues. She wants them to know that her boss Spencer has a bad temper and smelly breath. She claims Spencer called her a “hot piece of ass” in an overheard phone call – although he used the acronym “H.O.P.A.” (Hell Of a Pain in the Ass?). Jenny heard what she wanted to hear. Jenny is nothing if she is not vain.

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Posted: 11th, August 2010 | In: Money | Comment

People Are Like Fleas On Your Dog

PEOPLE are like fleas on a dog. Kepe pople off your dog.

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Posted: 17th, March 2009 | In: Money, Photojournalism | Comment

My Reusable Bag Makes Me Better than You

SAYS the legend:  My reusable bag makes me better than you.

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Posted: 12th, March 2009 | In: Photojournalism, Reviews | Comments (3)

Bottled English Channel Water Sold As Health Remedy

TO you, mon brave, £10 for a vial of Afrin PureSea Hydrating Nasal Rinse – “the only nasal rinse product made of 100 per cent purified seawater”.

Harvested from the waters between Ye Olde England and La Belle France, AFHNR – an onomatopoeic acronym rooted in the sounds made by the waters cascading from your face – will clear your tubes.

Bathers in Bournemouth will know the sensation well as unrefined AFHNR washes over you and in you like a foamy wave time after time after time. Or else lie back and squeeze your wet costume over your face, taking care to inhale.

Afrin PureSea Medium Stream provides a continuous stream of 100% purified sea water, whereas Afrin PureSea Gentle Mist and Ultra-Gentle Mist provide a lighter flow of sea water in the form of a mist.

For really blocked passages the Heavy Gale setting invokes an August Bank Holiday on beach in Torquay, and Light Drizzle any weekend in June.

But what else is AFHNR, marketed to Americans as the seaside experience in a mist? This Q and A from the company’s website:

Q: What is nasal irrigation?
A: Nasal irrigation — or nasal rinsing — is the holistic process of flushing the nasal cavity with a liquid solution. The solution, often salt water, is used to wash the nasal passages and cleanse them of impurities. Afrin PureSea is the only nasal rinse to use a specially formulated, ready-to-use, sterile solution of 100% purified sea water for maximum comfort. Afrin PureSea is clinically proven to gently and effectively cleanse nasal and sinus passages so you can breathe freely.

Interesting. Pure seawater. What else?

Q: What if the fluid doesn’t come out my other nostril when I rinse with Afrin® PureSea™?

You’ve swallowed it?

AFHNR might, of course, be the answer to someone’s prayers.

Posted: 8th, March 2009 | In: Money | Comment