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Newest marketing ploy: follow the adorable puppy

Nothing is cuter than a puppy. A new guerrilla marketing campaign by Hush Puppy leads us to believe they know the power of a wet nose.

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Marketing with a puppy! Yes!

Close your eyes and picture this for a second. Wait, don’t close your eyes. You need them to read. Okay, read this and picture it as you read it.

You’re walking through the mall, dead set on making it to Cinnabon before you seize up from low blood sugar. A gentleman in khakis and a polo says, “Excuse me, might I have a moment of your time? I’m handing out free—“ Too slow, sucker. You proverbially stiff-arm the guy and march forward without missing a step, bathed in an “Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat” indignation. He could have been handing out free hundred dollar bills, and you’d never know.

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Well, although you could have been a bit more polite, that doesn’t mean that the rest of the world isn’t just as tired of sales pitches as you are. Companies like Hush Puppies are keen to this idea.

Picture this….

Now picture this (and keep your eyes open). You’re walking through that same mall with that same determination to snag that same snack. Instead of coming across a sales representative, or even a stranger dressed in business casual, you catch a glimpse of a big floppy puppy tied to a post. Naturally, you walk up, temporarily overlooking your diabetic crisis for the cuteness of an animal that seems to be all by his lonesome. The post instructs you to lift the dog’s leash and follow him in order to “find a surprise.” Your curiosity has peaked, and your hunger is now sitting passenger, without any say in the matter.

The frumpy dog leads you to a shoe store, where an employee hands you a coupon. Well, I’ll be darned, I’ve been had. By a dog. Too impressed and entranced to bail now, you decide to throw down a few bucks and redeem the coupon right there on the spot.

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I’ve talked about guerrilla marketing before, and this definitely takes some influence from the Skinnerian school. Follow this dog and we promise something cool is on the other end? Sign me up. The adventurer in all of us is dying to follow a rainbow to the pot of gold, we just didn’t have a tour guide until now. Good thinking, Hush Puppies.

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Staff Writer, Johnny Crowder, is a hard working creative with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a deep passion for writing. In his other life, he is the front man for signed metal band, Dark Sermon. He has a wicked sense of humor and might literally die if he goes a day without putting pen to paper.

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  1. Andrew Mooers

    March 27, 2015 at 6:45 am

    We try to use farm animals, whatever we have to add life to the videos of real estate listings. Makes them less static and everyone does like a baby any animal. And start to coo. their voice to jack up a couple registers.

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