Gowanus Lounge: Serving Brooklyn

On the Sofa, Daily Edition

August 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

“I used to work for one of the two advertising (now there is only one) companies that do gorilla advertising here in NYC . There is very little thought put into those ads placed out there on the street and in your face, well less then you would think. These types of ads are part of a long history of the posting of bills that has gone on in NYC since the city was first built but I have to say that when I was doing that job it didn’t sit well with me. You basically go over to the advertising companies storage or warehouse or where they store the posters for the continual ad campaigns. Then they load you down with as many as you can drive around with along with a couple of huge barrels of glue. They send you to whatever neighborhood they think is currently really trendy and so mainly I worked in Williamsburg, the meat packing district and The Lower East side. Then you find whatever surface would seem to work to paste the ads to and with the abundance of condos being built and new construction you never run out of space. It’s also illegal hence the name gorilla marketing. This is simply the advertising companies and the companies they represent trying to get in your face as much as possible. There’s very little thought put into the placement. Your paid per poster and or per space and that’s that. Afterwards pictures are taken and shown to the people who paid for the ad campaign and thats why they’re placed semi decently. I had to quit. I wasn’t too stoked on helping advertisers get into young hipsters and yuppies pockets. And getting arrested for the almighty paper chase isn’t too fun either.”–The State of Brooklyn Construction Site Advertising, August ’08

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