Hiring Customers to Write Your Ads?

 

Hiring Customers to Write Your Ads?

In the Dec. 14, 2005, issue of The Wall Street Journal, Susan Varnica wrote a story titled, “Marketers’ New Idea: Get the Consumer to Design the Ads.” It seemed like a goofy idea that was being floated by Madison Avenue, but I saved it. In May of this year, AdAge.com ran a story by Jean Halliday, “GM Asks Consumers to Make Vehicle Ads.” Viewers of “The Apprentice” could win trips and cash for creating a 30-second spot for the Chevy Tahoe truck. Again, I saved the story, expecting never to use it. And then this past Monday morning, Stuart Elliott, advertising columnist for The New York