Interactive Pre-Recorded Voices
November 11, 2004 5:26 AM   Subscribe

A Marketing and Promotional Urinal Screen - I mean - WTF? Is there nowhere I can go and not be bombarded by when I go for a 'slash' I can be detected 'visiting' the urinal, and a pre-recorded voice can 'interact' with me while I read the graphics. Honestly, I never, ever, ever wanted to interact whilst standing at a urinal...please don't make me start interacting in there!
posted by mattr (21 comments total)
The promotions fixed location within the urinal screen assure you of a consistent and regular exposure pattern to your targeted consumer.

Hehhehheh. I can't believe anyone can write this stuff with a straight face.
posted by JanetLand at 5:30 AM on November 11, 2004

The images aren't well faked, but on the Press page is the most apropos use ever of the PR phrase, "FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE".
posted by planetkyoto at 5:37 AM on November 11, 2004

They're not touch screens, are they?
posted by mr_crash_davis at 5:52 AM on November 11, 2004

point and click
posted by psmealey at 6:02 AM on November 11, 2004

I believe the word is endemic? Or is it epidemic, I forget
posted by Eekacat at 6:05 AM on November 11, 2004

I can't believe i didn't make a joke about splash screens....
posted by mattr at 6:06 AM on November 11, 2004

A somewhat related observation.
posted by TedW at 6:59 AM on November 11, 2004

fight might avoid such advertising by moving a few inches to the left and voiding on whatever advertisement will be invariably hanging on the wall
posted by troybob at 7:32 AM on November 11, 2004

I think I might just start smearing my poo on the screens and see how they like that interaction.

When will advertising wonks realize that people don't want to be completely bombarded by ads all the time? I tune out 99% of the ads I see and usually only notice an ad if its particularly poorly or well done.

Unless its a late night ad for a burger, then I'm like Pavlov's dog.

posted by fenriq at 7:44 AM on November 11, 2004

next: elevators
posted by alfredogarcia at 7:51 AM on November 11, 2004

Elevators already have ads in them, some even have interactive displays.
posted by agregoli at 8:13 AM on November 11, 2004

Piss on all these intrusions!
posted by nofundy at 8:34 AM on November 11, 2004

And of course this which takes the "urinal" cake!
posted by mfoight at 8:52 AM on November 11, 2004

It's already being used for campaigns. “streaming audio.” In this campaign for Country Music Television, a womans voice says: "Don’t miss Outlaws on CMT. You seem to miss everything else!"
posted by dabitch at 9:03 AM on November 11, 2004

Marketing and Promotional Urinal Screen - with your target audience for penis enlargement spam captivated right there.
posted by y2karl at 9:11 AM on November 11, 2004

Sink the Wizmark.
posted by kirkaracha at 9:36 AM on November 11, 2004

so... the idea here is to actively encourage potential consumers to piss on your product? i'd think that standing and pissing all over the company logo wouldn't really be a good thing to get in the head of a customer.

seem to recall an article in smithsonian (i think) years ago that featured toilet bowl photos from the mid 1700s or 1800s. the idea was to allow you to symbolically defecate or urinate on the face of your enemy. historically i suppose not the best place for your corporate logo, right?

and in terms of placement - don't most guys stare at the "piss spot" on the wall above the urinal, rather than inside the bowl? i personally don't tend to stare at the urinal cake...
posted by caution live frogs at 9:38 AM on November 11, 2004

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posted by thomcatspike at 10:34 AM on November 11, 2004

>>>Elevators already have ads in them, some even have interactive displays

Some elevators here in San Francisco have had them for a few years now. Appropriately enough the company behind them is called the Captivate Network.

As for the urinal ads - I look forward to pissing on them.
posted by birdsong at 10:54 AM on November 11, 2004

if i see one of these i right now make a solemn oath to you all that i WILL poop on it.
posted by glenwood at 10:57 AM on November 11, 2004

Can you be electrocuted? In your private business there are certain things in life that should be left alone, this is one of them.
The children of tomorrow; mommy, I can’t pee unless you turn a commercial on.
posted by thomcatspike at 12:07 PM on November 11, 2004

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