Guerilla marketing: paid forum infiltators

In the spirit of fun and general tomfoolery, allow me to pull the curtain and point my stubby little finger at TheWalt! As evidence, I'd like to call your attention to this post, wherein Mr. Walt totally hijacks my lament about RAM and not having enough to play Oblivion and points me toward a site he just used which gave him exceptional customer service and wenches and free malt liquors.

TheWalt wrote:
Jeb wrote:

Muuuustttt..... getttt.... RAAAAMMMMMMMMMMM...

/begin testimonial

I just picked up some RAM from http://www.oempcworld.com/ this past week. Got 2GB for my Dell 8400 for the same price as Dell was selling 1GB (on sale even!). Ordered last Tuesday, got it Saturday, popped it in, and voila, works like a champ. What I like about the site is that you can put in your OEM part number from your manufacturer (if you bought a name brand) and it points you to which RAM you need.

Before I ordered I checked bizrate and some of the other online retailer rating sites, and when it was up there with Newegg and TigerDirect I figured to go for it. And they were right!

/end of RAM testimonial

Damn you, TheWalt, for toying with my depression and showing me the way toward true Elder Scroll Impending Bliss. I just upgraded to a gig, and everything he said was true. IT'S ALL TRUE! He's a rotten WITCH! Burn him!!!!

Good enough for me. Anyone got a torch?

A lighter?

A match?

A magnifying glass?

If I testify that TheWalt is a real person who just this weekend played Magic: the Gathering at my apartment and has a very real, non spammish, non internet job, will that clear him, or implicate me?

Fedaykin98 wrote:

If I testify that TheWalt is a real person who just this weekend played Magic: the Gathering at my apartment and has a very real, non spammish, non internet job, will that clear him, or implicate me?

WITCH!!!

No, seriously, I was just funnin' at TheWalt because his recommendation was so very glowing- and with good reason: OEM rocks. And if that makes ME a witch, then color me green and speckle me warted. Note how skillfully I've called your attention to his blurb three times now.

Fedaykin98 wrote:

If I testify that TheWalt is a real person who just this weekend played Magic: the Gathering at my apartment and has a very real, non spammish, non internet job, will that clear him, or implicate me?

It is apparent that they both work for Wizards of the Coast. BURN THEM ALL or give me free WotC loot.

It's true... I've been pushing products on these forums. The only part I'm missing is my $2.00!! I need to call OEMPCWorld... their check must have gotten lost in the mail.

Dell (20" and 24" WS LCDs) and Logitech (G15 gaming keyboard) probably have some royalty checks heading my way too.

On the flip side, Joss hasn't even spoken with me since I failed to get his North American box office tally over $25M....

Glad to hear you're joining the OEMPCWorld salesforce Jeb! Welcome aboard!

Another bit on this topic from the latest PA news post:

Wanna know about marketing, ask a Marketer. Here's a couple nifty bits for ya:
1) I have in my possession a marketing plan for NBA LIVE 2004 (don't ask how I got it...;) ). This marketing plan actually refers to "Hiring viral specialists to advocate NBA Live online via chat rooms targeting gaming fan sites" and "Placing offensive, defensive and PR shills into common gaming chat arenas." It goes on to outline a full page of tactics for said "Guerilla Online Marketing for Core Gamers."

2) I actually hired a company called Hype Council (http://www.hypecouncil.com). These guys do a TON of gaming related stuff -- I actually wouldn't be surprised if it's the company referred to in your news post. Their technique is quite insidious. Let's say they were hired to pump up PA (not like you need the buzz, but whatever...). Using one of the hundreds of shill accounts they have across the net, they post a new thread that says something like "hey guys, I've been looking for some new web comics to read. Anybody have any recommendations?" This is non-threatening, and gets the community engaged. They then wait a couple days and post again, this time with "Well, I asked some friends and they suggested I check out Penny Arcade . I thought it was pretty funny, although I didn't like all the cuss words. What do you guys think?" Again, seeking engagement, they now have stealthily inserted the client's link, thereby encouraging trial. It's all very measurable and very effective. You should see the monthly reports you get from these guys: everything is detailed. Spooky.

It's all very insidious and, I'm sure, widespread. So much so that I don't trust anything I read. Unless it's a board where I "know" the posters, I always assume everyone on the board is a shill.

With all of the inane threads I start, I could be making money. I could charge credit card companies other than Capital One, mouse trap manufacturers, and companies that make attic floor covers cash for just talking about my life!

Hello, my fellow Gwooders. I am having been looking for a new interweb "comics" to read. Does any Gwwoder have any recommendation?

Quintin_Stone wrote:

Hello, my fellow Gwooders. I am having been looking for a new interweb "comics" to read. Does any Gwwoder have any recommendation?

Here you go.

Jeb wrote:

In the spirit of fun and general tomfoolery, allow me to pull the curtain and point my stubby little finger at TheWalt! As evidence, I'd like to call your attention to this post, wherein Mr. Walt totally hijacks my lament about RAM and not having enough to play Oblivion and points me toward a site he just used which gave him exceptional customer service and wenches and free malt liquors.

TheWalt wrote:
Jeb wrote:

Muuuustttt..... getttt.... RAAAAMMMMMMMMMMM...

/begin testimonial

I just picked up some RAM from http://www.oempcworld.com/ this past week. Got 2GB for my Dell 8400 for the same price as Dell was selling 1GB (on sale even!). Ordered last Tuesday, got it Saturday, popped it in, and voila, works like a champ. What I like about the site is that you can put in your OEM part number from your manufacturer (if you bought a name brand) and it points you to which RAM you need.

Before I ordered I checked bizrate and some of the other online retailer rating sites, and when it was up there with Newegg and TigerDirect I figured to go for it. And they were right!

/end of RAM testimonial

Damn you, TheWalt, for toying with my depression and showing me the way toward true Elder Scroll Impending Bliss. I just upgraded to a gig, and everything he said was true. IT'S ALL TRUE! He's a rotten WITCH! Burn him!!!! :)

What I found funny was that when I went to that site, it didn't have a listing for the Dim 8400 (every other Dell in existence was listed though... so sad since I too have a Dim 8400).

At least we can trust that everyone who plays BF2 (or whatnot) with the GWJ crew is not a Cylon.

-cut to this Thursday night-

Swampy, over TS: Hey, who's this guy "[GWJ] NBA Live 2004" that finishes every round with a zero score?

More like: "How come this [GWJ] NBA Live guys gets a better score than I do even though he stands at the main spawn without moving the entire round?!"

Oh, yeah, and I have seen enough evidence. BURN TheWalt!! HE'S A WITCH!!!