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Thursday, August 8, 2013
As an eccentric not nine-to-five kind of guy, terms like "marketing" and "business models" reek of corporate bull shit for me. Colleagues in the adult advertising world threw the terms around like they were big shots, but I'm a simple guy who sold adult advertising for publications (and then websites) because the Classified Directors commissioned guys like me to do all this dirty work so they could deal with one responsible, intelligent entity who paid his bills faithfully rather than be confronted with a gaggle of problem children in the personage of escorts.
As a freelance writer and then employee of some of these publications, I was eased into the role with the promise of mo' money. A sales type guy I was not - and will never be. But they saw my potential in that arena.
Well anyway...I knew the adult ad world began to pass me by the day an advertising agency President described a new "marketing" strategy he was employing...one in which his employees would go into chat rooms on something called Utopia Guide to describe their fictitious experiences with girls who paid them to post bull shit reviews wherever cyber guys congregated to obtain information. This outright shill program he called "marketing the girls." I found it hilarious and told him I wanted no part of the scam. In truth, I didn't entirely understand the hustle and from the sound of it...I didn't want to!
Eventually - and after many requests - I did eventually post phony reviews on a leading review site for a fee but tired of the gig and turned off the faucet just as quickly as I'd turned it on. Just not worth the headache. I'd written enough fake bull shit for Action Magazine and at a certain point, driving a cab looked a lot more attractive than sitting around all day making stupid shit up for a fee. Talk about prostituting yourself! Yccch!
Whatever...this "marketing" scam continues to this day and just this morning I received an e-mail with a brand new hustle sent from some dude who obviously dreamed it up on behalf of a girl I used to know. Essentially, the blanket correspondence was sent to all BEST GFE members (of which I am not one) extolling the virtues of this escort. And all I could think was "Wow! The lengths to which some guys will go to get a free session!"
Now you could say that this blog is a similar example of a hapless dude trying to gain the favor of some lady whom in real life would never take a second look at him. But really...this blog sprang out of my own personal need to ventilate on the trials and tribulations of dealing with adult advertising - and the people who bought the ads.
I would post the image sent in the e-mail but since I don't really like the girl I see no point in giving her any free advertising.
Regardless...all these silly corporate euphemisms is what's irking me today. And "marketing" is my pet peeve du jour. Just call it "hustling" and I'll be good.