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Also I note no "Bro's" to act as inspiring lifestyle proxies for the bulb-planting dudes out there - have they just assumed that market is a non-starter?

Hmm, I'm a guy who plants hundreds of bulbs each fall. I am a little chagrined that the DDD folks did not include an image of a man in a smoking jacket, pipe in hand dispensing bulb advice. And not to venture too far off topic but Got Milk did not increase milk sales. It did, however, enrich the agency and the television/print media that ran the campaign.

this is gross.

This combined with the Huff Po article last week..... ugh. let's have some pictures of real "lady" gardeners - dirt and all!

Flower bulbs = air head women! Wow. If I was just starting out in gardening this would turn me OFF to ever planting a bulb. What in the hell are they thinking? Completely out of touch. Insulting. Lame.

Funny, my first thought was, "You have got to be kidding me!"

Second thought was "Where are the men?"

Why is it that the media thinks gardening is for silly women? Don't the ad agencies ever do research? Male florists practically invented the tulip, fer crying out loud.

Since when did gardening get girly? Not just girly, but like Disney princess girly.

Lighten up! It's corny sure, they remind me of Desperate Housewives. Looks to me like the attempt here is to show people who don't normally garden, that it can be easy and all they are doing is having a sense of humor about it. I'm tired of the stiff proper gardeners, give me some humor, give me something funny, light and goofy. I'm CERTAIN that my garden wouldn't appeal to everyone, it's a weedy, mess of plants, but it would appeal to some, just as this campaign will appeal to some as well.

Now I saw it as tongue-in-cheek, catch your attention if you are a totally nongardner who sees this on youtube and goes to the bulb site. Hopefully it will work better than the Milk campaign. I found it slightly humorous. Very 1950's tv sitcom and ladies magazine type thing. And yes I agree with Fab. - should have had a stereotypical male of the period too. The thing with Roberto the gardner is a refereence to the tv show surburban housewives(?) I can't think of the exact name of it.

I tried, really, to see this as some kind of cool postmodern semi-ironic thing. But from their comments I really don't think that is the intent, and even if it is trying for that, it's a big fat FAIL, IMO.

Infuriating and idiotic. I have sat in many hort industry conferences and watched well-paid male consultants explain that selling plants to women is like selling lipstick--and, well, other nonsense too tiresome to go into.

I have to assume this whole campaign was developed by men, or by women so terrified of losing their jobs that they couldn't bring themselves to tell the well-paid male consultant that he was full of shit.

Free advice to the bulb people: You want to market to women? Read some old back issues of Martha Stewart. You'll find articles on bulbs that are well-written and beautifully photographed. Solid growing information, specific lists of species and cultivars, gorgeous garden photographs and even better interior flower arranging images (in interesting vases, unusual settings, with instructions and sources)--and a bit of culture and natural history ala Anna Pavord.

In other words, a wildly enthusiastic writer, gardener, photographer, designer--making his/her enthusiasm so contagious that readers got addicted, too.

It's not hard to sell bulbs to women. Come on, they're bulbs! They're (relatively) cheap and beautiful! But it takes PASSION, and these people have none.

How about making bulb planting COOL, SEXY & SMART instead? I could easily come up with three characters that would do just that. P.S. You know why there are no guys? Because they're thinking 'Men don't buy bulbs.' Here's an innovative thought--how about appealing to men too? Ever read Henry Mitchell?

I love the slogan: Dig, Drop, Done! And the logo. I saw that at the IGC> I didn't see the "ladies." I'm not so fond of them.

Oh please, they got this idea from the backlash to the success of the likes of Desperate housewifes, Oprah, and articles by young women like the writer at Huff who think fun is social networking. If the response to the lack of tough girls does not give you a clue, they are trying for characters that can be made fun of because that is what this generation does. Something people can twit about. (Do you know what a twit is to my generation?)
But will that in turn sell bulbs, I doubt it.
But it may generate a bit of online buzz...

There's no point in preaching to the choir. "real "lady" gardeners - dirt and all!" are already buying bulbs. They're trying to appeal to other demographics.

Hahaha, ridiculous and therefore funny.No, I am not insulted,just amused.

Ditto tai haku. However, I'm sorta glad they omitted men altogether from this exercise in stupidity. They'd've given us Grampa Kettle and a the most stereotypical "Mama Bear" gay dude imaginable [think John Waters' "A Dirty Shame"] as people to identify with.

And for their reference, it's NOT as easy as dig and drop. There may be some gross, questionable things in the soil of new properties (live or not). DDD is fine for potted bulbs, but that's about it.

Marcy is kind of fun.

Acknowledging that it's designed to appeal to nongardeners, not to GardenRant readers, I still can't imagine it succeeding, and the nongardening friends I've sent it to have agreed. And if it's meant to be funny, it fails at that, too.
Just unbelievably bad, and to think that the bulb industry - which I now feel really sorry for - is wasting $6 million on this. I also feel sorry for the local garden centers who would also benefit from a half-decent marketing campaign for bulbs.

I'd like to have seen real people - all inexperienced gardeners - giving their testimonials about how easy and rewarding they found bulbs. Not all women, either.

Thanks Susan. Bad is bad. I don't care who your audience is supposed to be.

Eliz, I agree it is bad ,but it will generate traffic for the site.At least for awhile.

I doubt it'll generate much traffic, except for something to see to get pissed off about. Young gardeners aren't going to find this fun--they're SMART and that's why they're gardening young! It's a "fail," bulb people, and you heard it here first.

Well...think what you want, I'm not offended by this. Though I'm not a prissy girl (I'm dirty more than I'm clean and I've NEVER had nice nails in my entire life), nor am I a stay-at-home mom who likely hasn't had time to even THINK about planting bulbs (I've worked outside the home ever since college graduation), the campaign will likely reach those who will see it for what it is and not an affront to women (or men, for that matter, although it would have been nice to see that man in a smoking jacket). Will it sell more bulbs? Time will tell, and if it doesn't, it may have nothing to do with the ad campaign. Or it might. People either want to garden or they don't and if the site has good info and the campaign led you in, then something good was accomplished by it. What is that saying? All publicity is good publicity? You just helped them out. Go, bulbs!

Publicity is only effective if it coaxes people to buy more. This ad certainly doesn't do it for me. It may generate some news, appear on several blogs, be something we pick or pan or just be downright offensive to some, but I don't see much in the way of effectively luring people into buying more bulbs. I haven't even clicked on their site to see what it's all about...the pictures of the women in boxes (and I mean that literally and figuratively) don't accomplish much except to make me want to wrench those vapid grins off their faces and Dig. Drop. Done. them! Rather than lose IQ points by going to their site, I think I will stick with more reliable (and less annoying) sources for my "bulbing" needs. Just think, Hugh Hefner could have done this even better by donning the above-mentioned smoking jacket, proving even a sophisticated octogenarian can plant while swilling a martini (or chicken soup...whatever he's into these days.) Holly, Bridget and Kendra could have filled the roles of the women in the ads just as easily and effectively by overacting only slightly more than they already do. I'm not much of an impulsive buyer, but this ad makes me more of a anti-repulsive non-buyer.

I guess I just don't take advertising campaigns THAT seriously, but that's just me. I've got better things to do than to get all huffed about a campaign. It deserves comment, but the intensity of the comments is surprising to me. I sure won't criticize anyone's intelligence if they do or don't like it, or if they visit the website. Different strokes for different folks and all that.

Identifying your customers personas is the beginning of Six Sigma optimization in marketing.

The theory says that if you want true brand power, then you must quit speaking to a generic customer and begin a conversation with a specific, representative customer. You talk to different customers differently. And the best way to do this is to write to and for their personas.

Birds of a feather flock together, right? So what is the feather, or rather what are the characteristics, of the birds who flock to your brand, your product, your company? What do these birds have in common? Answer that and you'll discover the truth of your brand

That being said, this is too campy for me. It would be more powerful if more real.

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