Brilliant Marketing or Creepy Marketing?

Anybody who has read any of my past articles, read my books or attended any of my webinars knows I’m a big fan of creating personalized, “me to you” marketing.

I would be hard-pressed to come up with a better strategy to improve your next marketing campaign than making sure it feels as personalized as possible.  I would challenge you to continue to seek ways to improve the look, feel and personalization as you plan out your 2013 marketing campaigns.

On a side note, I recently launched Simple PURLs which allows you to create personalized URL or PURL campaigns quickly and easily.  Our early adopters are hitting homeruns, so check it out at

Recently, I came across the MOST UNIQUE personalized marketing campaign I’ve ever seen.  Personally, I think the concept is brilliant and while I don’t know what revenue the campaign generated, it’s something you must see.

A Canadian Porsche dealer toured wealthy neighborhoods in Toronto and parked a brand new Porsche 911 in front of the driveways of these affluent houses.

The crew then got out and took photos of the car in front of the house, then went back to their mobile office,  uploaded them onto their computer, did a little graphic-editing to make it the flyer background and then printed out a personalized flyer, along with the brilliant headline, “It’s Closer Than You Think” on the spot.


These personalized flyers were hand-delivered to home-owner’s doorstep.

The results? 32% of these targeted luxury home owners came in for a test drive. I could not find any information if anybody bought a new Porsche.

Is this an example of brilliant marketing or is it a bit too creepy in your opinion?

Which ever you think, you cannot deny the creative genius behind this marketing campaign.

I’ve seen other, tamer versions of this same concept of creating “hyper-personalized” marketing.  Interestingly, both were used on me…

A CopyDoodles Access Club member who is also a web developer sent me a letter where he used my own comics on me.  The comics show screen shots of my web sites in the comic itself.  Think it got my attention? Nice job Simon!


And then I got this card in the mail from Andrew where he snagged a headshot photo of me and put it on the front of the card.  Think I read the card?  You bet I did!


Nothing stops people in their tracks like seeing their name in print, or seeing something they recognize being used in the marketing piece.  Both Simon and Andrew’s examples got my immediate attention because they used something personal to me when marketing to me.

The Porsche campaign did the same thing with a hyper-personalized flyer which causes the recipient to imagine a new Porsche sitting in their driveway.  Creating marketing which allows your prospects to “see themselves” using your product successfully is a very smart marketing strategy.

You can see a video about this campaign by clicking here.

You can download a booklet I put together about this campaign by clicking here.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this Porsche campaign and whether you think it’s brilliant or creepy?  Does it go “too far” with the personalization?  Leave your comments below!


About the Author Mike Capuzzi

I'm a speaker, author and high impact marketing strategist for business owners and sharp, aggressive entrepreneurs looking to get to the next level in their business. I'm also the the inventor of the world-famous CopyDoodles. CopyDoodles are the world's largest library of handwritten fonts, hand-drawn doodles, comics and more designed to grab attention and boost your marketing results!

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