A bunch of graffiti on the subway yesterday reminded me of MSN’s “corporate graffiti” back in 2002. To promote the launch of their new product, the company strategically placed around 16,000 MSN “butterfly” decals around Manhattan. The city eventually intervened and made Microsoft apologize and pay a few fines (they can afford it!). Those hassles were probably worth it, because the event generated an enormous amount of publicity and serves as an awesome example of guerrilla outdoor marketing.
I’m not sure where this billboard was displayed, but I absolutely had to share it. It shows how an uncomplicated, original concept can go a long way in advertising. Like the car ads below, the integration with the environment is simply awesome.