Wednesday, December 29, 2010

What in the World is Woot?

Well, Woot is a hoot...actually, a deal-of-the-day site with community comments galore and attitude plus. Thanks to niece Heather for alerting me to Woot's unique marketing approach--namely, sassy to an extreme.

For example, here's how Woot describes itself in the FAQs: is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap. It started as an employee-store slash market-testing type of place for an electronics distributor, but it's taken on a life of its own. We anticipate profitability by 2043 – by then we should be retired; someone smarter might take over and jack up the prices. Until then, we're still the lovable scamps we've always been. But don't take our word for it: see what the online community has to say at this Wikipedia article.
Above is Woot's special value-free DIY gift certificate, to be printed and filled out by the user for self-use or for gifting to a friend or hapless stranger.

Woot (now owned by Amazon) is definitely a marketing phenom best experienced by clicking around its site. And for another laugh, see The Street's tongue-in-cheek story...Happy new year!

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