Monday, April 30, 2012


Apparently there is a Hootbus!  Which apparently promotes Hootsuite which is apparently some sort of social media doohickey!  (See, I know about things.)

The Hootbus made an appearance at the recent South by Southwest in Austin, TX and therefore it made several appearances on the internet.  Here are some highlights:

This picture of the Hootbus was tweeted by

 This picture of t-shirt guns a'blazin' atop the Hootbus comes courtesy of USA Today

 This is a picture of the Hootbus outside of Blue Genie Art Industries in Austin.  The pic comes from the JNA Designs Blog.

We'll be keeping our eyes open for more Hootbus appearances.  Thanks to Darin for the heads up on this one.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Nutmobile Gets Animated

The Nutmobile gets animated in the latest commercial from Planter's.  It advertises their new Men's Health Team Mix and the Nutmobile gets a short cameo. (While this is definitely a good start, I think it should be in all their commercials.)

You can watch the commercial below:

Monday, April 16, 2012

Preview of Summer Tours

Summer is right around the corner and that means there will be mobile marketing tours across the country. We've got some info about some new vehicles on the road that you will undoubtedly want to track down to see in person. Unfortunately most of them fall into the "Not a Product Mobile" category (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7) but that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of fun and plenty of free samples!

Let's start with Wild Side from Jack Link's Beef Jerky:

Looks like there are two of them that will be appearing at the usual places: fair, festivals, etc. You can see their schedule HERE (looks like neither are coming to my town...insert frowny face).

Krispy Kreme's "Glaze the Nation" tour has a tricked out bus traveling the country and making stops to celebrate the doughnut CHAIN'S 75th Anniversary:
You can get more info about the tour on their website or follow the Cruiser's Twitter feed. Here's a short clip from the Velocity Channel promoting the work done by Outkast Customs on the vehicle:

And don't forget the L.L. Bean Bootmobile tour that we mentioned earlier. The company has an overall event schedule HERE that includes stops by the Bootmobile. Right now there aren't very many stops but that will probably change once summer gets in gear.

More tour info coming soon! (And, as usual, thanks to that fountain of info Uncle Frank for the heads up!)

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Food Fight

As we mentioned earlier, recently the stars aligned and there was a chance meeting between the Wienermobile and the Banana Car. This left a big impression on Banana Car owner Steve Braithwaite who has been insisting on the Banana Car Facebook page that the two motorized munchies face off in a drag race.

This obsession most recently manifested itself in a plea from Steve to the Dole Fruit & Vegetable Company to back his play by providing yellow jumpsuits for him and his pit crew. Here's the letter he submitted to Dole:

Dear Dole.
Please help me.
I have challenged the Oscar Mayer folks to a drag race between the Big Banana Car and their Weiner Mobile.

So far I have heard nothing back from them.
... (I think they're yeller!)

If I don't hear back soon I am going to publish an open letter to them in the New York Times and formally throw down the gauntlet.
If they agree I would like you in my court and hopefully twist your arm to outfit my pit crew in bright yellow racing coveralls.

Yours sincerly (sic),

Steve Braithwaite.
(Owner: The Big Banana Car)

You have to admit that that is not a very large request which is probably a good strategy for Steve. He has our full support because, let's face it, a race between those two grocery giants would be too awesome to pass up. However, we must warn him that Banana Racing, while definitely appealing is a very slippery slope.

We'll be following this story with relish.