Friday, February 11, 2011

Welcome our first national Sponsor:Anti-Monkey Butt Powder

Last Summer while performing at Beech Bend Amusement Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky I mentioned to one of the employees that I was suffering chaffing around my neck from the humidity and my collar and bow tie. He told me about something called Anti-Monkey Butt Powder. I thought he was joking. So I went to the store that evening and looked for it. And Found it.
I tried it. It worked. It was awesome and the name "Anti-Monkey Butt Powder"! What a name. I started making mock commercials with the audience holding up the bottle and pretending to be their spokesman. You can see some of those videos on our videoblog from this past summer.
This past fall while putting together the show for 2011 we realized that some of our new expansion was going to require us to get a sponsor. There was no hesitation who we would approach. We were already promoting Anti-Monkey Butt Powder in the show so it was a natural. After a few couple months of negotiation we have signed contracts and the Kent Family Magic Circus has become the official Ambassadors of good will for Anti-Monkey Butt Powder and official endorsers. And they have become our first national sponsor. We will be promoting them on stage and off. Their logo will be on our show trailers and trucks and their banner will be at our show. And the commercials will go on, on stage.
Anti-Monkey Butt Powder really does stop chaffing, and because of the unique formula it stays on for a long time so you aren't reapplying it all day. It has anti-itch properties too and we use it to treat bug bites...that's not their official line... But it does work for us.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Telemarketer Fun Aka: "Fred"

Today has been telemarker call me day. I have been hit with about four in a row. (Three in the last hour. ) So I decided to have some fun with them.

One was looking for a handout for a local charity. I can understand that one.

One was looking for me to advertise on a local golf course. Still in the understandable area.

But two were looking to talk with the owner or manager of the company to discuss my listing in google, etc. Time for fun!

Ring ring!

Me: Hello, this is Victor Kent.

Him: (in heavy accent): Can I speak to the owner or manager please>

Me: Oh, god! Is this about one of or employees? Is it Fred? Did Fred do something again. I mean that fred is always getting us into trouble...

Him: Sorry. (Hung up)

OK so a couple of hours go by and another gent with a heavy accent calls and asks the same thing...(same script). But he wasn't as easy to discourage....but he was more fun.

Ring ring!

Me: Hello, this is Victor Kent.

Him: (in heavy accent): Can I speak to the owner or manager please>

Me: Oh, god! Is this about one of or employees? Is it Fred? Did Fred do something again. I mean that Fred is always getting us into trouble.

Him: No, it's...

Me: (giving no room) Did Fred touch someone inappropriately. He did that once and I haven't had a minute rest since then.

Him: Who is Fred?

Me: Oh we got in so much trouble...

Him: Can we get to business? Who is Fred?

Me: You're not calling about Fred?

Him: no! Can we get to business?

ME:Sure, what's this about. You sure it's not about Fred?

Him: I don't know Fred. I am calling about your listing?

Me: So why did you bring up Fred?

Him: I didn't I don't know a Fred. (His tone was telling me he knew I was messing with him and he was getting angry) I"m calling about your Internet listing.

Me: What listing?

Him: You Internet listing. You know, with Google and search engines.

Me: Hey wait a minute. I handle those listings.

Him: Yes sir, are you the manager or owner?

Me: I am the manager and owner. And I handle the listings. Why are you calling me? I am the man who goes on line and manages those listings!

Him: Yes, but....

Me: Unless you are me you can't be the one managing those listings.....You aren't me are you?

Him: Sir....

Me: You can't be me because I am sitting right here and I....

Him: Well (audibly angry) you're not me either.

Me: I didn't say I was...You called here claiming to manage my listings when I manage my own listings so you were claiming to be me and I know you're not me....

Him:tried to talk over me during this and all I caught was him saying) ...blah blah blah, havagooday! hang up.........

Scene, print!

Notice I didn't pick on the Charity telemarketer nor the advertising local guy. They had legitimate reasons to contact me. The other guys were vultures. They phish about looking for someone who will buy their lines then waste their money. They can't improve my listing on Google. Try Googling me or my company and we are the first every time and we are within the top five in comparative or relative searches. All without the help of one of these telemarketers.

By the way, if you start a phone conversation by asking for the manager or owner or say, "Hi, how are you today" and I don't know might get razzed....just for my on fun!