Stilt walker offers free sandwich board advertising to RISC OS companiesPublished: 23rd Dec 2008, 00:05:45 | Permalink | Printable
Picture exclusive - An enterprising RISC OS fan is walking tall this season after offering free advertising to RISC OS companies and organisations - by wearing their adverts on sandwich boards around UK towns and cities while on stilts. And Advantage Six has got in first to use the service to plug its A9home computer.Robin Hodson came up with the, quite frankly, unique marketing scheme to help raise money to fund other projects he's working on, which includes one RISC OS-related effort. Now he's offering free advertising to RISC OS groups within the south west area of the UK during the Christmas period.
Kitted out in his modern-day stilts and waterproof printed sandwich boards, Rob plans to hit the streets of Bath on December 22 and December 23, Bristol on December 24 and December 26 and Swindon on December 27 and December 29 and has set aside December 31 and January 2 for any additional runs. Rob's previous clients include a town council that hired him to advertise their Christmas lights switch-on.
Click here to see Rob in action
Speaking to Drobe.co.uk, Rob said: "I am now advertising RISC OS in the south west during the Christmas period. There is no charge for these adverts. They are filling space used to advertise the advertising service itself."
He added: "The first poster has been agreed with Advantage Six to advertise the A9home.
"I was planning to offer any RISC OS company free space but realistically it'll have to be limited to real hardware, emulation, and shows within reach. Currently, Birmingham, Guildford, Portsmouth and Cardiff are the limits of the 'free range' service, but this will extend as paid advertising increases.
"Service is limited by ice-free periods and staff availability. I have managed to avoid skating on ice on stilts so far, but skidded quite a distance downhill on mud infront of the Royal Crescent. It's not something I want to repeat."
Here's Rob in action. Click on a thumbnail for a larger picture
More photographs of the sandwich board advertising
Photos by Martin Axford
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