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Why don't ad salespeople work when it rains?

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Inky_Wretch, Oct 22, 2007.

  1. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Every time it's raining, the parking lot is filled with their cars. When it's 75 and sunny, you can't find a sales rep in the building. But when it's raining, they won't even leave for lunch and instead order in.

    Is it like that at every shop? Is there some unwritten ad rule that prevents them from calling on customers when it's drizzling?
  2. Ben_Hecht

    Ben_Hecht Active Member

    They're probably on the phone.
  3. wickedwritah

    wickedwritah Guest

    Or playing fantasy football.
  4. Frank_Ridgeway

    Frank_Ridgeway Well-Known Member

    Really, do you think ad salespeople just drop in on clients and potential clients, expecting them to put aside whatever they're working on so they can buy space in the paper from their uninvited and unexpected guest? Or do you think they phone ahead a few days in advance and make an appointment, and visit at the convenience of the customer or potential customer? So on rainy days they just decide, oh, it's too wet to make a complete pest of myself and, by the way, earn a commission?
  5. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

    Because they're made of sugar?
  6. Oggiedoggie

    Oggiedoggie Well-Known Member

    We had one get angry with a client on the phone, scream, "I'll get you! And your little dog, too!" and storm out into the rain.

    "I's meeeelting! I'm meeeeeeeeelting!" was the last that we heard.
  7. Inky_Wretch

    Inky_Wretch Well-Known Member

    Frank, my father runs a large auto dealership. And my first newspaper gig was in an ad department. So I've seen sales from both sides. And I'm not one of the newsroom types who despise the ad reps. Their efforts pay my salary, so I love them for that.

    But on nice, sunny days they aren't in the office. On rainy days, they are.
  8. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    Hey, rainy days and Mondays always get me down....
  9. Smasher_Sloan

    Smasher_Sloan Active Member

    They're playing golf on the sunny days.
  10. BillyT

    BillyT Active Member

    As long as they sell an ad while they are there, it's all good.
  11. Pete Incaviglia

    Pete Incaviglia Active Member

    Ad sales are down! Revenue is dwindling! Clients are leaving!

    So, the better question is: Why don't sales people get axed for not selling enough? Or not generating new ideas/clients/revenue?

    They're sitting on their asses in the rain. And we get laid off and get offered buyouts.
  12. rtse11

    rtse11 Member

    We (editorial) came up with a new product that advertising used to acquire new revenue. Advertising got bonuses. Editorial got more work.
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