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Quick tips: From panic shopping to doomsday whimsy

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An image for the "Men's Panic Party" in Plymouth, Mich.

Here are a couple of more reasons why it pays to keep an eye on junk mail (digital and snail) as well as a lookout for quirky marketing gimmicks at the local level:

Casino humor.  My mailbox offered up a large postcard from the Motor City casino in Detroit, featuring a frowning Mayan statue with the caption “We’re giving away money like there’s no tomorrow!”  It was a come-on for a special Dec. 21 doomsday promotion, playing off the end-of-the-world scenario I outlined in a recent blog post.  I thought it was pretty amusing; you might check for similar seasonal promos at gambling parlors nearby.

And it’s another reminder of why business writers should subscribe to e-mail, Twitter and rewards clubs for companies they cover, even if they don’t patronize them.  This mailer was a result of signing up for the slot-machine-players program at that casino to keep tabs on their marketing tactics.

Frantic shoppers?  In a twist on “fear-based marketing,” my local downtown business coalition has come up with an antidote for males who quake at the notion of showing up empty-handed Christmas morn.  A group of merchants in the Main Street shopping district are promoting a “Men’s Panic Party” for Dec. 17.   Boutiques will offer shopping assistance, registry information or, as a last resort, gift cards, while bars and bistros are planning specials to reward the manly shoppers for all of their hard work.

I thought it was a clever way to appeal to a specific demographic that doesn’t regularly browse the quaint knick-knack and apparel shops in this area; you might check around for similar outreach or other quirky last-minute tactics by malls and shopping areas.  It’s also a good time to check in on the results from any other shop-local campaigns underway this season.

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