Airing during Glenn Beck’s show on Fox News, this TV commercial for The Survival Seed Bank is pitching Crisis Gardens — gardening for the paranoid and ill-informed. While I encourage gardening as a hobby and for growing your own food for health & costs reasons, I don’t encourage gardening because of our government’s imminent collapse. It’s a unique marketing angle, to say the least.
From the commercial: “Are you worried about the economy? Are you ever worried that the politicians and the bankers are going to bring the whole thing crashing down? If so, pay close attention, because in an economic meltdown, non-hybrid seeds could become more valuable than even silver and gold. Afterall, securing a source of food for your family is the single most important thing you can do.”
I’m in advertising and have created a good share of TV commercials & ad campaigns, so I may be more critical than most when it comes to advertising creative, but how could anyone keep a straight face and write/produce/direct a spot like this?
I picture ad folks sitting around a conference room coming up with Crisis Garden as a joke — then one person thinking they’d actually hit upon a great idea. Then, once produced, it becomes a joke again. This feels more like a Saturday Night Live skit than a serious piece of marketing.
I will admit I don’t know much about survivalists. It’s obviously a growing market (pun intended). I guess they found the right audience in Glenn Beck though — you don’t spend money on media placement unless you’ve found your target market of persecuted, anxious, fearful and irrational people that like fresh veggies. It’s the same target market being told to buy gold during the Glenn Beck show — because your money will be no good in the future — but they’ll take your money now in exchange for that gold.
And quotes from the Survival Food Bank website (which I refuse to link to here — hate to encourage them):
- “What will your family eat when the store shelves ere empty?“
- “You don’t have to be an Old Testament prophet to see what’s going on all around us. A belligerent lower class demanding handouts. A rapidly diminishing middle class crippled by police state bureaucracy. An aloof, ruling elite that has introduced us to an emerging totalitarianism which seeks control over every aspect of our lives.“
- “Are You Ready To Take Control Of Your Own Food Supply?“
- “As the meltdown progresses, one of the first things to be affected will be our nation’s food supply. Expect soaring prices along with moderate to severe shortages by spring. If you don’t have the ability to grow your own food next year, your life may be in danger.“
- “Listen: having enough non-hybrid seeds to plant an acre or two could be the difference between life and death.“
- “Grown in remote plots, far from the prying eyes of the big hybrid seed companies, each of the Survival Seed Bank varieties have been hand-picked for germination rate, nutritional density and of course, storage life.“
Even though they predict the imminent collapse of the government and the meltdown of financial markets, they accept Visa, MasterCard, Amex, Discover and Paypal. Order now and get a tin foil hat at half-price.
What are you planting in your Crisis Garden this year?