Can Sex Sell a Search Engine?

Really, Ask.com?

I’m trying to get some decent seats for the Neil Young show at the Garden in December and here I am, minding my own business on the Garden’s site, when all of a sudden the seating chart page starts giving me a lap dance. OK, not quite, but it does automate a video ad for Ask.com featuring a chick in next-to-nothing gyrating on a pole.


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“What are the Best Aerobic Workouts?” The ad inquires. “Need Answers? Just Ask.com.” Hey, if I were getting my daily fix of Maxim, I’d expect this sort of ad. But sitting here in the middle of an open office trying to accomplish a utilitarian online task with a poll dancer going at it on my monitor is not what I bargained for.

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