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This blog is for the late night Active Rain gang.    I hope you'll get a kick out of this and perhaps a little inspiration for when the warmer weather comes along.

It's about the pizza sign twirler that I pass almost every day as I'm driving.    Just down the street there's a little pizza place that makes pretty good pizza.   I never see their advertisements in the newspaper, or hear about them on the radio.   In fact they don't even have a display ad in the Yellow Pages.    What they do have is a young guy with plenty of energy, dancing on the street and twirling a large $5 PIZZA sign.    I notice he's wearing a headset, which likely provides him with lively dance music.    I must admit he's pretty good and catches everyone's attention by making eye contact as he dances.

There must be thousands of cars that pass his location every hour and the take-out pizza parlor is always packed whenever I go by.

Here's where the thought occurred that the pizza shop owner can't be that crazy after-all.    I would guess he's paying the sign twirler (who is also a staff member) at most $10 an hour.   The twirler is out there mainly during noon and drive home rush hour.   He's also there on the weekends to catch motorists as they're on their way to take care of Saturday and Sunday shopping.

Now this may sound silly........but if this works for a pizza would it work for a real estate office?    As you know there are plenty of young people around in the summertime looking for part time work and at $8 - $10 an hour it's pretty low cost, dynamic advertising.  

I've actually heard of real estate offices doing this with great success.   Hmmmmmm.   Something to think about.   It may not be as crazy as it sounds.   It sure gets people talking.   If everybody notices the big $5 PIZZA sign and the antics of the sign flipper what better way to attract new clients.   

It's not very dignified......but if it works.....What the heck!!!   (Check local laws before proceeding..)

Thought you might appreciate a chuckle.


Thanks.  Sincerely,  David




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Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad

David - sign twirlers are very popular here in Southern California for a wide range of businesses, including new home subdivisions. I have seen a few that were very talented and great fun to watch. And they seemed to enjoy showing off their twirling skills. Some care only about standing there and moving the sign a little.


Feb 21, 2009 02:43 PM #1
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Lone Tree, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

And some look like there are hiding behind the signs LOL. Ok, seriously now... a few businesses here nearby use this as well and they get noticed - not sure if or how much more business it brings them. One is a massage therapist and another is a pizza place. Now I wonder how these would work for open houses? ~Rita

Feb 21, 2009 02:47 PM #2
real estate real estate
Providence, RI

David, I have never seen one. This looks pretty fun. It is a nice way to get attention.

Feb 21, 2009 03:28 PM #3
Lisa Udy
Platinum Real Estate Group - Logan, UT
Logan Utah Realtor


There a couple sign twirlers I drive by everyday. One for a pizza place, and one for a CPA. If it works for the CPA it could work for an agent, right? Something I'll have to think about.

Feb 21, 2009 03:31 PM #4
Jason Rose
123 ConEd LLC -- Michigan real estate continuing education - Farmington Hills, MI

Hey David.  I've seen the pizza sign guys, and, and they're pretty effective.  In fact, I've felt the need to buy a pizza after seeing a similar sign.  That type of drive-by advertising can work for any product or service, including real estate.  It's just a matter for finding the right location and right person for the job.

Feb 22, 2009 01:15 AM #5
Loan Survivor Real Estate Financing Expert
Purchases, First Time Buyers, Pre-Approvals, Refinance - Birmingham, MI

Anything outside the ordinary gets attention and makes you unique:)


Feb 22, 2009 01:58 AM #6
Mark MacKenzie
Phoenix, AZ

I don't think good advertising has anything to do with being dignified.

The bottom line is, "does it work"? :)

Feb 22, 2009 07:17 AM #7
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