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2014-01-17 11:41:51 AM
CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.
 
2014-01-17 11:56:31 AM

sdd2000: CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.


Our pres and a few engineers go every year. They spend far less time milling about and way more time gambling. They didn't mention the lack of booth babes, but this is pretty telling.
 
2014-01-17 12:11:00 PM
Every time I attended a tech conference, I found the booth babes to just be annoying.
 
2014-01-17 12:16:28 PM
Actually, I bet a lot of guys at E3 and the Tokyo Game Show came for the booth babes, if you know what I'm sayin' and I think you do.
 
2014-01-17 12:28:52 PM
People were probably wondering what the hell Grandmothers were doing at a Tech Conference. Novelty sometimes wins.
 
2014-01-17 01:13:53 PM
I'd have to see a picture of the grannies before commenting.
 
2014-01-17 01:19:00 PM

sdd2000: CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.


I was at CES and they absolutely did NOT eliminate booth babes. They were everywhere. In fact, a great deal of time was spent by attendees sharing the names of booths that had the hottest babes, which other attendees would then travel to see.

But of course approachable women work better at electronics, gaming, and related shows: nerds are afraid to talk to attractive women.

/CellAllure had some bad, bad girls in there
//And that treadmill company? GENIUS.
///One phone case company over behind the new cars had like 5 girls in yellow spandex on a 10x20...and more silicone in the girls than was in their products. Not in a good way.
 
2014-01-17 01:22:22 PM

dj_bigbird: Every time I attended a tech conference, I found the booth babes to just be annoying.


CSB time:
My boss used to do booth duty during interop events for networking gear back in the 80's-90's.  One time they were next to a some major vendor (forgot which) that had booth babes.  During lulls, he could hear the women discuss their job.  One mentioned that she liked IT booth duty more since the bulletpoint sales scripts (reciting bandwidth, processor speeds, etc.) were easier to read and understand than some of the car & boat shows she did.  This was back in the early days when spokesmodels were expect to answer basic questions about products.

Not sure if that meant that IT sales guys just made the points simple, or that booth babes knew more about IT than the sales guys.  Maybe a mix of both.
 
2014-01-17 01:23:15 PM

sdd2000: CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.


Did they?  I still saw plenty of them there, and didn't think there were particularly less of them than normal.  Maybe less really out there costumes, but they were still hired women whose sole job it was to look pretty to draw people into the booth.  Heck, at the Samsung booth to show off their curved screen TV's they had two women in evening gowns just standing there posed for hours.  Another booth (I forget who it belong to) had two women breakdancing in the middle of a display.  The area dedicated to health products had LOTS of athletic women in yoga pants and sports bras hanging around to "demo" the products.  There was a both filled with cheerleaders.
 
2014-01-17 01:37:41 PM

Wellon Dowd: I'd have to see a picture of the grannies before commenting.


I'd much rather just see pictures of booth babes
 
2014-01-17 01:55:08 PM
well, i never went to the electronics tech shows but i did go to comic cons.  a very similar effect happened regarding nerds being too afraid of eye contact with booth babes.  but at comic shows they could charge you $10 for a polaroid with Vampirella.  it wasnt about signing vendors so the money concerns were different.  at least at comic cons they will never go away.  neither will the hotel bar hookers.
 
2014-01-17 01:56:53 PM
That's OK, there are still plenty of opportunities for young, attractive women in Big Pharma, bringing cheap BBQ and Italian (and pamphlets) to doctors and residents.
 
2014-01-17 01:58:55 PM
I used to go to electronic trade shows where they had booth babes and if the sales/techie people were busy I would ask the babes technical questions just for fun. Not once could one answer the most basic query.  They were pretty ornaments and about as useless, and I'd rather the business had spent the money on more technically knowledgeable personnel and not wasted my time.
 
2014-01-17 02:00:12 PM
Going to go out on a limb here and say the grannies worked in the short term because having them instead of booth babes was an entertaining novelty.  When every booth at next year's show is stocked with grannies, the one hold out to still have booth babes will get all the traffic.

/ Well, unless the show is in Japan.  Impossible to predict how that might turn out.
 
2014-01-17 02:03:09 PM

jjorsett: I used to go to electronic trade shows where they had booth babes and if the sales/techie people were busy I would ask the babes technical questions just for fun. Not once could one answer the most basic query.  They were pretty ornaments and about as useless, and I'd rather the business had spent the money on more technically knowledgeable personnel and not wasted my time.


I was at a charity event and they were showing off some Cadillacs.  I tried asking the girl there (who really could have used a lot of dental work and a little plastic surgery if she wants to make it in that business) really simple questions like "what kind of mileage does this thing get?" and "does it take regular gas, or do I need premium?"  Nope, no dice.  It would be nice if they'd at least train those chicks a little bit.
 
2014-01-17 02:03:22 PM
Or you could, you know, visit the booths to talk to vendors about their products and try out demos, and then go back to your hotel room and watch porn.
 
2014-01-17 02:07:46 PM

Theaetetus: Or you could, you know, visit the booths to talk to vendors about their products and try out demos, and then go back to your the hotel bar room and watch porn rent hookers.


FTFY
 
2014-01-17 02:26:13 PM

jjorsett: I used to go to electronic trade shows where they had booth babes and if the sales/techie people were busy I would ask the babes technical questions just for fun. I'd rather the business had spent the money on more technically knowledgeable personnel and not wasted my time.


So you went up to someone who you knew wasn't a true employee, who you knew couldn't answer your questions, and this was "fun" for you...and you're nonetheless holding it against them for wasting your time?

Ass.
 
2014-01-17 02:31:03 PM
If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

worldmotoclash.com
 
2014-01-17 02:34:55 PM

The Flexecutioner: Theaetetus: Or you could, you know, visit the booths to talk to vendors about their products and try out demos, and then go back to your the hotel bar room and watch porn rent hookers.

FTFY


Contrary to marketing slogans, the herp doesn't stay in Vegas. Porn is safer.
 
2014-01-17 02:34:57 PM

rohar: If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

[worldmotoclash.com image 500x806]


The whale tail doesn't make up for complete lack of an ass. I mean, her vinyl pants are baggy in the assular region (that's a medical term).
 
2014-01-17 02:36:37 PM

Scrotastic Method: rohar: If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

[worldmotoclash.com image 500x806]

The whale tail doesn't make up for complete lack of an ass. I mean, her vinyl pants are baggy in the assular region (that's a medical term).


She's in the middle of walking. The pants are baggy because her right leg is forward and her left leg is back, and it's vinyl, not spandex.
 
2014-01-17 02:36:57 PM

Scrotastic Method: jjorsett: I used to go to electronic trade shows where they had booth babes and if the sales/techie people were busy I would ask the babes technical questions just for fun. I'd rather the business had spent the money on more technically knowledgeable personnel and not wasted my time.

So you went up to someone who you knew wasn't a true employee, who you knew couldn't answer your questions, and this was "fun" for you...and you're nonetheless holding it against them for wasting your time?

Ass.


His options were to stand in line or harass the booth babes. If they had hired a competent employee instead of a Barbie doll, the line would have moved faster.
 
2014-01-17 02:40:43 PM

Scrotastic Method: rohar: If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

[worldmotoclash.com image 500x806]

The whale tail doesn't make up for complete lack of an ass. I mean, her vinyl pants are baggy in the assular region (that's a medical term).


They tend to show up in groups.  If you can't find one you like, you're probably blind:

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2014-01-17 02:55:22 PM
As a female gamer and IT chick, I'm not offended by booth babes.

I am offended over the lack of booth boys.

/What's good for the goose is good for the gander
 
2014-01-17 03:02:28 PM
Wow, is this subject ever close to my heart.

We can't ban booth babes, but we can make it hard for them to be ornaments. And then one of them shows up topless with just a painted on tube top and the next thing you know we have to put all kinds of things in the exhibitor kits telling companies that women are not playthings and such. Ugh.

And the sad thing is that only the most hopeless pathetic guys are the ones drawn in by them. Anyone who has genuine business to attend to wants to get past the stupid booth babe to the sales guy. Booth babes encourage those idiotic lonely losers who show up at every trade show to steal the food and hit on 22 year olds and then go home and either drink away their loneliness or cower in the corner while their wife harangues them with insults and flying dishes.
 
2014-01-17 03:03:30 PM
Oh, and screw all you people for making me think about work on my day off.
 
2014-01-17 03:07:22 PM
You know what?  Good.  Booth babes are the product of a really cynical marketing strategy, the idea that you can sell any old crap to a guy if you just shake a pair of tits in his face. It's demeaning to women, it's degrading to men, and it gets in the way of what an exhibition is supposed to be about.

One of the best things about PAX is the "no booth babes" policy.  It makes the expo hall a much better place all around.
 
2014-01-17 03:12:42 PM

HeartBurnKid: One of the best things about PAX is the "no booth babes" policy.  It makes the expo hall a much better place all around.


Yeah, keeps you from getting distracted from checking out all the dickwolves t-shirts.
 
2014-01-17 03:17:24 PM
I see a lousy trend at the gentrification of conventions. First is what they did to Comic Con in San Diego, and now crap like this.
 
2014-01-17 03:18:11 PM

R.A.Danny: sdd2000: CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.

Our pres and a few engineers go every year. They spend far less time milling about and way more time gambling. They didn't mention the lack of booth babes, but this is pretty telling.


They must be
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2014-01-17 03:19:10 PM

HeartBurnKid: You know what?  Good.  Booth babes are the product of a really cynical marketing strategy, the idea that you can sell any old crap to a guy if you just shake a pair of tits in his face. It's demeaning to women, it's degrading to men, and it gets in the way of what an exhibition is supposed to be about.

One of the best things about PAX is the "no booth babes" policy.  It makes the expo hall a much better place all around.


And why is that, Soccer Mom?
 
2014-01-17 03:23:05 PM

RumsfeldsReplacement: Wellon Dowd: I'd have to see a picture of the grannies before commenting.

I'd much rather just see pictures of booth babes


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2014-01-17 03:32:48 PM
And if you go to the source article:
"Booth babes are intimidating. Instead of drawing people in, booth babes actually give guys who attend tech conferences some anxiety and pause for engaging in conversation. Even booth babes themselves have said this."

Because a guaranteed way to help the social deficit suffers of the IT world stop and talk is have a few stunning young people of the opposite sex there.  I'm sure many shoes were closely inspected and appropriate greetings mumbled that day.

The grannies get triple the leads of the hotties?  Well, duh, they remind the IT guys of their mothers.  And they don't alienate the heck out of women who do something with their lives rather than standing around looking ornamental.

And marketing people live down to their stereotype.  Sad, but promising that at least one can learn from it.
 
2014-01-17 03:33:40 PM

Scrotastic Method: rohar: If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

[worldmotoclash.com image 500x806]

The whale tail doesn't make up for complete lack of an ass. I mean, her vinyl pants are baggy in the assular region (that's a medical term).


I'll bet her knees are sharp as well.
 
2014-01-17 03:35:20 PM

shortymac: As a female gamer and IT chick, I'm not offended by booth babes.

I am offended over the lack of booth boys.

/What's good for the goose is good for the gander


As a gaymer and IT Security bro, I'm also offended over the lack of booth boys.  The first security company that puts a shirtless Ryan Reynolds in their booth will get me to drop a half mil on whatever shiat they are selling.

/no I won't
 
2014-01-17 03:37:45 PM
BOOTH BABES!?

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2014-01-17 03:38:44 PM
PAX got rid of booth babes because the PA guys' ugly wives were jealous.
 
2014-01-17 03:39:47 PM

The Stealth Hippopotamus: BOOTH BABES!?

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The one in the middle has Fremen eyes.
 
2014-01-17 03:40:16 PM
don't know what a booth babe looks like, can't measure level of outrage
 
2014-01-17 03:44:09 PM

TV's Vinnie: HeartBurnKid: You know what?  Good.  Booth babes are the product of a really cynical marketing strategy, the idea that you can sell any old crap to a guy if you just shake a pair of tits in his face. It's demeaning to women, it's degrading to men, and it gets in the way of what an exhibition is supposed to be about.

One of the best things about PAX is the "no booth babes" policy.  It makes the expo hall a much better place all around.

And why is that, Soccer Mom?


I love that I'm some kind of prude now because I want a convention to be about the thing the convention is supposed to be about.  If all you want is some pretty young thing to pretend she's interested in you in a transparent attempt to separate you from your money, feel free to visit your local strip club.
 
2014-01-17 03:44:48 PM
Where will aspiring models find entry-level work now?
 
2014-01-17 03:55:22 PM
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2014-01-17 04:02:03 PM

AlHarris31: The Stealth Hippopotamus: BOOTH BABES!?

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The one in the middle has Fremen eyes.


I had to go back and check. She does, in fact, have eyes. Huh.
 
2014-01-17 04:07:33 PM

rohar: Scrotastic Method: rohar: If they take away umbrella girls, that cuts it, I'm done racing.

[worldmotoclash.com image 500x806]

The whale tail doesn't make up for complete lack of an ass. I mean, her vinyl pants are baggy in the assular region (that's a medical term).

They tend to show up in groups.  If you can't find one you like, you're probably blind:

[2.bp.blogspot.com image 850x637]


Sorry, but I can't see their intelligence, personality, or materialistic tendencies in that picture.
 
2014-01-17 04:08:41 PM
You know there are hordes of hot adver-women who drop by the bar I frequent during football season to pitch booze, and they are often quite capable of talking football with you. Would it be all that difficult to get knowlegable women for events like this?
 
2014-01-17 04:13:06 PM

ShawnDoc: sdd2000: CES eliminated booth babes this year, attendance was down. I wonder if correlation or causation.

Did they?  I still saw plenty of them there, and didn't think there were particularly less of them than normal.  Maybe less really out there costumes, but they were still hired women whose sole job it was to look pretty to draw people into the booth.  Heck, at the Samsung booth to show off their curved screen TV's they had two women in evening gowns just standing there posed for hours.  Another booth (I forget who it belong to) had two women breakdancing in the middle of a display.  The area dedicated to health products had LOTS of athletic women in yoga pants and sports bras hanging around to "demo" the products.  There was a both filled with cheerleaders.


On the two days I was there the number was certainly down a good bit. Others noticed it.
 
2014-01-17 04:14:46 PM

Tumbleweed Garden: You know there are hordes of hot adver-women who drop by the bar I frequent during football season to pitch booze, and they are often quite capable of talking football with you. Would it be all that difficult to get knowlegable women for events like this?


Those girls probably retained some knowledge from slutting around with the football teams in high school and college.
So , I guess if we start convincing hot girls to sleep with nerds... Good luck.
 
2014-01-17 04:14:51 PM

The Perfect Drug: I had to go back and check. She does, in fact, have eyes. Huh


weird, huh. You're right she does have eyes...

The Flexecutioner: well, i never went to the electronics tech shows but i did go to comic cons.  a very similar effect happened regarding nerds being too afraid of eye contact with booth babes.  but at comic shows they could charge you $10 for a polaroid with Vampirella.  it wasnt about signing vendors so the money concerns were different.  at least at comic cons they will never go away.  neither will the hotel bar hookers.


There are three types of "booth babes":
1) hot chicks - these are ladies who are hot and hire-able. Nothing more nothing less. And you get what you mentioned above
2) hot chicks who really look the part - Famous example: Tomb Raider. World wide model searches to find the perfect fit. She may or may not have any idea what an Xbox is, but people know her name and that makes her a little more approachable. This is also a full time job for the lady so she is really trying to be friendly and knows how to handle the crowds.
3) Hot nerds who are living the dream- these are ladies that actually enjoy and know that the hell they are talking about. Rare and costly but worth it. They have a social media following that will actually travel to see them and will draw the max amount of people to the booth. Most make their living off this and will give you all the advantages that type 2 will.
 
2014-01-17 04:25:29 PM
An entire article about how Booth Babes don't work, with the accompanying picture:

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I bet Capcom is really upset at how poorly their Booth Babes worked.
 
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