Meet The Fun-O-Meter
The question keeps coming up… the emails keep pouring in… the people want to know how exactly I’m planning on monetizing the site? Really and truly, I hadn’t thought of it. Until now.
Mom, MasterCard, my landlord, if you’re reading this, it’s time to breath a sigh of relief. There is a plan in place and it’s name is the Fun-o-meter (aka Robofun, the Fun Idea Machine, or Funulator). I hadn’t planned on posting the details this early, but as some other sites somehow got wind of the project early (I’m not mad, I should’ve figured, I watched dozens of people photograph it), the time is now.
Without further ado, behold Zoomdoggle’s first brand extension / money-making venture.
I know it doesn’t look like much. But it is. The way I see it, it’s pretty much the best bargain on the planet.
“Why’s that?” You ask.
Just think about it. Fifty cents gets you:
-1 fun idea. If you’re been reading the site, you know the type of stuff, Zoomdoggle is loaded with them. #318 reads: Write “B” and “R” on opposite ends the back side of a One Dollar Bill. Stick your boner anywhere you like. But the fun doesn’t stop there.
-A map, in case fun idea requires travel.
-You also get 1 toy. You know the type. Standard vending machine stuff.
-And 1 quarter back… I kind of got ripped off on the toys, and only wanted to charge 25 cents anyway, but the machine is configured for 50 cents, so I put a quarter in each egg. Free money. That’s fun!
-Plus a lucky penny you can leave heads up for someone else to find. How cool is that?
Here’s the thing though, I tried it in a few different spots. The liquor store.
The bus stop.
A toy store.
The only place people really seemed to cotton to it was Times Square.
NOTE: This is the only post where all the pictures don’t click through to fun stuff as well. They were meant to go to videos, but I didn’t have time to edit on account of the leak. I’ll have them up soon though.
This guy got the “Freeze, like the Improv Everywhere people did. Now watch people watch you.” He just stood there for a minute or so, while his friends tried to read over his shoulder. It was pretty cool.
This guy got one about riding the Roosevelt Island Tram. He didn’t go. But that’s cool too. Sometimes fun has to wait too.
All in all, once it got going, the machine made almost $5 in just over an hour (true, it gave away more than half of that, but who’s counting).
Long story short, I’ll be dropping it off at a different location (mainly tourist spots, as they seem to do the best) every day next week. It you see this guy coming, know that fun can’t be too far behind.
What happens next is on you.
I’ve got the weekend to tinker though… any thoughts on how to make it better?
PS: Check back in a day or so for video of the thing in action!