Buzz Advertising: An Assault on Peers and Privacy?

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With a generation jaded by a deluge of pitches in print, radio, TV, and the Internet, "buzz advertising" is just one of several new approaches to corporate marketing. The upscale product placement spreads like a virus, using trendsetters and peers to sell items without even telling you. Another futuristic technique will trace one's location zap a cell phone sales pitch for the store the consumer happens to be passing. Is it all just slightly subversive? We take a look at creative nontraditional approaches that advertisers are developing, with marketing consultants and advertising critics.
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