Daffy’s Moves The Decimal

Promotions typically award one or a handful of people, which means a promo has to work hard to generate buzz for it to be an effective mass marketing tool.
The latest promotion from Daffy’s, a discount clothing brand that operates 17 stores in New York and North Jersey, and one in Philadelphia, is grabbing the attention of consumers and The New York Times.

Daffy’s is starting a quirky marketing campaign centered on a contest that will award one person the kind of value not generally associated with a clothing store: a one-year lease on a fully furnished $7,000-a-month apartment in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood at $700 a month.
Starting July 23, people can go to select Daffy’s locations and create a 30-second video explaining why they deserve the apartment. The company will post the best videos on its Web site, eventually nominating five finalists from which the public will choose a winner by Sept. 16.

Daffy’s teamed up with Johannes Leonardo for this new campaign. Jan Jacobs, co-founder of the agency said, “One thing we all have in common in New York is that we all pay too much to live here.”

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. This is an awesome promotion that will definitely drive traffic to Daffy’s stores if for no other reason than I’m sure there’s going to be tons of people wanting to participate in this contest. And I’m sure the videos will end up getting posted to YouTube, getting them more free press.

  2. sally shelton says:

    Really clever and exciting. I want to win!