Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Keep Calm – It’s Super Tuesday!

March 6, 2012

It’s Super Tuesday everybody! What’s Super Tuesday? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not superhero awareness day (sorry if I misled any you). It is, however, a very important day in US politics. On Super Tuesday, presidential hopefuls wait in anticipation as multiple states hold primaries. Specifically on this day, candidates have the chance to win more delegates than on any other day of the election year. For the 2012 election cycle, that day is today! As of now, 10 States are holding republican primaries with 410 delegates up for grabs.

While the media reports on important and serious details of the day, we thought we’d take a less serious approach and lighten things up with humbling and humorous Zazzle GOP designs. Enjoy some “lol”-s while these candidates worry about their fate.

Mitt Romney recently admitted to traveling with his dog strapped to the roof of his vehicle. He claimed the dog liked it. Um…

Ron Paul is said to be very influential to young voters. Maybe it’s the other way around?

Newt Gingrich, while campaigning in Florida, said he wants the US to have a colony on the Moon and that he would give it statehood if it had a large enough population. Awesome.

Politicians are constantly criticized for their stances and policies, but Rick Santorum, known for wearing tons of sweater vests, can now add fashion sense to that list!

Political designs keep getting better and better as the race continues. What’s your favorite political design on Zazzle!? Share in the comments below! We love current event creativity!

Zazzle Politics – Presidential Candidate Update

January 25, 2012

Debates, primaries, caucuses, and campaign ads – phew, January has been full of politics driven headlines indicating the 2012 Presidential Election is fast approaching! With Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann, and Jon Huntsman dropping out, the race for the GOP presidential nomination is down to four.

2012 Presidential Candidate Sales

Currently dominating our bestsellers list, Ron Paul maintains the lead in overall sales. His supporters show that even with his recent 4th place finish in the South Carolina primary, his support is still strong and should not be ignored!

President Obama trails next in 2nd place. The graph does not, however, attribute to his overall favorability. With Anti-Obama products highly popular, this is something significant to note.

Ron Paul 2012 bumper stickerObama iphone4 case

Although making headlines for his South Carolina win, Newt Gingrich has had the least sales out of the all the current GOP nominees. But don’t count him out just yet, his aggressive debate style has helped increase his sales this past week.

Rick Santorum, while demonstrating strength in recent debates, still shows minimal sales, only slightly higher than Newt Gingrich.

Last, but not least, Mitt Romney. His product sales and search stats may be increasing, but he’s still a long ways behind his opponents Ron Paul and President Obama.

gingrich mugsantorum buttonMitt Romney Mousepad

Here at Zazzle, we hope to be at the forefront of the political conversation in the e-commerce world of customization. Whether you’re supporting (or disdaining) certain stances and figures we encourage your creative expression. Share your political stores and designs in the comments below and let your voice be heard!

Mitt Romney Takes New Hampshire!

January 11, 2012

Although Zazzle Maniac, Patrick, predicted a tight race between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, the actual projections of the New Hampshire primary looked more like the Zazzle Customer data! Mitt, being the former governor of neighboring state, Massachusetts, and owning a residence in New Hampshire, was the expected and ultimate winner. But, instead of Santorum scoring second, Ron Paul stole the spot. His numbers may not have been as high as media pundits had anticipated, but they were surely predicted by all Ron Paul Zazzlers out there. So, Patrick, I know you’re the Commander and Chief of Zazzle Mania, but maybe not of the republican primaries.

What’s next? Only 48 more states to go! The next primary will be held in South Carolina on January 21st. Stay tuned as the GOP contenders debate, debate, debate, and debate their way into the hearts of voters.

Before you lose faith in Ron Paul’s chances against Mitt Romney, check out this fun fact:

Who’s your favorite candidate? Feel free to share in the comments below. Whomever you support, show it off! Zazzle has political gifts for whichever candidate or party you represent.

Who will win New Hampshire today? Zazzle Customers predict!

January 10, 2012

New Hampshirites are out to do some voting today and help choose the Republican presidential candidate. For everyone else in the other 49 states, we must wait to see what happens in New Hampshire…or do we? I hate waiting (it’s why I am a Zazzle Black 2-Day subscriber). So, I decided to do some digging and see what Zazzle customers are saying about the candidates. Which is the most popular on Zazzle? See below for the results from the first 9 days of January.

As you can see, if Zazzle Customer popularity is predictive of election results, Ron Paul has the nomination and probably the presidency in the bag. Ron Paul aside, it looks like the race is very tight between Romney and Santorum. Based on the data (minus the Ron Paul factor), I’m saying Romney will win with a narrow margin over Santorum. The pure passion of the Paul supports will put him in a comfortable third place. Who do you think will win NH? Vote in the below poll and see if you can beat the predictive power of pundits (and me).

Will the same person that wins New Hampshire win the Republican nomination? Can he/she beat Obama? When is Sarah Palin going to declare her presidency interest? What’s your favorite candidate t-shirt or hat from Zazzle? Share in the comments!

Occupy South Park!

December 19, 2011

South Park remains one of the most relevant barometers for the disgruntled (and those that make fun of the disgruntled).  One of the more recent episodes finds Cartman a member of the 1%, not because he is rich, but because he is well, fat.  Cartman is the 1% in fatness.

Cartman’s weight causes South Park Elementary to falter in their mandated, presidential fitness score. Although the evaluation system in itself is flawed, because of their poor score, the entire school reaps the penalties. See any parallels here? Genius.

Whether you’re a fat and happy Cartman in the 1%, or a disgruntled 99% citizen, be sure to check out all the new Occupy South Park products on Zazzle including T-shirts, Hats, Phone Cases, Mugs, and more!

We also recommend that you check out the hilarious episode: http://www.southparkstudios.com/full-episodes/s15e12-one-percent

Election 2012 is Around the Corner!

December 13, 2011

The Race is On!
 
We at Zazzle are watching politics closely.
 
The 2012 Presidential Election is getting a lot of attention from people so we decided to make a simple little infographic. (Data is much more awesome in infographic form!)
 
Political Trends of 2011 infographic showing data on sales and searches for presidential candidates on Zazzle.com.
 
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that being popular doesn’t always mean you are liked and supported! While President Obama has received the most sales this year so far, a whopping 60% of year to date sales were Anti-Obama. Ouch!
 
Herman Cain, on the other hand, was on top about 8 weeks ago until his… well… issues from the past led him to drop out of the race.
 
Currently in the media spotlight, Newt Gingrich has seen a marked increase in searches and sales, but still pales in comparison to the likes (or dislikes) of Obama and the impressive sales of Ron Paul.
 
Although not featured here, that doesn’t mean the others have been forgotten! Honorable mentions go out to candidates Rick Santorum, Gary Johnson, Buddy Roemer, and Michele Bachmann.
 
First Family Obama 2012 OrnamentRon Paul Revolution Poster
Newt Gingrich 2012 MugMitt Romney 2012 Button

 
With politics getting a lot of attention, savvy Sellers should jump on the bandwagon and ride it all the way to the Presidential Election!

Rick Perry’s “Oops.”

November 10, 2011

This blog post is about 3 things:

  1. With the 2012 Presidential Election around the corner, politics is a great theme for creating stores and products.
  2. I watched the Republican debate last night in hopes of finding ideas that sellers could cash in on.
  3. The third… uhm, the uhh… Let’s see. The third one, I can’t…

If you missed the debate last night, no need to worry! The following graph shows the percentage of speaking time per candidate. Mitt Romney was given considerably more chances to speak than any other candidate,  including one of Zazzle’s bestsellers, Ron Paul.

Graph of Nov 9, 2011 Republican Debate Speaking Time per Candidate

Although Mitt Romney was under the spotlight for most of the debate, Rick Perry is the candidate that everyone is talking about. The internet is making sure that this mega-gaffe by Rick Perry will be talked about for quite some time. Here is the clip proving a lot can happen within 53 seconds:

“The third agency of government I would do away with – education, uhh the, commerce, and let’s see, I can’t. The third one I can’t. Sorry. Oops.”
- Rick Perry

We took a look at the Marketplace to see if Sellers were inspired by this opportunity and we have to say… Zazzlers are some of the most creative and adept people at creating humor infused designs.

Rick Perry OopsRick Perry Oops

Did you watch the debate last night? Can anyone tell me how many times Herman Cain said “9-9-9″? Share your comments and creative political themed gifts below!

Tea Party vs. Occupy Wall Street: Which will be Bigger?

October 11, 2011

American politics has a wonderful tradition of grassroots political organizations taking hold and influencing major policy. In fact, you could say that the American Revolution was really just a grassroots movement! In the past few years the movement dominating politics has been the Tea Party, in the past few weeks that movement has been Occupy Wall Street. So which is going to be bigger in the long run? Well, if the first 10 days of traffic on Zazzle are any indicator, it looks like Occupy Wall Street t-shirts are much more popular than Tea Party t-shirts were during the first 10 days of the start of that movement.

Of course this is very early data, but what do you think? Does the Occupy Wall Street Movement have the staying power to outlast the Tea Party? Is the Tea Party still considered a grassroots movement? What’s your favorite grassroots organization t-shirt? Share in the comments!

Which media darling, Christie or Cain, is winning in the eyes of the Zazzle Customer?

September 28, 2011

Newly minted “front-runner” Herman Cain and Chris “I’m not running but I meet with GOP presidential power brokers anyway” Christie seem to be garnering equal attention in the media right now despite their different stances toward the presidency (Cain running, Christie not). This confuses me and leads me to wonder: Since the media can’t decide, which one does the Zazzle consumer think have the best shot of going up against Obama in 2012? Well the votes (searches) are in and Cain is the runaway winner.

If Herman Cain t-shirts and Chris Christie t-shirts are the new straw poll indicator, it looks to me that the Zazzle consumer doesn’t believe Christie is going to run in 2012 (despite the media attention). What do you think? Who’s your Republican front-runner? Share in the comments.


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