10. Viral Marketing

Cloverfield

Nobody does viral marketing like J.J. Abrams, because nobody makes viral marketing so frustratingly vague and downright irritating. It certainly works to build up extreme levels of hype, though. Be it through his tendency to push out extremely vague teasers that offer no information about the things we might eventually expect to see, or forcing people to guess what is is they’re trying to guess without granting them even the slightest clue, Abrams is officially the king of annoying marketing campaigns. Remember during the Lost era when a series of clues on the show’s website granted you a phone number that eventually led to, uh, nothing at all? Joyful.

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This article was first posted on January 25, 2013