black-friday-puppyMorning, everyone. If you're reading this, you might be in a line right now, waiting for a store to open, ready to take advantage of Black Friday deals.

I, on the other hand, am asleep. However, I didn't want to leave you hanging.

Since I'm sure you've sufficiently refreshed your email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, work email, BuzzFeed homepage, and every news outlet you can think of, I thought I'd give you one more distraction to keep you entertained as you wait for doors to open.

I was trying to think of what to publish that would be easy to consume and not require a ton of brain cells, as I'm assuming you're running on pure adrenaline and coffee right now. So I thought, "Eh, why not round up the cutest things we've published on the blog, ever?"

People like looking at cute stuff when they're bored, right? (If you keep reading, you'll see we clearly love any opportunity to incorporate adorable stuff into our content.) You can scroll through, see how we found ways to loosely tie in pictures of bunnies and puppies to marketing, and then if you've still got more time to kill, read the article the picture came from.

Not bad, right? Alright, hope you enjoy this.

(P.S. - If you missed it, here's a post from earlier this morning that could also keep you busy for a few more minutes.)

The 10 Cutest Things We've Published on the Blog Legitimized With Loose Marketing Tie-Ins

1) This puppy from "17 Brilliant Sources of Content Hiding Right Under Your Nose."


Loose Marketing Tie-in: The opening sentence, "Creating content is a pain in the puppy. (I'm watching my potty mouth, you guys.)"

2) This fluffy bunny from "31 Fluffy Buzzwords Marketers Overuse and Abuse."


Loose Marketing Tie-in: The bunny's fluffy, like the marketing buzzwords.

3) This fluffier bunny from "How to Write a Fluff-Free Mission Statement."


Loose Marketing Tie-in: See #2.

4) This video of last year's Puppy Bowl from "8 Unlikely Companies Successfully Newsjacking Super Bowl XLVII."

Loose Marketing Tie-in: It was an example of successful Super Bowl newsjacking. We wrote the post specifically so we could talk about the Puppy Bowl, but there are other good examples in there, too.

5) This perfectly cropped picture of a puppy from "How to Crop Images in Photoshop to Specific Sizes [Quick Tip]."


Loose Marketing Tie-in: If you have to teach someone how to crop an image in Photoshop, might as well be an adorable one.

6) This picture of a Bernese Mountain Pup (who is very concerned) from "How to Create Content That Actually Resonates With Your Readers."


Who, by the way, looks like this now:


Loose Marketing Tie-in: The puppy looked about as concerned as a distressed content creator.

7) This kitty from "How to Easily Create Professional-Looking CTAs in PowerPoint  [Tutorial]."


Loose Marketing Tie-In: If a kitty can create a call-to-action in PowerPoint, you can, too.

8) This GIF from "What Mobile Buyers Are REALLY Doing on Your Website."


Loose Marketing Tie-In: It was used to prove a point -- that mobile readers are multi-tasking, and puppy GIFs are as likely to happen as reading a blog or checking your Facebook feed.

9) This productive puppy, from "Productivity Tools and Techniques to Stop Wasting Away Your Workday."


Loose Marketing Tie-In: Apparently, there's a study that says looking at pictures of cute animals increases your productivity. And since the post is about productivity, we thought we'd follow their advice.

10) This sad pug from "The Cutest Marketing Ever! 10 Adorable Campaigns to Brighten Your Friday."


Loose Marketing Tie-In: The post was about cute marketing campaigns. 'Nuff said.

So, did the line move yet? Doors open? Happy Black Friday, everyone -- and hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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Originally published Nov 29, 2013 5:00:00 AM, updated July 28 2017


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