Have you ever played the game, Cards Against Humanity?

My step-sons introduced it to us, and it is by far the most irreverent, disgusting and politically incorrect game that’s ever existed.

I love it.

We played it at Thanksgiving a few years ago and I laughed until my sides hurt.

It is, without a doubt, a thoroughly offensive game created by people who get off on pissing people off.

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You might not think Cards Against Humanity is the bee’s knees. In fact, you might absolutely loathe it.

But they’re laughing all the way to the bank.

Here’s what you can learn from them about how to market your wedding business:

#1 – Embrace a passionate worldview to attract passionate fans.

Cards Against Humanity is for people who are sick and tired of being politically correct. It gives voice to the absurdity of life and how darn uptight people can be.

It holds great appeal for people who are somewhat cynical, find humor in the irreverent and enjoy being in on the joke while those easily offended run around in horror.

The company knows it offends people, and it doesn’t care. In fact, it sets out to do just that.

In a country that’s been white washed by political correctness, the contrast is almost refreshing.

Let brides and groom know what you REALLY believe. Share what you love and what pisses you off. Yes, you’ll drive away people who disagree…but you’ll draw those who agree with your views like a magnet.

#2 – Be outrageous to stand out from the crowd.

The Cards Against Humanity Black Friday promotions provide an endless delight for people with a perverse sense of humor (like me.)

They also attract free publicity and media attention. Check out these ridiculous Black Friday Sales:

  • 2013 – Cards Against Humanity hosts a holiday “sale” by blatantly raising its price $5. Sales on Amazon spike.
  • 2014 – The company replaces sales of the game and extension pack with boxes of sterilized bull feces, literally selling bullshit. 30,000 boxes are sold at $6 each.
  • 2015 – The company replaces order forms with an offer to give Cards Against Humanity $5 for nothing because “the greatest Black Friday gift of all is buying nothing. We’re offering that for the rock-bottom price of $5. How can you afford NOT to seize this incredible opportunity?” Customers spend $71,145 on nothing.
  • 2016 – Cards Against Humanity raises money to build a “holiday hole” in the ground for no purpose whatsoever. Over $100,000 was raised.

Say what you like about the game, these guys are not boring.

Quit playing it safe with homogenized, vanilla marketing campaigns. Be bold and different. Get noticed.

#3 – Sell an experience, not features.

The people who participate in these outrageous Black Friday Sales must be out of their minds, right?

They give Cards Against Humanity money without receiving anything of value in return.

Or do they?

For those who participate in the Black Friday stunts, it’s 100% about the experience. They aren’t buying anything tangible.

They’re buying the way it makes them feel: smart, cynical, in on the joke.

Let’s be real: there is no reason why couples need to spend $30,000 to get married. There’s absolutely nothing practical about it.

They’re chasing an experience, a feeling, a way they want to see themselves and be seen on their wedding day.

Sell THAT and you’ll never have to compete on price.

You can literally get people to pay you money for nothing — and then watch them brag about it.

A Model For Modern Wedding Marketing

Want to get noticed? Get up on your soapbox and share your most passionate beliefs. Get fired up. Piss some people off.

Cards Against Humanity is a role model. (Scary thought, that.)

If you’re not sure what your passionate beliefs might be, all you have to do is watch yourself. What really pisses you off? What gets under your skin? WHY?

Exploring this is one of my favorite ways to empower entrepreneurs in their businesses.

Get up on that soapbox, my friend, and YAWP.

What do you think?

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Stephanie Padovani

Stephanie is a Hudson Valley wedding insider, blogger, writer, and wedding business coach. Want to book more weddings at higher prices? Quit dealing with price shoppers? Transform your wedding business so that it supports the life you really want? Look her up! They don't call her the Wedding Business Cheerleader for nothing. :)

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  1. That’s really interesting. What sort of things would a venue get fired up about?

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