Over the years several companies have taken advantage of this popular holiday by running fake or silly stories. A few favorites would be:
1957- BBC reported that Swiss farmers were expecting a record spaghetti crop and showed people harvesting noodles from trees.
1996- Taco Bell announced plans for purchasing the Philadelphia’s Liberty Bell and renaming it the Taco Liberty Bell
2015- Netflix ran a Binge Responsibility campaign where subscribers are urged to go outside, call their mothers, and take a shower if they play more than two episodes of a show consecutively.
It’s great to see companies having fun and showing some personality. Here at Marketing Eye we are a devious bunch. We work hard and play hard, but we don’t always reserve the pranks for April Fools Day. We gathered our favorite suggestions and made a small list. (There may be a few examples of these in the near future.)
- Place post-it notes on every item on someone's desk labeling what each thing is. EVERY ITEM.
- Ransom an item on a coworkers desk
- Wrap a coworkers desk in cling wrap
And last but not least…
- Leave cryptic notes warning someone of an impending prank, then do nothing all day.
I think you can come up with something creative for this one!
Have fun and happy pranking!