When it Comes to Hot Tech Talent, No Dice

Hot Tech TalentIt's a challenge, staying relevant in Silicon Valley. Between the pace of change, the jargon and the unremitting need for everyone to demonstrate daily how smart and cool they are, Silicon Valley is all about living on a very cutting edge.

That may be why Dice.com, the leading online job board for techies, is struggling to stay relevant. Dice’s last advertising campaign (below) tried to speak coders’ own language by using coding language to spell out its message of “find a job on Dice.” Mostly, coders took the opportunity to 'find the error' and then write off Dice jobs as only for “bottom feeders.”

But Dice has reason to congratulate itself now: Their newest campaign (above) hits the bulls-eye. Although we can’t help wishing it didn’t. The ads are emblazoned with the headline “Find the hottest tech talent” and feature nerdy engineers wearing only their underwear and posed in sort of provocative poses. There’s a bespectacled Alex, a slightly pudgy Matt, and Arjun, in briefs rather than boxers.

Funny. Really, Dice. You have indeed succeeded in tuning in to part of the Valley culture. Too bad the culture you’ve finally tapped into is dominated by tools.

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