SAN LUIS OBISPO – A mysterious figure has been seen in several locations in downtown San Luis Obispo and on Cal Poly’s campus that has many wondering who he is. This 6 foot tall, blue colored, standing silhouette made of wood had no signs on it. No advertisement. No explanation. Leaving many San Luis Obispo residence wondering why there is a blue guy in bubble gum alley, in secret locations downtown, and six different locations on Cal Poly’s campus.
Anonymous videos have been circulating on Youtube.com featuring the “blue guy”. The videos feature San Luis Obispo residents reactions to the mysterious figure and guesses as to who he may be. Some thought the blue guy was a campaign by Cal Poly, telling students not to text on their cell phones while walking near busy bike lanes on campus. Most had no idea what the point of the blue guy was. And the Youtube.com videos offered no answers.
It turns out the “blue guy” has a name… Chris. The “Chris” silhouette figure is the logo for a new company launching right here in the Central Coast called imwithchris.com, which was started by local Chris Henderson.
Imwithchris.com is a mobile marketing business that offers Central Coast locals deals and free giveaways by sending a “deal code” directly to their cell phone as a text message. All the customer has to do is show the text on their cell phone to the cashier at the store to get a deal. And with the state of the economy, there is no better time for a brand new technology that makes it easier for customers to get savings and deals. And this new mobile technology is launching here in the Central Coast.
Imwithchris.com has over 80 businesses signed up in Santa Maria that are offering exclusive deals and Henderson is now bringing the technology to residents and businesses in San Luis Obispo. Splash Café is one business in San Luis Obispo that has already signed on to try imwithchris.com.
Splash has display signs on all their tables featuring “Chris” the blue guy, instructing diners to simply text “splashslo” to 31578 to receive a free cookie “from Chris” when they order a meal. “Basically Chris is that friend you have who hooks you up,” explained creator Chris Henderson. “Splash in San Luis Obispo has already had tons of people send the exclusive deal code to their cell phones,” said Henderson.
Henderson sees imwithchris.com as the end of coupon cutting and the new way for businesses to advertise their deals and specials from now on. Henderson hopes that soon everyone will be friends with “Chris” and soon the mysterious blue guy all over town will no longer be a thing of mystery to San Luis Obispo residents.