Knoxville porta-potty advertiser takes off

Knoxville porta-potty advertiser takes off

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Stall-Talk is the world's largest porta-potty advertiser. (source: Stall-Talk) Stall-Talk is the world's largest porta-potty advertiser. (source: Stall-Talk)
"Nobody budgets for the porta potty services," said owner Matt Tunstall. "It's always the last thing that pops up. 'Oh yeah. We need toilets.'" "Nobody budgets for the porta potty services," said owner Matt Tunstall. "It's always the last thing that pops up. 'Oh yeah. We need toilets.'"

By DREW GARDNER
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A Knoxville-based advertising company is taking off after a $1 million dollar investment helped new jobs to the area last month.

It's called Stall-Talk and is the world's largest porta-potty advertiser.

Since last month's investment, the company has moved into new office space in the First Tennessee Tower downtown, added 12 new full-time positions and is changing the outdoor advertising world in a new unique way.

It was almost five years ago that owner Matt Tunstall first had the idea of selling porta-potty space to advertisers.

"It started in my studio apartment at the University of Tennessee taping up 8 and a half by 11 sheets of paper on my kitchen cabinet, drawing in where content would go," said Tunstall.

Now through Stall Talk's website, event holders simply register their potential event and porta potty locations. Then, advertisers are notified and can choose to buy the porta potties putting their product directly in front of their target audiences and saving event planners the cost.

"Nobody budgets for the porta potty services," said Tunstall. "It's always the last thing that pops up. 'Oh yeah. We need toilets.'"

Free toilets isn't the only plus. This new investment has transformed the porta-potties from simple billboard-style ads into digital screens atop the portable toilets. The screens will carry content produced right here in Knoxville as well as live streams.

"I mean the last thing you want to do when you're in line at a concert or a festival is go wait in line for a porta potty when your favorite artist is playing," said Tunstall.

"There is endless possibility," said COO Shannon Jenkins. "They're everywhere. It helps the image of the porta potty industry. It helps the experience for users just like you or I when we go to outdoor events, and there should be no reason why it wouldn't work. "

The company plans to debut the digital billboards sometime in the next six weeks and add another 30 employees before the end of this year.

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