Marketing is frustrating because virtually all common-sense ideas are wrong. Take Theodore Levitt’s famous maxim, People don’t want to buy...
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What kills most marketing programs is “change.”
When you keep changing your slogans, you confuse consumers and after a while they don’t attention to what you are trying to say.
Over the years, Burger King has had a lot of slogans. Remember “Where is Herb?” Burger King spent over $40 million trying to find him. They never did!
If the Super Bowl is about beer, chips and boobs, then this weekend’s Oscars ceremony is all about diet soda, yogurt and hunks.
A company makes a major mistake when it develops a verbal strategy without considering what visual hammer might help hammer that idea into consumers' minds.
While the gridiron battle between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots was close, the advertising battle on the tube was not.
The Super Bowl battle for commercial success might better be described as a mixture of the old classics, the new stuff, the overly sexy and the over the top.
In a down economy with consumers pinching every penny, you would think that sales at a retailer synonymous with "cheap" would be up, not down. Yet sales at Walmart have been down for two years in a row. So how does the world's largest retailer defend its position in the mind? Advertising. Massive advertising that reminds consumers in a memorable way what the Walmart brand stands for.
The stand out star of last night’s Super Bowl was clearly Aaron Rogers. Most people will be talking about Aaron and the Packers today instead of the commercials. Because it was the game was far more super than any of the ads. But with the most-watched commercials of the year, the Super Bowl provides a good picture of the state of the advertising industry. Here is my roundup of who scored and who fumbled.
Sometimes the most illogical business decision is the right decision for the brand. This is certainly the case for Google. Google is pulling its company out of China, the biggest internet market in the world. Sounds illogical and crazy to me and most leaders. But it is the right call for several reasons.
What works in the beauty business? The same thing that works in all businesses. Own a word in the mind. Typically, a beauty brand will start out by owning a word and then get line-extended like crazy. Still the brand might remain powerful because consumers remember the past. It wasn’t the line-extensions that created a powerful brand like Dove, it was the original focus of the brand that did that job. Dove started out as “one-fourth moisturizing lotion” and is still the No.1 bar soap.