Is Axe Going Too Far in Its Ads (Wink! Wink!)?

Unilever’s Axe brand, which is targeted toward young adults, frequently pushes the envelope with its advertising. This is once again evident in a new campaign aimed at college students. As Bruce Horovitz reports for USA Today: “Unilever, one of the world’s largest consumer product makers, this week will unleash a controversial online ad campaign for […]

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A Nice Infographic on Advertising and Promotion

Look at these trends in advertising and promotion.   by erinferro. Browse more data visualization.

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Unilever: Using Videos for Its Global Plans

Unilever is one of the world’s leading consumer products companies, with such brands as  Ben & Jerry’s, Dove, Hellmann’s, Lipton, and Pond’s. Its Web site notes: “On any given day, two billion people use Unilever products to look good, feel good, and get more out of life.” Check out this video about the firm’s approach. […]

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Are You Really in Control of Your Privacy Settings Online?

When you select a privacy option, it is expected that your selection be honored. But, is it? It may depend on your browser settings. In a story for the New York Times, Natasha Singer writes that: “The new Internet Explorer 10 comes with the don’t-track-me option automatically enabled, a fact that the software makes clear. […]

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The Best and Worst Times to Post on Social Networks

When do you blog, tweet, or post to Facebook and other social media? Take a look at this excellent infographic to see the best and worst times.   Infographic from Social Caffeine; Clocks image via Shutterstock  

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Lady Gaga’s New Social Media Effort

To her fans, Lady Gaga is a great performer with a unique and popular style. To her critics, Lady Gaga is viewed as loud and eccentric, at best. But, what is frequently overlooked is how savvy a businesswoman that Lady Gaga is. She is often cutting edge in the way her performances are staged, and […]

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How Coca-Cola Is Enhancing Brand Engagement

Coca-Cola has been a worldwide leader for more than a century, and this is no accident. The company has been an innovator in both its product positioning and its marketing strategies. Here is one more example. As Jeff Bullas writes: “Creative excellence has always been at the heart of Coca Cola’s advertising and they have […]

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Is the P&G Innovation Well Running Dry?

For many decades, Procter & Gamble has been the leading consumer products company in the world. (Today, it battles Unilever for global supremacy.) Among P&G’s best-known brands are Bounty, Charmin, Cover Girl, Crest, Duracell, Febreze, Gillette, Head & Shoulders, Mr. Clean, Old Spice, Oral B, Pantene, Pepto-Bismal, Swiffer, Tide, and Vicks. The company originated the […]

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Does Apple NEED a New iPhone?

Apple has had a lot of good news lately, including its position as the most valuable company in the world. Nonetheless, Erik Roberts, writing for CBS MarketWatch, says: “Even though Apple’s iPhones have been indisputably popular, especially in the U.S., Google’s Android has become the dominant platform worldwide. With all the vendors piling on, there […]

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Small and Medium-Size Businesses Struggling with Social Media

According to a report by eMarketer, social media activities differ dramatically by the size of the firm. This is yet another competitive advantage for big firms: “Many larger companies and brands are active on social media, but small and medium-sized businesses still lag behind when it comes to using social media and integrating it throughout […]

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