Smart Water: Humorous Advertising with Jennifer Aniston

Check it out — a celebrity playing on the constant media fascination with her.   Clever, but will it sell Smart Water? [thanks to JFE for the link.]

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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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Memorabilia Sells — Sometimes for a Lot!!

Yes, we love celebrities, our sports teams, and nostalgia. As a result (and aided by the Web), collectibles have become big sellers. And auctions can real pump up the prices — it only takes two to drive up the bidding. Would you pay $46,000 for this Tom Brady football jersey? That’s what the final bid […]

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The Rolling Stones at 50: A Businessweek Fact Sheet

This year, the Rolling Stones marked their 50th anniversary as a rock band. It was recently announced that they would be performing 4 shows later this year, including 2 at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, the home of the NBA’s Brooklyn (formerly New Jersey) Nets. In  a recent story, Businessweek ‘s John Lopez compiled an interesting […]

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Cereal Marketing Goes Global

Until recently, U.S.-style cereal brands were not popular in many countries around the world for a variety of cultural and taste differences. Now, the largest cereal marketers are fine-tuning their offerings and aggressively seeking foreign markets — as the United States marketplace is saturated and seeing very slow growth. The leading global hot cereal brands […]

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How Brands Can Incentivize Our Good Behavior

Leading companies such as Nike and IBM (yes, Nike does a lot of good stuff too, besides selling pricey sneakers 🙂 ) have recently developed marketing campaigns specifically intended to motivate/encourage good behavior on our part. For instance, as reported by JWT Intelligence: “One way in which gamification, one of our 10 Trends for 2011, […]

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Rethinking Made in China

JWT Intelligence regularly produces reports on a wide variety of marketing subjects and makes them readily available. Recently, JWT Intelligence published a report about the changing status of Chinese brands. As noted in the report’s executive summary: “China is the globe’s most populous country and its second biggest economy (one that’s forecast to move ahead of […]

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