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An In-Depth Infographic on Blogging

6 Jul

Thinking of starting or improving your own blog? Do you want your blog to go from good to great?

The Wise Startup Blog has developed a terrific infographic with more than one hundred ideas on developing and posting a blog. Take a look.

 


 

The Fast-Growing Era of Tailored Ads by Country

30 Jun

Unlike in the past when firms could use universal themes in their ads around the globe, with just minor changes, today, companies need to use a more tailored approach in the face of stiff competition.

As an example, KFC has really stepped up its advertising strategy — and not just in the United States. Here are a selection of tailored ads from around the world. We feature YouTube ads from SEVEN countries here.
 

From the USA YouTube Channel: There is now an “extra crispy” Colonel Sanders played by actor George Hamilton, known for his perpetual tan.


 

From the India YouTube Channel: The new limited edition KFC Watt A Box will not only fill you up but also your smartphone.


 

From the UK and Ireland YouTube Channel: KFC Rollerskater — Bring home the weekend with KFC.


 

From the South Africa YouTube Channel: Through #‎TasteGuarantee, KFC is making sure that customers are happy and satisfied with every meal, and continue to get the great tasting food you know and love!


 

From the Hong Kong YouTube Channel: “Finger Lickin’ Good Edible Nail Polish.” [This ad is in Chinese.]


 

From the Philippines YouTube Channel: For those preferring hot tasting chicken, KFC Hot Shots is getting customers all fired up! 


 

From the Thailand YouTube Channel: The legend is back by popular demand — KFC crispy chicken Chilliwack, cheese, onions, peppers , dark burn. [This ad is in Thai.]

 

Twitter Turns to Emojis to Boost Business

16 Jun

We have noted recently (1, 2) that emojis are gaining a much bigger role in marketing — both through videos and social media sites. Now, Twitter is hopping onto the emoji bandwagon.

As George Slefo reports for Advertising Age:

“Advertisers will either cry with laughter or happiness following Twitter’s announcement of emoji based-targeting. Its move precedes World Emoji Day [which is on July 17].”

“Advertisers can target consumers who have tweeted or engaged with tweets that feature emojis. Thus, someone in Chicago who tweets a pizza emoji can be targeted by a local restaurant to come in for a slice of deep dish.”

“More than 110 billion emojis have been tweeted since 2014, according to Twitter, which says they can signal a person’s mood or mindset.”

 
Click the emojis’ image to read more.


 

Pepsi’s 5-Second Emoji Ads

5 May

As we noted recently, companies are finding greater uses for the emoji (“a small digital image or icon used to express an idea, emotion, etc.”) in their marketing efforts.

Pepsi will start using emojis in FIVE-SECOND TV ads later this month, according to E.J. Schultz writing, for Advertising Age:

“For Pepsi, short is sweet when it comes to ads, which is why it is taking the unusual step of running five-second TV ads to support the cola’s new emoji-designed bottles. The brand will run more than 100 online and TV ads beginning in mid-May that are five seconds in length, a Pepsi spokeswoman confirmed. “Consumers want a shorter form of everything. This is our way of transforming media to make it more relevant to consumers.” The firm is also seeking to make ads as contextually relevant as possible. So an ad running during a baseball game will have a baseball theme.”

 
Here is a Pepsi’s YouTube teaser for the new emoji ads. ]Note: The teaser is about 40 seconds.🙂 ]
 

 

Intended Meanings of Popular Brands

22 Apr

Companies often spend a lot of time and money to build brand popularity and have a unique brand image — and then work hard to sustain it over time.

Below is an interesting infographic on the images that several popular brands seek to present to consumers, from the Translation Company:

“Creating a strong brand identity is an integral aspect of any consumer business, and a large part of any brand identity lies in its name. While many brands are simply named after their founders, others have more interesting origins. Some brand names take inspiration from ancient mythology, some are completely made-up, and some arrive in the world out of pure luck. We’ve taken a look at some of the most recognizable brands from around the world to find out just how and why they got their names – we’re sure that a fair few will surprise you!

 


 

McDonald’s Strong Involvement in Children’s Literacy

8 Feb

It’s been an interesting few years for McDonald’s. It has had problems with franchisees, a very expanded menu for a fast-food chain, and those who are pushing for healthier food. And all of this time, the firm has worked hard to improve its image as the world’s leading fast-food company.

As part of its healthier choices for kids, a few years ago to McDonald’s added a piece of fruit to its Happy Meals box. And in 2013, McDonald’s began distributing Happy Meals Books:

“Ensuring children have access to books has proven instrumental in combating illiteracy in children in the United States. Studies prove the simple act of reading a book to a child at bedtime has a direct impact on his or her educational growth and potential. To help fill this critical need, McDonald’s began distributing Happy Meal Books in 2013 and, by the end of this year, will have distributed more than 50 million books to children — enough to provide a book to every child in America under the age of 12.”

As the firm announced on Twitter:

 

AND, from February 2 through February 2016, it will be offering a book instead of a toy with Happy Meals.

Samantha Grossman reports for Time that:

“Trying to get your kids to read more? You might want to take them to McDonald’s, where they’ll get a book instead of a toy in their Happy Meals, now through Feb. 15.”

“According to the Los Angeles Times, McDonald’s is including four different books. Three of them are Valentine’s Day themed: Clark the Shark Takes HeartHappy Valentine’s Day, Mouse!, and Pete the Cat: Valentine’s Day Is Cool. The fourth book is the classic Paddington.”

“This is the third time the fast-food chain has served miniature paperbacks instead of plastic toys in its Happy Meals.”

 

 

The Best and Worst of Super Bowl Advertising

5 Feb

During the first 49 Super Bowls, there have been a lot of TV commercials presented, and billions of dollars spent on them. So, which of these commercials are considered the best and which the worst?

Before reading the experts’ choices, state what is your all-time favorite Super Bowl TV commercial and what is your least favorite. Why?
 

According to Judann Pollack, writing for Ad Age, these are the top 10 Super Bowl TV ads from games 1-49. Click the ad title to see it at YouTube; and click here to learn why these ads were chosen as the best:

  1. Apple, “1984.”
  2. Monster.com, “When I Grow Up.”
  3. Budweiser, “Respect.” (9/11 Tribute!)
  4. Coca-Cola, “Hilltop.”
  5. EDS, “Cat Herding.”
  6. Coca-Cola, “Mean Joe Greene.”
  7. Nike, “Hare Jordan.”
  8. Volkswagen, “The Force.”
  9. Ram Trucks, “Farmer.”
  10. Budweiser, “Whassup!?”

 

According to Kimberly Potts, reporting for Yahoo! TV, these are the worst Super Bowl TV ads from games 1-49. Click the ad title to see it at YouTube; and click here to learn why these ads were chosen as the worst:

  1. Groupon, “Save the Money – Tibet”
  2. GM, “Robot Commercial”
  3. SalesGenie.com, “Pandas”
  4. Go Daddy, “Body Paint: Danica Patrick & Jillian Michaels”
  5. Go Daddy, “Exposure: Danica Patrick”
  6. Miller, “Evil Beavers vs. Miller Lite”
  7. Pepsi, “King’s Court with Elton John”
  8. Go Daddy, “Perfect Match with Bar Refaeli”
  9. Teleflora, “Adriana Lima”
  10. Bridgestone Tires, Alice Cooper & Richard Simmons”

 

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