Healthcare Marketing Is Growing Like A Pubescent Teenager

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Today, health insurer Aetna is launching a new campaign themed, “What’s Your Healthy?” Created by Arnold Worldwide and Digitas, the campaign seeks to do what so many health insurance providers are trying to accomplish: Engage their customers and get them to be “proactive” about their healthcare. Pushing healthy habits ultimately reduces healthcare costs, so it’s […]

60 Minute Brand Strategist Goes Deep Into Branding With Style

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I’ve long ago stopped paying much attention to people who throw around the word “branding” or keep harping on the meaning of “brand.” Because depending on where you work — an ad agency, a design firm, a digital marketing shop, etc. — branding and brand building means something different to you. Still, it’s illuminating to […]

Offshore Tax Shelters A Problem For Apple, But Not The Only One

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Congress has been getting up in Apple’s face about its offshore tax havens, but is it a problem for the brand? I think it is, because a brand is the sum of a company’s parts. A brand is what a company believes and what a company does; therefore, Apple’s brand is tarnished via its tax […]

Hooters Working To Insert The Restaurant Into Its “Breastaurant” Brand

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In the ad business we hear about brands wishing to reinvent themselves daily. In fact, many of us have heard these exact words (more than once), “We want to be just like Apple.” Thankfully, there are few signs of brand-specific cluelessness this overt. Like agencies seeking a new skin, I am not convinced a full […]

Authentic Brands Attract, And Deserve, Authentic Scrutiny

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Last week, I posted some contrarian views on Dove’s “Real Beauty Sketches” idea. Writing in Forbes CMO Network, Will Burns leaps to the defense of Dove and smacks down the criticism of the video, calling the criticism “ugly” and “absurd.” Burns is off the mark here with his characterizations. There’s nothing ugly or absurd about […]

It’s Earth Day. Do Consumers Really Care about “Green” Products?

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Since I moved to Seattle, I’ve become much more aware of environmental issues and groups that draw attention to them. But where I came from, it’s another story. We’ve seen many attempts in recent years by marketers to capitalize on a growing awareness by consumers of environmental issues. Today’s New York Times reports on the […]

Marketers Are Brand Architects And Building Brands Takes More Than Math

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Fact: When it comes to marketing spending, analog still outstrips digital by a factor of three to one. Jake Sorofman, an analyst with Gartner, supplied the cold hard fact above in a Harvard Business Review article. It’s the kind of fact that my friend Bob Hoffman likes, and likes to use to convince CMOs and […]

A Bilingual Tide Spot? Sí.

So I’m zoned out here watching “Seinfeld” reruns when this spot comes up: Gotta admit, it’s a pretty good way to grab viewers’ attention. Even that of a gringo like myself.

People Prompted To Drink More Pepsi, Drink More Pepsi

Indra Nooyi, chairman-CEO of PepsiCo, believes in advertising. She now has some numbers to back up her thinking. According to Ad Age, PepsiCo reported a 4% drop in full-year profits in part due to increased marketing spending. But fourth-quarter profit rose 17% as the spending kicked in. Pepsi also posted 5% organic revenue growth for […]

Sorry, But Brands Don’t Really Want To Fix Agencies

If you read Digiday every day, you’d be convinced that all advertising agencies are terribly dysfunctional and they’re pretty much screwed like dinosaurs. Which, as we all know, has a slight kernel of truth sometimes. But article after article aims to hoist agencies on their own petards. This article from Giselle Abramovich, entitled, “What Brands […]