Etch A Sketch Shakes Up The Conversation, And Their Marketing


Playing off the news that one of Mitt Romney’s advisors said that he would reset himself like an Etch A Sketch once the Republican primaries are over, the toymaker is having fun with some new ads: I love ads like this that can take its cues from recent events and still come out looking good. […]

Telling Victoria’s Secret

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In order to keep a roof over our heads, so to speak, we infuse brands with meaning. But what happens to that meaning post-infusion? How is it transferred (if it is) to the people it was made for? According to BusinessWeek, University of Minnesota researchers Deborah Roedder John and Ji Kyung Park are studying the […]

No, It’s Not A New Vegas Casino, It’s A New Snack Foods Division.

Naming is tough. You end up with one word out of the hundreds or thousands of possibilities on the wall. And if a committee had anything to do with it, the one word chosen is likely to be stupid, or at best uninspired. Such is the case with this new made up word: Mondelez. According […]

Saturday Night Live Parodies Real Commercials. Verizon Gets That Backwards.

Every now and then, a commercial on TV stops me in my tracks, even when it’s on in the background. This one from Verizon sure did: Why? Because I saw this idea done originally on Saturday Night Live: Ironically, when I first pulled this up, there was a pre-roll spot for Sprint before this SNL […]

Coca-Cola’s BHAG: $200 Billion by 2020


Coca-Cola is planning to increase revenue to $200 billion in 2020 from $95 billion in 2008. Joseph V. Tripodi, executive vice president and chief marketing and commercial officer at Coca-Cola, concedes that doubling revenue is “a big, hairy, audacious goal,” a.k.a. BHAG. Yet, he believes global megatrends like urbanization and the rise of the middle […]

Jim Beam Makes A Deal With The Devil


Back when I was in school at the University of Georgia, fall Saturdays meant two things: Football, and Beam & Cokes. Jim Beam’s come a long way since then, and thanks to StrawberryFrog, is taking a premium version of its bourbon called Devil’s Cut and rolling it out with a decidedly darker, but playful, approach. […]

Louder Beats From Microsoft’s Drum


Microsoft is pretty sure its new Windows Phone is faster than your Android or iPhone. At the Consumer Electronics Show in January, Microsoft conducted the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge. CES attendees were offered $100 if their smartphone beat the Windows Phone. According to the Seattle Times, the final tally for Windows Phone at the […]

Apparently, Pigs Can Fly. And Talk With Some ‘Tude.

Courtesy of Atlanta’s Fitzgerald + Company, a new campaign for Bottom Dollar Food shuns the traditional fresh produce close-ups and bakery shots for a flying piggy bank with ‘tude. Share

Should American Brands Wrap Themselves In The Flag?

This new GE spot touts American manufacturing, but treads lightly so as not to feel too jingoistic. Obviously, GE is a global company. So what’s an American company to do these days about its heritage? How far will “Made in America” take a brand? In the past few weeks, we’ve seen Apple take a few […]

The Probelem With Conceived In California, But Made In China


President Obama wants “Made In America” to mean something again. And it’s no wonder, when “Made In China” comes with as many human rights questions as it does. As you may have heard, over 300 employees at a Foxconn plant in Wuhan, China recently threatened to throw themselves off a building in a mass suicide. […]