Facebook Fumbles and Yahoo! Recovers

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Mark Zuckerberg knows how to strike a nerve. Which is odd, because striking a chord is how most men and women make a lot of money. Naturally, he stepped over the privacy line again. This time his prize purchase of 2012 — Instagram for just shy of one billion dollars — is at risk of […]

Coca-Cola Is Talking. Who’s Going To Listen?

I’m about as loyal a customer of Coke as you’ll find. I grew up in Atlanta, which was largely built on Coca-Cola money. I drink several Diet Cokes a day, ask for it by name in every restaurant I’m at, and give dirty looks when the server asks, “Is Pepsi OK?” Having said all that, […]

As We Ask Our Phones To Do More, Their Poor Little Processors Struggle To Keep Up

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Is Intel inside your mobile handset? The tech giant wants to be inside your phone, and wants you to be aware of its mobile processing power. According to Reuters, “Intel Inside,” a branding campaign launched in 1991, turned commodity electronic components into premium products. This year, the Intel Inside logo has appeared on the backs […]

For Little Caesars, The Marketing Is A Bit On The Stale Side

There’s a Little Caesars up the road from me. And many times, I’ve gone in and gotten one of their $5 Hot n’ Ready Pizzas. It’s a good deal and it’s fairly tasty. But I’ve never, never felt like singing while walking out the door the way these folks do in the commercial that’s currently […]

I Like Your Jacket. And I “Like” Your Jacket.

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Here’s an interesting use of Facebook in the retail space. A Brazilian retailer lets you see exactly how many people “like” a particular item of clothing. According to Springwise, C&A’s new “Fashion Like” initiative uses special hooks on the racks in its bricks-and-mortar store to display Facebook “likes” in real time, giving in-store shoppers a […]

Does Puking Get Me A Seat At The Table?

As we saw with Wild Turkey the other day, lots of liquor companies are taking to the TV (and YouTube) to solidify their brand. Here’s Jagermeister’s new attempt at this, courtesy of Mistress in LA: According to Michael Volke, Executive Board Member at Mast-Jagermeister SE, there’s a heritage to this brand I wasn’t aware of. […]

Wild Turkey Struts Its Stuff On TV For the First Time Ever

Wild Turkey is a 157 year-old brand, but this campaign marks the first time they’ve been on TV: Fly Communications in New York City created the spot.

Will Anyone Listen To A Dead Brand Revived?

I was very little, but I do remember the ubiquitous E.F. Hutton commercials: Now, Ad Age is reporting on the resurrection of the brand: Use of the Hutton brand was dropped after Primerica Corp. bought Shearson Lehman Hutton in 1993 and merged it with Smith Barney. Members of the alumni group bought the Hutton brand […]