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 […]

The Only Thing “TRUE” Here Is A Bad Ad From A PR Firm

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It’s no secret that PR firms are looking to branch out into other realms like advertising and content creation. Nothing wrong with that at all, if they bring in the right talent who can help them compete in those areas. But this ad from PR firm FleishmanHillard is a deceptive one. It’s on the back […]

Wal-Mart In A Battle To Redefine Its Brand

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Wal-Mart want to clear some things up. Hence, the launch of a new PR-driven site, TheRealWalmart.com and new TV spots that began airing on Saturday during the Kentucky Derby. According to The Wall Street Journal, the campaign is the company’s first purely image-based ad push in several years. WSJ also reports that Wal-Mart’s “energized differentiation,” […]

Tweeted Ad From Nike Golf Sails Out of Bounds

Nike Golf Tweeted a simple aphorism and a storm erupted. People are so sensitive! “Winning takes care of everything.” @tigerwoods, World #1. twitter.com/nikegolf/statu… — Nike Golf (@nikegolf) March 25, 2013 The talking heads on CNN are discussing the wisdom, or lack thereof, of Nike’s ways. So are the instapundits on blogs, Twitter and Facebook. Some […]

Far From A “Triumph” For Carnival Or Cruising

There’s an old saying in the hospitality business, “If the guest has a good experience, she might tell one person about it, but if she has a bad experience she’s going to tell ten.” With 3000 very unhappy customers disembarking last night from a failed (and well publicized) cruise, it goes without saying that Carnival […]

President Obama Embraces Google+. Now, Will You?

Google+ is the unloved soc net. But that may begin to shift, now that President Obama is using the platform’s Hangout feature for a virtual town hall, or “Fireside Hangout” this Thursday, just two day after his State of the Union address. According to Google, selected participants will ask the President their own pre-screened questions […]

Guns Don’t Kill People. But People With Guns Do.

The National Rifle Association makes “repugnant and cowardly” ads, but the gun lobby appears slightly more adept at brand-sponsored content. Here’s a look at a video from their “Life of Duty” series sponsored by Smith & Wesson and Brownell’s, the world’s largest supplier of firearms accessories, gun parts and gunsmithing tools. “It’s freedom to be […]

In America, Companies Are People And People Discriminate

The “culture wars” have come to Mainstreet, U.S.A. The Boy Scouts are not an inclusive group, and one of their biggest corporate backers has been moved to change their giving policy because of it. According to The Oregonian, Intel (Oregon’s largest employer) will no longer include The Boy Scouts or any non-profit that fails to […]