Wal-Mart Running For Office

According to the New York Times, Bentonville, Arkansas-based retail behemoth, Wal-Mart, is taking its “we’re good for America” spin to the airwaves.

Wal-Mart, under attack now from unions and prominent Democrats, yesterday introduced a marketing campaign that closely resembles the television advertisements used by political candidates.
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In a local experiment (spots are running in Omaha and Tucson) that is eventually to be seen across the country, the giant discount retailer began broadcasting two television spots that, in unusually detailed terms, trumpet its health care plans, charitable contributions and positive impact on the American economy.
The ads do not attack Wal-Mart critics but introduce its merits, much as a candidate would. “Our low prices save the average working family $2,300 a year,” says the narrator of one ad. “Which buys a lot of things — and a whole lot of freedom.”

The article argues the ads reflect the influence of Edelman, the public relations firm Wal-Mart has hired to rehabilitate its image.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan in the Pacific Northwest. Chief Storyteller at Bonehook, a guide service and bait shop for brands. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.

  • http://multicultclassics.blogspot.com HighJive

    wal-mart employees are now expected to refer to the retailer’s founder as uncle sam walton.

  • JamesBruni

    This proves that Edelman’s efforts to manage the Mass Media and Blogosphere on behalf of WalMart have totally failed. That’s why they have to resort to what we PR people call — “controlled media”, or advertising.

  • nancy

    From middle America:
    They are opening the second one in our city of 40,000 and the building even has architectural elements.