Rum Raises

Lewis Lazare: While breweries are scrambling to come up with a national marketing strategy to elevate beer’s image among a customer base that increasingly has turned to other drink options, a number of major liquor and spirits brands are positioning themselves as classy alternatives to beer. Add Brown-Forman’s Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum to that group. […]

Fresca’s Facelift

Lewis Lazare: Last time we checked, the Coca-Cola Co. wasn’t cash-strapped. So it’s surprising the company couldn’t come up with a more compelling look for the revamped Fresca design hitting grocery store shelves this week. Fresca’s new bubble-inspired design strikes us as something you’d be more likely to find on a third-rate generic cola. Rack […]

Sex Sells “Your Favorite Little Pelmeni”

Konstantin Dlutskiy writes about marketing and advertising in Russia. ‘Pelmeni’ are Russian ravioli-like pasta envelopes containing minced meat. Always with meat. Envelopes with mashed potatoes or fruits are called ‘vareniki’ and are more popular in Ukraine. The popularity of pelmeni in Russia is immense. It’s one of the most popular traditional fast food. You simply […]

A Hard Look At The Old Soft Sell

San Francisco Chronicle: In most ads, a company is trying to sell you a product, or a brand, or some oxymoronic notion of corporate philosophy (as if the pursuit of profit wasn’t credible self-justification in a capitalist marketplace). But flipping through a recent copy of the New Yorker — the Sept. 5 issue, to be […]

Dear National City Bank,

How stupid is your marketing department? I leave town for 9 days and what did I find in the stack of mail upon my return? 1) A Visa “CheckCard” I never asked for, but is just sitting in an envelope any moron can feel has a card enclosed. It’s just there waiting to be “instantly […]

What Would Jesus Double Down On?

Here’s a news flash: Religious people are a little sensitive about their deities. From Yahoo: Irish bookmaker Paddy Power was fending off the wrath of Christians in overwhelmingly Roman Catholic Ireland on Friday over an advert depicting Jesus and the Apostles gambling at the Last Supper. The billboard posters, on display in the Irish capital, […]

Coors Launches Onionesque Site

At long last, Coors Brewing has found a way to make their key point-of-difference relevant to young male beer drinkers. Beer Drinkers Against the Mistreatment of Beer Mission Statement Imagine being packed by the hundreds, even thousands, into un-refrigerated or un-insulated trucks and rail cars for days on end. Standing in up to 100 degree […]

Schwab Chucks Charles For Chuck

According to New York Times, brokerage house, Charles Schwab, has introduced a new ad campaign from Euro RSCG Worldwide in New York, the Havas agency that was awarded the company’s brand and retail advertising account in December. The campaign is directed at current and potential Schwab customers in a way meant to echo the informal […]