Life is not an either/or proposition, and applying that principle to modern marketing is basically what’s at the core of Michael Solomon’s new book Marketers, Tear Down These Walls! Liberating the Postmodern Consumer. Solomon breaks his book into several chapters that focus on traditionally opposing forces: Us versus them, me versus we, offline versus online, […]
So I’m zoned out here watching “Seinfeld” reruns when this spot comes up: Gotta admit, it’s a pretty good way to grab viewers’ attention. Even that of a gringo like myself.
Anyone who’s studied the history of advertising knows that back in the first half of the 20th century, it was quite common to sell health and beauty products based on people’s fear of appearing less attractive or inadequate. Now, as consumerism spreads throughout poorer and third world countries, we’re seeing that technique used all over […]
I had no idea how ridiculously accurate “Portlandia” was until I moved to the Pacific Northwest. So do marketers account for the regional differences that still exist in our country? Should they? I once had a client that operated a business with multiple locations around the country. While the national clients were always looking for […]
Today in Seattle, Starbucks received a giant thank-you card for its support of same-sex marriage. Despite an attempted boycott by the National Organization for Marriage, Starbucks got a look at who its true fans were. So do boycotts work? How can advertisers and agencies respond to boycotts? Consumers aren’t always consistent in what brands they […]
How far will marketers go to make a brand impression? Apparently, all the way to the crib. I’d love to hear from the parents of toddlers, because this Adweek article about marketing to newborns and 2-3 year-olds sounds pretty sleazy: Licensed characters, of course, have been plastered on packaged foods, toys, and every piece of […]
Over at MarketingForecast.com, they’re taking a look at an increasing desire on the part of American consumers to seek out domestic goods. New research shows that the Made-In-America message is selling particularly well to affluent consumers. In the past 2 years, the number of well-to-do consumers who are buying products manufactured in America factories rose […]
Yeah, I’m admittedly no fan of Mark Penn, a former advisor to the Hillary Clinton campaign, but in this Wall Street Journal editorial, he is kinda sorta somewhat concerned about the plight of the “Creative Class” and other white-collar jobs in this economy: We are totally unprepared for this new phenomenon. We have safety nets […]