Sam’s Club Wants To Give Its Small Business-Owning Customers Some Credit

Persistent unemployment nationwide is threatening to inhibit consumer spending. Against this backdrop of uncertainty, retailers are taking bold steps. Sam’s Club, for one, is introducing a program in which it facilitates loans for shoppers of up to $25,000, backed by the Small Business Administration. According to The New York Times, a little under half of […]

Want To Win At The Shelf? Hire Bad Ass Designers.

According to Ad Age, in-store marketing is growing in importance, and design is at the center of the battle for consumer attention. A study last year by Nielsen Co.’s Bases unit found in-store marketing clearly beats TV as the leading medium creating awareness of new package goods in the U.S. and five other key developed […]

This Is One Way To Do Memorable Advertising

Tim Nudd of Adfreak says, you’d have to put Staples’ “Wow, that’s a low price!” guy near the top of the annoying ad characters pile. Then, before I can even consider his claim, the sage journo points to this People magazine piece on Jennifer Love Hewitt’s desire for organization. Weird.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Pay Retail

SocialBuy is a new “social buying” site offering vouchers for discounts on luxury products and services often from retailers that have never before discounted — but now must in order to stay afloat in this economy. Naturally, the company wants to use social media to spread its social buying message. That was interesting… This is […]

Sears Plugs In And Keeps Plugging Away

Frankly, I haven’t thought about Sears in a while, and can’t remember the last time I went into one of their stores. So this article on Yahoo! Finance is an eye-opener, focusing on everything the company is doing to stay relevant: On a recent morning at the flagship Sears in downtown Chicago, the youthful, caffeine-fueled […]

Coca-Cola Vending Machine Delivers Brand Experience

This is a simple idea, but one that makes a lasting and totally positive impression on those in the room. [via BFG Blog]

A Gap In Perspective

What’s going on is 10 Vancouver-area Gap stores are offering consumers a credit on any merchandise that goes on sale within 45 days of their purchase. To promote this offer, Gap flipped the script and turned everything in its Robson Street store on its head. There’s more information at MySprize.com. [via BrandFreak]

Millennials Like To Get It Done

Women ages 20 to 30 represent a $54 billion marketing opportunity for packaged goods companies, according to Brandweek. But a study from Information Resources indicates that the shopping habits of this demographic vary significantly from previous generations. Compared to their elders, Millennials tend to use less coupons and circulars. They are also more likely to […]