The Pig Kisses It Better

When you work on a retail account, you have to drive traffic, especially around high volume holidays. Price promotions is one way to go, but price-driven appeals can become awfully expected. Speaking of expected, here’s a bunch of lame pickup lines… Okay, so Piggly Wiggly, a.k.a. “The Pig” injects a little surprise and some sophomoric […]

Spotlight On NW Creative: Pop Up Retail In The Pearl

Willsonville-based online show merchant, Solestruck, is now doing business face-to-face in Portland’s trendy Pearl District. According to The Oregonian, Bryce Morrow, Solestruck’s director of operations, saw unexpected opportunity in Portland’s retail vacancies, now at 8 percent. “We wouldn’t have done this type of thing two years ago,” he said. “In another two to five years, […]

Digital Disruption Du Jour: New Best Sellers In Hardback Only $9

“Ford County is the best writing that John Grisham has ever done.” -Pat Conroy Wal-Mart and Amazon are slashing prices on soon to be released hardcover editions of some of the holiday season’s potential best sellers, offering them online for $8.99 apiece, according to The New York Times. The titles affected include Sarah Palin’s memoir, […]

Integrated Marketing Is The Real Deal

Once upon a time, retail advertising or what’s now often called “shopper marketing” (for reasons unknown), used to take a back seat to brand-building ideas, but that’s changing. According to Ad Age, P&G is one of the companies busy changing the score. If it doesn’t work at the store, it’s no longer a good marketing […]

London Agency Takes It To The Street

Pop-up retail has been an interesting trend for the past few years. Now, thanks to London’s RKCR/Y&R, the concept is being stretched considerably (to include service providers). Ad Age and Shots are both featuring stories about the agency’s one-week pop-up agency experiment in its local Camden neighborhood. Here’s a passage from the Shots piece: Camden […]

Puma Shows Its Retail Face

Do you ever enter a hip retail store and the people working there look like they just stepped from the pages of a fashion mag, and you think you could never talk to them, because they’re too damn pretty? Well, PUMA wants to make the hotties in their stores more available to you. For instance, […]

Limited Supply And Great Prices On The Hush Hush

I’m intrigued by this Wall Street Journal report that online fashion retailers are turning to “private sales” to boost revenue. The companies, including Gilt Groupe, RueLaLa and HauteLook, have built a following with virally marketed, daily “members only” sales of limited merchandise. Short, intense sales — often just 36 hours — along with constant updates […]

Alice Sends You The Goods, a new e-commerce site, is trying to put a dent into those weekly trips to Target or Wal-Mart. BusinessWeek has more: Instead of buying the goods from manufacturers, marking up the price to make a profit, and then selling them–the traditional retail model–Alice makes no money on the sale of the goods. The manufacturer […]