VW Uses "Double Marketing" to Position Brand

For anyone who has ever sat in a marketing strategy session, inevitably the discussion usually comes down to dueling product/service benefits.  Does it taste great?  Is it less filling?  I suspect it was a creative impass that led Miller to come up with what is probably the most famous dueling benefit campaign ever created.  But

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Google Launches the DaVinci Code Quest

One of the surest ways to confirm your uber-geek status is to be able to solve riddles, puzzles, and other mental challenges.  Google first made it’s mark in this world with their innovative recruiting billboards in the valley designed to drive techno-geeks to a secret URL to test their intellect in order to get a

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What's In Your Firefox?

I love Firefox.  From its signature "tabbed browsing" to its open source heritage – Firefox has experienced huge growth thanks to the legions of brand believers who have spread the word about Firefox.  The Firefox brand has become a badge of honor – just as most graphic designers would never willingly choose to use a

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Butterfinger Launches FollowtheFinger.com

Walking through the streets of Old City in Philadelphia this weekend, there were people standing in line to get into clubs telling each other to "follow the finger."  At first I thought it was some college student slang, or a Philadephia thing – but looking around I realized – they were actually responding to a

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Support the Cancer Mosaic

Lance Armstrong is a phenomenon, from his heroic story of conquering cancer to the yellow  LIVESTRONG wristbands that launched one of the strongest social marketing campaigns in recent history (not to mention a new global fashion trend).  Currently, his nonprofit – The Lance Armstrong Foundation is promoting the LIVESTRONG Challenge, a call to supporters of

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The Greatest Viral Marketing Tool Ever

Google, by virtue of the sheer volume of their daily visitors has built into their site what might be the greatest viral marketing tool ever … their corporate logo.  And on occasions outside of the standard American holidays, they often use the logo to promote their cause, product, holiday or scientific endeavour of the day. 

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New Blogfeeds Launched: Public Relations, Advertising, Pharm ...

Following up on the very successful launch of this initiative a few months ago, we have been updating our 10 current feeds on an ongoing basis.  This week, we also just launched four new blogfeeds – you can check them out at the following addresses: Public Relations: http://blogfeeds.ogilvypr.com/publicrelations Advertising: http://blogfeeds.ogilvypr.com/advertising Pharmaceutical: http://blogfeeds.ogilvypr.com/pharmaceutical Ogilvy Bloggers: http://blogfeeds.ogilvypr.com/ogilvy

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Making A Successful Restaurant Website

Like many last minute males, I spent last night searching online for restaurants in the Washington DC area to plan that perfect last minute romantic evening out with my wife for Valentine’s Day. As I surfed online, I recalled my dot-bomb efforts to launch www.dc-restaurants.com almost ten years ago (the design stinks, it hasn’t ever

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Cool Sunday Sites: Typorganism, Instructables, and Listible

t.y.p.o.r.g.a.n.i.s.m – Site with a few very engaging interactive features, including a Minority Report-esque good news bad news panel and an ASCII-O-Matic to convert images into ASCII text based images. Instructables – An interesting site that features lots of contributions (all keyword tagged) around the site’s premise … "a venue for showing what you make

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Cool Sunday Sites: Fastr, Bad Design Kills, & Googlewhac ...

Fastr: A cool interactive game where you see a bunch of pictures randomly displayed from Flickr and have to guess the tag that relates to all of them.  A few technical bugs, but fun anyway. Bad Design Kills: A great viral site for designers, with printouts to put all over the office to help stop

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