Is GM Trying To Be Unintentionally Brilliant By Killing Chev ...

On the front page of today's NY Times there is an article about the death of Chevy. Not Chevrolet as a brand, but a leaked memo from GM that directs employees to stop using "Chevy" as the brand shorthand for Chevrolet. Supposedly citing brand consistency as the key reason for the move, the article notes

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An Inside Look At Kodak's New Fairly Priced Ink Campaig ...

Sometimes you just have to love a marketing campaign that starts off with what many people might call an oxymoron. Fairly Priced Ink from Kodak seems like that kind of effort when you first hear about it. After all, when have you ever known printer ink to be anything close to "fairly priced?" As it

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9 Ways For Luxury Brands To Use Social Media

Late last week I had the opportunity to be part of a unique event for the Washington DC area. Dubbed "All Access Fashion" – the three day event was part of Washington's response to NY's Fashion Week and featured many luxury retailers participating in runway shows and customer events hosted at one of the largest

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Burger King's School Of Endorsements

In a recent ad that Burger King just started running, NASCAR champion Tony Stewart teaches a course to other celebrities about only endorsing brands and products they actually believe in. The ad features Eric Estrada selling his own line of Estrada sunglasses, and an overly botoxed Carrot Top (the comedian) selling his own Carrot Crusher

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Palm Pre Misses Opportunity With Bollywood Hero Sponsorship

Earlier this month, the IFC channel launched a new three part mini-series called Bollywood Hero that featured the story of an American actor (Chris Kattan) who decides to leave Hollywood for Bollywood to become a leading man. The show aired in early August and has been replaying on the channel since then. I found it

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A Guide To Marketing By Giving Away Someone Else's Mone ...

Have you ever used a coupon at a grocery store or submitted a rebate for a product? If so, you've been part of what is one of the more brilliantly conceived direct promotion methods in the marketing world. Coupons (and rebates, another form of couponing) are a big deal. The obvious reason they matter is

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Why Google & Virgin America's Online Scavenger Hunt ...

Early this morning Google Apps partnered with Virgin America to launch a unique campaign where they invited people taking Virgin America flights all day, as well as those sitting on computers at home or work to participate in an online scavenger hunt for clues to answer questions they would pose at you on a website

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5 Marketing Secrets From Infomercials

Infomercials, those long TV ads that air late at night when most reasonable people should be sleeping, are often ridiculed by consumers and marketers alike. What kind of person would fall for those exaggerated claims and supposedly limited time offers? Surely these offers are only accepted by poor desperate insomniacs with too many credit cards,

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Underwear Brand Gives Thanks For Great Butts

As much of the US gears up for an abbreviated day of work leading up to the Thanksgiving Weekend, I thought I’d share a great marketing idea from our cousins across the pond that never quite made it to the US. It’s for an underwear brand called Sloggi – who decided to launch a Miss

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"Askvertising" And The Future Of Online Advertisin ...

About a year ago when I was in the market for a new digital SLR camera, the first place I turned was a site I have often visited over the years for authoritative advice on cameras. The site, Digital Photography Review, or dpreview.com for short, features complete and exhaustive reviews of digital cameras on the

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