Category: Marketing

Does HUMOUR actually help SELL stuff? »

This entertaining Toyota commercial kept popping up every time I tried to watch Trump’s latest antics. LOVE humour in marketing. But the question is, does it actually SELL stuff? What IS right on the money is the fact that we identify ourselves with our purchases. We believe that this running shoe will make us more […]

Does this ad OFFEND or AMUSE you? »

Profanity, an arguably patronizing attitude towards the new employee (end of ad) and yet irreverent ads like this have propelled Dollar Shave Club to millions selling something you can buy yourself at the local dollar store or your neighborhood Walgreens. So, do you find it OFFENSIVE or AMUSING? More importantly, would YOU buy their stuff? […]

What do you think of Political Ad: “Just Not Ready”? »

A lot more clever than the average political attack ad. Regardless of your political leanings, I think most people will be impressed by the interesting job interview angle.

Things Go Better With COKE! How to Get Attention For Your Stuff! »

Let’s file this under “What will they think of next?” I was clearing out a cabinet in my office and pulled out 4 cool aluminum curvy coke bottles and asked my daughter what we could use them for. The obvious was lamps but they weren’t wide bottomed enough, maybe candlesticks but still too tipsy. Put […]

Is size FAT a brilliant marketing move or PR disaster? »

Every time I go shopping with my daughters, I tell them that in my day there was no size 2, definitely no size zero. Who are we kidding? Well here’s a Japanese company that’s decided to tell it like it is with sizes skinny, fat, jumbo etc. Now I’ve carried extra weight in my time […]

Don’t Call It That! »

If I had written this book, Don’t Call It That! by Eli Altman, I probably would have called it “Is That What You’re Calling It?” which is what I often say as I carefully attempt to tread lightly, gingerly, one might say, on an area where I know a client has invested his heart and […]

How badly do YOUR fans want YOU? »

A few years ago, over Christmas break, my daughter D and I watched 3 seasons of Veronica Mars in a few days. We were really bummed when it was over (although the last few episodes got a bit creepy), but still wanted more. Fast forward a few years and I get an email from her […]

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