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April 30th, 2019

beisert

Maybe You Should Sleep On It

If you’ve ever had a dream (most of us), you know they can
be fun, interesting and wildly bizarre. For instance, my last dream had the lush setting of the Ritz Carlton where I was stuck in a glass elevator with Michael Keaton and Ryan Reynolds, all of us wearing bright green St. Patrick’s Day outfits and holding French bulldogs. Before you can judge me, I’m sure you’ve had weirder dreams than that. Read More

April 9th, 2019

Danny Wikowsky

It’s Overtime and You’ve Got One Commercial Break

Last night was the culmination of the 2018 – 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball season with the University of Virginia defeating Texas Tech University in an instant-classic championship game of what we all effectively call March Madness. Of course, advertisers typically work to leverage March Madness for their special offers, deals and promotions. The king of this year’s tournament, in my opinion, is Buffalo Wild Wings. Read More

February 26th, 2019

sgalusha

A Blog is a Blog is a Blog … or is it?

The short answer:

This is a blog post, not a blog. Blogs are a collection of
blog posts, which can be any length. Even three sentences.

The long answer:

There seem to be a big misconception regarding blogs, one which I try and correct at every given chance. A blog is an online diary or publication. While writing this piece, I know that it will be posted to Bozell’s blog. This piece, however, isn’t a blog, Read More

February 8th, 2019

Robin Donovan

Timid Women, DOVE Chocolate says “No chocolate for you!”

I have seen DOVE Chocolates’s new commercial, which implies that three guys are buying gifts at the same time and place for the same woman. The spot then cuts to said woman eating DOVE Chocolate. What I did not comprehend was that this is DOVE’s way of celebrating “bold” women.
As a woman who some have accused of being bold, Read More

February 1st, 2019

dmoore

The Advertising Subpar Bowl

Has Super Bowl advertising jumped the shark?
As way of explanation, here’s the definition of “Jump the shark”:
“Jumping the shark is the moment when something that was once popular no longer warrants the attention it previously received, particularly when attempts at publicity only serve to highlight its irrelevance… reaching a point at which far-fetched events are included merely for the sake of novelty, indicative of a decline in quality.”
Sounds an awful lot like the current state of Super Bowl advertising. Read More

January 2nd, 2019

Kathy Blobaum

Disruption in the Grocery Landscape

Traditional grocers have been losing market share to alternative formats for some time now, but with the rise of Amazon and their purchase of Whole Foods, the rate of change continues to accelerate. Walmart is also investing heavily in e-commerce and the retail giant is intent on competing with Amazon for the top spot in online grocery market share. Increasingly, consumers are gaining confidence in ordering groceries online. According to the Food Marketing Institute study conducted by Nielsen, Read More

December 19th, 2018

Kerrey Lubbe

DISH Network with the Win!

I’ll admit, I’m still one of those people who watches live television and watches the commercials. (I like to stay up on what advertisers are doing.) And I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the new Dish Network TV “Road Trip” commercial where three men discuss an unfortunate purchase of an old and questionable RV. It was really funny. I even found myself rewinding the DVR to watch it again. Read More

December 11th, 2018

Robin Donovan

Texting Your Holiday Greeting – While Driving

With the holidays in full swing, a great deal of focus is being placed on the time crunch we’re all feeling and how that makes us take dangerous short cuts. Texting while driving is, arguably, one of the most dangerous.
A recent article focusing on Travelers’ new safe-driving campaign reminds us that there is already a plethora of videos and photos showing horrific accidents. Read More

December 6th, 2018

rweber

Think Outside the Influencer Box

“Influencer marketing is the fastest-growing online customer-acquisition method.” (Digital Marketing Institute). Word-of-mouth marketing (WOMM) is influencer marketing, and a critical component of public relations and social media strategies. Influencer marketing focuses on viewer engagement with a recommendation from someone the consumer trusts, using individuals and organizations to influence consumer decisions and provide additional brand exposure. Read More

November 21st, 2018

Danny Wikowsky

The Wide World of Sports … Marketing

There are many avenues that companies and marketers utilize to maximize their reach. For large corporations all the way down to small, local businesses, sports have proven to be a great marketing tool. During sporting events like the Super Bowl, World Series or March Madness, you see big corporations spending their advertising dollars on commercial spots, trying to capitalize on the number of eyeballs that are watching. On the flip side, small businesses sponsor local sports, Read More