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Porsche 911 Makes U-Turn as Everyday Vehicle

Posted by Dale Buss on March 28, 2011 10:00 AM

When is a sports car not a sports car? When it’s a minivan – sort of.

In a new advertising campaign for its slow-selling 911, Porsche Cars North America is repositioning the $78,000-to-$143,000 sports car as an “everyday” vehicle.

Think the 911 is only good for its fantasy-fulfillment chops? Think again.Continue reading...

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Nike Bleeds Blue for India in Cricket World Cup

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 25, 2011 03:00 PM

Nike’s new ad campaign, the “Bleed Blue Pledge,” premiered this week in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup quarterfinals between India and Australia — in which India prevailed and sent the Aussie players packing in a historic victory that notched record TV ratings.Continue reading...

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Ford's New Spokesman Literally a Puppet

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 22, 2011 01:00 PM

You have to give Ford a hand. Seriously. Its new brand ambassador, Doug, can't operate without one. 

The odd-looking orange puppet is part of the automaker's new digital campaign to promote the 2012 Ford Focus, one that comes with some strong comedic chops.Continue reading...

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Sony Ericsson Hot Shots: Shades of Sharapova's "I Feel Pretty"?

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2011 12:00 PM

Remember Maria Sharapova's "I Feel Pretty" commercial for Nike? The Charlie's Angels theme of the new Sony Ericsson campaign might seem to reinforce what irked her in that spot — being valued for her looks instead of her talent.

The tennis player, as Sony Ericsson's brand ambassador, is helping promote its new reality-style web series following six attractive young female players (aka "the Hot Shots") on the 2011 WTA tour. They'll upload photos and videos onto FacebookYouTube and their individual Twitter feeds to give a behind-the-scenes glimpse at life on the WTA circuit for a mini-Maria. 

It's all a bid to promote Sony Ericsson's Android-enabled Xperia smartphone to young women and sports fans — a natural brand association, as Sony Ericsson is a long time supporter of the Women's Tennis Association.Continue reading...

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Lexus Woos Younger Buyers With CT 200h

Posted by Dale Buss on March 11, 2011 02:00 PM

It’s been a long road even in marketing-cycle terms for Lexus and the CT 200h hybrid – between a weird promotional gig with Sarah Silverman and the car now finally showing up in Lexus dealerships nationwide.

Remember nearly a year ago when Lexus hired the edgy and unpredictable comedienne to host a debate about global warming on behalf of the brand, at the New York International Auto Show? Neither does anybody else. But now, the Toyota luxury brand is hoping that by closing the circle on its year-long buildup and by actually easing into dealer showrooms, the CT 200h can provide a timely bump to Lexus sales.

Lexus has just launched a new national TV-advertising campaign for the car, which — at 42 mpg on the highway — Lexus says is the most fuel-efficient luxury car available.Continue reading...

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Digital Piracy 101: Cap’n Crunch is Still on the Bridge

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 11, 2011 01:00 PM

This 1966 commercial was one of the first for Horatio Magellan Crunch, aka Cap’n Crunch, who it turns out will not be retiring. According to Quaker Oats, rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated, leading one to ask — was it an effective marketing stunt?Continue reading...

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A Digital CARE Package for the 21st Century

Posted by Barry Silverstein on March 10, 2011 01:00 PM

It's always encouraging to see a legacy brand reinvent itself, especially one that offers assistance to the world's people.

That's what CARE is doing with a newly launched website that features a new kind of "CARE Package," a phrase that became associated with the nonprofit organization when it was founded in 1946.

CARE, which stands for the Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere, was originally comprised of 22 American organizations coming together to send CARE Packages consisting primarily of food to World War II survivors.

In the next twenty years, CARE sent some 100 million CARE Packages to people in need in Europe and later in Asia and other parts of the world.

The phrase "care package" has become so popular that it's widely used for any assortment of items being sent to a student, loved one, friend or other individual — but it has also lost its association with its origins.Continue reading...

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iPadvertising: Gap and Glamour Produce Original iPad Series

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 9, 2011 05:15 PM

Conde Nast's Glamour and Gap have teamed up for Glamour Girls, an original web series exclusively available on the magazine's iPad app. As Gap notes on its blog, there are four ten-minute episodes, each featuring a different Glamour staffer running about the office and New York — dressed, of course, in Gap's spring collection.

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