Posted by Dale Buss on November 2, 2012 12:59 PM
Chevrolet has been coming up with one spiffy new car model after another. Its Cruze, Sonic and now Spark small cars have been big hits; its Equinox crossover continues to sell well; the Volt plug-in now is reaching nearly 3,000 sales a month; and the Chevy Silverado continues to sell strong.
Yet for October, GM's monthly sales tally showed that Chevrolet had the lowest sales uptick of any of the four GM brands, just 2.7 percent, while Chevy's overall sales rose by 4.7 percent over a year earlier. For the entire year to date, Chevy did outperform each of its siblling brands.
But the question remains: Is there some reason Chevy isn't doing better as a brand amid ever-rising gas prices that favor its largely fuel-economic fleet?Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 22, 2012 11:22 AM
Despite our objections over the poor grammar, Barack Obama's campaign is promoting "Gotta Vote" as its voter registration slogan with GottaVote.com and new spots released today featuring Barack and Michelle Obama.
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 16, 2012 10:17 AM
Timed to tonight's townhall debate with CNN's Candy Crowley moderating, the Obama presidential election campaign released this commercial starring Jay-Z, titled "The Power of Our Voice." That voice, as described by the campaign:
Gotta vote? Go here: http://OFA.BO/7WVtHh
Jay-Z shares why it is important to exercise your right to vote and how President Obama represents the power of our voice.
As Jay-Z shares:
"For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising your right to vote. I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. They didn't believe that their voice mattered or counted."
"Now people are exercising their right, and you are starting to see the power of our vote. He made it mean something for the first time for a lot of people."
So is "Gotta vote?" the new "Got milk?" And why is it a question instead of a call to action — "Yes, you've got to vote!"
The commercial highlights Obama's cameo-by-video during the performer's Bud Light-sponsored Made in America Festival concert, which took place last month in Philadelphia, where the Brooklyn Nets co-owner was emblazoned with logos for the team.
There's also an iPhone hoisted (by Beyonce - watch for the blue nail polish - at the :34 mark), and of course the Obama-Biden logo at the end.
Posted by Dale Buss on October 12, 2012 03:31 PM
Chrysler was relying on smoke and mirrors for a while as it bid to come back in 2009 and 2010 from its bankruptcy and rescue by the U.S. taxpayer and Fiat.
But increasingly the company is turning out worthy brand-new or substantially overhauled models, such as the Dodge Dart and the new Chrysler 300 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. And it's those new vehicles that are fueling the company's continuing ability to post year-over-year healthy monthly sales increases after many pundits thought the strong comparisons of 2011 would be too much for Chrysler to overcome.
To build on that momentum, Chrysler is developing what it's calling "buzz packages" — special versions of nameplates that connect in a pyschographic or marketing sense with subsets of the overall markets for its increasingly successful nameplates. In its buzziest buzz package, Chrysler will roll out an 8 Mile edition of the Chrysler 200 sedan in partnership with Eminem.Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Dale Buss on October 5, 2012 03:33 PM
Yes, making gains at breakfast is nice. So is the fact that nobody talks about the hit job on Taco Bell's beef from a while back. But now the Yum! Brands stalwart is finally getting the kind of feedback that brand stewards really have been craving all along: Americans are mentioning "Taco Bell" in the same jalapeno-laced breath as "Chipotle." Thanks largely to the Cantina Bell menu that it introduced in July, Taco Bell perceptions are climbing among American consumers, according to new research by the YouGov BrandIndex.
Created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia — featured on the recent season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo, which hyped her Taco Bell tie-in during commercial breaks —the chain's new Cantina Bell menu brings eight new ingredients to Taco Bell including whole black beans, cilantro rice and fire-roasted corn salsa — exactly the sorts of staples that have garnered Chipotle's fresh-Mex menu such high regard. Garcia even recently visited fields in California to show where and how Taco Bells gets its cilantro.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 4, 2012 10:52 AM
Also, apparently, it's OK to pick up hitchhikers ... if they're in a bear costume and you're driving a 2013 MINI. More below.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 3, 2012 12:43 PM
Ford sales inched ahead in September largely due to two increasingly important sub-brands: the 2013 Ford Escape, and EcoBoost engines.
Both Escape and EcoBoost rose with a bullet during the month, with sales of the newly overhauled, iconic utility vehicle rising by nearly 15 percent over last year's sales of an earlier generation of the nameplate. It was the best-ever September for Escape.
And about 90 percent of Escapes sold came equipped with an EcoBoost engine, the Ford technology that allows a turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder engine to yield the same power — with improved mileage — of a six-cylinder of yore. In addition to traditional marketing, Ford is promoting the 2013 Escape with a branded entertainment project: "Escape My Life," a web series now rolling out on the models' YouTube channel.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2012 06:10 PM
Whether Arby's new ad campaigns in the U.S. and Canada will boost the chain's sales won't be known for a while. But give Arby's this: Its new promotions credit North American consumers with a certain intellectual dexterity.
That's because both the U.S. campaign, "Slicing Up the Truth About Freshness," and the brand's new "Believe the Unbelievable" campaign in Canada rely on viewers of the advertisements to "get" creative conceits that, even if understood, they may not find all that relevant to the process of determining what sandwich to cram down their gullets that day.
But they are clever. In the U.S., for example, Arby's is rolling out out a brand refresh with a new logo "as well as an ad campaign based on the notion that the fast feeder is "slicing up" the truth about how Arby's has been freshly slicing meat in its restaurants for nearly 50 years.
It's certainly a differentiator that few if any competitors can claim. And to drive the point home, the campaign — tongue in cheek — puts former New York City police detective Bo Dietl on "the case" to "expose the truth" about fresh slicing.Continue reading...