Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 14, 2012 11:27 AM
Volkswagen has been doing all it can to up its visibility in India the past few years. It wouldn’t hurt, after all, to sell well in the country with the second largest population, right?
So it has run ads that make newspapers “talk” and bought silver wraps for newspapers to show off the Jetta’s cool coloring. A few years ago, it lowered a Vento from a skyscraper to introduce it to the nation.
The latest innovation from VW’s marketing gurus is a vibrating newspaper. As news consumers opened one of three papers – The Times of India, The Hindustan Times and The Hindu – a light-sensitive chip attached to ads that teased "Feel the Shiver of Excitement" for the Polo and Vento vibrated the paper — “quite literally, communicating to readers the shiver of excitement they’ll experience when they see the exciting new features” in the cars, according to Asia Media Journal.
Talk about buzz marketing. The move followed an earlier ad tech move in the The Times of India — a talking newspaper ad — that also grabbed readers' attention.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 11, 2012 09:02 AM
American Airlines and United 9/11 lawsuits may finally get resolved.
Andy Murray is poised for endorsement deals after historic U.S. Open win.
Apple will boost carriers and U.S. economy with release of iPhone 5 as Samsung is ready to sue and iPad Mini pictures leak.
Burberry rocks luxury sector with warning of lower sales and profits.
Chevrolet disputes Reuters' Volt report.
Chrysler unveils new models to dealers, prices new Viper around $100,000.
Dallas Morning News launches social-content marketing company.
FedEx and UPS gain ground in China.
GM stops deliveries of several popular 2013 vehicles to fix OnStar glitch.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 6, 2012 08:34 AM
Amazon teases new Kindle Fire devices during NFL kick-off while Kobo unveils new range of "e-readers for everyone."
Albertsons scales back retail operation with store closures.
Andy Roddick retires after U.S. Open loss, as Roger Federer is knocked out and loses world #1 title.
Ben & Jerry's sues over x-rated Ben & Cherry's.
Bentley moves US management team to VW HQ.
Bill Clinton helps seal Barack Obama nomination at DNC convention.
Billabong attracts $700 million bid from Bain Capital.
BP unveils new technology to boost oil production.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2012 09:07 AM
Nokia faces key test under new CEO, launches mobile streaming music in US and expanded app library as part of today's reveal of Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices. HTC's Windows Phone series will also be branded under 8 series following Samsung's mobile rebranding move.
Audi to build plant in Mexico as automaker markets S series with NFL tie-in.
Method sold to European green-cleaning rival Ecover.
3M drops planned acquisition of Avery Dennison under U.S. antitrust threat.
Amazon adds movies to streaming service in new challenge to Netflix.
American Airlines can reject pacts with pilots, judge says.
Apple is embarrassed by data leak ahead of iPhone 5 reveal on Sept. 12.
AT&T and Texas to test text-to-911 safety initiative.
Best Buy's new CEO hits the store floor in first week.
BP dinged as U.S. reiterates gross negligence charge in oil spill.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2012 11:19 AM
General Motors' marketing has drawn a lot of attention lately. But everyone in the car business knows it's actually new products that make the big differences in sales and market share: The more and the better vehicle launches, the bigger bumps a brand gets in all the important metrics. Nothing else an automaker can do even comes close.
That's one reason savvy GMers are looking hopefully past all the company's recent marketing kerfuffles to some promising new developments in sheetmetal: the introduction of the acclaimed new Cadillac ATS, for instance, and how GM reportedly is developing a new small-car platform that will boost efficiencies worldwide.
GM is hoping that the new ATS finally will establish Cadillac as a legitimate contender in the global luxury-car market, a gee-whiz compact luxury sport sedan that underscores the company's recovery from the dark days and bailout of 2009. Cadillac has been hyping the model all year, including substantial advertising during the London Summer Olympics on TV. The first shipments of ATS are expected on U.S. dealer lots over the coming week.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 27, 2012 03:05 PM
About a year ago, Volkswagen announced its new "People's Car Project" (自造车) in China. The idea was to crowd source unique concepts from Chinese Internet users. About 120,000 ideas later, VW chose three and displayed them at the Beijing Auto Show in May. One of those three ideas was a VW "Hover Car" (磁悬球形车).
That car is now here. Kind of… It's just one more piece of VW's massive push.
VW Beetle, meet the VW "Moth."
In a promotional video shot in the Chinese city of Chengdu, VW introduces the Hover Car and allows the parents of "Dark520" to take a spin. Dark520 is the handle of the People's Car Project user who suggested the hover project. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2012 10:17 AM
Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne served as a proxy for much the rest of the European auto industry a couple of weeks ago when he complained that "the Germans and French" -- presumably including giant Volkswagen AG -- weren't willing to consider production cuts that could help the entire faltering European market reach more of an equilibrium between supply and demand. VW executives rebuffed Marchionne then.
But VW's real revenge seems to be to continue to have its way with the European auto market and, the company hopes, the rest of the world. VW chief Martin Winterkorn has made no bones about the goal of global sales domination over the next few years for Volkswagen. It's already coming to pass in Europe, and VW also is aiming for far more sales and influence in other crucial markets including China and the United States.
In Europe, VW and its brands -- VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda -- now command a market share of 24 percent, up from about 19 percent in 2004, while the VW brand on its own commands nearly 13 percent. Meanwhile, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Europe's second-biggest automaker, has dropped to a 12 percent share from nearly 14 percent. Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 15, 2012 02:03 PM
The 25th anniversary of Shark Week has sparked an early feeding frenzy on social TV check-in app GetGlue, while Discovery Channel has created a host of digital tie-ins (games!) to keep viewers chomping at the bit. Sharp sponsors such as VW are also getting in on the fun, creating a shark cage to promote the 2013 Beetle. Watch its one-minute stunt above, follow along on Twitter, and tune in starting Sunday night.