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Naturally Juicy

January 5th, 2008 · No Comments

I honestly don’t know how I would have reacted if I’d been part of Orangina’s marketing team and the agency had presented this concept: It looks like it came from a brief that asked for a change (probably for the ‘sexier’) to the previous staples of Orangina’s advertising (happy oranges, attractive people in rural France). […]

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Unlimited Demand, Limited Capacity

January 4th, 2008 · No Comments

When I read The Long Tail last year, I was disappointed at what I percieved to be a lack of working through the implications of living in a ‘both/and’, rather than an ‘either/or’ business climate. However, reading the Mr Splashy Pants analysis (briefly; Greenpeace’s campaign was a lot more successful than expected and they didn’t […]

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Telling Stories, Part II

January 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Over the Christmas holidays I went home for a week. As is often the case at the end of the year, my family discussed what we’d enjoyed over the last year, which in turn became myself and my father trying to ‘sell’ each other our favourite things from 2007 – in my case, Last.fm and […]

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Reading The Everyday

January 2nd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Originally, I started a generic post on the business or marketing books I’ve read this year. But there’s only really one book I want to write about, because I think the ideas in it are incredibly important to anyone in marketing or product design. These ideas are also the ones that seem to be the […]

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Uncomfortable branding

December 4th, 2007 · No Comments

Ann Handley on Marketing Profs Daily Fix writes about confirmation emails as a means of building a brand. Her example (quoted there in full and here in part) is a confirmation email from CDBaby: We all had a wonderful celebration afterwards and the whole party marched down the street to the post office where the […]

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Stats To Watch Out For

November 29th, 2007 · No Comments

It would be interesting to see how many people went to the Overstock website from a Facebook Beacon news item, versus how many people went there from an article or blog post complaining about Facebook Beacon. Given the degree of closeness of most people on Facebook to most of the people on their friends list […]

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Talking To Me

November 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Russell Davies writes about the personalised advertising promised by social networking that “the people who can be arsed to do a little bit of research […] plunge into a kind of direct marketing uncanny valley where the more desperately they try to personalise their message the more I’m reminded that they’re not really my friend”. […]

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Rubbish presents, good ads

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

Two charity campaigns have been interesting in the last few months. The most recent is Oxfam’s “Rubbish Presents” campaign: Advertising their line of gifts in time for Christmas. It’s likeable because it’s obviously self-mocking; the celebrities in the advert look genuinely distressed, the language used (“Speak out against the horror of”) is an exaggeration of […]

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Telling Stories

October 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Following yesterday’s post I’ve been thinking a lot about narrative; both the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and the stories we tell our (potential) customers about our products. Some marketing or advertising seeks to fit their stories into existing narratives – innocent do well at marketing to those who already identify as “a healthy […]

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The Cult of the Luxury Brand

October 29th, 2007 · No Comments

I recently went to see a talk by Radha Chadha on the rise of luxury brands in Asia, about which she has recently written a book. She had moved from India to Hong Kong a decade ago to work for an ad agency and, fascinated by the attitude to luxury brands that she noticed both […]

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