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Responsible Marketing in a Zombie Apocalypse

In business, it’s survival of the fittest, and our Seven Keys to Responsible Marketing can help you survive just about anything the world throws at you. Even a zombie apocalypse. That’s right, a zombie apocalypse. The characters of AMC’s The Walking Dead would have fared better if they just appreciated our Seven Keys. Here’s how: […]

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Responsible Advertising — Even When it Hurts

Headquartered in Madrid, the ANAR Foundation believes that all children should have a voice, especially when their rights are violated. Take a look at this video from an impressive street ad campaign by the ANAR Foundation: It’s thought provoking. It’s empathetic. It’s reassuring. The goal of this advertisement is clear – to help children realize […]

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Shifting from reactive to proactive customer service that sells

Recently, Software Advice hosted an online debate called: “Is Customer Service the New Marketing?” The discussion highlighted customers’ increasing disillusionment with traditional advertising; and as a result, the importance of customer service as a market differentiator. The average consumer is bombarded with thousands of commercial messages per day. That’s a lot of clutter to cut […]

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Hey Abercrombie, take your apology and suck it.

Oh, Abercrombie. You continue to steal the headlines with your chiseled shirtless teenagers gracing the cover of your shopping bags, scandalous advertisements, and beautiful hand-selected employees. And thanks to Business Insider for bringing CEO Mike Jefferies’ 2006 comments back to life, Abercrombie is once again in our headlines. In case you missed it, in 2006 Jeffries made […]

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Role Reversal: Perceptions of Men and Women in Advertising

Check out this eye-opening video put together by a Women and Gender Studies class at the University of Saskatchewan by Sarah Zelinski, Kayla Hatzel and Dylan Lambi-Raine. They wanted to show how ridiculous media portrays gender roles and stereotypes in advertising through presenting gender roll reversals. As depicted in the video, our parents went through their […]

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Volkswagen’s Super Bowl Ad: Get in. Get Racist?

It must be Super Bowl ad season because the critics are a squawkin’.  Well, VW’s “Get in. Get Happy.” ad has taken the spotlight. Some are calling this racist and offensive. Although it’s definitely not as memorable as VW Passat’s 2010 “Darth Vader” ad which charmed the hearts of many and generated 56 million views […]

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Part 4: Assessing the effectiveness of television ads targeted at Asian Americans

So, when is it appropriate to leverage culture in a marketing campaign? Here’s an instance where the use of culture is very effective. As discussed in “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Segmenting the Asian American market based on generational differences,” Indian Americans are the least likely to consider themselves to be typical Americans; and want to […]

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Part 2: Reaching the fastest growing population in America

What does the rise of the Asian population in America mean in terms of marketing? And how should marketing practitioners develop marketing campaigns targeted at Asian Americans? My guess is that most people learn as much as possible about Asian culture and integrate cultural elements into marketing campaigns. In some instances, this approach is very effective. In […]

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Part 1: The rise of the Asian population in America

You probably know that UCLA is the acronym for the University of California Los Angeles. You may not be familiar with the other UCLA acronym: the University of Caucasians Lost among Asians. I’m guessing you either found that moniker A) insulting, juvenile or stupid; or B) you just LOL’d. If you fall in the latter camp, I’m guessing you might be Asian. As […]

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Suggest a Responsible Marketing topic or idea

When I started this blog, I had two goals: 1. Help build conversation regarding Responsible Marketing 2. Create a tool that would help me collect my thoughts as I write a book on the topic So far, so good. I’ve learned that some of my best posts are the results of tips from regular readers […]

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Responsible or not? Apple, Inc.

Image from Wired Magazine I was interviewed by MacNews last week for their article The iPhone and Social Networks: Fast Friends? Read it and you might think I’m an Apple fanboy. I’m not. Apple has introduced some game-changing, highly usable, extremely cool products. But the company has a less than sterling reputation regarding the way […]

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Diet pills, boob jobs and facelifts…for tween and teen girls

As if ultra-violent and gory first-person shooter games aren’t controversial enough, now girls age nine to 16 can compete to “become the most famous, beautiful, sought after bimbo across the globe” in the Miss Bimbo game. To win, players enter beauty contests and buy lingerie, breast enhancements, facelifts and diet pills. Nice. The site currently […]

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Whole brain marketing, and why you need it

Take a look at the spinning figure above. Is it spinning clockwise or counter-clockwise for you? If it’s clockwise, you are more of a right-brained, creative person. Counter-clockwise and you lean toward being a left-brained, analytic type. Here are some of the attributes of each: Left brain functions uses logic detail oriented facts rule words […]

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Responsible or not? Bayer Corporation

For generations, Bayer has been a household name in America. Today, the company has over 106,000 employees working in 150 countries in healthcare, crop science, business services, technology and more. The company’s slogan: “Science for a Better Life.” Here’s a description of some of Bayer’s social initiatives from their corporate website: We support both schoolchildren […]

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Embracing responsibility: It’s gr-r-r-reat! Or is it?

Here’s four minutes of junk food advertising aimed at children: Given the above, when cereal maker Kellogg’s proclaims, “We want to be a responsible marketer,” what does that mean? Is their newfound philosophy responsible or reactionary? In Embracing responsibility: It’s gr-r-r-reat! Or is it? my partner, Dan Murphy tackles that question and more. Here’s a […]

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Life flows better with Visa, especially if you are buck naked

Visa Europe is rolling out its new “Life flows better with Visa” campaign today. Here’s their first ad: Think it would fly in America? Via MarketingWeek UK

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How the Easter Bunny does it

Happy Easter, everyone.

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Easter Bunny hogtied, candy stolen. Story at 11.

Rest assured, I understand no bunnies were harmed during the photo shoot for this ad. This is from the following ad for Shaw’s Candies of San Francisco: + enlarge The other ads in the campaign include X-rays of teeth and a belt from folks that couldn’t resist their chocolates. Kind of makes me think of […]

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I bet you’ll fail this test

Before you read ahead, play the video below and take the test. You won’t need paper or pencil, just your full concentration. It will take you one minute. This awareness test is powerful in so many ways. It’s short and simple: One video. One minute long. 30 words. No fancy graphics. Just a single powerful […]

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The Patto Approach: The cure for paralysis by analysis

A few years ago, Outsource Marketing fell into a little rut. We suffered from classic paralysis by analysis as we fussed over everything from positioning to ad copy to font treatment to the air around the logo. We bickered over the types of research we were doing and if we included all the questions we […]

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