Category Archives: Celebrities

Redefining a Modern Spokesperson

Celebrities have been tapped as marketing spokespeople for brands since the end of the Depression era. But with today’s increasing demand for transparency, honesty, and straight shooting, that role is taking on a new form as well. Meet the new … Continue reading

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Would You Push Limits to Prove Your Point?

Curious if your probiotic is really doing anything to improve your gut health? Finnish probiotic brand Gefilus was determined to prove the effectiveness of their brand and they did so in a way that is definitely not for the squeamish. … Continue reading

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Don’t Be a Jerk. The World Is Watching.

Virality and social conversation are great when a brand wants to strut its stuff. But beware — it can also create uproar when ads and messages hit this “no borders on the internet” world we live in. Take note of … Continue reading

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Purple Marketing Tributes Rain Down

Sad news in the world of music yet again (what IS it with musicians lately?) Being a long-standing fan of Prince myself, I was curious to see how the media and marketers were going to handle this latest tragedy. So … Continue reading

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Gatorade: The Science of Re-Branding

Well, it wouldn’t be a Gatorade ad without showcasing a world-class athlete, now would it? Yet while the brand’s new campaign, Your Game Is Our Lab, continues to feature some of the biggies, like track Olympian Usain Bolt, NFL defensive … Continue reading

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Politics, Entertainment & Marketing: Any Rules Anymore?

Politics and Late Night Comedy have become well-acquainted bedfellows over recent years. Equal-Opportunity barbs seem to level the playing field. But Politics and Prime Time Network TV shows? Politics and Marketing Conferences? Even Politics and First Responders on duty? Is … Continue reading

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The King Brags: My Whopper’s Not a Burger

Bold Brand move in so many ways! In a kale-craving, health-obsessed culture, Burger King makes a move to sell hot dogs, launched nationally on February 23rd. OK, 100% beef Oscar Mayer hot dogs, but dogs nonetheless. Then they hit the … Continue reading

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