Archive for April, 2009

some retailers using coupon sites effectively, others not so much

Bed Bath and Beyond is blocking RetailMeNot — possibly because their blended average margin is relatively low and it cannot afford giving “expensive” coupons to everyone.

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Macy’s is advertising on RetailMeNot — see “Featured Discounts”

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OldNavy is advertising AND shutting off user-submitted coupons


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Retailmenot.com started later than Dealcatcher, but quickly overtook them and continues to increase — it is simply more useful because of real time consumer feedback on whether the coupons/codes worked or not.


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An example of when NOT to use online coupons – When NOT to use Groupon

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 digital No Comments

Cuil branding, skyrocket, crash and burn

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Thursday, April 30th, 2009 digital No Comments

trends – coupon sites, network TV sites

coupon sites: definitely headed upward with a spike in Dec 08.

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network TV sites are seeing healthy increases, likely due to “view full episodes” on their websites – but even this increase in traffic will not replace the advertising revenues lost on network television

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The ROI of Social Media is ZERO

What is the ROI (define) for social media? It’s zero. That’s because there’s no such thing as “social media.”

People’s conversations are not media; they can’t be purchased as such by advertisers. In other words, people don’t talk whenever advertisers want them to and they won’t say whatever advertisers tell them to — so it isn’t “media” like TV, print, and radio.

If you treat people’s conversations as media, you’d be doing it wrong. Social marketing done right means asking for and respecting people’s conversations and giving them a public place to talk so others can hear. If the advertiser’s product is already great, much of the conversation will be positive. But even if it isn’t the advertiser will have the benefit of free “product research” because people will give them ideas for improvement.

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Untargetables are hard to reach. Unreachables are not reachable by traditional advertising media or channels.

read more about the ROI of social media on ClickZ … http://www.clickz.com/3633341

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Friday, April 10th, 2009 integrated marketing No Comments

Padma Lakshmi makes sweet-and-savory love (pics) to …

My colleagues know I have argued against advertising’s ability to do “demand generation” — create need where there was none before. Instead I have always argued that advertising solves an awareness “missing link” for demand that was already there. In other words, a user has a need. Advertising puts a new product or a product that a particular user was simply not aware of before on his radar screen. And after further research, if the product fulfills that need he buys. Advertising rarely creates NEW demand. For example, we buy 4 quarts of milk per week because we have 2 kids. No amount of milk advertising will make us buy 5 quarts, because we simply don’t need it. Or, we’ve just bought a minivan. No amount of advertising, no matter how cool the family or the kids in the ad, will make us buy another mini van. If we just locked in health insurance this year, we are likely not to buy more or to switch, just because it is such a hassle. Make up more of your own examples.

But, I have to say, Carl Jr’s ad with Padma is really really making me want their bacon, barbecue sauce burger.  Or is it just ANY bacon, barbecue sauce burger? Or wait, is there even a Carl Jr around here? hmm ….. I guess I’ll just look at the picture some more…   :-)

Source: AdFreak

Padma devours fast food, Lindsay Lohan goes retro for Fornarina and vampire ads raise the stakes

March 30, 2009

-By Tim Nudd

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Carl’s Jr. serves it piping hot.

When we learned in February that Padma Lakshmi was filming a commercial for Hardee’s/Carl’s Jr., it didn’t seem likely that the Top Chef host would make as big a splash as Paris Hilton did with her infamous car-wash spot for the fast-fo.od company in 2005. But Lakshmi has actually put her own impressively suggestive mark on burger advertising with the new ad, in which she makes sweet-and-savory love to a Western-bacon deluxe on the front steps of a city apartment building. Paris Hilton, please pack your knives and go.

read more….

http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/news/agency/e3ie96e4a3e8c042db21628ca3995645a52

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April Fools! Gmail Autopilot writes perfect email responses for you automagically

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last year, it was Gmail Paper — write email and it automatically prints and sends postal mail to grandma!  Awesome!  Happy April Fools 2009

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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 digital No Comments

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