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Lego For Girls Is A Gigantic Success Despite Huge Controversy

Source: http://www.businessinsider.com/lego-for-girls-2012-8

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Danish toy maker Lego says a new series it created specifically for girls has proved popular despite being criticized for fueling gender stereotypes — and has made first-half profit jump 35 percent.

Net profit rose to 2 billion kroner ($336 million), from 1.48 billion kroner the same period last year. The family-owned company says sales rose 24 percent to 9.1 billion kroner.

The company, based in western Denmark, sold twice as many LEGO Friends sets as expected during the first six months of the year.

Chief Executive Joergen Vig Knudstorp said Friday that “sales (of the new sets) have been quite astonishing.”

When Lego Friends was launched earlier this year, it was met with petitions demanding to put an end to the sexualization of women and girls in media.

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Friday, August 31st, 2012 news No Comments

Most Valuable Pitchman

Source: http://blog.compete.com/2011/10/25/tom-brady-most-valuable-pitchman/

I had been eagerly awaiting the start of the Patriots season since their heartbreaking loss at the start of the year. The first Monday night game in September I got to see my favorite team back in action, along with my favorite player. What I wasn’t expecting was to see Tom Brady off the field as well, advertising footwear during one of the game’s commercial breaks.

I loved the commercial, and not just because it made walking around aimlessly look incredibly cool. It brought a new dimension to a brand that I remember seeing only on girls walking around campus in the winter. Forgetting their origin as Australian surfers’ footwear, Uggs are now so tied to their classic boot look for the female demographic that I can’t imagine them breaking into the male market significantly.

Well after a month of walking around Boston seeing Brady’s image posted on buildings (and I’ve heard they’re in other cities, as well) I wondered what kind of boost the brand is getting from the campaign.

While the trend looks the same, with the traffic starting to pick up for the holiday season, uggsaustralia.com has a whopping 237,887 more unique visitors than it did in September last year, a 48% increase. There has been an overall increase in traffic year over year, but that difference was only 23% in July before the ad campaign started.

Also, more people online seem to be going to the site. The trend has steadily been on the rise, with some significant peaks since the commercial started airing in September.

The most important question, though, is what kind of effect is Brady having on driving the male demographic to the site? There isn’t a major increase during September, but it’s up 2% year over year in the male demographic. The beauty of the campaign is it may be targeting females just as much to get the shoes for their guys as gifts during the upcoming holiday season.

After all this, it’s still hard to tell if the campaign is having a significant effect—the next few months will give us a better idea.

But I think I might get a pair. If Tom wears them they must be cool, right?


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Friday, October 28th, 2011 news No Comments

Interesting Search Observations – chocolate covered cherries vs chocolate covered strawberries

Chocolate covered cherries are more popular (more searched) at Christmas; but chocolate covered strawberries are more popular at Valentines.  By observing what people pull for, we can derive insights that are useful in business strategy, inventory planning, and marketing (by ads around chocolate covered strawberries for valentines but cherries for christmas)

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Source:  Google External Keyword Tool – Search Volume Trends

via Niall McKinney, uTalk Marketing. At Valentines, women need more help picking gifts (search volume for “gifts for guys” consistently higher every February for the past 5 years). But “gifts for girls” shows dramatically higher volume every Christmas.

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