Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 1-17-16

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

We are breaking from the themed-approach for this weekend’s #SundayMusings.  There were several stories that caught my eye recently that I wanted to call out, but there is very little commonality between them.  You’ll survive, I’m sure of it.  

#1 –  “Super Bowl Ad Tracker: Everything We Know About 2016’s Commercials” via AdWeek.com

Thoughts: Want to know who will be advertising during Super Bowl 50?  Look no further than AdWeek’s on-going tracker that can be found in the link above.  With the NFL Playoffs in full swing, we’re counting down the days for our next Super Bowl Ad Review!

What brands have caught your attention so far this year – whether that be by an ad teaser or news from the link above or elsewhere around the web?  I was a little stunned to see that Colgate-Palmolive has never advertised during the Super Bowl.  The other tidbit that caught my eye is that GoDaddy will not have an ad this year … and that is probably a good thing.   

#2 – “Post-Lafley, Procter & Gamble is Trying to Turn Challenges Into Opportunities” via BrandChannel.com

Thoughts: One company, and tens of brands, not found in the ad tracker above is P&G and its portfolio.  New CEO, David Taylor, is working on reshaping and redesigning the company and its portfolio, continuing to sell off brands to narrow its focus.  P&G continues to feel the pressure from investors to right the ship or more drastic changes are going to be requested.  

#3 – “Gobble Gobble: Turkey On Board – Woman Flies Cross Country With Her Emotional Support Turkey” via LoyaltyLobby.com

Thoughts: #SaveThanksgiving efforts are starting in January apparently!  If for nothing else, click on the link above to see the turkey looking out the airplane window.  

There are several references here to the woman that flew with the turkey having coping issues, so I don’t want to make a joke about the state of Washington needing to reconsider the legalization of marijuana … wait …

Tweet of the Week:

Reverting back to Super Bowl discussion for a second, take a look at next year’s Super Bowl mascot.  Terrible.  We have plenty of time to go back to the drawing board NFL.  Please do so.  

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 9-27-15

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

With the start of the NFL season in swing and Oktoberfest starting in Germany this weekend, it is time to dedicate a #SundayMusings to beer.  It has been a long time coming and will also be part of next weekend’s “Loyalty to Brands”.  Here are a few stories that caught my attention in recent weeks across beer brands.

#1 –  “Guinness raises a glass to Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation with $224K donation” via IrishCentral.com

Premise: Guinness has donated just under $224K to actor/comedian Denis Leary’s Firefighters Foundation, in support of firefighters nationwide.  The relationship between the beer brand and Leary has been going on for a couple of years now, with Guinness giving back to the community in a very noble way.  For more information you can visit GuinessGivesBack.com.  

Thoughts: The first thought for many when asked about Denis Leary may be a foul-mouthed comedian or the star of Rescue Me.  However, he does a lot of good through his foundation, the genesis of which comes from an unfortunate life event.  

Kudos to Guinness for continuing the relationship not only through its donations, but continued PR and ad support behind the cause as well.  

#2 – “Bud Light and Google Partner To Win Football Fans On The Second Screen” via prnewswire.com

Premise: Bud Light, the official beer of the NFL, is partnering with Google (and YouTube) to market its product to those using a second screen during football.  Whether you are searching for scores or fantasy football updates online, you are likely to wind up seeing some type of marketing effort from Bud Light.  

Thoughts: Bud Light is working with 28 of the 32 NFL teams, having created a unique can for each of the 28.  I actually saw a good amount of responses from Bud Light’s Twitter feed, as they replied to many NFL fans across teams with quick GIF files of that respective team’s Bud Light can.  Needless to say, Bud Light is listening and taking content marketing to another level through its online channels.

#3 – Miller Lite – Free Rides

Premise: Miller Lite is partnering with various transit systems and communities to give away free rides to promote safety and to prevent drunk driving with this site.  

Thoughts: How do you build saliency when your number one competitor has the national partnership with the most prevalent sports league in the US?  You do a little good for society.  The program has provided almost 5 million free rides to date.

I noticed this on Twitter as well, when Miller Lite was promoting the program for the Eagles and Cowboys game from Week 1 and thought it was a fantastic program that deserved more attention.

Tweet of the Week:

While there are Oktoberfest’s held all over the world, nothing compares to the one that started last Saturday in Germany.  Bucketlist …

That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings!  What is your favorite beer and why?

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 9-13-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Super Bowl Edition! (Photo credit: MixedNutsAndLove.deviantart.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding 
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The start of the NFL season is upon us and this week’s #SundayMusings dives into the the top news and stories that have caught my attention heading into the season.    

#1 –  “Teflon Tom: Why Brady’s Brand Remains Bulletproof” via AdWeek.com

Premise: A federal judge overruled the NFL’s Commissioner Roger Goodell and the league on New England Patriots’ QB Tom Brady’s suspension.  Over his 14 year career, Brady has developed a superior brand image through four Super Bowl rings and numerous endorsements.  “DeflateGate” and “SpyGate” notwithstanding, Brady’s image remains unscathed.   

Thoughts: If you have been following this DeflateGate story at all, you are probably sick of it and have been for months.  Nothing like Roger Goodell to overreach and then be brought back down to earth by the judicial system.  Tom Brady’s personal brand and image have nothing to worry about now and whenever he decides to hang up the laces.

#2 – “Jared Who?  Subway Turns Spotlight to Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota” via brandchannel.com

Premise: The #2 pick in this past year’s NFL Draft, QB Marcus Mariota, is the latest athlete to cut a sponsorship and ad deal with Subway, the troubled sandwich maker.  The start of the NFL season allows Subway to bombard the NFL audience with its latest sports star, trying to deflect any and all references to ex-spokesperson, Jared Fogle, who has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent weeks and months.

Thoughts: With Mariota going to the Tennessee Titans – generally seen as a “small market team” in the NFL – it will be interesting to see how many deals his agent can get him signed to.  

I don’t see how this really supplants the “Jared news” however, as that unfortunate story isn’t going away anytime soon.  At the same time, Subway’s ad campaigns have been focusing on athletes for a number of years now and across sports, so this isn’t some new direction for the company.  

#3 – “JJ Watt is football’s real-life action hero” via ESPN.com

Premise: JJ Watt has quickly become a/the face of the NFL despite being a Defensive Linemen – a position not well noted for producing a lot of high-level celebrity endorsements.  While immensely talented on the field, Watt also seems to have the “it” factor off the field, and has lined up sponsorship deals with the likes of Gatorade, Reebok, and Papa John’s.   

Thoughts: There are a good number of interesting thoughts and ideas in this article from agency folk and ESPN’s own, Darren Rovell.  It is estimate that Watt already makes about $2.5-$3 million annually in sponsorship deals and that number is likely going to continue to rise.  At this growth rate, I’ll probably be sick of JJ Watt by November 1st.  However, more power to him, he needs to keep going in building his personal brand.  

#4 – “Bud Light Unveils 28 Different Team-Specific Cans for NFL Fans” via AdWeek.com

Premise: Bud Light has created unique cans for 28 of the NFL’s 32 teams – with the four exceptions (Bears, Packers, Cowboys and Vikings) being omitted because they have their own deals with MillerCoors.

Thoughts: AB continues to amp up its sports marketing efforts year after year.  What really caught my eye here is the fact that they showcase the Seattle Seahawks can at the top of the article.  If someone could send me a few of those it would be greatly appreciated …

Tweet of the Week:

Preface: I haven’t played Fantasy Football in about a decade at this point.  But DraftKings.com (and its competitors) have completely hit a home run over the past ~2 years with how they have developed and evolved fantasy sports.  Rather than having the “player” invested in a full season, they take a week by week and day by day approach to the online betting.  Not to mention, their ads are pretty awesome …

That’s it for this week’s #SundayMusings!  The NFL branding continues to take a hit every offseason with news and stories that take the eyes and ears away from the field.  Part of me enjoys seeing NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell squirm or act like a pompous fool during his PR campaigns.  In any case, try to enjoy the NFL season on the field over the next 17 weeks!

 

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 2-15-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Super Bowl Edition! (Photo credit: MixedNutsAndLove.deviantart.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – A look into NFL branding
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This weekend’s #SundayMusings will focus on the NFL and NFL branding.  While the league has clearly become America’s favorite sport with millions watching every weekend, it certainly doesn’t have its warts.  The league can’t seem to stay out of the news in a negative way as well.  Check ESPN’s NFL page at any point and you are likely to see at least one headline of a legal issue.

The 2014 season started off with the Ray Rice domestic abuse incident and Adrian Peterson’s child abuse case, then finished with “DeflateGate”.  Commissioner Roger Goodell stumbled and bumbled all the way through both, leading to more terrible PR for the league.

Within hours of the season ending in Super Bowl XLIX, the NFL found itself with more controversy.  Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel checked himself into rehab and his star WR was busted once again and suspended for all of the 2015 NFL season.  None of this is good news but the NFL will survive.

Typically in #SundayMusings we look for stories within the past week or two to discuss.  However, we’re going a little further back this week and looking at various articles that have been written about the NFL’s branding and how/where the league stands to benefit.

#1 – “The NFL Brand – Discuss” – via Forbes.com

Premise: With several of the stories listed above hot in the news, the author conducts a ‘roundtable’ discussion on the NFL brand with several strong minds in the marketing and advertising space.

Thoughts: Excellent reference to the NFL as “The Teflon Brand” as no matter what the issue has been, the NFL has moved past it and gotten stronger in the ratings.  There are a lot of good ideas and thoughts in this piece and is worth the read, particularly behind the last question/thought, “can a brand be too strong, too powerful?” [Read more…]

Super Bowl Ad Review 2015

 

It is that time again!  Last weekend’s Super Bowl XLIX managed to break the preceding year’s viewership record, drawing 114.5 million viewers vs. last year’s 112.2 million.  This year’s Super Bowl was one for the ages, even if my favorite team lost in heartbreaking fashion.  That also meant that more people were still glued to their TV as the game wore on and the brands that spent money for advertising late in the game got what they paid for – attention.

As we have done in the past (2014 & 2013), here is my Super Bowl ad review from a panel of one.  One important caveat for this year’s countdown – there are two countdowns here.  Welcoming a newborn to the family in mid 2014 leads to a complete bias for the sappy ‘Dad’ commercials.  So I’m ranking those separately.  They would be at or near the top of the regular countdown.  Aside from the Seahawks pulling on heart strings, the ads in the “second countdown” below also led to me needing to call my own timeouts.  Good grief.

The overall countdown: [Read more…]

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 2-1-15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - The Super Bowl Edition! (Photo credit: MixedNutsAndLove.deviantart.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – The Super Bowl Edition!
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Welcome to a Super Bowl edition of #SundayMusings!  With some skin in the game for the second year in a row, the nerves are a little shot, as the Seattle Seahawks look to become the first team in a decade to win two Super Bowls in a row.  Ironically, the last team to do so is their opponent later today, the New England Patriots.

Let’s take a look at the top Super Bowl-related stories that have caught my attention over the past few weeks in branding and advertising.  Next weekend will be our third annual Super Bowl ad review, an article I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the first two times around!  With that in mind, I’m trying to avoid picking articles that have highlighted some of the early newsmaking ads.

#1 – “Only 46% of Super Bowl Advertisers Will Score Consumer Engagement” – via AdWeek.com

Premise: A $4.5 million dollar ad spend will get you less than 50% of your audience’s engagement, according to Brand Keys 13th Annual Super Bowl Ad Engagement survey.  Interviewing 2,705 people that intend to watch the Super Bowl the projected big winners include the likes of Super Bowl regulars like Doritos, GoDaddy, and others such as Skittles.  Two of the bigger brands to annually invest in Super Bowl ads – McDonald’s and Budweiser – don’t score well on building engagement.

Thoughts: Interesting “copy testing” like research ahead of the Super Bowl.  You have to wonder how deflating it is to spend all of this money and hear news like this about a negatively received ad before it even airs later today.  Here’s the link to the PDF directly from Brand Keys and the article from AdWeek includes a matrix that measures Engagement and Entertainment across the brand’s ads. [Read more…]

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 1/4/15

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding - Happy New Year / 2015! (Credit: wallpaperput.com)

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – Happy New Year / 2015!
(Credit: wallpaperput.com)

 

Happy new year everyone and welcome to the first #SundayMusings of 2015!  I hope everyone had a great, safe holiday season and that you are ready to make 2015 bigger and better!  Why not start with the top stories that caught my eye in branding and digital marketing as they relate to entering the new year?  Done and done …

#1 – “The Top 7 Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015” – via Forbes.com

Premise: “Content marketing” continues to grow.  The author has spent time in the past putting together predictions and outcomes of content marketing (links within the article).  Now he takes a look at how content marketing will shift/progress into the new year.

Thoughts: A few of the highlighted trends caught my eye, specifically #2 – “Content marketing will become inextricably linked with social media marketing” and #5 – “The reputation of guest blogging as a content marketing strategy will be repaired”.

It is hard to argue with #2, as this trend continues to grow seemingly month to month.  However, #5 is an item that is important here on ShoreBranding.com.  We have openly embraced guest posts in the past, but willingness to do so weakened in the second half of 2014.  Again, if you are interested in being a guest writer here on the site, please just let me know via our Contact page (or reach out via email / social media). [Read more…]

Pin of the Month – Thanksgiving

November's "Pin of the Month" - Thanksgiving Football. Help #SaveThanksgiving Infographic by: StatoGraphics

November’s “Pin of the Month” – Thanksgiving Football. Help #SaveThanksgiving
Infographic by: StatoGraphics

Did you really have any doubt that our “Pin of the Month” for November would have something to do with Thanksgiving.  Our #SaveThanksgiving efforts are once again in full swing this month.  However, we’re focusing on Thanksgiving football with November’s “Pin of the Month”, created by Statographics.

The tradition of Thanksgiving football has lived in our homes since 1920.  This infographic provides an in-depth look at that history, providing key dates for the 95 year tradition.  Sidenote: I wonder what type of plans the NFL will put into place when we celebrate a century of Thanksgiving Day games.  Hopefully, it does not include putting more games on during the holiday itself … although it probably will. [Read more…]

Sunday Musings w/ Shore Branding – 11-9-14

Branding and Digital Marketing

Branding and Digital Marketing

Welcome back to another edition of #SundayMusings w/ Shore Branding.  Our focus this week will be on brand loyalty and the customer experience.  This builds off of October’s “Pin of the Month” and the continuation of our “Loyalty to Brands” series.  Here are the top stories from the past few weeks that caught my attention.

#1 – “Amazon CEO Wants to Make Holidays Easier and Stress-free for Customers” – via Loyalty360.org

Premise: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has issued a promise to Amazon’s customers that the company will be focusing on the customer experience throughout the holiday season.  Beyond competitive pricing, Amazon will have 15K Lightning Deals, gift lists, updated product lineups and the ability to to make purchases and contribute a portion to your preferred charity.

Amazon announced a slew of new tech products for the holidays, including new Kindles and Fire tablets.  There is a focus on kid friendly content and products.  Amazon Prime members will continue to reap additional benefits through early access to sales and exclusive deals on MyHabit.com.

Thoughts: As mentioned in our latest “Loyalty to Brands”, Amazon has become my go-to retailer and is where I continue to increase my share of wallet for holiday shopping.  I can’t think of another store or retailer where customer support has made it easier and more customer friendly than what Bezos has done with Amazon. [Read more…]

Pin of the Month – USA Today’s Super Bowl Ad Meter

 

Infographic credit: USA Today

Infographic credit: USA Today

February’s ‘Pin of the Month’ takes one last look at this year’s Super Bowl advertising.  While many were busy watching the Seahawks bury the Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII, a number of others were waiting for the commercial breaks to rate the ads.

This month’s infographic is from USA Today, visual.ly and Keyhole and summarizes the results from the USA Today Ad Meter, an annual look at the best Super Bowl ads since 1989.  The past two years have brought in the public’s opinions into the polling and you see the results above. [Read more…]