Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The reason the UK is giving for the product placement ban is a great one, they are concerned over the looming epidemic of obesity and alcoholism. But if that is the real reason, does product placement really have any effect on that. To tell you the truth, I find product placements obnoxious and so fake that it actually makes me not want to use the product 9 out of 10 times. Not only do I feel that this product placement ban is somewhat pointless, I also believe it is somewhat crazy. Alcohol and junk food are not the only things on the banned list. Other products which program-makers will not be able to feature are prescription medicines, gambling, smoking accessories, over-the-counter medicines and infant and follow-on formula. Formula? Are you kidding me? Why on earth is formula being banned?
Overall I think its a positive step that the UK is attempting to cut down on product placements, like I had mentioned, I find them exceedingly annoying. I would like to add that I think if the UK is going to go with the ban occurring from reasons of concern for the health of their viewers, that they might want to also take a look at what advertisements they are allowing to appear on their networks. I can’t speak for everyone, but I am much more likely to be tempted by a close up shot of breadsticks, soup, and lasagna, then by an actor devouring a piece of pizza all while a well placed Pizza Hut box sits next to him.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Not that there aren’t already enough reality TV shows out there, CBS has decided to introduce “Undercover Boss”, a reality show that takes a CEO undercover to perform ground level tasks. Originally I thought this would be a hilarious show on how upper level management often times do not understand what is going on in their very own companies. After watching the first
two episodes I realized that while intriguing, this show could definitely either help or hurt a companies image.
Episode one featured Waste Management and show cased CEO Larry O’Donnell getting down to the nitty gritty of what his company really entails. It also show cased how caring and down to earth his company really is. Although there were some times where it seemed like workers felt unappreciated overall I believe Waste Management was shown in a positive light.
Episode two was a whole different ballpark. Hooters was the second company featured in “Undercover Boss”. Not only did this episode show just how much the women really are objectified by working there, it also showed that, that is exactly how a majority of people feel about the company. CEO Coby Brooks was the one light of hope of good PR for this company. He showed just how much he cared about this company and the people working for him. He also seemed to have had a change of heart about how the company is currently viewed, but having a revelation of sorts does nothing unless something is really done to create change that will make a difference. The change that Hooters had gotten out of the experience is that they want to highlight all that they do for the community. I think they missed the boat on this one. I understand wanting to keep the Hooter girl image, but what about taking some of the response from people on the street. What about an image update that keeps its sexiness without vulgarity, an image update that really is what their slogan states, “Delightfully tacky, yet unrefined”
Thursday, February 11, 2010
MTV has always been the image of youth. MTV, which stands for Music Television, is no longer exactly what it seems. The one place where you could go to see the newest videos and interviews of your favorite band, is no longer. Reality TV has now taken the focus at MTV. With popular shows like Jersey Shore, The Hills, and Teen Mom, MTV has viewers flocking to their station each week to tune in. The recent update to the logo is a wise one. One that I feel has been coming for a long time. The new logo no longer focuses on the "M" of MTV but rather the "TV" of MTV. Music is not MTV's top priority. While music is still present for the channel it is clear to see that its focus is going in a bit of a different direction. MTV has also created a logo utilizing "celebrities" seen on their station. I use the term celebrities loosely because as much as I do enjoy trashy TV like the Jersey Shore, I find it hard for me to call Snookie a celebrity.
MTV is not the only company to receive a face lift after 20 years. Corona has also jumped on that bandwagon. With the last three years bringing declining sales numbers, Corona decided to update its image. While the beach image it is famous for will still be present, it will have a new focus. Corona wants to make the image more approachable. One potential slogan "Find Your Beach" will showcase couples enjoying Corona in various non-beach places and finally ending at the beach, encouraging viewers to "Find Your Beach". Corona, who is usually known for their relaxing low-key beach advertisements, are also going to a more edgy and humorous commercial type. In the advertisement "Squirt" a woman squirts her significant other with a lime after he is obviously checking out a woman in a little bikini. I have always admired that Corona has stood apart from the rest of the beer pack, it never had to go to scantily dressed women, or macho stereotypes, but I guess after a couple years of declining sales, they decided to follow the pack.
I am interested to see if either campaign will have an effect for the company. I guess I am interested if people will even notice the changes or care to ask why these changes have been made.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Do you think these ads could have a negative effect for the companies?
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
This Sunday the 2010 Super Bowl will be missing one key element. One element it has not been without in 23 years, a Pepsi commercial. In a new marketing effort, Pepsi will pull its ads from this years Super Bowl to focus on a more internet based campaign.
"In 2010, each of our drink brands has a strategy and marketing platform that will be less about a singular event and more about a movement," representative Nicole Bradley said. This movement is the "Pepsi Refresh Project." The project will donate $1,300,000 to help the top ideas in each category receive funding. The categories are $5,000, $25,000,$50,000,$250,000. Ten projects will receive $5,000, ten will receive $25,000, ten will receive $50,000 and two will receive $250,000. So how does it all work? Anyone who has an idea on how they can have an impact on their community or affect a positive cause can submit their idea, and then anyone can vote. You can vote up to ten times everyday. The top projects in each category will receive their funding. You have until the end of the month to vote. Winners are then announced and come the beginning of next month, it starts all over.
Personally I think this is a great idea in helping the community and a huge leap for their public relations side. So does this make you want to buy Pepsi over other soft drinks? I think when it comes down to it, it's going to be about taste. It is not as if you are likely to forget that Pepsi is a great soft drink because they won't be making us laugh with a great commercial come Super Bowl time. This PR move could swing those consumers who may not have a total preference on soft drinks. I know that once I found out how much Target donates to their communities I tried to make sure I shopped their more often then its competitors.
So I guess we will just have to wait to see if this is the beginning of a new trend. While we don’t know the outcome I commend Pepsi on their effort to use the money to get their name out there and make a positive imprint on others, Pepsi, I give you two thumbs up!