Super Bowl Ads

Go Daddy Dodges a Bullet

28 Jan , 2015  

Go Daddy Puppy

Earlier this week Professor Derek Rucker and I wrote an article for Fortune highlighting four Super Bowl spots that never should have run. GoDaddy was about to secure a second spot on that list, setting up next year’s article on five spots that never should have run. Yesterday afternoon, however, GoDaddy pulled its ad. The company […]

Super Bowl Ads

Victoria’s Secret Gets Everything Right

26 Jan , 2015  

VS Teaser

Every once in a while you see a marketer make it all look easy. The advertising delivers a benefit. The communication generates interest. People respond. This week, Victoria’s Secret provides an example. The brand is making all the right moves as it heads into the Super Bowl. Let’s review some of the brand’s recent activity. […]

Super Bowl Ads

Super Tuesday for Super Bowl Advertisers

20 Jan , 2015  

Kam Chancellor

We now know who will be playing in the Super Bowl on February 1. It should be a good game. We don’t know much about the more interesting part of the event: the advertising. The Super Bowl advertising hype is just beginning. To date, only a few advertisers have rolled out their pre-game campaigns. Skittles released a […]

Branding Insights,Super Bowl Ads

Carnival Corporation and Brand Portfolio Strategy

13 Jan , 2015  

Carnival will be advertising on the 2015 Super Bowl. The move makes sense; Carnival Corporation is by far the world’s largest cruise company and wants to get people in the U.S. excited about taking a trip. This a good time for such a message; the economy is getting better and people have money to spend. […]

Brands in the News

Five Brands to Watch in 2015

1 Jan , 2015  

This will be a challenging year for many brands. Competition is intense, growth can be hard to find and the growth of digital communication is shifting the marketing landscape. Here are five notable brands to watch in the year ahead. Lufthansa Lufthansa is one of the world’s great airlines. It is also under attack. Lufthansa […]

Branding Insights,Career Advice

The Marketer’s December Task: Look Back

18 Dec , 2014  

Looking Back 3

We are close to the end of the year. This is an important time for marketers to take a look at the business and reflect on how things have gone. Business leaders don’t devote much time to looking back. There is constant pressure to update the plan and execute, so people tend to work on the […]

Super Bowl Ads

GoDaddy, Great Brands and Risk

4 Dec , 2014  

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GoDaddy announced last week that it will be advertising on the Super Bowl again in 2015. The announcement was not a surprise; GoDaddy has used the Super Bowl effectively to build its brand over the past decade. This will be its 11th appearance. GoDaddy also announced that its Super Bowl ad will feature a cute […]

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Kicking off the Super Bowl Advertising Season

3 Dec , 2014  

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The Super Bowl is just over two months away. Once again, Derek Rucker and I will be leading the Kellogg Super Bowl Advertising Review. I’ll be posting about Super Bowl ads in the weeks leading up to the game. Last year Derek and I had a dedicated blog for the event. This year, I’ll post our thoughts here. […]

Brands in the News

The NFL Stumbles

22 Sep , 2014  

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The NFL is dealing with a significant brand crisis. How is the league doing at managing it? To evaluate the situation, I turned to Daniel Diermeier, dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago and until recently a colleague of mine at the Kellogg School of Management. Daniel studies how companies […]

Brands in the News,Defending Your Brand

Apple’s Competitive Challenge

15 Sep , 2014   Video

Apple’s Competitive Challenge

Last week Apple rolled out a trio of new product platforms: iPhones with larger screens, a watch and a payment system. The new phones are not dramatic innovations; they build on existing technology and will help Apple keep pace with competitive offerings. The watch and payment systems are bigger innovations. They are both trying to change the rules. […]