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Innis Maggiore - 2019 Super Bowl Ads

Seasoned Super Bowl advertisers win on defense

The Patriots, keepers of the Empire, struck back Sunday, marking the sixth win for the oldest coach and oldest quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl.

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Philly Dilly: Eagles Fly. Ads Flop.

Super Bowl advertisers are known for using Trojan horse strategy to slip their ad messages inside our gated minds.

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Not Backing Down: "The King of Beers" Wins Best Positioning Ad of Game 50

Our pick for best positioning ad for Big Game 50 is Budweiser - America's #1 full-flavored lager, 140 years and going strong with no apologies.

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Trump Aside, HP's Problem Is Botched Brand Positioning

In the second Republican primary debate, Donald Trump took a shot at rival Carly Fiorina, claiming her tenure as CEO of Hewlett-Packard was a "disaster and continues to be a disaster." But the HP and Compaq merger wasn't a bad deal, but rather botched branding.

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Super Bowl XLIX Special Edition - Inflated Expectations for Super Bowl Branding?

There were no inflated expectations as far as the game went on Super Bowl Sunday. Deflated Seattle fans notwithstanding, the game delivered. There were no close calls, however, in choosing the best and worst of this year's Super Bowl ad lineup.

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Pick Super Bowl Ads Like the Pros

Eighty percent of Super Bowl ads don't sell. That's according to a new study by the research firm Communicus.

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2013 Super Bowl Ads: A Contrarian "PositionistView"

Despite Super Bowl XLVII's historic 35-minute third-quarter blackout, the Big Show of Super Bowl advertising, what actor Bob Odenkirk's character in the Samsung Galaxy ad calls, "El Plato Supremo!" went off with nary a hitch...

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Political Advice for Candidates and Marketers: Brand Perception Trumps Rationality

One of the primary principles of positioning is that minds don't change, at least not easily. If you are like me, the natural inclination is to argue with this principle. That's because most of us believe in the myth of the rational mind and disregard the power of brand perception. We believe or want to believe that we gather facts, analyze those facts objectively and then reach logical conclusions; we believe that brand perception has little or nothing to do with our decision...

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Repositioning: Push Brand Relevance to Rev Up Your Position

Building a strong brand is not easy. Few do it. It takes the right strategy for differentiation plus factors of focus and commitment as measured by time and money. Sometimes, repositioning is needed. Conventional positioning wisdom contends that getting to the top is harder than staying on top. But in a world where the cycle from champ to chump is shorter and shorter, I wonder. Have the dynamics changed? Perhaps... Fred was and is known for his persistence (and eventual strategic positioning of FedEx). He used the concept as the foundation for operations at his fledgling startup, but over the first several years, the company lost millions...

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2012 Super Bowl Ads

Before getting to the winners and losers among the 2012 Super Bowl ads, allow me to digress. Borrowing from ancient practical wisdom, two is better than one, three is better than two. Consider a cable. A cable is a stranded cord. No argument that two cords wound together are stronger than one. Three cords wound together are stronger and therefore better than two. Stretching the analogy, an advertisement that is entertaining can be good. An advertisement that is likeable is better. But, an advertisement that is entertaining, likeable and effective is best of all. Three cords are better than one...

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AWARD-WINNING WORK

Goodyear

Leadership through technology.

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Aultman

Leading our community to improved health.

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PURELL

Protecting us from the spread of germs.

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Smith's

Tradition you can taste.

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Artisa

Live Life Uncottaged

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BellStores

Keeping the family on full.

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CSE Federal Credit Union

The Local Alternative

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GOJO

Leader in skin health and hygiene.

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Baja West Coast Kitchen

Fresh food with a West Coast vibe.

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Old Carolina

Authentic Carolina-style barbecue.

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Custom Auto Body

Custom to the rescue!

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NILodor

Invented Pet Odor Control Technology

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MID'S

True Sicilian pasta sauce.

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Baird Brothers

Old school hardwood. Modern accessibility.

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Stark Community Foundation

Connecting people to the causes they care about.

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Stark County District Library

Where everything is free®

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DRB Systems

Transforming the car wash industry.

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Smoke The Burger Joint

Burgers smokin' with attitude.

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Beese Fulmer

Stay rational. Invest long term.

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JOMAC

Powerfully Light

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MCTV

Going the extra smile.

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Republic Steel

Steel Republic Steel.

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Second Harvest

Serving the community.

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Specialty Pipe

Their speciality is being the best.

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Trumbull Metro Housing Authority

Building a solid future for those in need.

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Fair Housing Law Center

Fighting for Equal Housing

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Kimble

The Future of Waste Management

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Massillon Museum

Art & History Come Alive!

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Bird Technologies

The RF Experts

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Verisk 3E

Intelligent compliance. Sustainable progress. A safer world.

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Find your brand positioning: Play your Cs to win in marketplace April 17, 2019

Do you ever feel like you’re throwing a wad of spaghetti against the wall and hoping some will stick?That is no way to win in the marketplace.The business with the right strategy and the commitment to carry it out inevit...

The Magnificent Seven: Best marketing books ever April 03, 2019

If you want to get better and better at running your business, you would do well to read a few of the best marketing books of all time.Hewlett-Packard co-founder David Packard famously said, “Marketing is far too importa...

Brand categories great for selling, lousy for unifying our world March 21, 2019

The numbers are mind boggling.Our amazing brains are wired with 100 billion cells, which researchers have found on average send signals 10 times per second. Each brain cell connects to 5,000 other brain cells, which mean...

Winning, compelling content inspires audience to engage, buy March 07, 2019

In a recent column, we quoted marketing guru Seth Godin’s profound observation, “Content marketing is the only marketing left.”Yes, compelling content marketing is that important.Content includes many tactics, from blogg...

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