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By Dick Maggiore and Mark Vandegrift

Lorraine Kessler


Results from 2012 Super Bowl Ad Survey

2012 Super Bowl Ad Survey Reveals Readers Liked Car, Truck and Flower Ads

Today we send out a hearty "thank you" to all of our positioning friends who read and responded to Lorraine Kessler's excellent analysis of the best (and worst) Super Bowl…

Best and Worst 2012 Super Bowl Ads

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...

Johnsonville Positioning Slogan

Choosing an Effective Positioning Slogan

Wisconsin-based privately held Johnsonville Sausage is a positioning winner. What does Johnsonville stand for? Sausage. What kind of sausage? All kinds.

Relevance in Action Market Leader Position

Holding the Market Leader Position Swings on the Hinge of "IF"

Of all the ways to differentiate a brand, none is better than leadership. Leadership is its own credential.

2011 Super Bowl Reviews Positionist

Positionist Picks: 2011 Super Bowl Ads

The Best and Worst "Positioning" Ads of the Super Bowl The big game is over, but ratings, rankings and commentary on which Super Bowl advertisements and positivists fared the best and…

Review of Apple's Brand Strategy

Measuring Apple's Brand Strategy

In the 2008 book, Killer Differentiators: 13 Strategies to Grow Your Brand, authors Jacky Tai and Wilson Chew conclude that Apple's brand strategy of consolidating software and hardware has "crippled…

Roles of a Positioning Consultant

Living the Life of a Positioning Consultant

There was a time when advertising and PR agencies not only wanted to be marketing partners with their clients, but they actually were.

Part 2: Map to Identity Brand Perception

Using a Positioning Map to Identify Brand Perception: Part 2

In the first part of the positioning map discussion, I explained how a positioning map is a useful tool to identify brand perception.

Part 1 Brand Perception Using a Positioning Map

Visualizing Your Brand Perception with a Positioning Map: Part 1

Welcome to the first half of a discussion on the positioning map, a visual representation of your brand's perception as related to competing products...

Attention and Substance in the Practice of Positioning

The Practice of Positioning = Substance + Sizzle

If you read our post on Super Bowl ads, you may have noticed that our picks routinely (year in and year out) differ wildly from those of Ad Age, the…

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March 8, 2022

In the third decade of the 21st century, GM may once again be a big brand in big trouble paying the high cost of brand positioning failure.

January 5, 2022

With a GDP of nearly $20 trillion and a citizenry accounting for more than a quarter of the global household consumption, the United States is inarguably the most hyper-consumer economy…

June 29, 2021

Advertisers have long been known for how well they accept change, pivot to new possibilities and adopt the newest technologies.

June 23, 2021

Many pundits in the world of marketing and advertising are obsessed with stuff dying. “Radio is dead in 10 years. This study proves it. ” “TV is dying.

April 7, 2021

Advertisers have long understood the potency of television (TV) as a brand-building medium for consumer products. However, business-to-business advertisers typically kept their distance, and for good reason.

Agency News

From associate promotions and new team members to awards and events, keep up with the growth and good things happening at Innis Maggiore.

May 23, 2022
CANTON, Ohio (May 23, 2022) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it earned a 2022 Business Excellence Award presented by the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce. The brand positioning agency was honored at a ceremony and dinner at the DoubleTree by Hilton Canton Downtown.
May 13, 2022
CANTON, Ohio (May 13, 2022) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the promotions of four associates.
March 29, 2022
CANTON, Ohio (March 29, 2022) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the promotions of Cheryl Henderson to creative director, Alicia Jordan to art and video director, Emily Mays to associate creative director, Rich Grisak to senior media analyst, Veronica Smith to senior media strategist, and…
January 18, 2022
CANTON, Ohio (Jan. 18, 2022) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two new associates.
November 2, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Nov. 2, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two fall interns, one in the Digital Marketing department and one in its Creative department.