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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. The game was eked out in slow, lethargic doses with only a few flashes of offense to break the comatose. The 2019 Super Bowl ads also were defensive...

2018 Commercials Super Bowl Ads

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. The strategy relies on creating commercials so entertaining and popular, culturally or socially relevant, silly or sentimental that viewers actually want to pay attention...

Culturalism Super Bowl Positioning

Culturalism Trumps Commercialism in Super Bowl LI

By Lorraine Kessler, Principal | Strategy & Client Service The Super Bowl is over. Maybe one of the best games ever.

Budweiser Super Bowl Positioning Ad

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.

HP Botched Brand Positioning

Trump Aside, HP's Problem Is Botched Brand Positioning

Ever since the second Republican debate, Trump has railed on rival Carly Fiorina, claiming "The Compaq computer deal," made when Fiorina was CEO of HP, "was one of the worst…

Review of 2015 Super Bowl Branding

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.

Value in Risking for Super Bowl Ads

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.

Review of 2013 Super Bowl Ads

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…

Repositioning and Brand Relevance

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.

Politics and Brand Perception

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.

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PositionistView®

PositionistView® is an inside look into Innis Maggiore's thinking, culture and talent. They're opinon pieces through the positioning filter. No jargon. No ad-speak babble.

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.

April 7, 2021

The problem with mass marketing has finally been solved. The answer is programmatic advertising. Imagine two neighbors. Both watching ESPN. One sees your ad. The other doesn’t.

February 11, 2021

(Special to the Canton Repository) In this year's National Football League AFC Divisional Round playoff game, Cleveland Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski was accused of playing it safe.

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.

July 7, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (July 7, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the addition of two summer interns, Andrew Ferguson and Sadie Reda. Andrew, a marketing major and recent graduate of Walsh University, is working in the digital department.
June 24, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (June 24, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation's leading positioning ad agency, today announced the promotion of an associate and the hiring of another. Joe Chenevey, formerly a senior web developer at the agency, has been promoted to director of technology.
June 14, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (June 14, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced the hiring of Martha Belden to lead public relations to complement the agency’s full range of marketing services.
March 2, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (March 2, 2021) — Perfect Power Wash, Ohio’s leading professional-grade power washing company, has named Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, as its agency of record. The Innis Maggiore team is excited to work with Ohio’s leader in professional-grade power washing.
February 22, 2021
CANTON, Ohio (Feb. 22, 2021) — Innis Maggiore, the nation’s leading positioning ad agency, today announced it earned seven awards at the 2021 American Advertising Federation Awards (ADDY® Awards) ceremony Friday evening.