Friday, May 30, 2014

If you want to reach Hispanics -- think mobile.

As the different media options continue to find their niche audiences, we are seeing Hispanics over indexing across a variety of mobile media behavior. 

Specifically, according to a recent study by PwC, 43% stream mobile video and 37% download mobile video weekly.  Why?  Cost appears to be a factor as they substitute mobile video for cable and satellite subscriptions.

It's not surprising then to learn that 25% of Hispanics use mobile coupons versus 17% of non-Hispanics. (Sass, 2014)

Now I'd like to know if Spanish language ads are more effective than English.  More research anyone?

Sass, E. (2014, May 23)  Hispanics Over-Index In Mobile Video, Second-Screen Consumption.  Retrieved May 29, 2014, from

Friday, May 23, 2014

Shoes vs. Soccer? No contest.

Heineken decided to have some fun this Saturday by organizing a shoe sale in Brazil.  The idea is to send the gals shopping while their guys watch the Champions League final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid (and drink Heineken no doubt).

Women's shoes will be available for up to 50% off at Shoestock stores.  And the sale will be announced via email marketing and online videos.  (Nudd, 2014)

Here's the video in Portuguese.

And here's the link to a version with English subtitles.

What a cute idea -- sure to generate buzz, and I think it may also be a huge success. 

Nudd, T. (2014, May 22) Heineken Distracts Women With Shoe Sale So Men Can Watch Soccer in Peace.  Retrieved May 23, 2014, from

Friday, May 16, 2014

Thanks to Old Navy & La-Z-Boy, I'm changing my stance on celebrity advertising.

I've never been a big fan of celebrity advertising.  Here's a blog I wrote about my concerns back in February 2014:   

But, in last week's blog I discussed the fact that the revitalization of La-Z-Boy is due in part to the success of their campaign with Brooke Shields. 

Then this week, Old Navy announced that their April sales were up 18% and that they attribute part of that increase to the success of their new campaign with Amy Poehler.  (The other reasons were warmer weather and a later-than-usual Easter.) (Mahoney, 2014)

The funny thing about this campaign is that the first time I saw this commercial I was so taken by the pants that were featured that I didn't even notice Amy.  Talk about a home run.  A celebrity driven campaign, where the celebrity didn't overwhelm the product. 

Here's the ad ...

I'm convinced.  What about you?  Have you changed your mind about celebrity advertising?

Mahoney, S. (2014, May 9)  Amy Poehler Propels New Bounce at Old Navy.  Retrieved May 15, 2014, from

Friday, May 9, 2014

Did Brooke Shields breathe new life into La-Z-Boy?

I have to admit that the first time I saw Brooke Shields in a commercial for La-Z-Boy in 2010, I noticed and thought that it was an interesting attempt to update an old brand.  What I didn't realize until now was how successful she has been in doing just that.  Apparently the company has seen an unprecedented 13 quarters of same-store sales increases.  Impressive indeed.

Now the company has announced that they are going to build on their momentum by launching an "Urban Attitudes" line.  The affordable collection is geared toward younger people and designed to fit in smaller city apartments. (Irwin, 2014)

Sounds good to me.  What do you think?  Will the campaign be successful?

Irwin, T.  (May 8, 2014)  La-Z-Boy, Brooke Shields Show 'Urban Attitudes.'  Retrieved June 8, 2014, from

Friday, May 2, 2014

Will you take your mom to Starbucks for Mother's Day?

I was intrigued when I learned from an ad in the main news section of The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, that Starbucks has partnered with Oprah to develop a new tea product called Oprah Chai Tea.  It's apparently part of a new push by Starbucks to aggressively grow its tea business.  (Hmm.  No wonder Lipton Tea ran its Muppet ad on the Oscar's.)

The commercial for Oprah Chai Tea, which begins airing on Monday, is sure to draw some hate mail since it includes a same-sex partnership in its exploration of different kinds of moms.  It also mentions that a 25 cent donation will be made to charity for each cup bought.  (It doesn't mention that the charity is the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation.)  You can check it out here now.

The spot also encourages viewers to bring their moms in on Mother's Day for a free Teavana Oprah Chai. (Morrison, 2014)

So what do you think?  Is partnering with Oprah a smart idea?  And will you bring your mom in for some free tea?

Morrison, M. (2014, May 2)  Starbucks, Oprah Celebrate Mother's Day in 72andSunny Spot.  Retrieved May 2, 2014 from