‘Apple is doomed’ narrative: another perspective

The launch of a major Apple product – especially the iPhone, brings out a slew of negative articles around the company. The narrative is broadly as under: – Apple has stopped innovating – The magic of Apple has vanished after the demise of Steve Jobs There is a sound economic reason behind this: such articles …

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Stranger Things, McDonald’s and more: 11 top creative ads of the week

1. Amtrak: Break the Travel Quo One of my earliest lessons in advertising strategy was about correctly defining one’s competition: an amusement park’s competition isn’t necessarily another amusement park but other avenues of ‘fun’. Amtrak’s new campaign in the US promises a better way to travel as compared to air or road. The promise of …

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Content marketing as punching bag: deserved or not?

Nowadays it is common to spot articles bashing ‘content marketing’ as a discipline. The common grouse with such articles is: – content marketing is just a buzz phrase; it is essentially what was practiced in advertising forever – the practitioners of this discipline are bullshit artists who thrive on throwing jargon – most of what …

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Mocking competition in advertising: when effective?

Competitive advertising is an age-old tactic by brand owners. The intent is to create preference for one’s own brand by showing competition in poor light. When is it effective? When a brand with its own positive equity and ‘fan following’ takes on a big brand in the domain. Things can go downhill when a strong brand reacts to a new entrant in the category. The reaction could be to a threat, real or imaginary.

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