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Office Depot Does Not Miss A Celebration Day

steveparkhurst | September 29, 2017 in Marketing,Promotional | Comments (0)

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If you are a coffee enthusiast, your email inbox around September 29 has started to fill up with emails about National Coffee Day. This happened with my email, with emails from the usual suspects: Starbucks, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin’ Donuts, McDonald’s…places like that. I noticed an email arrive from Office Depot imploring me to “Celebrate National Coffee Day” and even included the coffee emoji ☕. I have to admit in the first millisecond my mind thought “hmmm, I would not consider Office Depot in the list of many possible places that I would go for a hot cup of coffee.” But then I thought, “well, they could sell the condiments and maybe even bags of coffee,” I have never personally noticed these things at Office Depot.

Sure enough, opening the email revealed that they were indeed offering all things coffee for 30% off: sweeteners, creamers, K-cups, ground coffee, everything you might expect to find in an office coffee station. This was really a great way for Office Depot to reach out to the email without a typical Friday promotion of some sort, they tied in with a celebration day and made their brand a part of it.

Office Depot National Coffee Day Ad

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McDonald’s in the U.K. Pokes Hipsters with McCafe Ad

steveparkhurst | February 22, 2017 in Branding,Earned Media,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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McDonald’s in the United Kingdom has a clever new ad that really makes hipsters look, well, hipsterish.

 

From AdAge:

Watch this spot for McDonald’s McCafe from the U.K. and you’ll wonder why you ever went to an achingly trendy hipster coffee bar.

The ad, created by Leo Burnett London and directed by Tony Barry at Knucklehead, pokes fun at a ton of things you’ll wincingly recognize — miniature cups, confusing menus, extortionate prices, coffees that come in jam jars with straws, weird brewing methods, pretentious WiFi passwords, cafes where you can’t sit down but you can play table tennis.

The increasingly confused customer finally ends up in a McCafe, where he can get a nice normal coffee and sit down at a table without paying a fortune for a tiny drink and an artisan cake. Nice work (and it might even inspire hipsters to try a McCafe in future).

 


Two Notes From a Dollar General Visit

steveparkhurst | December 23, 2016 in Advertising,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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New readers might want to note that in late 2012 I lamented a Valentine’s display that I saw just three days after Christmas. I stopped into a Dollar General on December 23 of this year for some last minute Christmas decorations and Christmas candy.

My visit was notable here for two reasons:

    1. I always find these “not-to-be-seen-by customers” store display layouts for the managers and employees to get things set up according to the higher-ups.
    2. Today is still two days before Christmas, and they already have their Valentine’s Day stuff ready to sell, and it’s not like I caught them in the middle of setting this up, it was completely decked out.
      Dollar General Valentine's Before Christmas

 


Election Day Free Coffee Promo

steveparkhurst | November 8, 2016 in Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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I was glad to run across this image today, one in which the “free coffee” on “election day” was visible, but not the ad of a specific company. What do you think of this type of promotional idea? If you have tried this in your business, has it worked?

Free Coffee on Election Day


Shipley Do-Nuts Plays on Words

steveparkhurst | August 11, 2016 in Marketing,Pinterest,Promotional | Comments (0)

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Nicely done Shipley, nicely done.


Interesting Goodbye to VHS

steveparkhurst | August 7, 2016 in Advertising,Visual | Comments (0)

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Bravo Shipley Do-Nuts in Houston

steveparkhurst | July 22, 2016 in Earned Media,Promotional | Comments (0)

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This is great to see, Shipley Do-Nuts showing some appreciation for our police officers. If you know if other businesses doing this sort of thing, please let us know.


Amazon + Prime Day = Boss!

steveparkhurst | July 12, 2016 in Books,Branding,Earned Media | Comments (0)

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Drudge: Google Search Favors Hillary Clinton?

steveparkhurst | June 9, 2016 in Advertising,Branding,Content Marketing,Earned Media,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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The deeper story here is about content and SEO and getting information in the right places at the right time.


Beyond Press Releases: Land Your Org on Front Page

steveparkhurst | June 7, 2016 in Promotional | Comments (0)

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We like to share good advice from others.