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Shop Small Saturday 2013

steveparkhurst | November 28, 2013 in Advertising,Promotional,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Small Business Saturday

This graphic is from the Stillwater Chamber of Commerce

It’s back! Shop Small Saturday is back and it’s a great chance to show your support to local businesses that work in and around communities. This Saturday, November 30, head out to the local businesses in your community and patronize them any way you can. If you’re out and about, use the hashtag #ShopSmall – we’ll be retweeting many of the Shop Small tweets on Saturday from @ParkhurstGroup.


Kellogg’s Meaningful Gesture Goes Way Wrong

steveparkhurst | November 12, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Promotional | Comments (0)

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Take a look at this AdWeek story, which features several tweets, about a Kellogg’s UK promotion that went very wrong. While the gesture was strong and I get what they were trying to do and say, sometimes the devil is in the details and poor wording can take a meaningful gesture and make you look like a heartless fool, all while trying to get retweets. The beating Kellogg’s UK took on twitter was well deserved, and to be expected given the speed with which twitter reacts.


Starbucks Red Cups Are Back For 2013

steveparkhurst | November 1, 2013 in Advertising,Branding,Marketing,Promotional | Comments (0)

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Starbucks Red Cup 2013

It’s November 1st, which of course means last night was Halloween. Oh and, the famous red cups at Starbucks are back today. Easily one of the greatest branding moves in the history of marketing, the red cups mean something different to everyone. Today, I even bypassed using my reusable cup so I could experience the red cup.


Hornitos Tequila Ad

steveparkhurst | July 5, 2013 in Advertising,Branding,Marketing,Television | Comments (0)

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I saw this ad on tv and I thought it was not only funny, but it made a great point about consumers and brands. How many times have you heard people ask for a Kleenex, when they actually just wanted a facial tissue. How many times will someone ask, “what kind of cokes do you have?”

Whether it’s laundry detergent, paper towels, gasoline, or hand soap, there are times you might look for something, or ask for something, and not really care which brand you get. This Hornitos ad does a pretty good job of elaborating on that point. Watch it and let us know what you think.


George Zimmer Out At Men’s Wearhouse

steveparkhurst | June 19, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Television,Visual | Comments (0)

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KFI in Los Angeles is reporting today that George Zimmer will no longer be the radio and tv ad voice. I am not sure why, I guess the tv and radio ads did a really good sell, but I always assumed George Zimmer was the founder and owner of the Men’s Wearhouse. I guarantee it (c’mon, I had to say it). Zimmer has to go down as one of the most recognizable ad men of all time.

So, this news came as a bit of a shock today.

So, who should replace George Zimmer? Personally, I’m hoping for the Geico Gecko.


B.Y.O.Vinyl Night at Mom’s Bar in Los Angeles

steveparkhurst | June 1, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Music,Promotional,Small Business | Comments (0)

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Mom’s Bar, located in Los Angeles, is doing something that I like, and I think it is creative at the same time. As the flier below clearly shows, Mom’s Bar is about to start having customers bring in their own vinyl records for playing in the bar on Tuesday nights.

This is a really good way to get business in the door on what is probably a pretty slow night of the week. This is also good advertising for the bar’s marketing partner Touch Vinyl. The promotional idea of also including a free drink if your vinyl is chosen for play, that is also pretty cool.

As some who still listens to vinyl, I am always glad to see vinyl getting attention, this encourages the small music shops to still carry vinyl, it encourages producers to continue to produce vinyl and if vinyl becomes hip again, well that’s just groovy.

B.Y.O. Vinyl Mom's Bar The Parkhurst group

Have you seen anyone else offer a vinyl night? Have you seen other really good partner marketing ideas?


CiCi’s Pizza and the Wise Use of Instagram

steveparkhurst | May 12, 2013 in Advertising,Branding,Instagram,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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By Steve Parkhurst

I recently found myself in a CiCi’s Pizza location for dinner. As an aside, I think they have the best cinnamon rolls in the history of the free world.

Anyway, I was intrigued by the table tent on the tables. I found it interesting that CiCi’s would use an entire table tent to promote one social media outlet, as opposed to all their outlets, like most other establishments. Having looked at their Instagram account though, I can absolutely understand why they’re doing it this way. Their Instagram account is fun and it is definitely centered around their customers, driving the engagement level up.

CiCi's Pizza Instagram The Parkhurst Group

I’m interested to know what other businesses are utilizing any social media outlet in a particularly spectacular way. Who else does a great job of driving up customer engagement?


March Ad Madness

steveparkhurst | April 9, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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The Wall Street Journal has a really interesting chart about the ad dollars spent during March Madness going back to 2003.

March Madness is the nation’s top postseason sports franchise for TV advertising. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament drew more than $1 billion in national TV ad spending last year, beating each of the postseason totals for pro football, basketball, baseball and hockey. (Figures for 2013 will soon emerge.) Average price of a 30-second ad spot in last year’s championship: $1.34 million.

In addition to the overall numbers, I found particular interest in the gradual increase in spending from 2003 to 2008, with a big jump from 2007 to 2008. But then, along with the global economic crash, spending was down in 2009 and 2010, with a jump back up in 2011 and 2012.


Dollar Shave Club Is Doing Its Own Thing, Effectively

steveparkhurst | March 18, 2013 in Advertising,Branding,Earned Media,Marketing,Promotional | Comments (0)

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Over the last several weeks I have been hearing some really interesting radio commercials, and I was intrigued enough that I had to go and see what the commercials were really about.

I discovered a unique business model with innovative marketing, heavy with humor and attitude. It is Dollar Shave Club and I will guarantee you have not seen anything like this. They also manage to make something most of us would view as tedious or boring…somewhat interesting, and at least a little humorous.

Dollar Shave Club - The Parkhurst Group

And check out this video, it’s pretty cool and it explains with humor the concept of what they do.

Kudos to Dollar Shave Club for their interesting business model, which includes its interesting marketing and advertising ideas. These guys seem to be having fun, and that’s great to see. Well done.


Natachee’s “Best Burgers in Midtown” Ad

steveparkhurst | March 1, 2013 in Advertising,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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The latest from Natachee’s.

Natachee's 2-28-13