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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


Interesting Goodbye to VHS

steveparkhurst | August 7, 2016 in Advertising,Visual | 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.


TED Talk Featuring Arthur Brooks

steveparkhurst | May 26, 2016 in Visual | Comments (0)

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If you are not familiar with Arthur Brooks, he is a really intriguing guy. This talk is well worth your time.


Behind the Walmart Display

steveparkhurst | December 9, 2015 in Advertising,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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I always enjoy the peek behind the scenes, the stuff the customers are not supposed to see. I saw this tonight at Walmart. Hanging on this display rack, was the layout for what the display is/was supposed to look like. Upon review, I should have stepped back and taken a picture of the entire wall rack to see how they were doing, but as it is, this sort of thing is just interesting. This would be seemingly pretty easy for a store employee to follow, that is, right up until the last product in any row is gone.

Walmart Jockey Slipshort display


McDonald’s Window Display Instructions

steveparkhurst | October 25, 2015 in Advertising,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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I’m posting this tonight from inside a McDonald’s where I stopped to get a coffee. As I was waiting for a fresh brew, I noticed some window display with the instructions printed on the back side of them. As you probably know, this sort of “behind the scenes” stuff always intrigues me. Anyway, take a look at the two displays, posted below.

McDonald's window display  McDonald's window display


Shiner Bock Uses Bach

steveparkhurst | October 22, 2014 in Advertising,Branding,Marketing,Promotional,Visual | Comments (0)

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Shiner Bock Bach

 

I saw this billboard in Austin today. I just had to take a picture of it.

Any Texan is familiar with Shiner Bock beer. Well, Shiner took it up a notch by using classical composer Bach in their ad as a play on words.

Very well done, Shiner.


Natachee’s Ads Return

steveparkhurst | August 7, 2014 in Advertising,Branding,Marketing,Visual | Comments (0)

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After what seems like a bit of a hiatus, the Natachee’s ads are back!

Natachee's Houston Midtown The Parkhurst Group