Seth Godin says, “Why to wait to be picked? Pick yourself.” (Looks like the Grey’s Anatomy interns that are waiting to be picked.)
NAMM is the show where rock stars come out to play.
All the Convention Center's a stage at NAMM.
If you’re keeping up with social marketing trendsetters like Seth Godin or Scott Stratten, you’ve probably heard it said that we do business with people we “know, like and trust.” This is especially true for the music business. Relationships (read: connections) have always been key for musicians. And January’s Winter NAMM show in Anaheim is where music business ties are made and strengthened.
While other trade shows are dying out, and the music industry itself struggles with a revolution in distribution and marketing, NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) continues to grow in popularity. Continue reading
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Tagged Anaheim, celebrity, entertainment, guitars, marketing, music, NAMM, rock star, Skick, Taylor, trade show
Sometimes a good headline is all it takes. Loved this one for Pop Chips.
Nice headline on the car. I’d never heard of Pop Chips before but the line on the side of this passing car was enough to make me want to try the chips. (Don’t worry, my passenger shot the photo.)
According to the website description, Pop Chips (excuse me: popchips™) are not fried or baked, because that would be unhealthy or un-tasty. They’re popped. Heated up like popcorn apparently. (Nuked?) S’posed to be healthy or at least organic.
popchips™ are also uncapitalized. So what is it with art directors or brand managers and the aversion to capitalization? Just a style thing, I guess.
Have you tried them yet? Pop on over to popchips.com to find out where to find them. Now I’m getting hungry.
Posted in Advertising - General, Branding, food, Marketing, Naming, Outdoor
Tagged advertising, branding, car, chips, food, headline, naming, organic, popchips, snacks, wrap
Take it to 11 at NAMM. That's one louder.
The 2011 NAMM Show (shorthand for what used to be known as the National Association of Music Merchants) has taken its thematic inspiration from the Rob Reiner rockumentary satire film, This Is Spinal Tap, in which Nigel Tufnel explains the advantages of having an amp that goes all the way to 11. It’s a perfect reference for their audience.
NAMM is where musicians, instrument makers and related music companies come to do business and show their latest gear. It’s like a Guitar Center on steroids that’s as big as the Anaheim Convention Center (bigger, actually). The place is so thick with rock stars, you practically trip over ’em every time you turn around.
Here’s how the NAMMsters describe this year’s show on the website: “On a scale of 1 to 10, we’re taking it to 11 and so can you! The 2011 NAMM Show has everything you need to turn it up a notch in your business, from the hottest new music products offered by 1500+ exhibitors to free business-building training customized to the challenges of today’s industry professionals.” Continue reading
Found commercial art. Can you guess where?
Smells like… Advertising. Happy Honda Days!
Did Coke create the modern Santa Claus? If so, artist Haddon Sundblom was the man behind the beard. Here he models for himself as Santa Claus.
Instead of complaining about the commercialization of Christmas, let’s celebrate one of the finest and longest-running advertising campaigns centered around the season.
Did Coca-Cola Really Create the Modern Image of Santa Claus?
Technically, no. If you check Snopes, that claim is marked “false.” The myth-busting site does give Coke partial credit, however. And according to the soft-drink maker’s own website, “Coca-Cola® advertising actually helped shape this modern-day image of Santa.” Not much argument there.
Did Coke Choose the Color of Santa’s Suit?
In 1862, Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper’s Weekly as a small elf-like Union supporter. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, along the way changing the coat from tan to red. So Santa’s red suit came from Nast’s vision of St. Nick, not Coke’s corporate color.
Thomas Nast's Santa Claus for Harper's.
Winter Wasn’t Always Coke Weather
Back in the day (the Roaring ‘20s), people thought of Coca-Cola as a drink for warm weather only. To rectify that perception, the company began running ads in 1922 with the slogan “Thirst Knows No Season,” then followed up with a campaign connecting the beverage with Santa Claus to lend it some cold-weather cred.
The most famous version of the man with all the toys is the one created by illustrator Haddon Sundblom. Coke credits its advertising agency for the vision: “Archie Lee, the D’Arcy Advertising Agency executive working with The Coca-Cola Company, wanted the next campaign to show a wholesome Santa as both realistic and symbolic.” So in 1931, Sundblom got the gig to develop advertising art using Santa Claus, with a twist: the images would depict the actual Santa, not a man dressed as Santa. Continue reading
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Tagged ads, advertising, art, branding, Christmas, classic, Coca-Cola, Coke, Haddon Sundblom, holiday, illustration, print, Sandblom, seasonal, Snopes, vintage, winter
Viagra as a Superhero. Right next to the children's toys and a muscle relaxant.
Another one for the “Got ____?” collection. Note that the smiling stick figure in the banner no longer needs a cane now that he’s grown a third leg. Super Viagra Man gives it one big thumb up. (Seen at La Bufadora – Ensenada, Mexico.)
Enjoy a romantic camping-at-sea experience onboard the Carnival Splendor.
Pop Tarts® and Spam® delivered fresh daily!
Let the spoof ads begin! After losing all power due to an engine fire, the Carnival Splendor cruise ship had to be towed back to port in San Diego, turning what started out as a four-day Mexican Riviera cruise into a seven-day float from Long Beach to San Diego. Now it’s parody time.
First one out of port (at least that I’ve seen so far) is this mock ad found via email from writer Jeff Abbit aka The Undisclosed Agency. It’s just too good not to share. Enjoy.