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Super Bowl talk already? This article isn’t staking a claim in which final two teams will go but rather who will advertise on what I call “Commercial Bowl Day.” Only 10 spots are left for the 2009 event even though there was a 10% price increase from last year. Can you believe it!?!

Watch the 10 best Super Bowl ads of all time (video on left will begin playing top 10).

What’s your favorite commercial of all time? Let us know by leaving a comment.

~ Michelle Hirsh, Felber & Felber Marketing

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In marketing, we often look at ourselves as the brand police – watching and controlling our clients’ brand so that its advertised or portrayed correctly. Well, this story takes it to a whole new level. The KFC secret recipe was being moved recently in order for other security measures and renovations to take place. So, they hired the big guns. Off-duty police officers and private security guards were hired to move the famous recipe that Colonel Harland Sanders developed in 1940. Not only is this recipe under heavy guard but it is only known to two people in the entire company. Talk about security.

Reinforcing your brand: not only did KFC highlight that their product is special, it’s so special it needs to be secured in a briefcase and handcuffed to a security expert. You may expect to see this in Prison Break, but is it necessary for a recipe? And what a public relations story! The press is all over this.

What are your thoughts? Does this make you want to eat KFC again and see what all the fuss is over the secret recipe? Leave your comments here! I don’t remember the last time I ate KFC and I’m not sure I’ll eat it anytime soon… sorry KFC, the fuss over the secret recipe won’t make me eat your chicken!

~ Michelle Hirsh, Felber & Felber Marketing


>Humanize Your Brand – Chico’s Found a Match

>When we develop brands from scratch, we often develop a personality to the brand – what does it look like, where does it shop, what books does this brand read, etc. It’s common to address every aspect of what a brand would be if it was human. Does your brand have kids in high school or is it a 20-something young professional livin up the social side of things?

Chico’s, the national women’s clothing chain, hit the jackpot last week. They found someone who represents their brand perfectly. She is a baby boomer who wants to wear color and look chic. She’s 57 years old and is a Maryland middle school principal. She’s been the most visible parent in the Olympic coverage. Any guesses yet? Debbie Phelps, Michael’s mother, has been shown wearing Chico’s clothes for every race and every television appearance. They even have a “Debbie Phelps Collection” section on their website.

Does your brand have a personality or is it dead? What does your brand look like if it was a celebrity? Leave us your comments.

~Michelle Hirsh, Felber & Felber Marketing

>The BLACKOUT – Will the Power Go Out Again?

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Ah, the anniversary of the big blackout that started only a few cities away from Twinsburg and brought down the power in seven states and parts of Canada.

So all morning the news reported that many measures are in place so this doesn’t happen again. Well it may not happen in seven states again but in Beachwood, Ohio, there’s a report of no power near Cedar Rd. Plus, the lights flickered in Warrensville, Hts at 9:58am. Hmm, let’s hope First Energy won’t have to go into another round of crisis communications.

Share your stories from the 2003 Blackout.

~ Michelle

>Marketing a Giant or Giant Marketing

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Whatever you call it there is no mistake that the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing China has taken the world stage. From the impressive opening ceremony all eyes of the world are on China. This is their time and the international stage is set.
OK now that my intro is out there I must let you know I just watched the USA basketball team beat China in an impressive 101 to 70 victory. China started out strong and showed incredible speed and agility. This USA team took their professional stance and proved why we are being called the Redeem Team. Cleveland’s LeBron James was outstanding and made not only all of us in Northeast Ohio proud but the whole country as well. We wish him and the USA team well on our quest for the gold.

Michael Phelps beat his own record for his first 2008 gold medal. The marketing efforts we put into these games is equal to the Super Bowl. With this large of an audience we must make sure the spots are centered in strategic and creative ways. No time for second best. China has been outstanding in their marketing efforts leading up to these games and the lessons we take back when this is all over will be a model for the future. One World, One Goal for all of us. Please support our team and let’s discuss how the marketing and positioning of the most expensive Olympic Games will play out.

Bruce

>Send Us Your Favorite Olympic Commercials

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The time has come for laughter,
more laughter, tears and special advertising. The Olympics are finally here… let the games begin!


Send us your favorite Olympic ads. We know they are out there – NBC raked in over $1 billion in revenue.

~Michelle


>Can What I Wear Reflect My Company Image?

>The answer is yes. Branding has moved beyond the traditional print, TV, and radio circles. Now what we present in our overall look can set the stage.

See the recent article in Corporate Apparel Magazine http://www.corporateapparelmag.com/profiles.php?id=24. I would welcome your comments.


Bruce

>Another Way to Promote Your Business

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In today’s competitive world businesses are always looking for ways to stretch their marketing dollars. One way that is to participate in community events. Like trade show environments you can see more people with less dollars and increase engagement. Engagement is the key to this atmosphere of sales and marketing as involvement with your product or service will increase recognition and keep you ‘top of mind’.

This weekend many summer festivals will take place. In Twinsburg, our business home, we will have the annual Twins Day celebration. Just 10 miles down the road the city of Streetsboro is holding their annual Family Days event. Interestingly they also have a twin connection. Headline performer Bucky Covington, American Idol runner up, will perform with his band that includes his twin brother. Another double take performance will be the Nelsons (twin sons of the late Ricky Nelson). For other details and times see http://www.streetsborofamilydays.org/

I will be available during the weekend event as the Streetsboro Chamber of Commerce President, so stop by our booth for a visit.

Keep in mind that these events also help promote your community and state. So get out and enjoy the great weekend of events, food and fun.

Bruce

>Twins invading Twinsburg, Ohio!

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Its official… you are seeing DOUBLE. No, you aren’t going crazy. It’s the annual Twins Day Festival! Here in our hometown of Twinsburg, this weekend we’ll be doing double-takes as this city plans to welcome twins from across the world. Last year, 2,034 sets of twins attended the festival…

So what does this have to do with marketing? It’s a perfect opportunity to showcase Twinsburg, local attractions and your restaurant, hotel, etc. And what a great press opportunity, too.