Tag Archives: Target

‘Cougar Town’ Turns into Target Town

The walls keep tumbling down. In the beginning, there was product placement. Then came product integration. Now? Now comes – what should we call this? –  product domination. From the New York Times: Like That Vase on the TV? Click Your Phone to … Continue reading

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Major Credit Cards Run Ads Covering Their Assets

Here in the United States of Hackmerica (everyone wave to the NSA and give your pin numbers to Target!), at least some companies are guaranteeing the security of their customers. Sort of. Exhibits A and B: These full-page ads in … Continue reading

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Will Brand Publishers Surpass News Publishers?

From our Sign o’ the Times desk  Advertising Age recently featured an alarming piece about the Brave News World of digital publishing. Flipboard Hits 90 Million Users, Nearly Doubles Since April Selling Digital Ads For Print Ad Rates Just two weeks after … Continue reading

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The Secrets Life Of Marketers

Must-read cover piece in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine, detailing the means and methods marketers exercise to extract consumer information that nails you to the selling post: How Companies Learn Your Secrets Andrew Pole had just started working as a statistician for … Continue reading

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TV Needs More “Modern Family” Values

Given the distressing – and depressing – state of product placement in television programs these days (see here for an especially egregious example), it was good to see this (via Advertising Age): Many Brands Bid for Product Placement on ‘Modern Family,’ but So Few Make … Continue reading

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The Weekly Standard Sells Out

Not on newsstands. On its cover. That’s the front cover of the July 25, 2011 edition of the Weekly Standard. Except it’s not. It’s actually an ad for an outfit called Main Street Fairness, an Astroturf front group backed by Wal-Mart, … Continue reading

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Wal-Mart Masquerades As Main Street In Battle With Amazon

It’s the very definition of irony: Wal-Mart, longtime nemesis of mom-and-pop stores nationwide, is now bankrolling The Alliance for Main Street Fairness, a front group (also funded by Best Buy, Target, Sears, and Home Depot) lobbying for sales taxes on … Continue reading

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Ad o’ the Day (pat. pending)

So rock band Pearl Jam finally extricated itself from a seven-album deal with Sony that took 15 years to fulfill and they wind up signing with . . . Target? Here’s the TV spot promoting Pearl Jam’s new offering Backspacer, … Continue reading

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