Friday, November 30, 2012

Pieces of April

Pieces of April was a slow moving tale about a girl who is slightly detached from her family, and invited them to Thanksgiving.  While making the dinner nothing goes right for her, and her family almost does not come into her house for dinner.  It does a great job of showing the stresses that people have over the holidays and the expectations that they put on themselves.  At the end it shows how everyone who helped her became her family for dinner, and through  her struggles she gained new friends.  She was also able to start fresh with  her family.  Lots of hidden consumer behavior messages in this movie, but was a slow movie to watch.   

Brand Loyalty

This is a great commercial about brand loyalty with Jerry Seinfeld.  Jerry is so loyal to the car brand that he attempts to bribe the first buyer for his place in line for the car.  Being the first one to buy this car is extremely important to Jerry.  This commercial uses this to attempt to show that their brand has followers that will do anything for the brand. 

Extreme Couponing

Perhaps on of the most extreme types of consumer behavior is extreme couponing.  If you can make it through a whole episode I worry about you.  So much money spent unnecessarily.     

Black Friday

Now that over a week has passed it is interesting to look at the numbers from Black Friday.  With stores starting their sales on thursday evening instead of friday morning sales rose, and more people shopped.  It is surprising to me that so many people will leave their friends, family and loved ones on a day of giving thanks to go shopping.  It also shows that consumers are getting more and more interested in great deals.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Changing Trends

This video relates well to my last post.  My father works for a very large Market REsearch company based out of St. Louis and they are currently struggling because of the quickly changing way that research about consumers is done.  New research companies are starting everyday that are more up to date with the quickly changing technology.  Long time clients are leaving because the company appears out of date.  Great thing to remember while in  school is that things may be completely different once we graduate, and that to stay competitive you can never stop learning and adapting. 

Future of Digital Marketing

If you have time to sit through this 7 minute video it is a very interesting look into the future of digital marketing and the reach that is growing at an extremely high rate.  Especially in the mobile department.  Interesting to see how our behaviors are being strongly affected by the internet and its simplicity and convenience.  By 2015 the internet traffic generated by 20 homes will be equal to the traffic generated by worldwide traffic in 1995.  

Sunday, November 18, 2012


After the talk in class last week about thanksgiving and the reading I had a thought.  How is it that we spend a whole day/evening giving thanks for everything that we have.  On thanksgiving we are thankful for the food on the table, for the company at the table, for everything that we own.  Less than 8 hours after giving thanks, we have one of the biggest shopping days of the year.  People get trampled to death to consume the best deals in the store.  The way that consumers behavior changes from one day to the next is and can be very drastic. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Rites of Passage

Marines Commercial

Rites of Passages have been around forever.  In the commercial above the Marines use a very corny replication of what I consider to be a "Lord of the Rings" rip off boot camp.  With the slogan "The Few, The Proud, The Marines" they make themselves out to be an elite group.  Boot Camp is their rite of passage and therefore must be very difficult to get through.   

Gift Giving

With Christmas just around the corner we are about to start to be bombarded with Christmas ads.  What most of these ads will be based on is exactly what we just spent time in  class talking about.  Gift Giving.  One of the biggest stresses that people have with holiday gift giving is the amount of time that goes into getting gifts for everyone.  The following commercial by Garmin highlights the fact that they make a gift for every type of person, making shopping easier and faster for the consumer.  Consumers usually think of GPS when they think of Garmin, so this commercial also gets rid of that perception by showing the wider range of products within the brand.

Click for commercial:   Garmin Christmas Commercial