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Dream Crazy: The NFL's Outrage Became Nike's Marketing Advantage

When big brands experiment with outrage, it's like a mad scientist combining chemicals in the laboratory - mixing marketing with provocation produces explosive brand breakthroughs at the risk of creating a mess of negative publicity.  

Outrage Marketing is More Than Publicity Stunts & Marketing Pranks

Publicity stunts and viral marketing pranks – forms of outrage marketing – share a similar goal, but their executions are subtly different.  

How IHOP Used Outrage Marketing to Increase Burger Sales 400%

In the first day IHOP recorded 614,000 tweets, in the first ten days there were over 2.1 million social media conversations, and in the first three weeks they sold 400% more burgers. Why was IHOP so successful?     What is Outrage Marketing? Outrage ...

Brand to Brand Combat: What’s at Stake When Brands Go to War

Who doesn't love a good rivalry? From the Red Sox vs. the Yankees or Star Wars against Star Trek, it's fun to join in with some good-natured ribbing towards those on the opposing team.  

Outrage – The new viral marketing strategy

“You can please some of the people all of the time, you can please all of the people some of the time, but you can’t please all of the people all of the time.” ~ John Lydgate “There’s a sucker born every minute.” ~ P.T. Barnum

Digital Advertisers Have Gotten Lazy

Before advertising platforms like Facebook and Google had these sophisticated targeting tools, you had to write excellent copy, come up with a creative idea, and select the ad placement incredibly well to get people's attention.  

Top 5 SEO Trends (Updated for 2019)

Here is the authoritative guide on 2019 SEO trends and 3 ingenious SEO hacks to elevate your digital marketing, earn more leads, and win more business.  

Sensation Transference: Why Creating a Positive Brand Experience Isn't One Dimensional

Have you ever heard the term ‘sensation transference’? Neither had I until I read Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Blink. Though you may not have heard the term, you actually experience this phenomenon every day.    

Is the Golden Age of Digital Advertising Dead?

Recently, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a lawsuit against Facebook stating that their ad delivery algorithm discriminates against protected classes such as race, gender, etc.  

Boeing Disaster: When Bad Things Happen to Big Brands

According to the Aviation Safety Network’s 2018 statistics, there was one fatal accident per 2,520,0000 flights that year. And the previous year, the Wall Street Journal reported that 2017 had been the safest in commercial airline history, with zero ...

Domino's "Pizza Turnaround" – How To Face a Brand Crisis Head-On

The lead up to Domino's 2009 "Pizza Turnaround" marketing campaign was a difficult time for this longstanding pizza brand. Sales were down, and an unsightly video went viral.   

Outrage Marketing: Gillette Takes on Toxic Masculinity

Outrage used to take more effort. You had to take a pen and put it to paper and scribble down your discontent. You could even reconsider those angry words, tear them up, or rewrite them before popping that letter in the mail.  

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