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Jeff Cardello

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The Ultimate Guide to Higher Education Marketing

Higher education marketing agencies have a special job. Unlike traditional products or services, they're tasked with communicating the value of a college experience, an intellectual and personal transformation.

Higher Education Branding: How Schools Stand Out

Unlike disposable commodities that consumers spend money on, a college degree is a noble pursuit. Higher education gives students the knowledge and experiences that they will have for their entire lives. A college education is the starting line of a ...

ASMR Marketing: Michelob Pure Gold Super Bowl LIII Commercial

In a sporting event where everything is extravagant, from the half-time show to advertising budgets, how do brands beat the competition and cut through the noise? Do they crank the volume up or opt for subtlety?  

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.  

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.  

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.  

How Big Brands Win: Taco Bell's Dominance Is More Than Just a Combination of Beans, Meat, and Cheese

Americans love Taco Bell. So much so, that according to The Harris Poll EquiTrend Study of 2018, Taco Bell was voted the number one preferred restaurant by consumers.  

Proud to be Macro: Revisiting Budweiser's Brand Positioning

On February 1, 2015, Budweiser made the bold proclamation during their Super Bowl ad that they were, "Proud to be macro."  

Can Starbucks Compete with Third Wave Coffee?

Starbucks brought coffee snobbery to the masses. Those who had never given a second thought to any coffee sipped from a styrofoam cup, could now tell you the many reasons they preferred light or dark roast.

Can Big Brands Compete with Small Batch Consumers?

Altered image from Kristoffer Tripplaar—Alamy (Money)   In the past, proclaiming that you've sold billions of hamburgers was a way to communicate the quality of your product. After all, popularity is equal to quality, right? And for McDonald's, keepi...

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