As a follow up to my last post about the opportunities that abound in our depressed economy, I was thinking about what type of products and brands do well during these times. In uncertain times, what type of products do you find solace in?
The products and brands that are winners to me are inexpensive and comforting.
Comforting Products & Services
It’s often the simple things in life that make life great. For me, wireless internet and with a cup of coffee at my local coffee shop, Cafe Driade, or an inexpensive luxury like a 12 minute chair massage at the mall are cost-conscious comforts I enjoy.
PedEgg = Simple Luxury
Simple pleasures like a $19.95 Snuggie, a $10 PedEgg, or a $3 tube of Burts Bees lip gloss are winners.
This downturn is a fantastic time to launch new products and services. And for companies with existing products, opportunities abound for you as well. While others are cutting back on development and offerings, you could be offering a simple pleasure to your product or service line that will put a smile on your customer’s face and improve your bottom line.
Super Bowl Sunday offered a lot of entertainment on the field Sunday night. The commercials off the field, not so much. If you missed them, you can view them here.
There were a few interesting commercials, but overall the quality and freshness that Super Bowl ads usually provide didn’t add up to the glitz and glamor most of us have come to enjoy. The packaging of commercials seemed more like a promotion for NBC Television shows and their associated corporate entities.
- Pedigree – You can’t go wrong with animals, and their Adoption Drive campaign endears me to their brand.
- Doritos – I love that they ran another contest to give people nationwide the chance to shoot the Super Bowl ad. Everyone can dream of genie, but not everyone can throw a snow-globe at their boss. With the Wish upon a Snow-globe ad, crotch humor is alive and kicking.
- Coca-Cola – Coke’s vivid imagery was engaging and well received by the Super Bowl audience.
On the Fence:
- Hyundai – The Assurance campaign is winner in the sense it addressed the unemployment fear that is sweeping the nation. The campaign is a loser in the sense that it doesn’t do much for its brand and it wasn’t unveiled Sunday night as I’ve seen it many times before.
- Hulu – The counter-intuitive message didn’t make me want to go to Hulu and watch my stories. Why would you make a case that watching TV is not a good thing when your service is the vehicle to do just that? However, the Sponsorship of funneling viewers to Hulu in order to watch the Super Bowl Ads was extremely effective.
- Monster.com & CareerBuilder.com – First the good: Both Monster.com and CareerBuilder.com had funny and relatable ads. Now the bad: Neither commercial capitalized on what the people afraid of losing their job want to hear: Come here for new and plentiful job openings that will remove you from the unemployment lines.
- Pepsi Max – There is a lot of buzz around the Pepsi Max campaign, I just don’t think it did anything to make its target audience buy it’s product unless getting beat up makes you thirsty for a diet cola.
- Gatorade – Since ‘G’ already means so many things to me (think ‘money’ and ‘Warren’) it will never mean Gatorade to me. The whole ad was more about of a question of what? Who is wasting money on this ad?
- Sobe – Dancing around like last year’s ad isn’t new or effective way to sell what is otherwise a really good product.
What are your thoughts? Are there any ads you liked or disliked that deserve mentioning?
For the 43rd time, two teams will square off in the National Football League’s Super Bowl – which means it’s time for 2-litter Coca-Colas and bowls of Doritos and Planters nuts, Pizza from Dominos, and wings lathered in your favorite sauces!
While many longstanding Super Bowl advertisers like FedEx have pulled out this year, there still will be plenty to talk about this year. In particular, it will be interesting to see some of the newcomers that fill the open time. While Cash4Gold.com may not interest you that much, at least it may provide some much needed humor given the tumultuous times. Plus Hulu, the video service I’ve praised before, has a secretive spot this year. Pedigree is also new to the frey with their Super Bowl ad below:
The obvious choice for the most fruitful campaigns are CareerBuilder.com and Monster. I’m guessing many people will jump onto these career services websites to scope out jobs with layoffs spreading across the country.
On the football field I’m picking the underdog Arizona Cardinals to prevail over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Later this week I’ll share my winners and losers from the advertising field. In the meantime, enjoy the game and happy ad watching!