Currys got this so wrong. Tesco got it so right.

Currys & Tesco

We’re living in pretty cool times. We’ve invented duster socks for cats. Science has blessed us with bacon-scented cologne. Even advertising’s started to move with the times – Twitter’s new TV tie-in represents some serious joined up thinking. I’m a big fan of the clever remarketing Facebook’s now offering via its FBX platform (there’s some golden potential for Social Commerce in them there hills).

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Competitions are officially worthless

Competitions are officially worthless

We’ll keep this one short but sweet. In fact, you only really need to read the quote in bold below. It’s a biggie. So, here we go…

We had a fascinating meeting with the Marketing Director of a consumer goods giant this morning. It would be wrong to name names, but this company’s high up in the Forbes Global 2000, they’re a household name brand. And one line struck us hard. It should strike you hard, too:

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Putting On The Brits: Why Brands Rode The Gravy-Train Last Night

Brits and Brands

Looks like Damien Hirst may have used some of our favourites on the #BRITs2013 award! twitpic.com/c5f6nr

— Dulux (@duluxuk) February 20, 2013

If you’ve been anywhere near Facebook or Twitter in the past 24 hours, you’ll have seen lots of this: brands casually mentioning The Brit Awards, or posting pictures of their products dressed up as pop stars, awards or anything ‘Britsy’. And it wasn’t just last night that this kind of thing went on. There were similar tidal waves of products arranged into heart shapes for Valentine’s Day, brands ‘celebrating’ the DVD release of ‘Skyfall’ (though they had Sweet MI6 to do with the movie) and endless random Superbowl posts – often saying something along the lines of “We don’t understand it either, but… yay! Exciting!”

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