amazon
How Amazon Now Shapes What Our Stuff Looks Like

Tide, a brand of American laundry detergent, just announced a new alternative to the classic bottle of detergent. It basically looks and works just like a box of wine, which is sort of funny because of that whole meme about teens eating Tide Pods. But the new Tide Eco-Box is no joke. It’s actually a glimpse into a future where Amazon is dictating what our stuff looks like. Read More >>

marketing
Gillette’s Latest Innovation Is Removing Blades From Razors

Every couple of years, Gillette reveals the latest breakthrough in shaving technology. That has often involved adding more blades to its razors. More blades must equal a better shave, right?! One, two, three, four, five plus an extra one hidden on the back – the company has done it all. But now, after decades of famously adding all those extra blades to its razor cartridges, Gillette is removing them. Read More >>

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Unilever Says it Will Stop Advertising With “Influencers” Who’ve Bought Followers

Brand-selling behemoth Unilever, which makes what you're eating and what you smell of, has had it with influencers and their fake followers. It has decided that pretend popular people who've acquired a few thousand friends overnight are not a good place for its advertising money to go. Read More >>

amazon
Is the Amazon Logo a Penis?

Amazon has been using its current logo for 18 years. The online retailer started using the logo in June 2000, shortly after it expanded beyond selling books. The logo shows the company’s name, with an arrow that points from the “A” to the “Z” in the name. Read More >>

science
Why Scientists Taught Monkeys to Associate Brand Logos With Genitals

Humans assign value to brands. Brands represent wealth, strength, and yes, sex. We are our brands. And for some rhesus macaques in a lab, one brand, Adidas, represents monkey genitalia. Read More >>

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Coca-Cola Spends £759,000 Rebranding Iced Tea That Sounds Like Vulgar Word for Genitals in Europe

Last month, Coca-Cola announced that it was bringing its billion-dollar tea brand, Fuze Tea, to 37 countries in Europe. The only problem is that “fuze” doesn’t mean what they might have liked it to in German-speaking Switzerland. Read More >>

stunts
Walkers’ Latest Marketing Stunt Involves Threatening to Ditch Classic Flavours

Lots of companies resort to marketing stunts to try and gain publicity, and Walkers Crisps is the latest. It's launching a new vote dubbed 'Choose Me or Lose Me', which will apparently decide which flavours it's going to stop selling. Read More >>

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This Drone Can Rain Hot Dogs Down on Humanity

As is currently en vogue for any company making a product that ends up in consumers’ hands, US hot dog company Oscar Mayer is expanding its Weinermobile fleet with a phallic flying drone that can (supposedly) drop a single hot dog on someone not too worried about what they’re eating. If Silicon Valley had its way, we’d only eat things that fell from the sky. Read More >>

virtual reality
Don’t Waste Your Time on VR Marketing Ploys

If you haven’t heard, virtual reality is finally happening. Like, for real this time. And everyone wants a piece of the action. A lot of companies have recently used VR as a marketing ploy, and quite frankly, the “experiences” they’ve created are all a load of shit. Read More >>

science
Research Shows There is Such a Thing as a “Harbinger of Failure”

You probably know at least one person who always tends to bet on the loser. From Betamax to HDDVD, they adore the unpopular product. Turns out that that’s a predictable trait, and the people who display it are “Harbingers of Failure”. Read More >>

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Star Wars Marketing Is Even More Absurd in Hungary

Human culture has reached a point of no return. The overwhelming barrage of Star Wars merchandise has pulverised the last remaining crumbs of our consumer dignity. Consider this product and cry with us: Star Wars Chicken Hot Dogs with Built-in Ketchup. And it gets worse. Read More >>

advertising
Happy Inconsequential Marketing Day! #RedCups #Banter #Engagement

Now that everyone's changed their names back to normal from the hilarious* Halloween alternatives, there's a new thing everyone's talking about on the internet today -- cups. Red cups. Starbucks cups. People are pretending to be excited about an advert, basically, and that's the depressing online future we all face. Read More >>

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Google is Trying to Google Google Better 

Google wants to be better at googling Google. The company is hiring a search-engine optimisation (SEO) program manager so Google sites get Googled better. What a world! Read More >>

VR
The Big Sports Money Comes to VR With Nike and a Famous Football Man

Brazilian footballer Neymar Jr is currently substantially richer thanks to the marketing division of Nike, which has bunged a batch of his local currency his way in return for starring in some sort of bizarre and ultimately futile "VR experience" in which you can, sort of, pretend to be a footballer for up to a minute. Read More >>

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1,000 Nicki Minaj Bottoms Defile Helsinki Cathedral

The organisers of the Summer Up Festival are risking one hell of a vengeful lightning storm ruining the days of its attendees, thanks to a marketing stunt involving 1,000 cardboard bottoms being placed outside Helsinki Cathedral. Read More >>