From the Digital Box Set: In our first episode of Season 3, we explore #1 Brands. We'll look at popular categories and identify the runaway best-selling brands and analyze why they are #1. The best-selling car in Canada has been on top for 15 years. Know what it is? Bet you can't guess the #1 pharmaceutical drug in Canada - it's completely different from the top one in the U.S. Most re-tweeted Tweet of all time? Number one in-home coffee brand? Hint: It's not Tim Hortons. Some brands are on top because they solve our problems, some win through sheer media weight and others are reflections of our deepest desires.
This is an encore episode that aired originally on January 3, 2014.
From the Digital Box Set: In this episode, we explore how we're all influenced by pricing. Like how the price of a bottle of wine has an enormous affect on how much you enjoy that wine. We'll analyze how restaurants design menus to steer you toward the most profitable dishes and how retail stores use psychology to persuade you to spend more. We'll also explore the psychological power of the number "9" - how we're drawn to prices that end in "99 cents." And how we're willing to pay more for products that end in the number 9! Pricing has a lot more to do with psychology than straight math. It's all about marketing and it's an eye-opening story.
This is an encore episode that aired originally on January 10, 2014.
From the Digital Box Set: Unlike public service announcements or corporate philanthropy, Cause Marketing is when a Not-For-Profit organization teams up with a For-Profit company to further a good cause - but the For-Profit partner makes a profit while helping. It's a contentious strategy - as most people don't like to hear the word "profit" in the same breath as "charity." But this new marketing strategy depends on profit to survive. We'll tell the story of how Cause Marketing began in the 1980s, how Bono's RED organization learned a hard lesson about cause marketing and how several big corporations teamed up with worthy causes to make the world a better place. While making their balance sheets better at the same time.
This is an encore episode that aired originally on January 18, 2014.
From the Digital Box Set: This week, we look at the big-money world of Olympic advertising. From the very first Olympic sponsors in 1896, we'll track the ever increasing presence of advertising in the Games - from the marketing milestones to the resulting controversies - including the year the IOC approved Olympic cigarettes! We'll also analyze how the IOC deals with the tension between keeping the Olympic ideals in place while needing more and more advertising revenue every four years. It's a fascinating journey.
This is an encore episode that aired originally on February 7, 2014.
This week, it's an encore broadcast of Promise Less, Profit More. Most products offer customers as many features and benefits as possible in order to lure shoppers toward a purchase. But then there are some companies that offer you less, and profit more. We'll look at a book company that eliminated their books and made millions, an electronics company that broke all the rules by eliminating the recording function from a tape machine and made history, and how two companies looked at a shoe and made millions by throwing away the laces.