Will Viral Videos Save Kmart?
I don’t watch television often (Netflix and HBO Go are my best friends), which means I don’t see many commercials. Usually that’s a good thing, but recently I was disappointed I didn’t see the hilarious new Kmart ads sooner. The first spot, “Ship My Pants” went live on April 10th. The ad promotes Kmart’s free shipping service, an effort to drive shoppers to Kmart.com which offers more products than the stores.
Sears: Leading Retailer, Brand or Both?
A recent article about Sears in the WSJ ("Sears Scrambles Online for a Lifeline") got me thinking about all their recent initiatives in the online channel like opening of Sears.com to other merchants and building community with Mysears.com and Facebook. But perhaps it’s also time to better leverage the brand as many analysts have suggested. The name Sears still invokes a lot of historical branding good-will with consumers. I know
2009 Holiday Shoppers take to The Web
Since the summer, analysts have been predicting record low holiday spending. In response, retailers have been promoting special sales since before Halloween. JC Penny, Target, and Overstock are among several retailers to offer daily deals to entice shoppers each day. Sears and Toys "R" Us released their Black Friday ads in October in order to whet consumers’ appetites early. A quick look at search traffic reveals extremely fierce competition for