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My Home is Where my Stella is

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My Home is Where my Stella is

The Influence of Marketing on Brand Image

As a semi-recent immigrant – coming up on five years now; Go Habs Go! – I find myself having different perceptions of certain brands than those around me.

Take the beer Stella Artois, for example. Even after all of this time, it still makes me giggle when I see it advertised as “Premium” Belgian Beer.

Back home, in the land of beer, chocolate and waffles (or Belgium, as some like to call it), Stella Artois has been around for centuries. But in Belgium, there is nothing premium about it. It’s one of the five mass-produced lager brands and is, quite frankly, perceived on the lower-end side of the quality spectrum (think Colt 45).

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Tu loues mon loulou?

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Tu loues mon loulou?

Comme tout bon bricoleur du dimanche, j’ai la mauvaise habitude de me lancer dans des projets qui dépassent mes compétences et mettent en lumière le manque de profondeur de ma boite à outils. Armé de mes bonnes intentions et accompagné de ma douce moitié (pour ceux qui suivent mes aventures, j’ai fini par trouver… yay!!!), je me dirigeais donc, d’un pas léger, vers la quincaillerie la plus proche de chez moi. À défaut de compétences, j’y trouverai probablement les outils adéquats.

Après un rapide survol des étals et les conseils relativement éclairés d’un préposé, me voici armé d’une ponceuse, d’une perceuse et de plusieurs outils dont le nom, deux mois plus tard, m’échappe complètement.

Si l’opération « rénovation d’un vieux meuble trouvé dans la rue » s’est finalement bien déroulée, je réalise aujourd’hui le caractère inutile des dépenses réalisées ce jour-là. Avec près de 150 dollars investis, je suis désormais équipé d’outils que, selon mon intime conviction, je n’utiliserai plus jamais et qui occupent beaucoup trop de place dans l’un de mes rares placards.

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Why I'm Thinking About Re-wiring

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Why I'm Thinking About Re-wiring

Like many, I am a cord cutter. Chiming along with the “everything-is-online” choir, I opted to rely on broadband and a data plan to serve my content needs. Originally, it just made sense to do away with a medium that seemed redundant and expensive. Some studies estimate that cord cutting has reached 5.7% in Canada1.

However, perhaps because I'm not a digital native, my content experience, post-TV, has felt unsatisfying and… incomplete.

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Is it the dawn of the apocalypse for movie theaters?

Apparently it’s been a bad summer for box office sales. In fact, not such a great decade or two, with attendance and ticket sales fluctuating in a slow but steady downward trend. Clamours of extinction come as no surprise in the face of an inexorable shift towards “on demand” content consumption, where consumers can watch what they want when they want. Movie theaters are thus faced with a classic content and container problem.

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Effortless advertising or how to make your message go around the world... for free

Viral videos have become the holy grail for all companies, organisations and foundations. It’s a low-cost way of getting your message out there, but most of all, it’s a very effective one. However, creating a viral campaign is not an easy task, and very few actually succeed.

So how come “The Ice Bucket Challenge” went around the world so quickly? And more importantly, how can its success be reproduced by others?

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