An Advertising, Public Relations, and Marketing day in Birmingham

By: Julia Sprowls 

Member of the education team, Curtis Allen preparing to talking with our class.

Member of the education team, Curtis Allen preparing to talking with our class.

We had the privilege to get an inside look into the marketing of one of England’s largest snack food providers, Cadbury. The Cadbury family chocolate sales started in 1840 and have grown rapidly since then. Curtis Allen from the educational marketing team walked us through some of Cadbury’s advertisements and marketing strategies over the years. He showed us brands and advertisements we don’t see in the U.S., as well as competitor trends and how they learn from them.

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Our Journey so Far

By: Karianne Johnsen

This week, our team will fly to Dublin, Ireland to begin the U.K. portion of our research. As the semester comes to an end, we’ve compiled a plethora of insight from students and working professionals. We wanted to share our main takeaways of how humor is perceived in different cultures, and how it is used in advertising and public relation campaigns and strategies in the United States compared to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Caitlin Kelley, a Research Coordinator at Hitchcock Fleming and Associates in Akron, Ohio, said,

“Humor has to be used carefully in agencies. It all depends on the client, their
product or service and their overall tone.”

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Agency Visit to Marcus Thomas LLC.

By: Ryan Wilzoch

What is your dream job? Is it to become the CEO of Warner Brothers? Maybe you just want to work in an agency where you can bring your dog to work. Well, at Marcus Thomas, you can. Marcus Thomas is an agency based out of Cleveland that really boosts workers’ creativity, and we got the chance to see it in action. Our group was given the opportunity to meet with professionals at Marcus Thomas for an agency visit. As soon as our group walked in, we fell in love instantly. Dogs, pinball machines, free food, and Rock Band were enough to get us excited. Find out our favorite parts of the agency visit with this humorous video:

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A Little Piece of Irish Land

By: Karianne Johnsen and Danie Minor 

For  €20 or $25 a piece, anyone with a love for Ireland can dig their roots into one square of Irish land with a certificate of land ownership thanks to a company called Irish Landowner. Whether its a portion of Muckish Mountain, Moyra Glebe, Falcarragh, or County Donegal, Ireland, Irish Landowner allows the public to have a unique experience with the country they love!

At the end of 2014, Irish Landowner released a commercial to promote its product! From an American standpoint, one might not think this commercial as funny, but to an Irish citizen it has everything they’d want to see. According to an article posted in the Independent.ie by Karen Creed, Irish citizens favor humor that can make them laugh at themselves. The advertisement’s main actress fulfills the typical Irish stereotype of a curly, red-haired woman frolicking the town to Irish music by step-dancing in a solo dress and “ghillies” (also known as soft dance shoes).

In the article, an American named Katie Markese gave her opinion of Irish humor stating she finds the Irish to be “funny in a sarcastic or caustic kind of way” and that they are “naturally funny.” Creed also states the reason Irish humor works so well is because it is loosely based on either making fun of yourself or others in a “poking fun” kind of way rather than mean.

This commercial captures the overall goal of Irish Landowner, which is to give someone the opportunity to emburse themselves in Irish culture and its heritage by own a piece of Ireland. The ad embodies the “known” Irish persona in a very funny and creative way!