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SBD/July 8, 2011/Marketing and Sponsorship
Names & Faces: Danny Woodhead Joins Star-Studded List Of Skechers Endorsers
Published July 8, 2011
THE KING AND I: HP launched its "Everybody On" campaign Thursday, and the company is "planning television commercials this month" with Jay-Z and Heat F LeBron James, perhaps appearing together, "to use in a major back-to-school push for its new devices." HP also hired boxer Manny Pacquiao "to advertise its compact Veer smartphone and its multitouch tablet," called the TouchPad (N.Y. TIMES, 7/8).
STILL ON TOP OF HIS GAME: MARKETING magazine's Alex Brownsell reports a consumer poll shows tennis player Roger Federer "remains the sport's best brand ambassador." Of the 1,000 U.K. respondents, almost 31% cited Federer "as the best ambassador for brands." Federer represents Gillette, Credit Suisse and coffee maker Jura brands, among others. Andy Murray ranked No. 2, "with slightly more than 17% of the vote," followed by Rafael Nadal at 14%. Among female tennis players, Maria Sharapova "was considered the most attractive prospect for brands" (MARKETINGMAGAZINE.co.uk, 7/8).
PUT A LID ON IT: In N.Y., Phil Mushnick writes, "Does anyone else think young PGAer Rickie Fowler's outfits -- oversized orange cap, orange shirt, orange pants, orange shoes, for example -- don't look cool at all, but look kinda stupid? He's like watching a walking, far-too-obvious and far-too-forced marketing plan" (N.Y. POST, 7/8).