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American Express Has a New Twist on the Old Deal

Everyone loves a discount, but remembering to print or cut, then carry and redeem a coupon is a hassle. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve gone out to eat, only to realize that I left the coupon at home. And I’m here to tell you, most places won’t give you the deal without that golden ticket in hand.

Enter American Express. They’re working to eliminate the hassle of coupon redemption by eliminating the coupon, printable or otherwise. They’ve teamed up with Foursquare on a new program that gives consumers cash back on their American Express card when they fulfill a deal requirement. No coupon needed.

SmartBlog talked with American Express Vice President of Global Marketing Capabilities Dave Wolf about the idea and here’s what he had to say:

Advertisers Increase Spending, But Consumers Aren’t Buying

Spending is up! Spending is down! It’s just another week in the world of marketing and this time AdAge has both stories running in the same day.

First we have stats from Advertiser Perceptions which show that advertisers are planning on spending more money in the coming 12 months. You would think that an increase in spend, signals confidence in the economy but apparently one thing has little to do with the other.

Advertiser Perceptions CEO Ken Pearl says,

“The biggest surprise was that in the face of what appears to be a weakening economy, optimism is not just maintaining but increasing among advertisers.”

Or maybe advertisers have become delirious from the stress of falling profits and are going on the spending equivalent of a drinking binge. Think I’m off the mark? Check out this chart.

3GTV Launches First ‘Smart’ Grocery Store

TV commercials are great for reinforcing a brand preference, but what happens when the TV is off and the consumer heads to the store? If you look at a grocery list, it’s more likely that you’ll see “soda” instead of “Coke” or “coffee” instead of “Tully’s.”

3GTV has a solution and they call it the “Smart” grocery store. The test program, which launches today, involves 9 Bloom grocery stores in the Washington D.C. area. Here shoppers will be shown brand messaging as they shop through the use of digital, shelf-edge displays. The program also is interactive and has the ability to track and measure shopper activity.

PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestle Purina have all signed on to be a part of the pilot program which could be the next big thing in in-store marketing.

Shopzilla Says iPads Are the New It Bag

We know that iPads are becoming increasingly popular here in the US, but now they’re taking over in Europe, too.

According to shopping search engine Shopzilla, the iPad is the new “it bag.” In other words, it’s the trendy, fashionable item that every shopper wants to own.

In their recent survey, they found that 6% of shoppers already had a table and 20% were thinking about buying one this year. Here in the US, 12% of consumers already have a device and 25% plan on buying this year. (Count me in that 25%!)

When it comes to online shopping with a tablet, 61% said it was as easy to use as their personal computer. That ease of use and the portability is the reason 53% of respondents said they use the device to shop and browse with a friend. Only 27% report co-shopping with a smartphone.

Newegg Leverages the Power of Now

If you need a RAIDMAX Blackstorm ATX-615WU Black Steel / Plastic ATX Mid Tower Computer Case, have I got a deal for you. Here’s the thing though, you have to buy it now and I mean now. Once they’re sold out, it’s over. I’m not talking 24 hours, I’m talking about in the next hour and you don’t want to miss out, so buy now.

Now — is a powerful thing and electronics retailer Newegg is leveraging that power by pushing their “Shell Shocker” deals as mobile alerts. Responsys is the company behind the mechanics of it and their Chief Marketing and Sales Officer had this to say:

Marketing to Moms: A Good Product Trumps All

Brands spend billions of dollars marketing to moms. They make commercials, offer coupons and samples and they run active social media campaigns. According to a new White Paper by SheSpeaks and Mom-entum, all those brands really needed to do was turn out a great product.

In a survey of 800 moms, the majority (31%) said they “like” a brand on Facebook because they like the brand in real life. 23% said they came over from a “like” button on a company webpage. Either way, they came in to Facebook because they were already a fan of the product so finding the brand on Facebook was the next step.

3 in 10 Americans Shop While Watching TV

TV networks would like to think that we’re giving their shows our undivided attention, but a recent survey by Adweek/Harris Poll proves it’s just not so.

They surveyed 2,309 US adults between May 24 and 26, 2011 and here’s what they found out.

  • 56% of respondents said they surf the web on a computer while watching TV. 18% surf using a mobile phone and a few reported use of a tablet.
  • 44% say they read a book, magazine or newspaper with 7% doing it with an eReader.
  • 40% visit a social networking site.
  • 29% said that they shop online while watching TV which I assume doesn’t take into account those who shop while watching the home shopping network on TV.