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Volkswagen Beetle
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Husband of Beetle Owner… He sits there before his mic, round and retro, emanating the cuteness that made him an icon in America. On this occasion, he wears formal black, though he’s usually seen in the wild dressed like a jelly bean. Then he speaks… And out comes the voice of an old German man. And he’s saying, “I know vhat ze people vant.” Yeah, right… I usually applaud the work of ad agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky. For VW, theyRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC American Apparel CEO Dov Charney acts like he’s missing his calling. The controversial and flamboyant entrepreneur could parlay his promotional genius and predilection for the prurient to become one hell of a porn producer. (The San Fernando Valley, the porn capital of the world, is just over the hill from American Apparel’s headquarters.) It would certainly suit his notorious lifestyle…Read More
sharper image gift card
by Freddy Tran Nager + Guy Who’s Always Seeking A Competitive Advantage… One company’s tumble is another’s primo opportunity — if that opportunity is approached creatively…Read More
Pricing During A Recession
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Survivor of Multiple Recessions; photo by Ed Yourdon via Wikimedia Commons… When the economy starts singing the hardcore blues — kind of like now — many businesses feel tempted to lower their prices. But lowering prices creates three problems: It tells customers you’ve been overcharging them all this time. It means you’ll have difficulty increasing your prices to “normal” when the economy starts jamming again. It kills your profit margins, so you won’t have the cash to do what might reallyRead More
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango LLC Who ever imagined that naming a company would become a game of speed and chance? As soon as the Eliot Spitzer-prostitute story broke, I looked up the name Client9.com. Then New York Governor Spitzer was busted for hiring prostitutes: he was the mysterious “Client 9” in investigative reports. Given my penchant for anything that sounds like it came from a James Bond film, I immediately looked to reserve “Client 9” as the site of a satirical series, but someone beat meRead More
Desert Packrat
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Guy Who Always Buys Socks On Sale; photo by Jules Jardinier [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)] via Wikimedia Commons… It’s only a penny, but it’s compelling millions of consumers to rush out and stock up before it’s too late…Read More
Drucker On Marketing
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Differentiation Junkie; cover image modified from Drucker On Marketing by William Cohen… While reading an article by marketing legend Jack Trout, I came across this quote from the “father of business consulting,” Peter Drucker… “Because the purpose of business is to create a customer, the business enterprise has two, and only these two, basic functions: marketing and innovation. Marketing and innovation produce results; all the rest are costs. Marketing is the distinguishing, unique function of the business.” Upon reading this, IRead More
Coke vs Pepsi
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Competitive Strategist… During the 2008 South Carolina Democratic debate, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton spent the evening attacking each other instead of addressing the issues. I was completely irked by their misbehavior — then realized this was classic marketing strategy in action…Read More
There Will Be Blood
by Freddy J. Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Semi-Pro Tree Hugger… From the industry that gave us the Kardashians comes another exquisite display of empty décor… Behold: a glossy oversized 12-page dead-wood booklet promoting the movie There Will Be Blood. This lustrous piece of eye-candy fell out of my L.A. Times, nearly crushing my toe. The heavyweight pages flaunted full-spread images from the lusciously shot film, along with quotes from critics, its Academy Award nominations and… nothing else. I don’t deny that this film deserves promotion. I’m thrilled toRead More
Walmart sustainability?
by Freddy Tran Nager, Founder of Atomic Tango + Not A Walmart Shopper… “We live in a time when people are losing confidence in the ability of government to solve problems… Walmart does not wait for someone else to solve problems.” – Walmart Stores CEO H. Lee Scott Jr. I’m no fan of the big box behemoth. The list of Walmart misdeeds ranges from underpaying and underinsuring their employees, to driving mom-and-pop stores out of business, from ignoring the wishes of communities who don’t want the hideous boxes in theirRead More