Apple's iPad Doesn't Confuse Holiday Shoppers
From 2011, a Research in Motion (RIMM) television commercial promoting the BlackBerry Curve smartphone.
I first saw that commercial while watching a hockey game on Canadian television. For as hard as I was hammering RIM at the time, I had to give the company credit. As nothing more than a TV spot, that was a damn good piece of marketing. However, as a TV spot designed to sell BlackBerries, it was nothing short of an embarrassment.
You walked away from that 30 seconds with one of two reactions: Where can I get one of those glow-in-the-dark bikes or those fixed gear-riding urban slicks would be iMessaging on Apple (AAPL) iPhones if that was real.
As it attempts to brand its Surface tablet, Microsoft (MSFT) commits an equally-as-ugly sin.
Both RIM and Microsoft attempt to make the uncool appear cool, not through organic channels such as brisk consumer adoption and viral word of mouth, but via manufactured attempts. The Microsoft commercial feels like a summer hijinks movie starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. And, the whole schoolgirls thing is just downright creepy.
Both pieces of marketing go after Apple in the consumer space. And, even worse, they do it along the lines of cool. Research in Motion and Microsoft cannot beat Apple in a game of cool. Not in 2011.
Not in 2012.
Not in 2013.
It cannot and absolutely will not happen.
RIM should shoot its commercials from the business class section of an airplane focusing on QWERTY's ease of use.
And Microsoft should promo its tablet from a boardroom featuring nothing but Office and some corporate suit taking his Surface home at night so his geek teenager can integrate it with xBox.
It's not possible for the consumer to follow what RIM and Microsoft tried/try to sell them. It's like trying to sell Depends or Metamucil as hip, vibrant products.
No, you sell them on graphic and straightforward explanations of what they can do for very specific types of customers.
That's where Google (GOOG) , America's advertising company, finally hit the jackpot with a good advertisement!
I just can't get with attempts to challenge Apple on price.
Microsoft slaps a premium price on a flimsy product. I played with a Surface tablet this past weekend and the weekend before. It feels like a piece of not-all-that-hard plastic. The keyboard clumsily clicks to the touchscreen like frayed pieces of cardboard fit together to form a forest scene in a dusty old puzzle.
And while Google competes on price, at least it doesn't attempt to pass Chromebook off as something it's not.