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Break Out the T-Shirt Guns...

  
  
  
  
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EVERYONE loves free giveaways!  I know I still have free rally towels, sunglasses, wristbands, mini posters, and enough giveaway t-shirts to clothe Boston’s homeless.  In a world of high gas prices, $5 beers, and student loans up to your ears, free giveaways are kind of like a treat that says “Hey, you’re awesome.  Thanks for being here!”

McDonald's and Monopoly: A Winning Combination

  
  
  
  
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It’s that time of the year again - where McDonald’s Monopoly promotion comes back in full force for the summer as consumers storm the fast food restaurant in hopes of hitting the jackpot and winning the big-ticket prizes.  Since 1987, McDonald’s collaboration with Hasbro’s Monopoly has proven to be an enormous marketing success.  Over the years, McDonald's customers have shown more frequent consumption during the months of the sweepstakes, and as a result, revenue sky rockets.  If you are not familiar with this contest, McDonald's teams up with Monopoly one month every year and puts game pieces on certain foods on the menu.  These game pieces are then collected by the customer in hopes of filling the Monopoly board in order to redeem prizes.  If you collect all of the necessary properties of the same color, you win a large prize (although there are also smaller prizes).  This marketing strategy has shown increasing popularity each year, but what are the actual odds of winning a prize... and what has made this promotion so successful? 

Why Viral Videos Go Viral

  
  
  
  

If you’ve been on the internet in the last ten or so days, you’ve heard of the Harlem Shake – and just how many Harlem Shake videos there are.

Tis the Season for QR Codes

  
  
  
  
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Many companies this holiday season have opted to include QR codes in their marketing efforts. Target decided this October that they would tag the Top 20 Toys of the holiday season with QR codes and have them be available via the Target smartphone app. The best part about this? If you ordered one of these toys using the QR code, they were offering free shipping. Talk about making your holiday season less stressful!

My Vote's For the Social Media Party

  
  
  
  
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One hour later and this page (image) has nearly 9,000 more likes than the previous hour I checked it. What’s this page all about, anyway? It’s from the debate from October 16, a mere 18 hours ago, when (according to MSN Now):

Buy One, Blog One: National Coupon Month

  
  
  
  
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Most of us know coupons as "how I got this great deal" – or, worse, from being stuck behind that person in the supermarket who has a coupon for every item they purchase. Whether you pronounce it "coo-pawn" or "cue-pon", you know what those paper clippings mean: savings for the consumer. What most of us don’t know is that September was declared National Coupon Month in 1998 by the Promotion Marketing Association (PMA). What most of us also don’t know is that 2012 is the 125th anniversary of the coupon!

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