The De-Stress Show That’s #TooCute to Handle

After Monday ends, and the stress of the work week starts, you got to come home and relax.  What better way to relieve your frustrations than watching adorable animals? Especially baby animals. There’s a show I discovered on Netflix Instant last night and I’m currently binge-watching the cuteness that unfolds. Animal Planet’s Too Cute is just what the name implies. It also features puppies and kittens of various breeds during the first 10 weeks of their lives…and it’s ADORABLE. I’ve been spending the entire time going, “Gah!!!!!! Awwww!! Sooo cute!” at the screen. I never knew there were so many breeds of cats and dogs. Thanks to the awesome narrator they have in veteran actor Henry Strozier, it’s fascinatingly educational too. Plus, it’s really entertaining to hear him say really corny dialogue.  It’s the perfect show to relax with in the evening. So go watch some cuteness.

Fun Fact: The show’s narrator,Henry Strozier, is famous for playing the  cranberry farmer in the “Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice” commercials. He is also a narrator for PBS  including  and the show”1900 House.”

Marketing Genius: Commercials & Word of Mouth

I’m looking into a new computer because mine’s on its last legs. In doing research, I’m taking into consideration a lot of factors. Price point, reliability, even size and weight are important. In the past week, it seems everywhere I turn, people in cafes, libraries, even in the park, all have Macbooks. It’s like  a conspiracy or something. The one thing that Apple is lacking is marketing to the consumer that is actually on a budget. From the commercials, to their stores, they seem more interested in their image and being the “cool” guy, than appealing to someone who has specific criteria when buying a computer. I mean, their commercials feature a man playing  PC that’s all business and a young, hipster-y Justin Long portraying Mac. Marketing gold. Of course, to a younger generation if something seems cool they’ll want to buy it. I’m not bashing the quality of the computers, I think Macbooks are great. The problem is that they are insanely expensive. But I have friends tell me that they last for a long time, but I’ve also had friends say that Macs, like PCs, have their issues too.

Steve Jobs was good at marketing and branding just as much as he was wonderful at making computers. The brand uses a simple symbol of an Apple, so it’s remembered easily. Their designs seem to be more sleek than anything else, and it appeals to a young demographic that can grow with the company as they get older. However, what about the companies without the fancy commercials of an Apple, HP or Dell product? What about those brands whose computers you don’t see in 30 second spots when watching American Idol? Are they any good? There are three brands of PCs that several friends have and love. And not too long ago, I had no idea they even existed. I haven’t seen any commercials for them, nor had I been aware of how trusted they are. Lenovo, Acer, and Asus don’t seem to have big flashy commercials like HP, Apple or Dell. But are they just as good, or better? I guess Acer might have one thing going for it…Megan Fox. Check out their commercial:

Then there is this genius commercial from Asus:

Finally, there is this simple message in the commercial for Lenovo:

In the end, it comes down to the quality of the product, its reliability and its functionality. Oh yeah, being able to afford it can’t hurt either. Did these commercials have any effect on my decision? Probably not, but word of mouth can sometimes be more powerful than a commercial. Without that, I wouldn’t even know about these three brands. And without that, marketing doesn’t matter. It’s the reviews that we get from friends and people in the know, it’s about the average consumer.