|By PR Newswire||
|February 2, 2014 07:30 PM EST||
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RadioShack ushered in the company's new brand positioning with a 30-second ad featuring '80s icons during tonight's Super Bowl. The ad is meant to shed outdated perceptions of the brand for consumers in need of a reintroduction to RadioShack.
"This is a bold, strategic move for RadioShack, and we're using the Super Bowl as the platform to get people to rethink RadioShack," said Jennifer Warren, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at RadioShack. "This ad is meant to grab attention, make viewers laugh, and let people know, it's out with the old and in with the new RadioShack."
The ad, titled "The Phone Call," features icons from '80s pop culture who show up to reclaim the technology of their decade, helping the brand turn the page on the RadioShack of the past. The spot opens in a throwback RadioShack store; an associate receives a warning phone call before familiar '80s personalities including Hulk Hogan, Mary Lou Retton, Kid 'n' Play, and Alf, among others, barge in to "take back" their technology. What's left is a sleek, modern store that serves as an introduction and invitation for consumers to shop the new RadioShack.
"We have spent months talking to consumers about their perceptions of RadioShack and what they want in a shopping experience," Warren said. "Our Super Bowl commercial allows us to show customers that we are listening to them as we reposition the brand."
In an effort to continue "clearing out the '80s" and celebrate #InWithTheNew, RadioShack is hosting a 24-hour sweepstakes via Twitter, which launched in line with our Super Bowl ad. The brand will unveil unique '80s-themed prizes via the @RadioShack Twitter account throughout Sunday and Monday (2/3), and consumers who follow @RadioShack and tweet a fun comment with the prize hashtag are entered to win one of the retro relics, along with a $100 gift card to experience the new RadioShack. The prize pool includes a pair of original Air Jordan 1 sneakers, a replica "Beat It" jacket, a 1986 Vision Psycho Stick skateboard, a Cabbage Patch + Rainbow Bright doll set, and a 1987 Porsche 924S. Full details can be found at RadioShack.com/DIT.
Consumers also can view a special 60-second extended version of the ad, digital shorts in which RadioShack associates teach '80s icons how to use today's technology, as well as behind-the-scenes footage of RadioShack's Super Bowl fun, at YouTube.com/RadioShack.
The Super Bowl ad, extended online footage and Twitter giveaway are the first works to debut from RadioShack's new advertising and media partner, Austin-based GSD&M. The agency selected veteran Super Bowl ad man Frank Todaro from Moxie Pictures to direct the "Phone Call" spot.
"We wanted to directly address outdated perceptions of RadioShack, using both humor and nostalgia," said Joe Magnacca, chief executive officer of RadioShack. "We have committed significant work in stores across the country, with design and product assortment, as part of our turnaround effort. And we want to invite consumers back in to experience RadioShack. We love the '80s like everyone else, but it was time to show how we've evolved."
The Super Bowl ad lays the foundation for RadioShack's new integrated marketing campaign, which debuts Monday, Feb. 3, and brings to life RadioShack's recently announced brand positioning, "It Can Be Done, When We Do It Together." The new positioning speaks to the brand's ability to collaborate with consumers to help them discover what is possible through technology.
The new Do It Together-themed creative will be centered around RadioShack's associates, who have the know-how to bring consumers' ideas to life. The multifaceted marketing plan includes TV, print, digital, social and in-store executions, all created with a how-to perspective in mind and placed to reach and engage a very tech-forward audience.
"We're thrilled to be launching our newest work with our agency of record, GSD&M. We collaborated with them from research to concept to creative, which vividly illustrates DIT. It's an exciting time for our brand, and having one of the top creative agencies in the country as our partner through this turnaround time is proving invaluable," said Ms. Warren.
About RadioShack Corporation
RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) is a leading national retailer of innovative mobile technology products and services, as well as products related to personal and home technology and power supply needs. RadioShack® offers consumers a targeted assortment of wireless phones and other electronic products and services from leading national brands, exclusive private brands and major wireless carriers, all within a comfortable and convenient shopping environment. RadioShack employs approximately 30,000 knowledgeable and helpful sales experts globally. RadioShack's retail network includes approximately 4,300 company-operated stores in the United States, over 270 company-operated stores in Mexico, and approximately 1,000 dealer and other outlets worldwide. For more information on RadioShack Corporation, please visit www.radioshackcorporation.com; to purchase items online, please visit www.radioshack.com. RadioShack® is a registered trademark licensed by RadioShack Corporation.
News Media Contact: Media Relations, +1-817-415-3300, [email protected]
Video with caption: "RadioShack debuted a 30-second ad during the Super Bowl featuring '80s pop culture icons to introduce a new era at RadioShack and shed outdated perceptions of the brand." Video available at: http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/PRNA/ENR/FX-LA57157-02022014.mp4
Image with caption: "Gold medal-winning gymnast Mary Lou Retton looks on as Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider wraps up a shot from RadioShack's surprise Super Bowl ad. Retton and Snider were just two of the many 80's pop culture icons that RadioShack tapped to appear in the ad which introduces a new era and positioning for the brand." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140202/LA57157-b
Image with caption: "Twisted Sister front man Dee Snider uses a trademark move in this behind-the-scenes shot from RadioShack's Super Bowl ad. Snider helps tear apart an outdated store to usher in a new look and new positioning for the brand." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140202/LA57157-c
Image with caption: "RadioShack's surprise Super Bowl ad featured many familiar and much-loved '80s pop culture icons, including John Ratzenberger, Dee Snider, Hulk Hogan and Erik Estrada, barging into an outdated RadioShack store to take back the technology of their decade. The ad helps turn the page on the RadioShack of the past and ushers in a new era for the brand." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140202/LA57157-d
Image with caption: "In a scene from RadioShack's surprise Super Bowl ad, two store associates show their shock as popular '80s entertainment icons rush the throwback RadioShack store to reclaim the technology of yesteryear. The ad sets the stage for RadioShack's new brand positioning and helps the company shed outdated perceptions." Image available at: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140202/LA57157-e
SOURCE RadioShack Corporation
There will be new vendors providing applications, middleware, and connected devices to support the thriving IoT ecosystem. This essentially means that electronic device manufacturers will also be in the software business. Many will be new to building embedded software or robust software. This creates an increased importance on software quality, particularly within the Industrial Internet of Things where business-critical applications are becoming dependent on products controlled by software. Qua...
Jul. 25, 2016 05:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,344
SYS-CON Events has announced today that Roger Strukhoff has been named conference chair of Cloud Expo and @ThingsExpo 2016 Silicon Valley. The 19th Cloud Expo and 6th @ThingsExpo will take place on November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. "The Internet of Things brings trillions of dollars of opportunity to developers and enterprise IT, no matter how you measure it," stated Roger Strukhoff. "More importantly, it leverages the power of devices and the Interne...
Jul. 25, 2016 05:00 AM EDT Reads: 2,001
Most organizations prioritize data security only after their data has already been compromised. Proactive prevention is important, but how can you accomplish that on a small budget? Learn how the cloud, combined with a defense and in-depth approach, creates efficiencies by transferring and assigning risk. Security requires a multi-defense approach, and an in-house team may only be able to cherry pick from the essential components. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Vlad Friedman, CEO/Founder o...
Jul. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 1,819
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to imp...
Jul. 25, 2016 04:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,389
"We host and fully manage cloud data services, whether we store, the data, move the data, or run analytics on the data," stated Kamal Shannak, Senior Development Manager, Cloud Data Services, IBM, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 25, 2016 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,172
As organizations shift towards IT-as-a-service models, the need for managing and protecting data residing across physical, virtual, and now cloud environments grows with it. Commvault can ensure protection, access and E-Discovery of your data – whether in a private cloud, a Service Provider delivered public cloud, or a hybrid cloud environment – across the heterogeneous enterprise. In his general session at 18th Cloud Expo, Randy De Meno, Chief Technologist - Windows Products and Microsoft Part...
Jul. 25, 2016 04:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,837
In addition to all the benefits, IoT is also bringing new kind of customer experience challenges - cars that unlock themselves, thermostats turning houses into saunas and baby video monitors broadcasting over the internet. This list can only increase because while IoT services should be intuitive and simple to use, the delivery ecosystem is a myriad of potential problems as IoT explodes complexity. So finding a performance issue is like finding the proverbial needle in the haystack.
Jul. 25, 2016 03:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,153
With the proliferation of both SQL and NoSQL databases, organizations can now target specific fit-for-purpose database tools for their different application needs regarding scalability, ease of use, ACID support, etc. Platform as a Service offerings make this even easier now, enabling developers to roll out their own database infrastructure in minutes with minimal management overhead. However, this same amount of flexibility also comes with the challenges of picking the right tool, on the right ...
Jul. 25, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 987
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
Jul. 25, 2016 03:15 AM EDT Reads: 813
The Internet of Things will challenge the status quo of how IT and development organizations operate. Or will it? Certainly the fog layer of IoT requires special insights about data ontology, security and transactional integrity. But the developmental challenges are the same: People, Process and Platform. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Craig Sproule, CEO of Metavine, demonstrated how to move beyond today's coding paradigm and shared the must-have mindsets for removing complexity from the develo...
Jul. 25, 2016 01:45 AM EDT Reads: 1,217
SYS-CON Events announced today that MangoApps will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. MangoApps provides modern company intranets and team collaboration software, allowing workers to stay connected and productive from anywhere in the world and from any device.
Jul. 25, 2016 01:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,249
“We're a global managed hosting provider. Our core customer set is a U.S.-based customer that is looking to go global,” explained Adam Rogers, Managing Director at ANEXIA, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY.
Jul. 25, 2016 01:00 AM EDT Reads: 1,642
DevOps at Cloud Expo – being held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA – announces that its Call for Papers is open. Born out of proven success in agile development, cloud computing, and process automation, DevOps is a macro trend you cannot afford to miss. From showcase success stories from early adopters and web-scale businesses, DevOps is expanding to organizations of all sizes, including the world's largest enterprises – and delivering real results. Am...
Jul. 25, 2016 12:45 AM EDT Reads: 2,160
Basho Technologies has announced the latest release of Basho Riak TS, version 1.3. Riak TS is an enterprise-grade NoSQL database optimized for Internet of Things (IoT). The open source version enables developers to download the software for free and use it in production as well as make contributions to the code and develop applications around Riak TS. Enhancements to Riak TS make it quick, easy and cost-effective to spin up an instance to test new ideas and build IoT applications. In addition to...
Jul. 25, 2016 12:30 AM EDT Reads: 1,875
The 19th International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Microservices and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding business opportuni...
Jul. 25, 2016 12:15 AM EDT Reads: 2,489