Happy Birthday! Shareology is Two!!! July 26, 2011

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Hard to believe that Shareology started on July 26, 2009!  Even harder to believe the great people I’ve met along the way; thank you so much for your readership. Love to look back at milestones?  Here are the top 3 Shareology stories in the past 2 years:

  1. Legoland reopens at Mall of America! 
  2. Apple brings their Briefing Room to Uptown!  
  3. Branding Opportunity or Ugly Concrete Posts? 

So what do YOU want to talk about in the next Shareology post?

Kay Roseland  @KayLoire


Update on Branding Opportunities: Aloft April 17, 2010

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Perhaps you remember a post Shareology did on Target and those round, red concrete balls?  Recently, Shareology was exiting Aloft in downtown Minneapolis after Kane Camp: Developing Content for Social Media.   She looked back over her shoulder and realized that Aloft had yet another version of branding opportunity:

Okay, granted they are grey and not red.   Granted the size varies, whereas Target’s seem to all be about 3 feet in diameter.   And yet:  another branding opportunity!!!

You can find that original post at:

Kay Roseland    @KayLoire


Target and The Great Save Event – plus a branding update January 17, 2010

Ahh, remember the good old days when Target sent buyers off to the Paris flea market or the Asian shores to bring us back treasures for our home in January?   Those days are gone in this post recession world; this year we get The Great Save Event!   If it happens to remind you of Costco or Sam’s Club or even Wal-Mart — no problemo!   Shareology dashed in last week to see what all the fuss was about:   

No Membership Fees

Club Packs Club Packs

Signage hanging from the ceiling near checkout reminds shoppers (‘cuse me:   Guests) to check out the back of the store.  And yes, as Shareology left,  headed out the door ahead of her was a woman with a shopping cart loaded with one of the largest packs of toilet tissue Shareology has ever seen.   Does everyone have storage for these club packs?    

Remember that Branding Opportunity or Ugly Concrete Posts? item Shareology wrote a few months back?  It seems for everything there is a season; even branding opportunities, or round red Target balls, have a winter season:   

even Branding Opportunities have a winter season

Life is now good in Minnesota; 30’s seem warm in comparison to the below zero cold of a week ago.  And as Shareology types this, the score is Vikings 34  Dallas 3.   For a snapshot in time, life is good.   

See y’all in N’awlins! 

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


Branding Opportunity or Ugly Concrete Posts? August 2, 2009

As Shareology was circling Target for the 14th time last week, she started to notice that Target may be unique in its ability to turn a 3 foot high red ball or concrete barrier at the store front into a branding statement:
Target and those 3 foot high red concrete balls at the store entrance

Target and those 3 foot high red concrete balls at the store entrance

How do other stores deal with store fronts and the need to protect the random driver from crashing into a very expensive entrance?  Let’s see how Best Buy, Sports Authority and Harley Davidson deal with the same issue.   Let’s see what branding opportunities are hits and which are misses.

Best Buy:  Ya think they park the car here for the sheer Branding Power of Geekness?

Best Buy: Ya think they park the car here for the sheer Branding Power of Geekness?

Further Away:  Looking Good

Lost Opportunity:  Where is the yellow and blue when it comes to concrete barriers?  Beige is bland, bland, bland....

Oops:   Why no beautiful blue or yellow carried through to the concrete barriers?   Like we’re not gonna notice them if they’re beige?

Let’s see how Best Buy’s neighbor handles the same challenge with a tad more integration:

The Black Posts repeat the shading of the Red Logo:  Yay!

The Black Posts repeat the shading of the Red Logo: Yay!

Looking Good!   Sports Authority is making its corporate colors work by repeating the shading color with the concrete barriers.   Didn’t we always say how important accessorizing is?

And the Winner Is!

And the Winner Is!

Shareology has to admit she was very pleasantly surprised how Harley Davidson in Eden Prairie, Minnesota handles the concrete column challenge.  They don’t!   Instead we have this garden wall.   (Don’t you always shop for your bike surrounded by flowers and garden walls?)  Hey, you’re not gonna drive your pickup through this concrete garden wall, trust me!  So function is served.   But on least a couple of occasions, Shareology has sauntered through this garden and the bikes for sale wondering if she shouldn’t consider another mode of transportation.  

So:   what do YOU think?  Target’s use of the 3 foot round red concrete balls on four corners of their lot, plus at the store entrances, is a strong and unique branding opportunity.  Or do you prefer the outdoor shopping environment Harley sets up in Eden Prairie?  Shareology wants to know!

Kay Roseland   @KayLoire


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