Ah, Black Friday. Each year it rolls around, bringing with it bumper sales from retailers, seemingly unmissable discounts from big brands and images of people fighting over TVs in Walmart and Asda.
However, in 2020 the annual pre-Christmas bargain bonanza looks a little different. With growing concerns about brands’ role in the climate crisis and the impact of hyper-consumerism, some advertisers are rejecting the retail holiday entirely and asking customers not to spend money with them.
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- Why is Black Friday an important promotional opportunity for companies and brands?
- How do you think brands are leveraging Black Friday differently this year amid the ongoing pandemic?
- What is consumerism?
- The headline of this story suggests Patagonia and Allbirds have taken an “anti-consumerism” approach to their Black Friday marketing campaigns. What does that mean?
- What is branding?
- What is product positioning?
- What is product differentiation?
- How might taking an anti-consumerism approach represent an example of branding, positioning and/or differentiation? Be prepared to discuss your answers.
- Of the Black Friday marketing campaigns reviewed in this story, which one resonates most with you, personally, as a consumer? Why?