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Phil Schiller, SVP of Worldwide Marketing at Apple
Schiller thought Apple should switch ad agencies

Over the past few years, Samsung had a bit of fun by running ads for its Galaxy S series of smartphones that mocked hyper-obsessive Apple fans. According to Samsung, those ads drove Apple's marketing head Phil Schiller crazy. The Verge brought this revelation to light, as Samsung is pulling out documents in its latest legal fight against Apple.

"We will show you internal Apple documents, documents that haven't been made public before, and showed how Apple was really concerned about competition from Android, and in particular Samsung," remarked John Quinn of law firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, which is representing Samsung in the trial. "This new, edgy marketing strategy ... it drove Apple crazy."

Samsung's first "Next Big Thing" commercial from 2011 that attacked Apple fanboys
 
In an email from Schiller to his marketing team, he referenced a Wall Street Journal article entitled "Has Apple lost its cool to Samsung" which detailed Samsung’s new advertising tactics. Schiller wrote an email to his team in response to the article, stating, "We have a lot of work to do to turn this around."

Samsung's 2012 commercial for the Galaxy S III dug the knife even deeper into the Apple faithful
 
Schiller reportedly even brought his concerns to Apple CEO Tim Cook and pondered switching advertising firms to counter Samsung’s attacks.
 
In recent years, following the demise of its “Get a Mac” ads, Apple has shied away from calling out its competitors by name in TV advertising. 

Source: The Verge



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RE: They hurt...
By Argon18 on 4/7/2014 2:24:28 PM , Rating: 2
"...because they were true. I've truly never met someone with an iPhone who didn't, literally, act like the people in the Samsung commercials. 100% of them act exactly that way, well and truly feeling smug and superior because they blew vastly too much money on a shiny object that promised to give them a self-identity. The commercials weren't parodies. They were documentaries."

I agree with you completely. That's why Apple is so successful as a brand, they've managed to instill a powerful brand-loyalty into their customers. I don't own a single Apple product, but I understand why some folks do. The design is excellent, and ease of use, customer experience, all top-notch. Leagues better than most of their competitors. Like them or not (I do not) but Apple puts way way more time and effort into their hardware design than anyone else. That their such a pleasure to hold and use more than makes up for their high price and sometimes older tech specifications.


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