Samsung Wants Customer Loyalty Like Apple, Ribs Apple Fans Again in Super Bowl Ad
February 6, 2012 9:58 AM
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The new ad promotes the new Samsung Note
As far as product obsession goes, Apple is definitely the company to beat. Apple loyalists aren't only concerned with the technology behind devices like the iPhone or iPad, but also feel they obtain a certain status by owning the latest gadget with an Apple logo. They have a love for the brand, and Samsung is looking to grab consumers' attention the very same way -- while throwing a punch or two at Apple, of course.
Younghee Lee, Samsung marketing executive, is working to
make Samsung as lovable of a brand as Apple
to consumers. She wants them to not only recognize the functionality of the products, but also feel something for Samsung personally.
Lee, who used to work for cosmetics companies Lancome and L'Oreal, started working for Samsung four and a half years ago. She was known as the "cosmetics lady," and many in the technology industry couldn't figure out what Samsung was doing hiring a person familiar with make-up. However, Lee argued that both make-up and devices like smartphones have something in common -- they're both based off of technology, but also give consumers a sense of who they are by owning them.
"Very often, people believe cosmetics are a box of hopes or illusions," said Lee, who added that cosmetics are technology-based as well. "Mobile can be a symbol of who you are. A lot of people believe, 'what I have in my hands is me.'"
That's exactly what Lee is trying to target with customers. She wants to grab at their heart strings and make them feel a love and loyalty for Samsung's products.
"Especially in the U.S., people are obsessed with Apple," said Lee. "It's time to change people's attention."
Samsung Galaxy Note
Samsung did just that in its latest jab at the Cupertino company. In a commercial that appeared during the Super Bowl yesterday, a line of fans, assumed to be Apple fans waiting outside for the next big Apple release, are swayed away from the line when they discover their love for Samsung products. Justin Hawkins, lead vocalist and guitarist for the British glam rock band The Darkness, appears on the street singing the band's hit song, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love," as the ex-Apple fans join Samsung lovers in a series of celebratory events like dancing and shooting themselves from cannons. The ex-Apple fans make statements like, "We're free!" to show their newfound love for Samsung instead.
This commercial, which promotes the Samsung Note, is the
sequel of a previous ad Samsung released
back in November 2011. That particular commercial mocked a line of Apple fanboys waiting days in advance for the next Apple release as well. This latest Super Bowl ad seems to add a bit more depth to the commercial than just mocking Apple, with more of that love for Samsung that Lee was talking about.
Check out the commercial for yourself if you happened to miss it:
There has been increased rivalry between Apple and Samsung over the last year especially. For starters,
Samsung's Android-powered devices outsold the iPhone 5-to-2
and had nearly 50 percent of the market back in August 2011. However, Apple made a big comeback at the end of the year and ended up
beating Samsung in 2011 global smartphone sales
Aside from sales, Apple and Samsung have other issues. Last April, Apple began launching a series of lawsuits against Samsung around the world, accusing the South Korean electronics maker of
copying the iPhone and iPad
with its Galaxy S 4G, Epic 4G, Nexus smartphones, and Galaxy Tab 10.1. Samsung flung a few lawsuits back as well, such as the
3G lawsuit against Apple in France
. However, Apple still successfully banned Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 in
In December 2011, Samsung was able to lift the ban in Australia, but is still working to do the same in Germany. Apple just recently decided to
expand its patent claims
against Samsung in Australia as well in hopes of reinstating the ban.
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RE: Super Lame
2/6/2012 10:52:19 AM
You can't write freehand accurately with a finger.
RE: Super Lame
2/6/2012 10:59:59 AM
Because you know how often you find yourself in situations where you need to write a note freehand. Heck with Apple's search on the iPhone, you can even find words located inside notes you've created. Try getting that functionality with a bunch of hand written notes in mspaint.
P.S. To anyone who has owned a pocket PC, palm pilot or similar, how many days did it take to lose the stylus?
RE: Super Lame
2/6/2012 11:29:46 AM
I had a few Palms and I never lost the stylus, but the point people are making is that you DON'T have to use the stylus if you don't want to. Most of us, including me, find it much easier to take notes with a pen than with my finger. My hand writing is already terrible and I don't need my finger making it any worse.
It is a personal choice, not a mandate, to use the pen. If you don't want to use the pen, throw it out, but keep in mind that you may want it later when you have to do something like sign your name digitally (which is a real hassle to to with your finger) or just want to add a touch of personalization to something. So don't get your panties in a bunch and try to make us all conform to your standard. 2 standards are enough and we don't need more!
Loved that commercial though...I miss that song...
RE: Super Lame
2/7/2012 4:20:32 AM
The fact that you don't have to use the stylus doesn't take away from the fact that it's being touted as a major selling point, when most people don't like using a stylus.
Just trying to think of the last time any mainstream user had to digitally sign their names on their phone..... oh wait, never?
It is a choice, as you say, and I don't mind if some people such as yourself prefer to use a Stylus - the point is though, that it isn't a big enough selling point for the majority of people to be the one take-away from this advert.
For me, personally, the stylus makes the device look outdated, and actually lowers the appeal massively. That and the fact they never actually describe anything that it can do.
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