Fun Fact Friday – 11/04/2016

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Fun Fact Friday from Direct Marketing Solutions

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To get women to smoke cigarettes in the 1920s, tobacco companies devised a campaign of equating cigarettes as “torches of freedom.” The campaign helped women smoking jump from 5% in 1923 to 18.1% in 1935.

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Planned obsolescence is a manufacturing decision by a company to make consumer products in such a way that they become out-of-date or useless within a known time period so that consumers are forced to buy a product multiple times rather than just once.

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The T-shirt was invented in 1904 and marketed to bachelors who couldn’t sew or replace buttons.

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 According to the New York Business Journal, the Campbell Soup Co. has recently dramatically increased its marketing budget with the launch of a multimedia ad campaign centered around a boy with a long beard (“The Wisest Kid in the Whole World”) who advises people to have soup.

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