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All companies know the importance of advertising and product recognition. This week, Tidbits investigates some clever slogans that have caught our attention over the years. • Who hasn’t sung along to the “Rice-A-Roni, the San Francisco Treat” jingle? The first commercial featuring the clang of a cable car aired in 1959, launching the success of the small Golden Grain Macaroni Company. The product was based on the family recipe of the founders, the Domenico’s. There were not many packaged side dishes available in the late 1950s and Rice-A-Roni was an immediate hit. It became so successful that when Golden Grain sold out to the Quaker Oats Company in 1986, the price tag was $275 million. • The Clairol company was started up in 1931 by two Americans who had been traveling in France and observed hair-coloring preparations there. Sold strictly to salons for 25 years, in 1956, an at-home product was introduced with its slogan “Does she or doesn’t she? Only her hairdresser knows for sure.” Within 6 years, 70% of American women were coloring their hair. The company has had several catchy phrases over the years, including 1965’s “The closer he gets, the better you look” and the 1960s slogan, “Is it true blondes have more fun?” Turn the page for more!
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MORE AD SLOGANS (continued): • In 1910, 18-year-old J.C. Hall had two shoeboxes of picture postcards to his name and nothing else. He peddled them on the streets Answer: Dell. of Kansas City, Missouri, then bought more, A VERY NUMBER and soon had aLARGE good little business. His • Edward Kasner was a mathematician. In 1938 brother joined him and they became the Hall he was asked to come up with a name Brothers Company. By 1915, they werefor of-a very large number: the numeral one, followed fering high-quality valentines and Christmas by a hundred zeros. He asked his two young cards. Inwhat 1917, they started nephews name they wouldprinting suggest. their own gift wrap. Knowing that goldsmiths • Nine-year-old Milton suggested a name used the word “hallmark” to denote a mark out of the funnies. A cartoon strip character of quality, in 1928, the popular. Hall brothers named Barney was very Miltonbegan chose printing the word Hallmark on Barney’s last name for the number.the back of every card. The year 1944 brought the ad• Kasner announced the new name for the big vertisinginphrase most folks the are spelling. familiar number his nextthat book, altering with – “When you care enough to send the • Sixty years later, Larry Page and Sergey Brin very best.”a new The internet NBC network approached developed search engine. Other the company 1951 about a search engines insearched each sponsoring webpage and premiere television production and the Hallranked them according to how many times a mark Hall Fame program specific termofappeared on them, began. but PageOver and the years, the their productions have garnered Brin designed search engine to search 80 for the specific term and then find out how many Emmy Awards. links there were that led back to that page, • One the longest-running, familiar whichofresulted in a better searchmost engine. ad slogans is Campbell’s “Mmm, mmm, • They decided they needed a name that good!”, which has been in use since 1935. reflected how many websites the search Fruit merchant Joseph Campbell engine was searching. They tookand theicebox name manufacturer Abraham Anderson teamed up of Edward Kasner’s very large number, only in Camden, New Jersey, in to produce they misspelled it slightly, so 1869 it ended up being canned vegetables and jellies. The spelled exactly the same way theinvention cartoon character Barney spelled his last What’s of condensed soup in 1897 byname. the nephew itofcalled? (Answer general at bottom of page)cemented the company’s manager Campbell’sCOMPUTER place in history. The company FACTS began using the image of the • In 1981 Bill Gates said, “640 kbround-faced of memory Campbell in 1904 on the side of trolley ought to bekids enough for anybody.” cars. Law states that computer performance • Moore’s doubles every 18 to 24 months, and ever since 1971, this has been true. • HP, Google, Microsoft, and Apple were all started in garages. Answer: Google, from googol.
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