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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Starbucks "Project Red" Campaign

I just read in today's Ad Age online that Starbucks has entered into a holiday promotion with Project Red. Clearly, a worthwhile endeavor. And the Starbucks brand, along with the Starbucks consumer, certainly fits with Red. But the fact that they entered into this partnership "amid projections that it won't see improved same store sales until 2009" really rubs me the wrong way.

If Starbucks mission is to be a responsible company, why wait until now to sign up with Red. Why wait until after reporting really disappointing Q4 profit and same store sales results. Sort of rhetorical questions. And they acknowledge the effort is only a promotional program. Other Red partners like Gap, Converse, Apple and Hallmark (as reported in this article) have long ago built Red into their ongoing product programs.

Transparency is supposed to be a good thing. But in this case, it's just too easy to see through. While I can't argue with the cause, I think the impetus for the effort - particularly for Starbucks - is just wrong.


  1. Agree, this comes across as shallow.

  2. I totally agree...seems real disingenuous