Celebrity Sells

Overview

Have you ever asked for an autograph? Been a music fan? Liked watching well-known personalities on TV? Had a favourite movie star? Enjoyed reading about the rich and famous? If your answer is 'yes' to any or all of the above, then it's pretty likely you've bought a product endorsed by a celebrity.

This fascinating book reveals how 'celebrity sells' and is a great read for anyone interested in advertising, media, communication and brands. There are lots of 'how to' advice, ...

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Overview

Have you ever asked for an autograph? Been a music fan? Liked watching well-known personalities on TV? Had a favourite movie star? Enjoyed reading about the rich and famous? If your answer is 'yes' to any or all of the above, then it's pretty likely you've bought a product endorsed by a celebrity.

This fascinating book reveals how 'celebrity sells' and is a great read for anyone interested in advertising, media, communication and brands. There are lots of 'how to' advice, examples good and bad, new insights, ballpark costs and hard evidence of success, plus interviews with top creative talents such as David Abbott, John Hegarty, Peter Souter and John Webster.

"Buying celebrity for a brand may be an investment of incalculable future value - or, just as easily, an act of thoughtless extravagance. When faced with such proposals, clients will no longer have to flip a coin. Hamish Pringle's rigorous analysis, solidly reinforced with case histories, will provide them with invaluable insights and great comfort."
—Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP

"Unilever is an effective user of stars in its advertising and marketing and this book can only help if we and our agencies get better at it."
—Niall FitzGerald KBE, Unilever PLC

"Over the last decade, the role of celebrity endorsement has grown in influence and prevalence within Marketing in a remarkable way. There is no one better qualified than Hamish Pringle to describe and explain the growing use of celebrities in marketing. This book is practical, relevant and packed with leading edge thinking."
—Mark Ritson, Assistant Professor of Marketing, London Business School

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Editorial Reviews

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"...the phenomenon, ironically Celebrity Sells, will make unpalatable reading for companies that have spent millions re-branding themselves around famous face..." (Independent on Sunday, 26 October 2003)

"...fascinating and witty reading..." ( Hot Stars, 3 April 2004)

“… Pringle knows his stuff.” (Daily Telegraph, 6 April 2004)

“This book is designed as a practical guide for practitioners…” (Sunday Business Post , 9 May 2004)

“This book looks at stars and advertising- and has some fab facts.” (New Woman, June 2004)

“… packed to the rafters with facts, ... would recommend this book to anyone, whether they work in media or not.”(Media Week, 1 May 2004)

“… an important book…” (Reading Chronicle, 20th May 04)

“…shows just how deeply our lives and lifestyles are influenced…” (City to Cities, Sep/Oct 2004)

 “…sound and detailed advice on how to find the right celebrity...” (Admap, November 2004)

“…This book is practical, relevant and packed with leading edge thinking…” (Mark Ritson, London Business School in IoD, Winter 2004)

“...for anybody fascinated by the public’s obsession with the celebrity cult…absorbing enough to appeal to a mainstream audience…” (Campaign, 10th December 2004) 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470868508
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/14/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 340
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Hamish Pringle is the Director General of IPA (Institute of Practitioners in Advertising). He was previously director of Brand Beliefs Ltd and the Vice-Chairman, Director of Marketing at Saatchi & Saatchi. He is co-author of Brand Spirit: How Cause Related Marketing Builds Brands and Brand Manners: How to Create the Self-confident Organization to Live the Brand both published by Wiley.

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Table of Contents

Ethos quotation.

Acknowledgements.

Foreword.

Introduction.

Part I: THE IMPACT OF CELEBRITIES ON EVERYDAY LIFE.

Introduction.

1. Celebrity’s impact on the media.

2. Celebrity’s impact on hair and makeup.

3. Celebrity’s impact on fashion.

4. Celebrity’s impact on property.

5. Celebrity’s impact on body shape.

Part II: WHY CELEBRITIESWORK FOR BRANDS.

Introduction.

6. Celebrity and interactivity.

7. Celebrity in the era of consent.

8. Fame is the key.

Part III: HOW TO CHOOSE CELEBRITIES FOR BRANDS.

Introduction.

9. Understanding where the brand is now.

10. Seeing how a celebrity could help the brand.

11. Researching the effectiveness of celebrities.

Part IV: HOW TO USE CELEBRITIES FOR BRANDS.

Introduction.

12. Celebrity customers.

13. Celebrity product placement.

14. Celebrity sponsorship.

15. Celebrity testimonial.

16. Celebrity employees.

17. Celebrity brand ownership.

Part V: HOW TO MANAGE THE RELATIONSHIP WITH CELEBRITIES.

Introduction.

18. Negotiating and contracting with celebrities.

19. Pitfalls in using celebrities.

Part VI: TEN SUCCESSFUL WAYS OF USING CELEBRITIES.

Introduction.

20. Celebrity as presenter.

21. Celebrities playing themselves.

22. Celebrity as brand character.

23. Celebrity expertise.

24. Celebrity as role model.

25. Celebrity cast against type.

26. Celebrity acting a part.

27. Celebrity revelation.

28. Celebrities interacting.

29. Celebrity representations.

Part VII: THE FUTURE OF CELEBRITY.

30. Ten predictions on future trends.

Webography.

Appendix: IPA Effectiveness Awards Databank: ‘Celebrity’ cases.

Index.

About the Author.

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