Category:
Business

Harley-Davidson Perfume

Classic business failure: "Hot Road," an eau de toilette released by Harley-Davidson in the mid-1990s and quietly discontinued a year or two later. It wasn't exactly an "on brand" product.

More info: Milwaukee Magazine



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Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 18, 2022 - Comments ()
Category: Business, Products, Success & Failure, 1990s, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

A Touch of Magic

Posted By: Paul - Fri Jul 01, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Cryptozoology, Surrealism, 1960s, Dance, Cars

Follies of the Madmen #529

Synesthesia in advertising.



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Apr 07, 2022 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Fey, Twee, Whimsical, Naive and Sadsack, Children, Cereal, 1900s

Follies of the Madmen #526

Are these supposed to be 18-year-old coeds at university? If so, why do they look 45?

From the SATURDAY EVENING POST for 1/14/1961.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 17, 2022 - Comments (8)
Category: Business, Advertising, Stereotypes and Cliches, Soda, Pop, Soft Drinks and other Non-Alcoholic Beverages, 1960s, Women

Fingos

A classic business failure. In the early 1990s, the marketing team at General Mills came up with the idea of a cereal that could be eaten without milk any time of day. Despite spending millions to promote it, hardly anyone bought the stuff.

From Wikipedia:

The cereal pieces were shaped as hexagons and were advertised as food that could be eaten at any time of the day... Consumers were confused by the marketing concept when Fingos were released due to it being advertised as a snack despite being in the cereal section. Fingos were unsuccessful and were discontinued in 1994.

As the Gone But Not Forgotten Groceries blog notes: "All cereals can be eaten by hand if you don't add milk."

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 08, 2022 - Comments (2)
Category: Business, Cereal, 1990s

Follies of the Madmen #520

I have never thought of a percolator as sexy before, but I guess I was misguided...



Source.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Nov 22, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Business, Advertising, Domestic, Appliances, Magazines, Sex Symbols, 1970s

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