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Puma Combines Modern, Retro Technologies to Entice Customers

A rotary-style phone wasn’t the device that led to the unraveling of the David Petraeus ‘Spyfall’ affair, but talking the old-fashioned way certainly would have been a wiser choice than communicating by email.

The retro bright red phone shown here isn’t intended for illicit correspondence–it’s a platform designed by Puma to entertain and inform the brand’s customers at select retail locations worldwide.

Adam Petrick, Puma’s senior global head of brand management, explained how Puma sought to “make our stores more like our brand” during a presentation at the ANA Mobile Marketing conference on Wednesday in New York.

According to Petrick, Puma is an “irreverent challenger brand that makes high performance sports products” and retains underdog status when competing with giants like Nike and Adidas. Still, the company’s association with Olympic gold medal-winning Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt has certainly aided its marketing efforts.

In order to gain traction in the retail realm, Petrick and Puma tried to “instill a sense of fun in our use of technology”. Here’s a sample of the company’s in-store gadgets and their attention-getting names:

Unsmart’ phones: According to Petrick, the classic red rotary phones like the one pictured above are simply there to “make customers smile”. When visitors pick up the receivers, they hear short audio clips on various topics (not clandestine messages or instructions to report to secret locations).

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NBC Can’t Quit the Olympics

The logo was pretty cool though, right? What, you thought that perennial loser NBC would let those priceless rings go? Like Usain Bolt and his record-setting baton, they’re fighting to hold on to this big ratings boost despite (imaginary) threats of disqualification.

Some details via NBC’s press release: this week, The TODAY Show will feature a series of “special contributors” that just happens to include The Fierce Five, gold medal diver David Boudia, soccer phenom Hope Solo, sprinter Allyson Felix, and swimmers Cullen Jones and Katie Ledecky.

Lest you think NBC has actually evolved, the rest of the week’s lineup is back to normal with can’t-miss events like “famed 1990’s boy band 98 Degrees” reuniting to play live for the first time in 10 years.

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