Is anyone shocked on this? Really, I enjoy seeing these douche bags and second class sluts make fools out of themselves just as much as the next guy, but can you blame a company for not wanting an association with them?
From the marketing department standpoint, the Jersey Shore cast are not the target market that A&F wants to reach. They need positive role models to show off their six-sizes-too-small shirts and I-can-see-your-cooch shorts.
While the Shore reaches that target age group (can you believe parents are letting their 14-year-olds watch this shit?), it goes against one of A&F’s strongest marketing concepts – to NOT oversaturate the market. Unlike some of their competitors [i.e. PacSun, Hollister], you cannot find an A&F in every mall in America. Forever 21 has a similar strategy.
Will MTV & the Shore cast members agree to this settlement of sorts? I can’t see why not. A&F is not currently paying for product placement, so it’s an automatic pay day for producers. Did A&F create their own buzz concerning this matter? Yes, but only time will tell if the buzz is beneficial or damaging to the company of half naked men.
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