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Wal-Mart Ad Campaign Reminiscent of Sears in ‘93

New York City, Wal-Mart Stores’ new ad campaign urges customers to “look beyond the basics” in an effort to spruce up its bargain-retailer image. The New York Times reported that comparisons have been made with a 1993 Sears, Roebuck & Co. campaign that marketed more fashionable clothing and home furnishings with the slogan “Come see the softer side of Sears.” Roy Spence, the president of the GSD&M agency behind Wal-Mart’s campaign, told the publication that his staff “had no clue that it was even close,” but that the two efforts are “scarily similar.” He also stated that the idea is a just classic advertising method. “This campaign is like 100 campaigns that go out every year,” said Spence. Sears did not comment.

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