This isn't the first time that the admission, via television commercial, that a company's products were not up to snuff. Late in 2009, Domino's Pizza (DPZ) unveiled a great ad campaign admitting that customers believed that its pizza was mass produced, tasteless, and like cardboard. The company used the ads to unveil its new pizza recipe, which was a huge success with consumers. Results improved, and the stock is up nine-fold since late 2009.
This also isn't the first time that a Super Bowl ad marked the beginning of a company's turnaround. During the 2009 Super Bowl, restaurant chain Denny's (DENN), which had been struggling for years, announced that it was giving away 2 million free breakfasts on the following Tuesday.
It was a great, albeit expensive, way to reintroduce the brand to consumers, and it was the impetus for me to take another look at the company, one that I'd long forgotten.
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What I discovered was a company that was getting back on its feet, paying down debt and moving away from company-owned restaurants toward re-franchising. The company has done a good job over the past five years, and shareholders have been rewarded.
We'll see if RadioShack can rebound as nicely as Denny's has; it will be a tall order, but from a marketing perspective, Sunday's Super Bowl commercial was a winner.
At the time of publication, Heller was long RadioShack.
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