Everyone is familiar with "Intel Inside," but in the past few years, Intel has focused on being better known on the outside and having a strong stand-alone brand. How is that working out? About five years ago we started making a strategic choice to both reintroduce ourself to end-users and drive a deeper level of engagement than we have historically. Facebook is a really great example of that. For people in the earlier years, the thought of Intel having direct relationships with consumers and posting information that is relevant and interesting in that community would have been unheard of.
Intel does a lot of partnering with other brands, like the Vice magazine collaboration that led to the Creators Project. What's behind that initiative? We have really changed how we use co-marketing. … We've broadened our definition of co-marketing; a partner can be defined in a broad way, from media to publishing, or just a company that has specific consumer interest. The Creators Project has tapped into a passion point of consumers, whether it's music or architecture or design, and the underlying theme of the program is how technology has become an enabler in bringing their art or passions to life. It's a very subtle way of talking about Intel
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How are you tailoring your consumer messages in different markets? We are in a unique position in that the Intel brand is very well-known. In mature markets, the idea of having the best laptop for your kid to use for school is very similar to the idea that in an emerging market buying your first desktop can give your child the best opportunity from an education perspective. There are local nuances in terms of how people think. From a communications standpoint, a marketer in India, for example, is going to talk about cricket, and in Europe, soccer.
You've approached Facebook differently than most other companies. Why does Intel translate its fan page into different languages? We made a very important and strategic discussion going back several years ago that we wanted to not just be active in social media, but be a leader. We wanted to train our employees and utilize tools