I’m not entirely sure I believe this story, but apparently at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference this year COO Kevin Turner told a story of someone from Apple asking Microsoft to stop running their laptop hunter ads:
And you know why I know they’re working? Because two weeks ago we got a call from the Apple legal department saying, hey — this is a true story — saying, “Hey, you need to stop running those ads, we lowered our prices.” They took like $100 off or something. It was the greatest single phone call in the history that I’ve ever taken in business. (Applause.)
While I do generally really like Apple products, I take some joy in watching them wriggle a bit (especially because they’re the darling of the marketing industry). Those laptop hunter ads hit Apple where it hurts, which is a whole lot better than the “I’m a PC” ones, which I’m guessing just helped raise awareness on Apple’s “I’m a Mac” ads.