11 thoughts on “So what’s the story with Microsoft & Jessica Alba”

  1. C’mon now Om. Of course it is a paid deal. Would a celebrity really be associated that strong with a brand if they were not getting something for it? At the very least she got to pitch her venture to a larger audience.

    By the way, I don’t think there is nothing wrong with celebrity endorsements. It is just another form of advertising… a way to help create buzz.

    In other circumstances, disclosure of celebrity endorsements makes sense. But for an event like this, I don’t think it is more or less authentic. It is no different than Ms. Alba doing an ad or doing an appearance for Revlon.


  2. Interesting, indeed. However, Alba has recently been spotted twice – once with a white Lumia 900, and then a few weeks later (about a week ago) with a red Lumia 920.

    Regardless, I think it was a good move, especially with the focus that Microsoft is putting on Windows Phone being the ‘everyday’ person phone, with a big leaning towards soccer moms and mommy bloggers.

  3. At the very least, it is a cross-promotion deal. Microsoft gets to borrow some of her glamour, and her new venture gets to piggyback on Microsoft’s publicity for WinPhone 8.

    That, or she and Balmer are totally having an affair.

  4. I agree with mwgeek1 – Jessica was spotted with a Lumia 900 some time back and that went viral. Microsoft and Nokia both took notice and gave her a Lumia 920 and asked her to be a part of the launch. I don’t think this was a paid endorsement.

  5. I went back through the last month of her twitter posts and, for at least that period of time, she’s been posting via a Windows Phone. Doesn’t mean she’s not being paid of course, but does indicate she’s been a legitimate user for a while.

  6. Om Malik,
    I think it is safe to say that it was a paid endorsement – as to whether or not it was a real change of heart? That could also be possible because the two are not mutually exclusive. I also think it is safe to say that the Samuel Jackson and Zooey Deschannel commercials were also paid endorsements.

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