brands under fire

Gotcha Milk: MilkPEP #GetReal Milk Truth Fights Whitewashing Claims

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 28, 2015 02:03 PM

Milk Truth

A glass of milk once sat on a sainted list for all Americans that included such things as baseball and Budweiser. The former, of course, became tainted with the performance-enhancing-drug era while the latter now boasts corporate headquarters in Belgium.

Milk is facing its own hurdles and the dairy industry is doing all it can to fight back. Last year MilkPEP (aka the US dairy industry's Milk Processor Education Program) ended its longstanding "Got Milk?" campaign—known for its celeb-heavy milk mustaches—in a bid to address a deeper existential crisis.

Last year was also when the British Medical Journal published findings that challenged milk's health claims with research indicating that “drinking lots of milk could lead to earlier deaths and higher incidents of fractures,” the Associated Press reports. While the British researchers “urged a cautious interpretation” of the study, that didn’t stop a slew of news organizations and anti-dairy bloggers brabbing onto the idea that “Milk Can Kill You!”

Now the dairy industry is fighting back in the most modern way it can—social media—with a campaign that was quickly ambushed by the forces it's trying to fight.Continue reading...

chew on this

No, Domino's Is Not Turning Dominatrix for Sriracha Pizza

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 28, 2015 01:02 PM

Domino's S&M ad

Is Domino's turning into a Dominos-trix? The above ad, seemingly 'tied' to the looming 50 Shades of Grey release, raised eyebrows when it surfaced this week, prompting a hasty explanation.

“It’s real,” spokesman Tim McIntyre tells PEOPLE of the Sriracha-themed piece. “The ad was created and pitched by an agency to the independent franchise in Israel.”

However, it's staying on the drawing board. “It never ‘officially’ appeared anywhere, because it was ill-advised, unfunny and not brand-appropriate. In a word, it was stupid.”

Update: Domino's tweeted this response to us —

sustainability

IKEA's Annual Sustainability Report Shows Bright, LED-Lit Future

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 28, 2015 12:28 PM

The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year 2014, released today, indicates that the world's biggest furniture retailer is delivering on its People & Planet Positive strategy. The corporate citizenship-foucsed company is delivering results socially and financially, with total 2014 sales to EUR 28.7 billion, a 5.9% increase over 2013.

“FY14 was a good year for IKEA,” stated IKEA Group President and CEO Peter Agnefjäll. “We reached some important milestones towards becoming energy independent and saw a 58% increase in the sales value of products that enable people to live a more sustainable life at home. Sustainability is an integral part of our business strategy.”

As highlighted in the new report:

• Sales of IKEA products for a more sustainable life at home grew by 32% compared with 2013, reducing water usage and waste. Continue reading...

super bowl

Mtn Dew Kickstart Preps Game Day: 5 Questions with Jamal Henderson

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2015 11:59 AM

Mountain Dew is a unique success story in the struggling carbonated soft-drinks business, with PepsiCo's youth-tinged brand proving at least able to hold its own in sales over the last few years in a declining category and outperforming the company's flagship Pepsi brand and other carbonated soft drinks (CSDs) as well.

What's the secret? For one thing, the Mtn Dew brand itself is unique. And over the last several years, PepsiCo has done a particularly good job of bringing innovation to Mtn Dew with new flavors, limited-time flavors, crowdsourcing of flavors and effective marketing aimed at Millennials.

Three years ago, Mtn Dew struck gold with the introduction of Kickstart, a line that is infused with 5 percent juice and vitamins as well as the taste, fizz and caffeine that have always made Mtn Dew appealing. What's more, Mtn Dew was able to nurture Kickstart into a $250 million-plus brand in just its second year.Continue reading...

branded content

Tumblr Invites Brand Marketers to Create, Discover and Engage

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 28, 2015 11:01 AM

Tumblr Travel Alberta

As Yahoo continues to test revenue models (and finally resolve its Alibaba stake), its Tumblr brand is becoming increasingly attractive as a messaging platform for marketers.

Yahoo is slowly delivering brand partners to help monetize, leverage and create engagement on Tumblr with ever more sophisticated resources for branded content and outreach.

Case in point: Tumblr's partnership with Canada's Travel Alberta, a provincial tourism program aimed at drawing American tourists north of the border to experience Banff and its other stunning sites.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Super Bowl 49 Digital Teaser Campaigns Continue

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 28, 2015 08:00 AM

Kia Super Bowl 2015 Pierce Brosnan

TOP STORIES

Super Bowl watch: Kia reveals Bond-like Game Day commercial with Pierce Brosnan (above) ... GoDaddy pulls Budweiser-teasing spot with lost puppy following complaints as Budweiser reveals its lost puppy spot (and soft spot for Clydesdales) ... Coca-Cola aims to make the Internet a happier place in SB49 teaser campaign that also features longtime GoDaddy ambassador Danica Patrick ... Nissan promotes #withdad campaign with Clay Matthews Jr. ... Hyundai releases Game Day spot for Canadian market ... Pepsi promotes Hype Your Hometown winner ... Volvo promotes its Big Game campaign on social ... American Family Insurance teases #dreamfearlessly ... Facebook takes a page out of Twitter's Super Bowl playback with contextual ads ... and the NFL releases chilling anti-domestic violence PSA while making Richard Sherman put away Beats headphones at Super Bowl Media Day.

US milk industry (MilkPEP) fights back against activists and preconceptions with social campaign to make milk relevant, and in wake of dropping "Got Milk?" campaign, but sees #getreal and#milktruth hashtags ambushed by "anti-dairy folks."

Apple crushes analyst expectations with record-breaking quarter fueled by iPhone sales—the biggest quarterly profit of a public company in history, according to S&P.Continue reading...

in the spotlight

#FFWD2015: Interbrand Canada Celebrates The Age of You (and 15)

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 27, 2015 07:13 PM

Advertising Week Canada Interbrand Josh Feldmeth Age of You January 27 2015 Toronto

Advertising Week Canada continued today in Toronto with a focus on "The Age of You"—this critical consumer-centric age of experience where seamless, personalized ecosystems are being created between brands and customers thanks to data-driven insights and measurement.

The topic made for a lively discussion led by Interbrand North America CEO Josh Feldmeth, who was introduced by Interbrand Canada MD Carolyn Ray on a significant occasion for another reason: Interbrand's 15th anniversary celebration in Canada.

Below, some of the key takeaways from the conversation, as identified by tweets from the audience:Continue reading...

brand speak

Intuit Shows Why Branding Sometimes Means Saying Sorry

Posted by brandchannel on January 27, 2015 06:12 PM

Intuit CEO Brad Smith LinkedIn apology

Are you usually late to the game when it comes to tax season? This year, being tardy may have been to your advantage.

Intuit has issued a public apology on its corporate blog and on LinkedIn for a recent change that forced TurboTax desktop customers to pay 50% more for tax preparation software. After customers complained in droves, Intuit president and CEO Brad Smith is not only accepting complete ownership of the brand's mistake, but also issuing refunds for any customer who purchased the software. 

"Companies, like humans, are a work in progress," Smith wrote on LinkedIn. "Even with the best of intentions, we find ourselves in situations where we mess up, letting down the people who count on us."Continue reading...

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