Black Friday Spurs Global Brawls, U.S. Protests and Mobile Shopping

Posted by Dale Buss on November 28, 2014 12:28 PM

The Black Friday bandwagon is creaking a little bit. Yes, it's a worldwide sales event, with Black Friday fever also overtaking the U.K., Canada and parts beyond today.

Back in its homeland, U.S. political protests are using today to gain attention for their particular causes by attaching them to America's post-turkey trot to the stores, online or in person. But the object of all that attention—the US shopper—may not be along for the ride.

Annual controversies about whether retail chains should open on Thanksgiving  and the ensuing retail melee have been obviated by the fact that many of them opened "early" for Black Friday at some point on Thursday, and shoppers, predictably, poured in—and fights ensued, earning the moniker (yet again) of Black Eye Friday.

Overall, however, economists say U.S. consumers still seem hestitant, even as hardcore bargain-lovers executed their own personal Black Friday plans.Continue reading...

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Shomi the Money: 5 Questions for SVOD Content Wrangler Marni Shulman

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 28, 2014 11:14 AM

shomi, the Canadian streaming video-on-demand service that launched this month, aims to slow growth of Netflix Canada with binge-worthy hits such as House of Cards and Orange Is the New Black

To do so, shomi is programming and leveraging U.S. content like those hit shows—and other titles including The Blacklist, 2 Broke Girls, Two and a Half Men, DaVinci's Demons, American Horror Story, Sons of Anarchy, Wilfred, Modern Family and Sleepy Hollow—to attract and build a loyal audience.

The subscription video on demand (SVOD) brand's backers—Canadian cable giants Shaw Media and Rogers Media—are dipping into a $100 million war chest to license in-demand titles from Disney/ABC, CBS, Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Starz Digital Media and BBC Worldwide.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Black Friday Goes Global and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 28, 2014 09:43 AM


Walmart is in the spotlight, and on the hot seat, as mega-retailer talks up its U.S. Thanksgiving Day sales, U.S. workers strike and Ferguson protests morph into Black Friday boycott that also hits Target.

Apple and Beats also release Black Friday ads (including #SoloSelfie spot with Kendall and Kylie Jenner) as shoppers worldwide hunt (and fight) for Black Friday deals. 

Amazon is reportedly in talks to buy India's Jabong fashion portal for $1.2 billion.

Takata air bag crisis addressed by Japanese government.

Philosophy launches PSA promoting mental illness awareness.Continue reading...


Digital Pop-Ups Bring Black Friday Shopping Into the Subway

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 27, 2014 05:02 PM

As Black Friday continues going global, the quest to make shoppers embrace online/offline omnichannel shopping this holiday is moving underground.

British retailer Argos, the UK's biggest High Street retailer online, has opened its first Underground store at London's Cannon Street Tube station as a click-and-collect depot during the holiday season in partnership with Transport for London (TfL).

The underground Argos Collect store offers access to 20,000 products, pitching convenience to time-pressed commuters, who make an average of 4.2 million journeys on the London Underground every day, with the enticing prospect that all products ordered by 1pm can be picked up on the go within hours.Continue reading...


Explore Together: Durex Tests Bi-Media Ad for Mobile/TV Synchronized Viewing

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 27, 2014 03:45 PM

Last month Honda tested an interactive dual-narrative ad campaign to promote its "Type R" model at Halloween, inviting viewers to toggle between two versions of the same narrative with the click of a button.

Now Durex is ready to launch what it's calling the world’s first synchronized dual-screen ad, where users in the UK can experience another side to a TV commercial story by pointing the Durex Explore mobile app at the screen.

According to The Drum, the aim of the "Explore Together" campaign is to capture what the characters get up to in private, and direct viewers to the just-relaunched Durex website. Continue reading...

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Raising the Bar: 5 Questions with thinkThin Founder Lizanne Falsetto

Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2014 02:37 PM

Food brands in crowded categories can try to stand out in a number of different ways: Be the best. Be the least expensive. Be the tastiest. Be the healthiest. Be first.

In the case of nutrition bar brand thinkThin, CEO Lizanne Falsetto has used a number of these varying approaches, but mostly she has relied on being first. 

When she founded her company more than 20 years ago, she was among the pioneers in gluten-free products and in protein positioning.

This year, thinkThin became one of the first independent brands in the category to launch a full-blown national TV advertising campaign.

brandchannel talked with Falsetto about the campaign's results, what got thinkThin where it is—and where she goes from here.Continue reading...

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PETA Hits Macy's Thanksgiving Parade as Part of Cruelty-Free Holiday Push

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 27, 2014 01:33 PM

Making good on its promise to protest SeaWorld's involvment in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the animal rights group brought signs to the parade route in New York in the wake of Macy's decision to include the amusement park's float, despite PETA's claims of mistreatment of animals there.

While Macy's ignored PETA's pre-parade protest (with women in a bathtub painted to resemble orcas) and the organization's parade protest was sidelined by the arrests of Ferguson protesters, the campaign was just one part of a slate of holiday campaigns by the tireless animal rights activists:Continue reading...

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Meet Your Rio 2016 Olympics Mascots

Posted by Abe Sauer on November 27, 2014 12:02 PM

Step aside, World Cup Willie!

With the FIFA World Cup now behind Brazil, the Rio de Janeiro organizing committee has unveiled the mascot(s) for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The smiling yellow feline-like critter on the left—representing Brazilian fauna—will represent the main games.

The cheeky blue chap with leafy shrubbery for hair—meant to evoke Brazil's lush flora—will represent the Paralympic Games.

The mascots' names will be selected by a poll from the following name pairs (Olympics/Paralympics): Vinicius/Tom; Oba/Eba (our vote); or Tiba Tuque/Esquindim.

So how do Rio's rate in the rich pantheon of Olympics mascots over the years?Continue reading...

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