Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2013 04:37 PM
Queen Bey isn't one to follow the rules, and so a few minutes before midnight on Thursday, the songstress released her fifth, self-titled album—a project kept completely under wraps until the late night reveal on Facebook and iTunes.
With no preview, drum roll, advertising or marketing, the megastar is calling it a "visual album" that features 14 songs and 17 videos, not to mention some high-level collaborations including husband JayZ, Drake and Frank Ocean. The album notably includes an ode to daughter Blue Ivy, appropriately titled, "Blue."
"I see music," Beyoncé said in her video announcement on Facebook. "It’s more than just what I hear. When I’m connected to something, I immediately see a visual or a series of images that are tied to a feeling or an emotion, a memory from my childhood, thoughts about life, my dreams or my fantasies. And they’re all connected to the music."Continue reading...
week in review
Posted by Michael Waltzer on December 13, 2013 04:30 PM
Our most-read blog posts of the week:
#1 Corporate Websites: Dead or Alive?
#2 Global Slowdown Forces Unilever to Axe Thousands of Products, Employees
#3 NYC Taxis Get Third Logo in Six Years
#4 Real-Time Marketing is the New Story-Telling
#5 The Rise and Fall of KFC China
#6 Quick! Nab A Starbucks Metal Card Before It's Too Late! ... Time's Up
#7 Amazon is Tops in Consumer Experience, While Facebook Hits a New Low
#8 Nelson Mandela Dies at 95, Taking With Him a Unique Brand of Activism
#9 Low-Calorie Coke Coming in 2014, But Will America Drink It?
#10 Keurig Goes to College with D-1 Decals
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 03:49 PM
Steve Cahillane has been sidelined in the horserace to succeed Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent, with the president of Coca-Cola Americas leaving the company as Coke restructures management yet again. It appears that slowing soda sales in the US nixed Cahillane's chances for the company's top job.
It was just a year ago that Coke streamlined its management to set up an apparent contest between Cahillane and the new head of the rest of the world, Ahmet Bozer, to succeed Kent someday; he's been CEO since 2008. Bozer now has been installed as a clear No. 2 to Kent, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In its moves this week, Coke also said that it would divide North American duties into a job overseeing corporate North American operations that will be occupied by Sandy Douglas, who will also continue as global chief customer officer, and a North American bottling portion that will be overseen by Paul Mulligan, who had been in charge of bottling investments in Japan and Latin America.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 13, 2013 02:43 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Apple and China Mobile sitting in a tree… Xiaomi expands… Mustangs appear… retail boom… WeChat, WhatsApp and now Yixin… smog, smog and more smog makes for new business… Carlsberg buys breweries… Marie France leaves… Swiss watch woes… Taobao livestock… and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 01:51 PM
Ford is bursting at the seams. It plans to add 5,000 more US jobs next year and launch 23 vehicles globally. In the American market, the company just had its best November since 2004. And its dealers are jacked up about being able to sell the new Ford Mustang and a new version of America's most popular vehicle, the Ford F-150 pickup truck, next year.
With great industry fanfare this week, Ford announced that it will add 3,300 salaried positions, most in southeastern Michigan, among the 5,000 new US jobs next year and that more than 80 percent of the salaried jobs will be technical positions in product development, manufacturing, quality and IT. That bespeaks an optimism about and commitment to the company's long-term future, not just moves to attempt to keep up with the still-growing US market. In fact, Ford is trimming some production short-term to stay just in line with the US recovery.
"Next year, we are embarking on our most ambitious global product launch year ever to meet customer demand for our products around the world," Ran Jair, group vice president for global product development, said in a statement.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 13, 2013 12:48 PM
Back in October, McDonald's named Amazon's Atif Rafiq its first chief digital officer as the space has become critical to the struggling burger chain's success. And now the latest effort—a mobile app—is being tested at select locations across the US.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the simplistic app—which already has a live version in the UK—offers up coupons to consumers that specify what they want to eat. New deals pop up every six weeks, and it also includes a restaurant locator and menu listing.
McDonald's is playing catch-up with competitors like Five Guys and Chipotle, which already attract a younger crowd than McDonald's does and already have apps available that allow for mobile odering—something the McD app doesn't have. "It's premature to speculate on the future of the McD App," Lisa McComb, a company spokeswoman, said in an email to the Tribune.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 13, 2013 11:10 AM
Instagram has amassed 150 million active users worldwide since its launch in 2010, not wasting a moment in shifting from a photo-sharing app to videos, then ads, and now private messaging.
Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom took the stage in New York City yesterday to announce Instagram Direct, a new messaging feature that lets users send text, video, and photo messages to each other privately. "Sometimes you want to be able to share not with everyone, but just with a specific group," he said.
Users can share images and videos with 15 or fewer friends at one time who follow each other on the service, immediately making Instagram a more intimate service, a la upcoming rival Snapchat.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 09:19 AM
Boeing sees collapse of its renewed talks with machinists for 777X work.
Coca-Cola shakes up Americas management.
Ford plans to add 5,000 US jobs in 2014, hatches three new plants globally, and announces driverless-car initiative.
Bolthouse Farms leverages innovative Instagram tech.
DaVinci Wines debuts Facebook promo.
DirecTV explores online-video service and counts on addressable ads for future growth.
Google mulls designing its own server chips in threat to Intel.
Hilton explores creating new hotel brand aimed at affluent Millennials.
Hyundai plans to tout Genesis, Elantra in Super Bowl.Continue reading...