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branded content

Branded Content Watch: Gatorade, Royal Caribbean, NRA and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on August 22, 2014 02:07 PM

This week in branded content, Gatorade gets sweaty, one Manning brother is back, and beards make babies cry. Check out the latest from Royal Caribbean, EA Sports, Fanta and more.

The Project: Coffee vs Gangs by Kenco

The Pitch: The campaign explains Kenco's initiative to train young Hondurans who are at risk of being sucked into gangs as coffee farmers. Kenco says it is "trying not to do things that are just a badging exercise," but that the brand is attempting to communicate a "real purpose."

The Verdict: Whether you think this campaign is bold or exploitative, you have to admit animated tattoos are incredibly cool.Continue reading...

social marketing

It's All in the Numbers: Instagram, Tumblr Step Up Metrics for Brands

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 22, 2014 12:36 PM

With marketers pouring buckets of cash and resources into social media campaigns, everyone's wondering: Does it work?

Instagram is now offering a new three-pronged dashboard, the first suite of real-time, self-serve tools for marketers to manage their Instagram accounts and understand the impact of their campaigns.

The “ad insights” tool tracks performance via impressions, reach and engagement, while a second, “account insights,” delivers data on non-paid content posted. A third “ad staging” tool enables previews of creative before it goes live on Instagram.

"An advertiser will now have access to a real-time campaign summary and data showing how their target audience is responding to each of their sponsored photos," Instagram said in a blog post. "Also, brand marketers will be able to better understand the best time of day to post a photo or video."

While Instagram had previously been providing brands with reports about their campaigns, that data is now available directly to them.Continue reading...

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Money Tree: 5 Questions with CMO Sean O'Reilly on Peachtree Financial Solutions

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 22, 2014 11:12 AM

For consumers that suddenly come into a cash windfall, it can be a confusing time. That's where Peachtree Financial Solutions comes in. The brand, a sister company of J.G. Wentworth under parent JGWPT Holdings, recently refreshed its brand identity with a renewed focus on customer service. 

The refreshed brand, which debuted earlier this month, is centered around "The Peachtree Promise," six core attributes of the brand that define the way Peachtree representatives handle customer care. With an improved customer experience woven throughout the new website and into the brand's core offerings, there's no doubt that Peachtree is eager to share its refreshed brand with consumers across the US. 

brandchannel Editor-in-Chief Shirley Brady chatted with Sean O'Reilly, SVP and CMO of JGWPT Holdings, about the brand's new look—and outlook.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: GM, Gap, T-Mobile and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2014 09:33 AM

TOP STORIES

GM sees its lawyers come under scrutiny in fed probe of recalls and cuts output in Russia as market slump continues.

Gap plans to open in India.

Ice Bucket Challenge yields $41 million so far for ALS research.

Sears burns through cash and eyes balance-sheet help.

Sprint and T-Mobile go at it in price war.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Al Jazeera made Al Gore hesitant before sale of Current TV.

Chick-fil-A tests chicken-and-waffles breakfast.

Cinnabon readies Bon Bake Shop test.

Comcast bundles pay TV with campus housing.

Coors Light has Jean Claude Van Damme attack a block of ice in UK.Continue reading...

ad watch

Pinterest Takes a Note from Apple to Show Off Shiny New Features

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 21, 2014 06:52 PM

Today, every tech advertisement is seemingly the same: cool people listening to cool music and doing cool things with their device. The Apple-esque ads, whether they intend to or not, put more focus on the consumer than the services that are being advertised, making the user the "hero" instead of said device or service. 

It's a puzzling trend, but one that's being actively adopted by more and more brands, most recently Pinterest. The photo-social network has released a handful of new ads touting its new services, including messaging, that allows for more collaboration among users. The idealistic ads are pretty, and like Apple, centralize the consumer relationship over the service.

But Pinterest isn't the only one doing something new with its platform.Continue reading...

mobile commerce

Toothpaste Gets the Uber Treatment as Car Service Tests Same-Day Delivery

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 21, 2014 04:47 PM

In an instant-gratification world filled with consumers who, like Veruca Salt before them, want everything right this very second, major brands have engaged in a battle to be the fastest and most-efficient at bringing them whatever they desire.

But while Amazon, Google and Walmart have been duking it out for a while, smaller, and perhaps more nimble brands are set to disrupt the same-day delivery fray. The latest master of delivery (of both people and things) is Uber, which is currently testing a delivery service in Washington D.C. 

The car-service app is testing a new service called Corner Store that "lets users request more than 100 common items like allergy medicine, diapers, toothpaste right through the app,” according to PC Magazine. In addition, to boost business, it has now allowed other apps, such as Starbucks, Hyatt, and United Airlines to add in an Uber button to their apps.Continue reading...

car talk

Tata Motors Looks to Rebrand "World's Cheapest" Nano with Smart Upgrades

Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2014 03:24 PM

Tata Motors is trying to leave the failure of the Nano behind, once and for all, by rebranding the "world's cheapest car" and relaunching it as an upgraded and repositioned "smart city car" instead.

But even adding power steering, improved amenities and better mileage may not be enough to save Nano from another title: "biggest automotive flop of the century." Nano, of course, was introduced in 2009 and touted for its $2,000 price tag—and little else. It was aimed at rank-and-file consumers in one of the world's biggest developing markets, India. 

Unfortunately for Tata, it turned out that striving Indians didn't want to be associated with a car whose main attribute was that it was so inexpensive that anyone could afford to buy a Nano. Sales have cratered from a peak of about 10,000 a month in early 2012. But Tata hopes that's all about to change.Continue reading...

brand partners

Paint the Town (Boston) Red: Benjamin Moore Debuts Fenway Collection

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 21, 2014 12:53 PM

For ultra-passionate Boston Red Sox fans, certain colors can evoke a whole lot of emotion and memories. From the sharp red of the team's "B" logo to the soft green of the famous Green Monster in left field, color is an integral part of the BoSox brand. 

No one understands that more than paint manufacturer Benjamin Moore, which has been supplying paint to Fenway Park for the last 12 years. Looking to take their relationship to the next level, Benjamin Moore has debuted a limited-edition collection of Red Sox-inspired paint, including “Boston Red,” “Baseline White,” “Foul Pole Yellow,” and, of course, “Green Monster,” according to the Boston Globe.Continue reading...

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