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Flipping for Ginger Brew: 5 Questions with Reed’s Inc. CEO Chris Reed

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2014 06:21 PM

His crunchy but business-like persona has characterized Reed’s Inc. from the start. But now pony-tailed Founder and CEO Chris Reed is taking it to the next level by starring in the company’s first national TV campaign along with his leading product, Reed’s Ginger Brew, America’s best-selling natural soda.

Carbonated soft drinks with natural heritages have come in from the fringes during the last few years, providing one of the few sources of growth in the sugary fizz-water industry while mainstream brands such as Coke and Pepsi continue to slide.

And Reed’s, which counts Snoop Dog as a major fan, has been there to propel much of that growth. Reed started the Los Angeles-based company in 1987 after going to the UCLA library and researching wholesome, even therapeutic recipes for soft drinks and found recipes from the 1780s for drinks made from ginger and other roots. Reed’s has since diversified into other natural drinks ranging from Virgil’s Root Beer to the Reed's Culture Club Kombucha beverage, a category that is something of an acquired taste.

As the Reed's Ginger Brew campaign kicked off on national US cable networks, Reed talked with brandchannel.Continue reading...

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IKEA: A Brand That Knows How to Connect with Content

Posted by Tori Miner on July 24, 2014 05:06 PM

At its core, the IKEA brand is all about experience. From showrooms to social media, the brand conveys a deep understanding of how people live and a commitment to helping them better their everyday life. Ever the retail innovator, IKEA brings its creativity to life through original content and branded experiences designed to build stronger connections with their consumers around the world.

Its flagship content effort is available online today—its iconic catalog. The 2015 catalog is available in 32 languages, 67 printed editions, and 46 countries and territories, and its most sustainable publication to date. According to a press release, it's the largest print production ever to be printed on 100 percent FSC-certified paper, "from forest to printer."

With the theme of “Where the Everyday Begins and Ends,” the 2015 catalog app for iOS and Android devices includes extended content such as shareable DIY videos, 360° views of entire rooms, and a “Place in Your Room” feature where users can select from over 300 IKEA products and virtually place them in their own homes.Continue reading...

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From Kim K to Karl Lagerfeld, Celebrities are Cashing In on Branded Products

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2014 03:55 PM

It’s not enough to just be a superstar these days, with millions of adoring fans and multitudes of followers on social media. Instead, celebrities from all walks of life are turning their personal brands into actual businesses with products and services that you never knew you needed.  

Case in point: Kim Kardashian's blockbuster mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The Sims-like game is sitting at No. 1 on the iTunes free app chart and reportedly brought in $200 million in the few months that it's been live. Kardashian, according to Forbes, will take home around $85 million of that thanks to her near 50 percent stake in the game. While the game "is ridiculous. It’s laughable. It grates on your nerves after awhile," the Washington Post reports, "it’s nearly impossible to look away.” 

Reflecting the Kardashian brand, now a multimillion-dollar empire, the app lets users achieve various levels of gameplay on their way to becoming an “A-list” celebrity with Kim as a guide. In-app purchases of Kim Coins drive revenue through the roof for the fairly simple app, which has a 5-star rating.Continue reading...

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Small Box: Target, Walmart Invest in Smaller Stores in Attempt to Goose Sales

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 24, 2014 01:46 PM

Two of America’s largest retailers are facing some big problems. Both Target and Walmart are seeing increasing competition from not only each other, but smaller, more nimble retailers and online giants like Amazon that are challenging the big-box retailers on every level.

Target, for one, is still working on recovering from its holiday-season data breach. Of course, the problem existed way before the data breach. Foot traffic in the stores has fallen for six straight quarters, which is likely part of the reason it is putting a lot of effort into making its digital presence stronger.

With a hard focus on younger consumers, Target has launched several initiatives including the debut of its first TargetExpress store on the campus of the University of Minnesota. According to MediaPost, the store is “just 15 percent of the size of its typical store” and is “heavy on beauty, electronics and convenience food.” 

“This is an exciting opportunity to test and learn as we continue exploring new ways to meet our guests’ needs and exceed their expectations,” said John Griffith, EVP of property development, in a press release. “Our focus is on ensuring the Target shopping experience is available when, where and how guests want it.”Continue reading...

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For Retail Brands, a Blend of In-Store and Online Can Get the Sale

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on July 24, 2014 11:41 AM

Retail is ripe for innovation, but are consumers really hungry for it? The latest Omnichannel Shopping Preferences study from A.T. Kearney seeks to answer that, but the findings may surprise the droves of brands making huge investments in digital commerce. 

The survey of 2,500 US shoppers found that physical retail stores play a crucial role in online purchasing habits, with 55 percent of shoppers preferring to use both physical stores and online retail throughout the shopping journey. 

The study makes for an even greater argument for omnichannel retail. "A strategy based on leveraging the appeal of the physical store supported by digital is the best formula for capturing the maximum number of sales, building sustainable customer loyalty, and creating opportunities to cross-sell," study co-author Michael Brown said

While online-only brands like Birchbox continue to experiment with physical retail spaces, traditional retail brands are also finding fun, innovative ways to combine the ease of online shopping with the brand experience of brick-and-mortar.Continue reading...

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With DLT Craze Waning, Taco Bell Turns to Breakfast and Protein to Goose Sales

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2014 10:39 AM

Taco Bell is struggling with slow growth for the first time in a couple of years as the craze over its Doritos Locos Taco has petered out. Despite efforts to recharge the DLT brand with new iterations and even venturing into breakfast, Taco Bell has failed to keep sales on an upward trend. 

The start of 2014 was the first quarter since 2012 in which the Yum! Brands-owned chain saw negative same-store sales, putting Taco Bell back in the same boat with most other struggling fast-food operators like McDonald's. 

It seems like just yesterday that when Taco Bell launched a new flavor of DLT, the world—encouraged by the brand’s effective use of social media—seemed to go nuts, with DLTs, the chain's best selling product ever, seriously goosing sales.Continue reading...

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Brand News: GM, Foursquare, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2014 09:15 AM


GM quarterly profit plunges on recall costs as company sets aside $400 million for victims and recalls 718,000 more vehicles.

American Apparel names a new board, minus CEO Dov Charney.

Foursquare debuts new visual identity, redesigned app. 

Target aims at GenY with its test of smaller TargetExpress stores.

Facebook revenue soars on mobile ads. 


Air Algerie flight missing with 116 on board reportedly crashes.

Amazon debuts self-serve ad tool. 

American and United Airlines post stronger profits.

Boeing agrees to sell plane parts to Iran.

Domino’s credits digital strategy for sales growth.

Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne quashes talk of tie-up with Volkswagen.

Fifty Shades of Grey trailer arrives online.Continue reading...

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With Product Guy at the Helm, Lincoln's Luxury Lineup Could See Boost

Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2014 05:38 PM

Ford has been making noise about reviving the Lincoln brand for a few years now, but it took a change at the top, from Alan Mulally to new CEO Mark Fields, for the company to get really serious about it.

Fields, who took the helm on July 1, just named a new executive to oversee Lincoln and has been touting his plans for the underutilized luxury brand as he took over for the retired Mulally earlier this month. Reports have come out suggesting that Mulally never warmed up to the Lincoln brand even late in his tenure and was willing to let it die as so many other venerable auto brands have done in the last several years, including Pontiac, Plymouth and Ford's own Mercury.

Fields' appointment of Kumar Galhotra, who formerly headed up engineering for Ford, as the new president of Lincoln signifies a promising change in the thinking around the luxury brand, which was previously led by Jim Farley, who was and will remain Ford's CMO.Continue reading...

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