Posted by Shirley Brady on February 16, 2015 09:31 AM
Apple improves iMessage and FaceTime security following hack as electric car news trickles out, Jony Ive is profiled in The New Yorker and Apple Pay earns the White House seal of approval.
LG releases luxury smartwatch (the Urbane, above) with Android ahead of Mobile World Congress as brand takes Samsung spat to YouTube.
Amazon drone air delivery plan faces setback with FAA move to regulate space.
Hershey faces backlash for move to ban UK-made Cadbury chocolates in the US.
adidas gets endorsement from Pharrell Williams in midst of Kanye West New York Fashion Week hype.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 2, 2014 02:12 PM
Companies are not only active as arts patrons, they're innovating in ways that speak to their brands' DNA. New campaigns by TD Bank and Absolut show how brands from diverse sectors are using art in a fresh way to engage and inspire consumers, especially those who value culture and corporate citizenship.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2014 09:35 AM
General Mills sees profits drop 25 percent on decline in US sales.
Subway deploys mobile payments to all 26,000 US locations in partnership with Softcard, the mobile wallet formerly known as Isis.
Sony warns of $2 billion loss and trims mobile unit.
NFL lobbied to meet with women's activists as sponsors face protests and weigh pulling out, and the Minnesota Vikings switch course and bar Adrian Peterson. (Update: Nike has dropped its sponsorship of Peterson.)
Scotland's looming independence vote prompts Richard Branson and other business leaders to make contingency plans.
MORE BRAND NEWS
Absolut licenses Andy Warhol images for holiday campaign.
Adobe helps bring 3D-printed shoe to life.
Airbus sells some defense businesses.
Allstate hosts college-football Twitter challenge.
ALS Association tries to avoid pitfalls after monetary success of Ice Bucket Challenge.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 11, 2014 05:38 PM
Read All About It: Advertised Alcohol Brands are Favorites Among Underage Drinkers
When it comes to consuming alcohol, underage drinkers don’t have a lot of imagination. According to a new report in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, young consumers tend to drink the alcohol that is seen most in advertisements.
The 25 brands most popular with those under 21, such as Bud Light, Smirnoff and Jack Daniel’s, also happen to be more likely to advertise in magazines that are read by that age group.
“We've got at least 14 long-term studies that have looked at young people's exposure to alcohol advertising and found that the more exposed they are the more likely that they are to start drinking or if already drinking, to drink more,” David Jernigan, the study's senior author, told Reuters Health.
The link exists despite advertising regulations that barr alcohol brands from advertising in print media whose underage readership accounts for more than 30 percent of readers.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 3, 2014 09:39 AM
USA soccer loss to Belgium (see McDonald's Fry Futbol highlights above) nets second-highest World Cup audience
Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle trademark dispute.
Apple sued for trademark infringement in China.
Big 12 conference unveils new logo.
BP loses bid to trademark the color green.
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American Apparel ousted CEO strikes investment deal.
Campbell Soup Company focuses on creating "food memories."
Dell opens center for selfie improvement.
Fab launches Hem sub-brand for customizable home furnishings.
Globe & Mail journalists strike over advertorial push.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2014 07:52 PM
Bud Unveils Rise as One World Cup Campaign
World Cup soccer can be pretty divisive. In fact, professional soccer fans are some of the most rowdy in the sports world, with some groups of fans even being banned from attending World Cup games.
But Budweiser, the official beer sponsor of the Cup in Brazil this summer, wants to instead focus on how soccer brings people together through its Rise As One campaign, which will run from March through July. The unique campaign will attract even more attention because it is in black and white.
"Budweiser has purposely taken the color out of it to just focus on the people and their emotion,” said Jennifer Anton, Budweiser UK marketing manager. "In a sea of color, you will see a black and white campaign which is very unusual. Budweiser will stand out with this."
Along with the campaign, Budweiser will launch a Budlocator app that allows consumers to locate the nearest bars or eateries that serve Bud’s products. A limited-edition gold aluminum bottle featuring the World Cup trophy has also been released to celebrate the upcoming tournament.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 10, 2014 08:20 PM
Absolut Drops the Vodka
General alcohol categories are no longer a good look for Pernod Ricard's Absolut. The vodka brand is in fact dropping the word 'vodka' from all of its marketing, though it will still use the label on its bottles.
According to Marketing Week, the "refreshed identity" will be rolled out in the coming months in hopes to “simplify, unify and amplify the brand’s messaging platforms," in a way that makes only knowing the "Absolut" name necessary for distinction among other alcohol brands.
Sure thing, Pernod.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2013 06:37 PM
Heineken Teams Up with Marc Newson
Home brewers are no longer a tiny niche market of experimental adventurers. The group keeps growing, particularly as the craft-beer movement continues to put its dent into the bottom lines of major beer purveyors.
And Heineken is getting in on the action. It has teamed up with design god Marc Newson and Krups to create what a company release calls “a sleek, stylish draught beer lifestyle appliance” called The Sub. The machine comes with a 2-liter keg that allows consumers to craft “perfect quality, super chilled beers” such as Heineken, Affligem, Desperados, and Birra Moretti Baffo d'Oro in their own homes. Seasonal beers will also be available.
The Sub will first be found in France and Italy in 2014 and be rolled out to other markets throughout the year. Newson-designed extras such as a full serving case, glassware, mats, and a skimmer are optional accessories. Heineken is calling it “the future of beer,” but consumers might just call it “convenient.”Continue reading...