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Ryder Cup Seals Deal with First World Sponsor

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 26, 2013 01:07 PM

World War II and 9/11 are the only things that have kept the best European and American golfers from squaring off against each other every two years since the late 1920s in the Ryder Cup.

Though it has such big names as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie involved and been around for 85 years, the Ryder Cup has never had a worldwide sponsor—until now.

Scotland’s Standard Life Investments has signed on to fill that spot for the next two Cups, Reuters reports. "This announcement follows the launch of the unified Ryder Cup global brand identity and the stated aim of Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA of America to secure global partnerships going forward," said Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of the PGA of America. The tournament is one of the sport's biggest, reaching up to 500 million daily TV viewers in 183 countries. Continue reading...

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Tropicana's Trop50 Adds Tea to Fruit Juice Line

Posted by Dale Buss on April 27, 2012 11:28 AM

Tropicana's low-cal Trop50 brand has been on a roll lately, and the company is trying to extend this hot sub-brand by invading another segment of the beverage market instead of sticking with juices.

Trop50 Juice with Tea is a fruit-juice and tea mix with "50% less sugar and calories" than regular juice, combining fruit juices with white and green teas, in three flavors. Additionally, Tropicana is introducing a new variety of "regular" Trop50, Red Orange, which provides a full day's supply of vitamin C, and a dose of potassium to boot.

PepsiCo is supporting Trop50 with new TV spots that extend its "Girlfriends" TV campaign starring Jane Krakowski that debuted in Canada.Continue reading...

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Move Over, Tiger: Arnold Palmer's Personal Brand on the Upswing

Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2011 03:07 PM

Back in the day, you didn't need to hear a last name to know who "Arnie" was any more than you now need one to know who "Tiger" is.

But these days, nearly six decades after a young Pennsylvanian named Arnold Palmer stormed to his first major victory in the 1955 Canadian Open, arguably even more Americans know who he is and have some idea of his engaging, larger-than-life persona. Now, that's personal branding with longevity.

Even as the young-golfer phenom, Woods, begins to restore a brand that he badly tarnished — Palmer, at 82, remains not only relevant to consumers but about to embark on an overhaul of his brand and associated properties to make him even more relevant to today.

"We're at a crucial point in Mr. Palmer's career," Cori Britt, VP of Arnold Palmer Enterprises, told Ad Age. "We're looking forward to ensuring the Arnold Palmer brand is positioned for success 20, 30, 40, 50 years from now."Continue reading...

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In the News: Tiger Woods, Super Bowl, Samsung & more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 5, 2011 09:02 AM

In the News

Arnold Palmer re-brands for a generation who never knew the golfing legend.

Audiovox rebrands to Voxx International.

BlackBerry-maker RIM warns about profit outlook.

BMW and Mercedes-Benz race to the wire for 2011 luxury-sales crown in U.S.

Boeing takes its Dreamliner on a "world tour."

Chick-fil-A spat with t-shirt maker hits the New York Times.

Corona brings beach experience to London.Continue reading...

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Is Tiger Woods' Star Rising?

Posted by Barry Silverstein on June 17, 2010 02:30 PM

Today, Tiger Woods returns from a recent physical injury to begin play in the U.S. Open. Will he also be returning from the injury done to his reputation?

A recent ranking of sports personalities suggests his star is indeed tarnished. Sports Q Scores, which ranks the popularity of sports personalities, puts his score at 30, or 14 points lower than his score before the much-publicized scandal about his extra-marital escapades hit the news. Woods used to be ranked as the top professional athlete in the world, but no longer. While he ranks the highest among active golfers, he now trails Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus.

Nevertheless, the disgraced golfer hasn't lost his commercial appeal, including starring in a new ad for EA Sports to pitch the Tiger Woods PGA Tour 11 video game.Continue reading...

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