Posted by Dale Buss on February 4, 2015 09:45 AM
Staples buys Office Depot for $6 billion (pending regulatory approval) as Amazon opens first physical store at Purdue, gets knocked off #1 spot on Harris corporate reputation ranker (by Wegmans), launches Kindle app to convert paper books into digital and speculation continues about RadioShack interest.
Alibaba flies drones over Beijing as Amazon pleads for US tests and Yahoo includes small business unit in Alibaba spinoff.
Apple sees first Apple Watch app for Tesla Model S, as speculation flies about electric-car ambitions and interest in street-mapping technology.
Pepsi will launch 100-day "Out of the Blue" campaign at the Grammy Awards.
Under Armour acquires fitness apps to launch "world's largest" digital health community.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 22, 2015 09:19 AM
Super Bowl teasers heat up, as Skittles reveals new ad as Victoria's Secret confirms Big Game spot in Valentine's Day teaser; Carl's Jr. plans to run racy spot in less than half of US; Snickers teases Super Bowl ad; Newcastle Brown Ale milks pre-game buzz with latest Aubrey Plaza spot; Nissan celebrates dads in digital pre-game campaign with YouTube stars; Weight Watchers confirms Super Bowl ad buy; and Bill Gates is guest editor of The Verge, which confirms local Super Bowl ad.
Google readies plans to become a wireless carrier while it hopes to take web directly to billions lacking access and wraps arms around 10% SpaceX stake with Fidelity.
Microsoft opens new era with new Windows 10 and dives into 3D head sets with hologram platform.
Discovery reportedly taking on Murdoch's Sky TV for English soccer rights.
Yahoo enters TV production with Simon Cowell-backed reality series, while tenure of CEO Marissa Mayer may ride on Alibaba investment.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 11, 2014 09:31 AM
Alibaba racks up $2 billion in sales in first hour of 11/11 Singles Day for record-breaking sales tally, mulls Apple Pay tie-up with focus on China.
Google signs long-term NASA lease for aviation and space projects.
Mercedes-Benz expands brand world and introduces new vehicle nomenclature.
Super Bowl sees slightly slower ad buys for NBC as auto marketers tighten belts.
Spotify CEO responds to Taylor Swift boycott as pop star partners with Amex Unstaged on interactive music video app. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 2, 2014 05:12 PM
Bill Gates and Jennifer Lopez have done it. Martha Stewart and Donald Trump have, too. Your friends and neighbors have probably shown off their efforts on social media. Perhaps even you have done it.
“It,” of course, is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, the viral awareness campaign that has raised over $100 million towards research for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
The Challenge, which was briefly the focus of a US Patent and Trademark Office application that has since been pulled, is still going strong on social media channels around the globe, and in turn is inspiring other causes to attempt to adopt viral, "Challenge"-inspired campaigns.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 15, 2014 04:57 PM
It’s an exclusive club and growing every day, but you might ask, what do New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Ethel Kennedy, Justin Timberlake and Martha Stewart all have in common?
They've all accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge, a viral social fundraiser for ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, that is prompting a Who's Who of participants to dump buckets of ice water over their heads in the name of medical research. The social movement, which has benefited the US national ALS Association, asks participants to nominate three others or make a $100 donation to ALS within 24 hours of the nomination. And donating they are.
“If we look at donations Association-wide (which includes national and chapter revenue), our organization has received $9.5 million compared to $1.6 million during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 15)," an ALS Association spokesperson told brandchannel. “From July 29 to August 15, the national office of The ALS Association has received $6.7 million compared with $34,800 in donations during the same time period last year. These donations have come from existing donors and 184,812 new donors to The Association.”Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on May 16, 2014 01:23 PM
A is for Apple, B is for Buzz Marketing, C is for Captain America 2: With the departure of product placement legend Suzanne Lindbergh, who joined Jawbone last year and just signed on as global VP of buzz marketing at AOL, Apple has posted a job opening to take over some of those duties as Buzz Marketing Manager. Duties include "Build and maintain relationships with high-profile influencers" and "work with the creative side of film & TV to place Apple products." Such as arranging opportunities like the Apple Store scene in recent hit film Captain America 2 (above).
Have your Chipotle with Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison or Michael Lewis: In its new campaign, cups and bags at the chain will feature short stories by famous authors so you can feed your mind with great writing while eating. Crazier still, the whole thing was the idea of Chipotle fan and best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 10, 2014 07:41 PM
Sir Richard Branson plans to turn his love affair with the Caribbean into an uber-plan to help other tropical destinations generate power from wind and solar energy instead of diesel.
With plans to use his two personal islands as examples of how it can be done, Branson, the founder and CEO of Virgin, hosted 12 governments and five prime ministers, along with bankers and investors on Necker (or "Island Zero") and Moskito island to hear plans of how to "green" the Caribbean one island at a time. Necker and Moskito will be 75 to 80 percent converted to renewable energy as working models for the other islands, and expertise from US energy think tank the Rocky Mountain Institute and Branson's green business group, Carbon War Room, will provide assistance and the blueprint.
So far, Branson's "Ten Island Challenge," a friendly competition to see which island can scale clean technology fastest has gained the commitments of eight countries: St. Lucia, the British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, Grenada, Turks & Caicos, Dominica, Columbia for the islands of Providencia and San Andres, and Aruba. In addition to the country-based improvement projects, other, more specific projects will be supported by private-sector loans from the US government of up to $250 million.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2014 09:12 AM
Coca-Cola teams with Green Mountain for home soda-making systems.
Aston Martin recalls 75 percent of cars made since 2007.
Sony slashes outlook and puts Vaio PC brand on block.
CBS wins rights for new Thursday night football package.
GM posts fourth straight profitable year since bankruptcy.
ADT addresses security anxieties.
Apple is hit with $2 billion cellular patent claim in Germany.
Buffalo Wild Wings capitalizes on lower chicken-wing prices.
GlaxoSmithkline returns to growth despite China problems.
Google dodges EU $5 billion anti-trust fine.Continue reading...