what girls want
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 15, 2013 10:01 AM
With a pink elevator, hot tub and spa, pink granite countertops and only three walls, Malibu's most famous resident is finally putting her house on the market. That's right: for a cool $25 million, Barbie's Malibu Dreamhouse in the 90265 zipcode can be yours.
It's being "sold" via a listing on Trulia—"The only house in Malibu with a truly unobstructed view of the ocean (after all, it only has three walls)—and a celebrity real estate agent in Bravo's "Million Dollar Listing: Los Angeles" cast member Josh Altman. It's all part of an effort by the iconic toy company to highlight the doll's revamped image and new playset, set to be released for the 2013 holiday shopping season.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 17, 2013 01:20 PM
Meet Drew Barrymore, the expanding solo retail brand.
The 37-year-old actress, who has spent her lifetime performing, announced this week that she has undertaken lines of wine and cosmetics.
"I just want to do the things that you actually do in life, which is drink wine and play with makeup," she told OK! magazine in an interview posted Thursday. "It took years... to make both of these brands."
Barrymore Wine, which launched itself with a Pinot Grigio, was created to honor her family, she said on the label's website. In promotional copy highlighted by Buzzfeed, she pokes fun at "Real Housewives of New York" star Ramona Singer, who has also launched a Pinot Grigio: “Move over Ramona Singer, you’re so yesterday’s news… let the “Real” Stars, not reality stars, show you how to drink Pinot Grigio!”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 09:06 AM
Aston Martin draws bids.
ConAgra to buy Ralcorp in huge packaged-foods deal.
Nintendo sells out Wii U in first week in US.
Adidas features celebs including Snoop Lion, other celebrities in Ebenezer Scrooge holiday campaign.
Airbus jabs Boeing with "Pinocchio nose" in ad campaign.
Barnes & Noble updates holiday wish lists via Nook campaign.
Bombardier signs largest-ever deal, with VistaJet.
Ericsson files patent claim against Samsung.
Mario Batali expands restaurant empire to Boston.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 1, 2012 01:16 PM
Here's to the many brands that have been stepping up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation on the U.S., providing everything from money to food to power and their employees, products and services to help disaster relief efforts. A partial list of charitable first-responders follows (and if we miss any, please let us know in the comments):
AT&T will extend late-payment windows for wireless and wireline customers, waive late payment fees and not disconnect services because of non-payment, and in an unprecedented open-network arrangement with T-Mobile, will enable roaming to customers of both companies in the impacted areas. AT&T wireless customers can make a $10 donation (up to $50) for Hurricane Sandy relief by texting to relief organizations. AT&T and T-Mobile also joined forces on a wireless roaming agreement, while Verizon Wireless is offering free charging for all cellphones.Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Dale Buss on October 5, 2012 03:33 PM
Yes, making gains at breakfast is nice. So is the fact that nobody talks about the hit job on Taco Bell's beef from a while back. But now the Yum! Brands stalwart is finally getting the kind of feedback that brand stewards really have been craving all along: Americans are mentioning "Taco Bell" in the same jalapeno-laced breath as "Chipotle." Thanks largely to the Cantina Bell menu that it introduced in July, Taco Bell perceptions are climbing among American consumers, according to new research by the YouGov BrandIndex.
Created by celebrity chef Lorena Garcia — featured on the recent season of Top Chef Masters on Bravo, which hyped her Taco Bell tie-in during commercial breaks —the chain's new Cantina Bell menu brings eight new ingredients to Taco Bell including whole black beans, cilantro rice and fire-roasted corn salsa — exactly the sorts of staples that have garnered Chipotle's fresh-Mex menu such high regard. Garcia even recently visited fields in California to show where and how Taco Bells gets its cilantro.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 28, 2012 08:47 AM
5-Hour Energy and other energy-drink makers face New York state probe over ingredients and marketing.
Amazon reshapes computing with its cloud power.
Apple moves post-ruling efforts toward banning some Samsung phones from U.S. market as Korean company vows to fight, and Google looks at implications of case for its own business.
Avis drops "We Try Harder" tagline after 50 years in favor of "It's Your Space."
Axe enlists Jim Henson's shop to help with latest campaign.
Best Buy board steps to the side so founder can proceed with effort to take over company.
Boeing adds third line for Dreamliner assembly.
Bravo plans to launch another Top Chef spinoff.
Chevron marshals cash as investors wonder what energy company will do with it.
Disney sails through summer behind long-term plans.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 19, 2012 10:09 AM
A lot has changed since Project Runway debuted 10 seasons ago on Bravo. For a start, it's no longer on Bravo — and TV is no longer a one-way, passive experience but more about hybrid TV/social viewing these days, of course. So P.R.'s TV home, US women's cabler Lifetime, is leveraging visual social platforms Pinterest, Instagram, Piictu and Viddy ahead of the 10th season debut on July 19.
While still maintaining Facebook and Twitter marketing, Lifetime's "Make it Work" season launch campaign — a reference to P.R. mentor Tim Gunn's catchphrase — asks viewers “to share images and videos that inspire fans to showcase their fashion choices and encourage armchair designers nationwide to share their style" to spur buzz and tune-in.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 5, 2012 08:58 AM
Amazon dinged for dodging U.K. taxes.
AOL revamps and sees Arianna Huffington gain more control.
Bravo looks to first original scripted series.
Burger King sees Mary J. Blige weigh in on ad controversy as new investor talks tough about McDonald's.
Chrysler got legal shield on old models in Chapter 11 process, newspaper says.
Courtyard contrasts travel hassles with comforts in new campaign.
Ford plans to boost production in China as GM sees China sales climb.
Fox News hires Santita Jackson, daughter of Jesse Jackson, as contributor.Continue reading...