Best Global Green Brands 2014

branding trends

Even Kanye Knows That the Key to Brand Advertising Success is Content

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 17, 2014 07:22 PM

The old Cannes is still on display; but while greying stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Mel Gibson and Harrison Ford were riding a tank into Cannes to promote the third installment of their blow-it-up series The Expendables, the young bucks were talking about branded content.

Most outspoken about the future of brands and messaging was—surprise, surprise—Kanye West.

In addition to offering to remake Instagram, West called out Samsung and BlackBerry for naming Alicia Keys "creative director." He also talked up Beats and praised Apple for its acquisition. But while West may have been most blunt, his message was in line with the rest of the Cannes community: the world needs more (and better) branded content.Continue reading...

brand strategy

5 Questions with Coldwell Banker's David Marine, VP Brand Engagement

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 17, 2014 03:56 PM

Today, Coldwell Banker kicked off its latest branded content partnership with BuzzFeed, where the real estate brand will be sponsoring content like “15 Things That Happen When Your Parents Sell Your Childhood Home,” and “74 Thoughts Everyone Has When Buying Their First Home."

The partnership follows the brand's recent tie-up with Major League Baseball in a sponsored video series, Coldwell Banker Home Field Advantage, that follows baseball greats into their homes, as well as the brand's own film festival, which helped engage consumers around the world as they hopes to capture the meaning of "home." 

With content increasingly becoming the "it" platform for advertising, Coldwell Banker's VP of brand engagement, David Marine, gave brandchannel a look into the brand's marketing strategy.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Cannes Day 2, GM Passes 20M Recalls and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 17, 2014 08:52 AM

In day two of Cannes Lions festival, Yahoo pitches Tumblr to creatives in pitch as Pinterest unveils first ad.

GM blames engineer for faulty ignition switches as recalls pass 20 million vehicles with latest round.

American Express ramps up pursuit of the masses.

Apple settles e-book price-fixing suit, prepares to unleash more emojis.

AT&T will exclusively carry Amazon's smartphone, according to WSJ.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Coldwell Banker partners with near-billionaire BuzzFeed for native advertising.

Delta apologizes for World Cup USA win tweet.

Dr. Oz scolded at hearing over ties to weight loss scams.

Facebook challenges brand marketers as Slingshot app takes on Snapchat.Continue reading...

branded entertainment

Branded Content Watch: Dear Kittens of the World Cup

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 13, 2014 01:07 PM

After clocking five million views in four days, Buzzfeed's low-budget commercial for Purina has passed more than 10 million views in the week since it was posted on June 5th. Credit the faux Morgan Freeman narration and wit of web wag Ze Frank, who happens to be EVP of video for Buzzfeed. (Purina, meanwhile, is about to ramp up the amount of branded content on its Petcentric YouTube channel.) Watch "Dear Kitten" (again... and again) below, along with this week's other noteworthy branded content efforts:Continue reading...

creative snack

YouTube Streams Cannes Lions For You: First Up, @SirPatStew and @JoelL

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 12, 2014 11:02 AM

Is a glass of rosé on La Croissette not in your immediate future? You can still virtually participate in the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity via daily free streamed sessions on the Cannes Lions TV web channel.

The first streaming session, on Sunday, is a must for anyone who cares about branding and storytelling. It will feature Twitter's global VP of brand strategy, Joel Lunenfeld, in conversation with the twitterary Sir Patrick Stewart on how real-time storytelling is changing the definition of who and what is creative. Updated: watch below—Continue reading...

media brands

Time Inc. Sets Out On Its Own as Time Warner Eyes a Slice of VICE

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 9, 2014 04:17 PM

As the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange rang this morning, 91-year-old publishing juggernaut Time Inc. officially made its public debut after a contentious and lengthy spin-off process from corporate parent, Time Warner Inc., which may be looking to get younger and hipper by buying a piece of a younger media empire: VICE.

In what will be a very public test of the print industry in a world overtaken by digital players like Vox and BuzzFeed, Time Inc. is now the only publicly-traded company in the US with just magazines in its portfolio, adding pressure to the digitally-challenged publisher who will now rely solely on its media brands including TIME, Sports Illustrated and People for its future fortunes.

The media company, renowned for an impressive empire that includes more than 70 overseas and 23 domestic magazines, has for the last decade seen revenues fall by 34 percent and cut its operating profit by 59 percent. Overall magazine circulation has dropped 1.4 percent in the second half of 2013 compared to the second half of 2012, according to Audited Media, with paid subscriptions, which account for 90 percent of total circulation, falling flat in the same period.Continue reading...

branded entertainment

Branded Content Watch: World Cup Fever Takes an Entertaining Turn

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 6, 2014 02:02 PM

Samsung's Galaxy of 54 Million Views: As World Cup fever reigns, kudos to FIFA sponsor Samsung for its breakout hit video, #GALAXY11: The Training. The short film, which features footballers Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Landon Donovan and Iker Casillas playing soccer in the world of Tron against early prototypes of Star Wars' droid army (we think), is already closing in on 54 million views in just a two weeks. And will Samsung-sponsored Team England use their new Galaxy phones to recreate the brand's Oscar selfie success? Stay tuned...Continue reading...

social media watch

Super Bowl's Real-Time Battle: JCPenney Mittens vs Budweiser Puppy

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 3, 2014 07:49 PM

Following last year's blackout, which Oreo won hands down in a real-time marketing play hard to replicate, brands this year did all the prep work they could ahead of the Super Bowl to best prepare for that fleeting moment of social opportunity. What they couldn't prepare for, though, was a boring game. 

And so while brands over-touted their hashtags and engaged in banter with fans over their ads, there were bound to be missteps. This year's Super Bowl real-time battle was a "is this account hacked?" face-off between JCPenney and Budweiser.

In an attempt that left many wondering if JCPenney's Twitter account had been hacked (although our editor-in-chief called it), the struggling retailer seeded the stunt with a promotional tweet pushing its Team USA mittens—and then things got weird.Continue reading...

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