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will.i.am Designs for Lexus as Celebrity Creative Director Trend Rolls On

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 1, 2014 06:20 PM

will.i.am is not afraid to share his creative vision with any brand willing to pay to hear his thoughts. The artist formerly known as Michael Adams has previously helped Intel and Coca-Cola shape their creative vision and new products and is now lending himself to Lexus Europe.

Lexus Europe is launching a new Lexus NX model and will.i.am will design his own limited-edition “sharply styled, premium, mid-size SUV” as part of it, according to Marketing Magazine. He’ll also star in the brand's Striking Angles campaign. 

"We’re really excited to be working with will.i.am,” said Alain Uyttenhoven, head of Lexus Europe, Marketing Magazine reports. “His unrivalled passion for design and innovation, coupled with his incredible creativity, makes him the perfect partner for our Lexus NX 'Striking Angles' campaign."

But this isn't the artist's first rodeo with Lexus. Only a month ago, Lexus sponsored Pyramidi, “the debut gallery artwork by will.i.am,” according to The Auto Channel. The artwork was displayed at a gallery in London and “explores the interface between analogue and digital music in a live gallery experience featuring project-mapped visuals accompanied by a new song composed by will.i.am.”Continue reading...

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From Kim K to Karl Lagerfeld, Celebrities are Cashing In on Branded Products

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 24, 2014 03:55 PM

It’s not enough to just be a superstar these days, with millions of adoring fans and multitudes of followers on social media. Instead, celebrities from all walks of life are turning their personal brands into actual businesses with products and services that you never knew you needed.  

Case in point: Kim Kardashian's blockbuster mobile game “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood.” The Sims-like game is sitting at No. 1 on the iTunes free app chart and reportedly brought in $200 million in the few months that it's been live. Kardashian, according to Forbes, will take home around $85 million of that thanks to her near 50 percent stake in the game. While the game "is ridiculous. It’s laughable. It grates on your nerves after awhile," the Washington Post reports, "it’s nearly impossible to look away.” 

Reflecting the Kardashian brand, now a multimillion-dollar empire, the app lets users achieve various levels of gameplay on their way to becoming an “A-list” celebrity with Kim as a guide. In-app purchases of Kim Coins drive revenue through the roof for the fairly simple app, which has a 5-star rating.Continue reading...

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Want More Mariah and Jay Z? Just Sip and Scan

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 24, 2014 07:20 PM

The world of celebrity-endorsed products knows no bounds. That's why Mariah Carey and Jay Z have teamed up with former Def Jam CEO Kevin Liles on two new, interactive beverages: Butterfly and 40/40. 

The beverage bottles deliver exclusive content to super-fans via the Go N'Syde app. “With Go N’Syde, an artist like Mariah can program this every day. She could say, ‘Hey I just got out of the studio, why don’t you go inside Butterfly with me right now?’ And then you’ll see her studio,” said Liles, now chief creative officer and exclusive Curator of Content for Go N’Syde.

Simply hold a smartphone up to a Go N’Syde bottle and an interactive menu appears, sans bar code or QR code, offering photos, videos, sweepstakes offers and more to fans, much like Lady Gaga tried to do with her community for her "Little Monsters." 

“We’re really creating it so that you get a real Mariah Carey life experience, by scanning the bottle and going inside,” he added. “So when you purchase a bottle you have an antenna into Jay Z or Mariah’s network, and that’s what’s so exciting about it.”Continue reading...

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Apple and Beats: A Match Made in Product Placement Heaven

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 28, 2014 06:03 PM

After a few weeks worth of speculation and one very viral video, Apple officially announced today that it is acquiring Beats Electronics and its streaming music service, Beats Music, for $3 billion—its largest acquisition to date—and is bringing co-founders Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine on board at Apple.

“Music is such an important part of all of our lives and holds a special place within our hearts at Apple,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, in a press release. “That’s why we have kept investing in music and are bringing together these extraordinary teams so we can continue to create the most innovative music products and services in the world.”

Indeed, Apple altered the world of music with its iPod MP3 players and iTunes service—one of the only online music marketplaces widely supported by the music industry. But what many may not know is that Beats co-founder and record label executive Iovine has long played a significant role in the adoption and growth of Apple's music products, including securing product placement deals for Steve Jobs and using his leverage in the entertainment industry to help promote the iPod, as Apple Insider notes.Continue reading...

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Brand Bites: Doritos Brings Lady Gaga to SXSW 2014

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 9, 2014 06:13 PM

Little Monsters will be storming the Doritos #BoldStage at South by SouthWest this week, aka the next generation's Dylan-goes-electric moment.

Forget Grumpy Cat, 3D-printed Oreos and Cronut fever—this year's SXSW meme-tastic moment is happening with a hand from the PepsiCo-owned snack brand, which is bringing pop sensation Lady Gaga to Austin for an "intimate" performance to benefit the singer's Born This Way Foundation.

Of course, this isn't any old branded concert, as Gaga will perform inside a four story vending machine filled with—what else—Doritos bags. Fans will only gain admission to the exclusive concert after accepted a series of "bold challenges" from Doritos.Continue reading...

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Celebrity Parents Net a Win as Media Brands Commit to "No Kids" Photo Policy

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 28, 2014 03:39 PM

Following a grassroots campaign by actors and couple Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, People, Entertainment Tonight, NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Insider, E! News and Just Jared have sworn off publishing paparazzi photos of famous kids—an action that simultaneously invades their parents' privacy and exploits the children. 

Fed up with paparazzi snapping photos of their 11-month-old daughter, the celebrity couple took to social media in January to ask consumers to boycott magazines and media outlets that use "pedorazzi" photos.  

Shepard penned a blog post late last month, saying "We pray that one of the classier weeklies, like People, will enact a no-kids policy, and that they will be rewarded by the consumer for doing so,” Shepard wrote. “And we hope that leads to others following suit." 

Soon enough, Entertainment Tonight stepped forward, followed by People and Just Jared, a celebrity gossip site, and vowed to stop using the photos.Continue reading...

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MilkPEP Ditches Iconic Milk Mustache and "Got Milk?" Tagline

Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 04:47 PM

After nearly 20 years, the milk mustaches were kind of drying up—in their effectiveness, at least. So MilkPEP has finally ditched its iconic "Got Milk?" campaign in favor of a new positioning that pursues the theme du jour for much of the American CPG business these days: protein.

"Milk Life" is the new tagline of advertising for the US Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), which borrowed the "Got Milk?" theme from the California Milk Processor Board and then made it iconic by slapping milk mustaches on hundreds of celebritries, ranging from Frankie Muniz to Heidi Klum, in print ads, billboards and TV commercials.

"We want to make sure that milk is relatable, relevant and meaningful to Americans," said Julia Kadison, interim CEO of MilkPEP, in a statement. "We love that 'Milk Life' has a powerful double meaning: It's about wringing every last drop out of every single moment, and it represents a way of living where milk helps power you to be your best."Continue reading...

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Mila Kunis Makes History with Jim Beam in New Global Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 20, 2014 12:07 PM

It's not often you see a woman shilling for a hard liquor brand, but that's because they aren't Mila Kunis.

The red-hot Hollywood actress, who has starred in films like Black Swan and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and voices the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy, is the new front-woman for Jim Beam in what is the company's largest global marketing campaign in its 219-year history. 

It's also a landmark deal for Kunis, who had never pitched for any other brand in the US. But it turns out that putting up a friendly, female face to promote your brand isn't such a bad idea now that 30 percent of bourbon drinkers are female, up 10 percent from years past. Flavored bourbon, which continues to grow, is consumed evenly across women and men, Ad Age notes.Continue reading...

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