Posted by Tom Shanahan on October 24, 2014 02:12 PM
Wearables, wearables, wearables.
They’re everywhere, yes. And now that Apple’s jumped on board and wearable tech was a all the rage at last month's New York Fashion Week, it’s certain the craze will continue, and perhaps morph from a craze to a way of life.
Technology companies are now expected to build products that seamlessly fit into our lives: make them smaller, give them straps, attach them to faces and so on. But what if you don’t want to look like you’re wearing technology? What if you want the technology, but not at the expense of style?
Luckily, there are a few brands leading the charge, not by building technology first, then thinking of a way to wear it, but about design a great piece of clothing, then creating the technology to go with.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 04:02 PM
Heineken continues to press its advantages as a premier premium beer brand (#95 on Interbrand's new Best Global Brands report) in a world where volume brews continue to fade.
New Heineken US initiatives range from an extension of its #Heineken100 partnerships with American luxury goods designers, to a new long-term deal with US Major League Soccer and greater use of contextualized "native" advertising on mobile.
The #Heineken100 initiative is the most upper-crust by far. The brewer recruited Chris Gibbs, onwer of pioneering retail outpost Union Los Angeles, to identify and work with other tastemakers, defined artisans and creators who "not only embody Heineken's aspirational and metropolitan essence, but are on the cusp of becoming innovators in their industries," said Belen Pamukoff, Heineken's brand director of marketing, in a press release.
For the fifth year of #Heineken100, the three new brand partners are Parabellum, a premium bison leather goods brand; high-end eyewear label GLCO (Garrett Leight California Optical); and RTH, a Los Angeles-based purveyor of re-engineered American surplus apparel, handcrafted housewares, leather portage and Native American jewelry.Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2014 03:48 PM
Plum Organics had been developing a line of fruit and vegetable pouches for adults long before the startup was acquired by Campbell Soup a year ago. Now Emeryville, Calif.-based Plum has introduced Plum Vida, which is being exclusively sold as part of the Made to Matter collection at Target stores.
Co-founder Neil Grimmer has something else in the new product pipeline, slated for next year, that will be a direct result of the relationship between Plum and its parent company, Campbell Soup. Yes, a Plum soup line is in the works.
"It will bring what Plum does best to the soup aisle," Grimmer exclusively told brandchannel. "And it will be clearly leveraging some of [Campbell Soup's] capabilities to do that as well."Continue reading...
brands under fire
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 9, 2014 02:11 PM
Greenpeace has scored another major victory in its savvy social- and content-driven lobbying of brands.
Lego announced today it will not renew its marketing contract with Shell, ending a partnership that dates back to the 1960s.
The environmental activist group targeted the world’s largest toymaker with a petition and a brilliantly-executed campaign: a YouTube video of a pristine Arctic environment, constructed from 265 pounds of Lego bricks and characters, becoming slowly submerged in oil.
Titled "Everything is NOT Awesome" in reference to The Lego Movie's "Everything is Awesome" anthem, the video (which linked to a petition) has garnered nearly 6 million views to date.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 6, 2014 05:13 PM
When it comes to quickly ushering high-value frequent fliers across the tarmac to connecting flights, United Airlines relies on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, while Delta turns to Porsches. Now add American Airlines to the list of air carriers that have a luxury auto partner for these urgent trips at four major US airports: American passengers will be whisked in Cadillacs.
The program to cover the Los Angeles airport, the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and both major airports in New York for American's ultra-high-end ConciergeKey club members is just part of a broad new alliance announced Monday between the GM premium brand and an airline that has been boosting its premium image lately.
Other facets of the relationship, which will expand to other airports, include the display of new Cadillac vehicles in the shopping areas of key American Airlines hubs and the rewarding of 7,500 frequent-flier miles to any AAdvantage member who signs up to test-drive a Cadillac at a dealership.
"There's a lot of alignment" between the two brands, Suzanne Rubin, president of the AAdvantage loyalty program, told brandchannel. "We're thrilled with this partnership that brings two iconic American brands together, both focused on improving the customer experience."Continue reading...
Posted by Elisabeth Dick Oak on September 23, 2014 12:34 PM
Before you even walk into the new Central Perk pop-up at the corner of Lafayette and Broome Streets in New York City, the first thing you notice is the line stretching around the block. On opening day, nearly 1,500 curious New Yorkers and fans from Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Germany and the Philippines queued up to get their Friends fix and gulped 1,060 free cups of Eight O'Clock Coffee.
Once inside, you feel as if you've entered a mini-museum. The walls are plastered with photos. Mannequins model costumes from the show. Glass cases display memorabilia such as Ross's "Science Boy" comic book, Monica's engagement ring and Joey's Soap Opera Digest cover issue.
While the pop-up is not an exact replica of the show's Central Perk coffee shop, guests are invited to get their pic snapped on the original pumpkin-colored couch (was it really that orange?) and even meet actor James Michael Tyler, who played barista Gunther on the show.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on September 23, 2014 11:08 AM
"Apple Plans To Shut Down Beats Music." "Apple denies it is shutting down Beats Music."
Those headlines, from TechCrunch and USA Today respectively, came with hours of one another, proving that even if Apple is not "shutting down" Beats Music, it's sensitive about its role as proud new papa.
It also signals that Apple watchers and Beats fans alike are jumpy, maybe even distrustful, about what the big Apple might have in store for the popular music brand started by Pepsi-endorsed game-changer Dr Dre, whose headphones to streaming music brand arguably has more street cred and cool than Apple's white earbuds and iTunes combined.
Oddly, Dre (the richest hip-hop artist ever thanks to the Apple deal, Forbes announced today) and the Beats brand were mostly MIA during Apple's big iPhone/Apple Watch product reveal earlier this month. And given the subsequent news that Apple is developing a new music format with U2 (linked to Apple by Beats' Jimmy Iovine and a long relationship with Steve Jobs), it could appear that the honeymoon following the $3.2 billion Apple-Beats marriage is over.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on September 19, 2014 06:52 PM
This week in branded content, Funny or Die continues to flex its content muscles as Moroccanoil hopes to inspire everyday consumers with super-duper supermodel Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Check out the latest branded entertainment and brand videos from Volkswagen, Origins, Canon and more after the jump.
The Project: The Way Too Helpful Neighbor (Volkswagen)
The Pitch: What happens when you drive the all-new Volkswagen Golf through a Target store?
The Verdict: There's a branded content arms race going on between Funny or Die and Vice, and as this VW video proves, Funny or Die owns the humor category. Also: nice cameo, Target!Continue reading...