Posted by Shirley Brady on March 25, 2015 01:27 PM
One Direction has confirmed on Facebook the rumors that Zayn Malik (lower right, above) is quitting the band, leaving the four remaining members to carry on, as they intend to do. (Teens and other fans are mourning his exit on social media with the hashtag #ByeZayn if you want to join in.)
Malik not only leaves one of the world's biggest bands but also his cut of earnings, which Forbes estimates raked in $75 million last year alone, helped by a top 10 bestselling album, Four, and a slew of endorsement deals with brands.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 10, 2014 09:31 AM
Apple, under pressure to innovate, unveils iPhone 6 phones, Apple Pay mobile service and fitness-monitoring Apple Watch as brand gets "a little goofy" in first iPhone 6 ads and moves cautiously on data-sharing with Apple Pay, and Walgreen and a slew of merchants sign up and financial brands including Visa support it. Verizon and Sprint are already offering iPhone 6 discounts, while OK Go accuses Apple of ripping off its video for its launch teaser above.
Nike officially drops Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice following domestic violence scandal. NFL, meanwhile, still scores big on television but faces questions about female fans in wake of Rice incident and possible action by regulators to scrap blackouts.
Ferrari chief quits following stand-off with Fiat Chrysler head Marchionne.
Microsoft nears deal to buy Minecraft-maker Mojang.
Target narrows its bullseye with emphasis on signature products as The Home Depot joins the data breach club.
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Alibaba ventures into mobile games in search for new growth areas.
Audi plans to unveil self-driving system.
BMW pushes off decision whether to build electric MINI.
Clorox-owned Burt's Bees celebrates 30th birthday with Burt.
Colgate recruits actress Danica McKellar for smile promotion.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 14, 2014 09:32 AM
AT&T slashes prices on iPads, expands ultrafast GigaPower broadband to Dallas.
Cisco plans to cut 6,000 jobs.
GE talks with Electrolux and Quirky about selling home-appliance unit.
Colgate's use of triclosan in Total sparks debate.
T-Mobile CFO calls Iliad offer "inadequate."
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Applebee's teases new burgers with digital campaign.
Burger King drops "Satisfries."
Buzzfeed explains new business model.
Comcast experiments with marathoning TV shows.
Discovery sees debunking Shark Week become a cottage industry.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 11, 2014 09:16 AM
Amazon halts some movie preorders in dispute with Disney.
GlaxoSmithKline nears clinical trial of ebola vaccine.
McDonald's reported worst monthly sales results in more than a decade as China meat scare whacks results.
Microsoft reignites Mac vs. PC debate in new Surface Pro 3 ad campaign.
NASCAR and sponsors grapple with Tony Stewart weekend tragedy.
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adidas faces uphill battle for cool with Nike, which sees Rory McIlroy build acclaim (and justify brand's $200 million bet) with thrilling PGA Open win.
Alibaba cleans up "gray market" for brand-owners including Kering.
Annie's is energized by frozen-food launches.
Apple's Apple University design academy revealed in rare profile.
Aunt Jemima heirs file $2 billion suit against PepsiCo and Quaker Oats.
Bear Grylls backs down in trademark tussle with knife-maker.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 12, 2013 09:31 AM
The Daily Beast loses Tina Brown.
Mondelez strikes unique deal with Twitter for in-house experts.
Pandora names new CEO.
AT&T slammed for 9/11 tweet.
Aetna takes stand for health-cost reform.
Apple sees investors slam its "low-end" strategy as Google patent suit may get new life.
BlackBerry sees service business targeted by rivals.
Boston Market opens first new restaurant in seven years.
Chipotle targets "Big Food" with brand documentary.
Colgate campaign says "there's something in your Tweet."
Facebook gets stronger engagement on mobile than on PCs as FTC probes company on privacy issues.
Gorilla Glue branches out with first national TV ad campaign.
Hilton files for IPO of up to $1.25 billion.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 9, 2013 01:19 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Louis Vuitton the butt of a joke… Infant formula market goes bonkers… Price fixing… Heatwave hits sales… Sanofi bribery… Colgate counterfeiting… WeChat juggernaut... The "fapioa" nation… Tesla fights trolls... Ford apps… BMW recall… and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 16, 2013 11:52 AM
The much-hyped Colgate Electric ToothBrush Swap launched in London's Waterloo Train Station last week, promising to exchange an old electric toothbrush for the brand's new ProClinical A1500 product, worth £170 ($256).
However, by 5am, hundreds had crowded into the rail station, toothbrushes in hand, clamboring for the freebie. To the dismay of plenty, the brand's supply of 750 new brushes was depleted by 7am, causing chaos at the station and a full-blown PR nightmare for Colgate.
Colgate severely misjudged the number of people, resulting in consumers and Rail officials calling the PR stunt a "fiasco" and "mayhem," the Mirror reports. Moneysavingexpert.com founder Martin Lewis said, “Colgate bit off more than it could chew with this poorly planned promotion.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 4, 2013 10:15 AM
Flag waving will come naturally this Fourth of July week for many Americans—and even for some American brands. Jeep and Hershey topped the list of "most patriotic brands" in the US in a new survey covering 197 famous brand names in 35 categories.
Brand Keys surveyed 4,500 consumers about the topic. "As marketers traditionally operate on the Independence Day theory that a patriotic, flag-waving call-to-emotion will motivate consumers to behave more positively toward their brands, we wanted to see which brands actually led when it came to that particular value," said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, in a statement.
Jeep made a natural No. 1, with its founding association with helping American forces win World War II, its progress as the original lifestyle-SUV brand in the Eighties and its ability to survive all sorts of changes in corporate ownership to remain a vital marque today.Continue reading...