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Brand News: Sony, McRib, Gucci and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 12, 2014 09:26 AM

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TOP STORIES

Sony hack offends comedian Kevin Hart and President Obama (not to mention Angelina Jolie) as controversial film premieres, while company readies for PlayStation battle in China and life after game consoles.

McDonald's brings back the McRib on New Year's Even—to the UK.

Gucci CEO and creative director/girlfriend leave struggling brand.

Uber sells minority stake to China's Baidu.

SeaWorld CEO steps down in wake of Blackfish documentary backlash. Continue reading...

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Campaign Watch: New Ads From Lexus, Coors Light, Toyota and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 4, 2014 07:14 PM

Lexus is promoting its RC 350 sport coupe and RC F performance coupe with a new campaign that "mirrors the story of the coupe itself—which was built from a blank canvas, unconstrained by existing designs and convention—and is centered on the theme of shattering limits."

Two new U.S. TV spots—"Face Off," starring actor Wes Bentley and directed by Sophie Muller and "From Road to Race Circuit" for the RC F—will be joined by a trio of spots targeting specific audience segments: "Flex Your Drive" for African Americans, "Shatter" for LGBT consumers and "Control Power," which targets Latinos. 

Other elements include a custom Lexus RC Flipboard magazine curating content from Esquire and Bon Appétit; a branded content partnership with Engadget and AOL called Your Brain on the RC F that will demonstrate "the science and technology behind the adrenaline rush associated with driving the RC F."Continue reading...

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Brand News: GM, Gap, T-Mobile and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 22, 2014 09:33 AM

TOP STORIES

GM sees its lawyers come under scrutiny in fed probe of recalls and cuts output in Russia as market slump continues.

Gap plans to open in India.

Ice Bucket Challenge yields $41 million so far for ALS research.

Sears burns through cash and eyes balance-sheet help.

Sprint and T-Mobile go at it in price war.

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Al Jazeera made Al Gore hesitant before sale of Current TV.

Chick-fil-A tests chicken-and-waffles breakfast.

Cinnabon readies Bon Bake Shop test.

Comcast bundles pay TV with campus housing.

Coors Light UK pays Jean Claude Van Damme to attack a block of ice in latest campaign.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Google and Barnes & Noble, Chrysler, Budweiser and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 7, 2014 09:28 AM

TOP STORIES

Google rewards encrypted sites in search as it joins forces with Barnes & Noble to take on Amazon same-day delivery, now expanding to six more cities. Amazon, meanwhile, found to play favorites with brands in new L2 omnichannel retail report.

Bank of America nears $16 billion to $17 billion settlement with US Justice Department on pre-crash mortgage misconduct.

Deutsche Telekom rejects Iliad bid in the wake of failed Sprint/T-Mobile deal. 

Budweiser hypes Bud Light Party Town content campaign with Whatever, USA news reports with The Onion.

Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne takes shot at robust supplier profitability as company taps comedians for Dodge Dart campaign.Continue reading...

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Brand News: #BRA v #GER World Cup-apalooza Edition

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 9, 2014 08:01 AM

Brazil's "nightmare" of a World Cup loss to Germany sets Twitter record as most-tweeted sporting event ever (inspiring endless memes and Mick Jagger-blamefest) as Nike claims ambush marketing victory over official FIFA sponsor Adidas.

Adidas, meanwhile, is wooing Manchester United with US$100 million deal after Nike ends 13-year sponsorship, while GM-owned Europe-exiting team sponsor Chevrolet releases ManU limited edition vehicles for India and auctions off ticket packages.

Apple loses voice recognition patent lawsuit in China, launches "secret" eBay store.

Ellen DeGeneres signs five-year NYC lease as base to launch upcoming E.D. lifestyle brand with Christopher Burch.

Duke University sued by John Wayne's family in bourbon trademark battle.

More brand headlines by sector:Continue reading...

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MillerCoors: Brewing Authenticity and Respect for Latino Consumers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 6, 2014 06:23 PM

May the Fourth be with Cinco de Mayo. Yes, there's a lot of real-time marketing going on this month, from brands tapping into Star Wars fever to U.S. marketers getting their arriba!-time marketing on for Cinco de Mayo—not Mexico's Independence Day, as Digiday rightly points out.

Multicultural marketing is always to be approached sensitively, as MSNBC found out this week, to its chagrin. Sadly, Cinco de Mayo has become an excuse for every frat-boy gringo to pull on a sombrero and holler random Spanish exclamations after downing their tequila. Like the shot girls, this version of the holiday is a fiction, a bastardization of the holiday that was originally created to honor underdog Mexican fighters who defeated French soldiers who had more bodies, better equipment, and finer training way back in 1862. 

Those fighters, now mythologized and celebrated, have become symbols for oppressed Latino workers in America. Now the holiday that celebrates them has become oppressive as young drinkers enter the bars of America and play out every Latino stereotype imaginable. Fortunately, smart brands are looking beyond the stereotypes—including Coors Light, in its first-ever line extension.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Whisky Gets Fashionable, Post-Workout Beer and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 7, 2014 07:39 PM

Forget Gatorade—Drink Beer After Your Workout

Alcohol and exercise aren’t generally two topics that are combined, but a Canadian company has gone the counterintuitive route and is testing out a low-alcohol, high-protein “recovery ale” for athletes to enjoy, NPR reports. Called it Lean Machine, the brew from Vampt could be on shelves later this year.

"We just thought that maybe we could do something that would support a drinker, make it still socially fun, and help them accomplish what needs to be accomplished after an aggressive workout," Vampt founder Ian Toews said.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Frank Comes Back for Jack, Coors Gets Digital and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 28, 2014 06:43 PM

Let's Get Digital: Molson Coors Deploys LCD Beer Cases

In a partnership with Groupe Viva, a digital retail innovation firm, Molson Coors has unveiled new beer refrigerators that have a transparent LCD display that serves up digital advertising based on what consumers are seeking. 

"As specialists in digital innovations, our objective is to combine the latest advances in technology and digital content and make them accessible to retail chains and major brands,” said Pierre Gendron, CEO of Groupe Viva, in a press release.

Looking for a way to differentiate its products, the interactive fridges will be trialed in 40 stores and 10 bars and nightclubs in the Montreal area. The partnership follows another digital stunt by the company, which deployed Molson Canadian-branded refrigerators around the world (and at the Sochi Olympics) that only opened after scanning a Canadian passport.Continue reading...

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