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Brand News: Starbucks, DreamWorks, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 09:03 AM

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Starbucks launches first global brand campaign with “Meet Me at Starbucks” interactive YouTube short film.

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly in talks (since cooled?) to buy the DreamWorks animation studio.

Facebook bid for WhatsApp clears EU hurdle

Yahoo, AOL pressured to cut a deal and join forces.

Instagram reportedly blocked as China/Hong Kong protests impact businesses and cancel holiday fireworks.

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Advertising Week kicks off in New York.

Air France ends strike, vows to speed up Transvania low-cost airline. 

Alibaba pays $459M for stake in Chinese hotel tech firm.

Amazon seeks to avert holiday snafus and faces opposition by literary lions over e-book prices.

American Apparel names temporary CEO.

Apple sees smuggled iPhone 6 phones go begging in China as EU presses company on ill-gotten tax benefits in Ireland, Apple Watch goes on display (for one day only) at Colette during Paris Fashion Week, and Apple and Pearson lose $1B common core schools contract in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

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Brand News: NFL, Alibaba, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 12, 2014 09:36 AM

TOP STORIES

NFL faces advertiser questions as pressures mount over Ray Rice scandal and CBS pulls performance by domestic-violence victim Rihanna from beginning of Thursday Night Football telecast as Verizon backs Goodell and pledges to help league build domestic violence awareness program. 

Darden Restaurant Group sees activist fund trying to take over Olive Garden's kitchen.

Alibaba may lift price for IPO.

GM issues "stop delivery" order to fix 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes.

Apple miffs iTunes users with U2 giveaway as iPhone pre-orders crash Apple's site. 

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Burger King is urged by senators to ditch move to Canada in Tim Hortons acquisition.

Dove celebrates 50th anniversary in Canada by refreshing real beauty campaign (above).

eBay changes mind and creates in-app mobile ads.

Esquire promotes male mentorship.

Fiat Chrysler sticks to optimistic view as its Ferrari brand plans to boost output and Jeep nears launch of Italian-made subcompact Renegade.

General Mills creates Chief Creative Officer role as cereal sales keep declining.Continue reading...

The Big Game

Super Bowl Ads See Celebs, Car Brands Take Center Stage

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2014 05:43 PM

No industry has come to define Super Bowl advertising quite like the car business. Automakers, after all, are among the biggest US advertisers and marketers by dollar volume. According to Kantar Media, the auto sector will be the biggest advertiser at the Super Bowl for the third straight year.

“It’s the right place,” Jon Swallen, Kantar Media’s research chief, told Bloomberg. “The Super Bowl attracts a broader audience than core sports fans who are male, skews higher income and is a perfect audience for auto brands.”

While some automakers such as BMW are saving their marketing dollars for the Sochi Olympics and other platforms, at least eight auto brands are planning to use Super Bowl commercials this Sunday as a platform to help achieve their greater goals for 2014—and beyond.

Hyundai and Chrysler, according to Kantar research cited by USA Today, made the top five biggest spenders in the past five Super Bowls, along with Bud Lite and Budweiser parent Anheuser Busch InBev, PepsiCo and Coca-Cola.

This year, 30-second Big Game spot on NBC costs $4 million, according to Adweek, while it has become standard practice to run pre-Game teasers (trailers, in a sense, of the Game Day spot), and viral videos promoted across YouTube, Twitter and Facebook with hashtags. One question is how much the pre-Game sneak peeks and reveals steals the thunder and surprise from in-game ads. A bigger question, for marketers' bosses, is whether watercooler buzz leads to sales.

Here's a snapshot of what auto brands are planning for Super Bowl XLVII, much of which has been revealed already by teasers and even full commercials and related cross-platform, digital and social campaigns. Watch below, and let us know your favorite so far in the comments below.Continue reading...

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GM CMO Batey Looks to Woo Millennials to Chevrolet With Big Screen Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on February 18, 2013 06:02 PM

Now that Chevrolet has rolled out the first creative under its "Find New Roads" brand positioning, General Motors CMO Alan Batey wants to give the upbeat, product-oriented theme as much exposure as he can.

Batey tells brandchannel that, in addition to new vehicle-specific TV ads in the weeks ahead, Chevrolet will be doing more in-cinema advertising than ever before.

The original ad that aired during the recent Grammy Awards telecast on CBS—including vignettes separately featuring the Chevrolet Volt, Spark, Sonic, Corvette Stingray and Impala—"will be broken down into four standalone-product ads," Batey told us, "and we'll also be using that work quite extensively not just on TV but also in cinema," he said.Continue reading...

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#SuperBranding: Pepsi Taps Funny or Die to Freeze Out Coke Super Bowl Push

Posted by Dale Buss on February 3, 2013 03:44 PM

This late in the game, General Motors isn't about to change its game plan for the Super Bowl: no ads during the game this time. But you can be sure GM marketing executives are planning to do everything but advertise during the Big Game.

In fact, GM is happy to stoke speculation about what exactly how it might be planning to hop on the Super Bowl bandwagon without actually running a commercial during the competition, a promise that former CMO Joel Ewanick made last spring before his departure — and one which, for whatever reasons, the company has kept. Some observers believe that GM could be planning to take a page from Pizza Hut with some sort of integration of its brands or products into the pre-game show on CBS. According to the Detroit News, GM has worked out a presence for the Chevrolet Corvette around the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show featuring Beyonce, who's been busy defending, rehearsing and promoting the halftime show. Chevy, meanwhile, quietly slipped a 2014 Corvette Stingray commercial onto its YouTube channel late last month.

In other late-breaking Super Bowl branding moves, the latest move in the Cola Wars (which has already seen SodaStream swatted by CBS): PepsiCo's Pepsi Next brand tweak Coca-Cola's Coke Chase Game Day campaign (with a hand from the wags at Funny or Die) above—and below, Coca-Cola's responses released online today.Continue reading...

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Chevy's New Stingray Gets Hearts Pumping for Corvette Brand

Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2013 06:55 PM

Talk all you want about German engineering, Japanese reliability and Korean ambition in the high-end automotive market. When it comes to getting the blood of car enthusiasts pumping, there's nothing quite like the Chevrolet Corvette.

Car aficionados continue to create buzz around Chevy's introduction of the seventh-generation Corvette at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week, the so-called C7. GM is deliberately invoking some of the 60 years of the car's history by calling its new version the Stingray. It harkens back to a special version of the Corvette in 1963 that set the design standard for the overmuscled sports car for the last half century.

Corvette has been known as the life's aspiration of a plumber or a gym teacher — its typical buyer is a white male in his 50s. But automotive journalists this week are hailing the new Stingray as a revelation: a car that simultaneously remains worthy of the Corvette's heritage but that also introduces a sort of panache — and the kind of technology — that should broaden its appeal with other emographics that wish to buy expensive cars.Continue reading...

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In the News: Cadillac, Hostess Brands, HP and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 14, 2013 08:59 AM

In the News

Cadillac sees its ATS named North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show, while Ram celebrates naming of 1500 as truck/utility vehicle of the year.

Hostess strikes a deal to sell Wonder Bread and other brands plus production facilities to Flower Foods.

HP CEO Meg Whitman receives $15.4 million.

American Express travel cuts point to end of an era.

Apple cuts orders for iPhone parts.

Billabong receives another takeover bid. 

Deutsche Bank reportedly considers 20-percent bonus cuts in Europe.

GM's Chevrolet division relaunches Corvette brand.Continue reading...

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In the News: GE, Walmart, BlackBerry 10 and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 18, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

Apple and Android dominate mobile-platform impressions while Apple reports strong sales of iPhone 5 in China and talks with Foursquare about data-sharing deal.

GE plans to buy Avio Italian aerospace group as CEO perceives an "investment pause" in some industries over economy.

Walmart takedown by New York Times continues with searing update on Mexican bribery scandal.

Freedom Group, parent of Bushmaster rifle used to kill Connecticut kids, will be sold by owner Cerberus.

AOL gives all employees $1,000 year-end bonus.

Billabong gets another takeover bid.

BlackBerry 10 now in tests at 120 companies.

Brazil burger chain offers edible packaging.Continue reading...

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