Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 1, 2013 12:23 PM
Starbucks is busy reinterpreting the internet cafés of yore as it moves to create an indulgent lifestyle brand for its loyal customers.
Beginning in August, new company-operated Starbucks locations in the US will be equipped with WiFi, provided by Google, that is up to 10 times faster than what is currently offered in existing US Starbucks cafes through AT&T. 7,000 existing Starbucks locations will receive the improvements over the next 18 months.
Level 3 Communications will upgrade existing WiFi devices and manage connectivity with several solutions including DSL, cable modems and multiple T1 lines.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 31, 2013 06:26 PM
With major natural disasters prominent in the US lately, P&G's Duracell battery brand has been handed a major—if unfortunate for the victims—branding opportunity. Duracell's new Quantum high-power battery line is tailor-made to harness the brand's long association with the front-line "first responders" who arrive on the scene ahead of everyone else, often depending on battery-powered devices.
Duracell, owned by P&G since it bought Gillette in 2005, is introducing Quantum as its most powerfrul line of batteries, carrying a 20 to 30 percent price premium over regular Duracell units. The new line—which will replace the existing Ultra premium line—is red instead of black underneath the "copper-top" coloring of each Duracell battery.
And while disposable-battery sales in general have flattened out over the last few years as rechargable batteries have become commonplace for digital devices, brands such as Duracell and Eveready have been able to make up some of the financial shortfall by emphasizing longer-powered, higher-priced, higher-margin product lines.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2012 04:33 PM
Depending where you were, you may have celebrated Halloween on Oct. 31st. At Procter & Gamble, they've been celebrating the company's 175th anniversary.
That's right: P&G – mother of such consumer packaged goods icons as Tide, Pampers, and Comet, among others – is now 175 years old, but a look back at the company's history reveals that the whole endeavor might not have started if an errant flame and a rapscallion hadn’t done their dirty work all those years ago — or if an opinionated father and father-in-law hadn't intervened.
Or put another way, Mr. Procter's failures in England led to P&G's global success today — and Procter took a Gamble that paid off.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 1, 2012 01:16 PM
Here's to the many brands that have been stepping up in the wake of Hurricane Sandy's devastation on the U.S., providing everything from money to food to power and their employees, products and services to help disaster relief efforts. A partial list of charitable first-responders follows (and if we miss any, please let us know in the comments):
AT&T will extend late-payment windows for wireless and wireline customers, waive late payment fees and not disconnect services because of non-payment, and in an unprecedented open-network arrangement with T-Mobile, will enable roaming to customers of both companies in the impacted areas. AT&T wireless customers can make a $10 donation (up to $50) for Hurricane Sandy relief by texting to relief organizations. AT&T and T-Mobile also joined forces on a wireless roaming agreement, while Verizon Wireless is offering free charging for all cellphones.Continue reading...
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Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 29, 2012 01:19 PM
The fact that Starbucks closed all of its New York City and Long Island locations Sunday afternoon to let its employees get home before the transit system shut down, and will keep its stores shuttered Monday, underscores the predictions about Sandy’s imminent arrival.
Connecticut, New Jersey and other stores in the hurricane’s path will follow suit if necessary. But for those hunkered down in Starbucks stores in Boston, today is the day to fire up your phone with P&G's Duracell Powermat, the first market in which the chain is testing wireless charging.
Seventeen locations in and around Boston have launched "limited time in-store trial for wireless charging," said Starbucks chief digital officer Adam Brotman to the Boston Globe. "We're building the Powermat technology into some of the tabletops, just to get a sense for how our customers will react, compared to having to plug their mobile devices into the wall."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 4, 2012 04:14 PM
Jay-Z may only own a smidgen of the NBA’s new Brooklyn Nets team and the rusty-looking arena that was just built for them to play in, but he’s definitely playing his role to the hilt. The rapper supposedly helped design the team’s logo and pick the color scheme and sold out a slew of shows at their Barclays Center home.
And now, he and his wife, Beyoncé, are continuing to spread their influence for the Nets wherever they go — including, over Labor Day Weekend weekend, in Philadelphia for the Budweiser-sponsored Made In America festival, a music festival that Jay-Z had organized and headlined.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 27, 2012 02:34 PM
If Amy Sedaris pitching Downy in a perky new campaign rings a bell, it's because celebrities have been sudsing up for brands since the early days of Hollywood. Think back to the golden days of radio, when Jack Benny plugged Jello in his opening line, "Jello, everybody, this is Jack Benny," and Bob Hope promoted Pepsodent toothpaste. And in the early days of television, George Burns and Gracie Allen peddled Carnation Milk, Groucho Marx touted Prom Shampoo and Ozzie and Harriett shilled for Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix. Before he was President, Ronald Reagan stumped for Chesterfield cigarettes.
In today’s world of 24/7 social media, celebrity endorsement, backing and entrepreneurship (from Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop to Jessica Alba's Honest Company) have reached new digital platforms. This week Stamped, a mobile app and website that lets people share reviews of anything they like, announced new celebrity backers including Justin Bieber, Ryan Seacrest and Ellen DeGeneres, and investments from Columbia Records, Eric Schmidt and The New York Times Company, bringing its financing to over $3 million.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 11, 2012 03:54 PM
In an unusual partnership, New York rap legend Jay-Z and Proctor & Gamble's billion-dollar Duracell brand are joining forces to market wireless charging systems and deploy wireless hotspots in New York, including one at the multimillionaire’s own 40/40 Club on Madison Square Park in Manhattan.
“Mobile devices have become essential tools in business, entertainment and managing our social lives,” said Jay-Z, an investor in the Duracell Powermat joint venture. “Being able to charge wirelessly is a necessary step into the future.”
The 24-Hour Power System contains a charging mat that serves as a wireless power transmitter and a portable backup battery with micro-USB output and iPhone connection when in between hotspots. The kit is designed specifically for the iPhone 4 and 4S, but Duracell is working on greater device compatibility.
It hits select retailers today (just as Apple announces its new iOS 6 features) and is also available online. The complete system costs $99.99, with additional (colorful) cases for $34.99 and additional batteries for $49.99.Continue reading...