Posted by Dale Buss on November 3, 2011 08:54 AM
Amazon opens Black Friday deals site early, while Walmart offers sneak peak at Black Friday specials on Facebook and its Sams Club unit enhances the holiday-shopping experience.
Apple acknowledges iPhone battery problem.
Sony predicts $1-billion loss.
AOL posts loss despite ad gains.
Diamond Foods punished by investors for accounting delay in purchase of Pringle's from P&G.
Ford launches licensed-products website.
GlaxoSmithKline settles with U.S. over investigations.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2011 05:35 PM
Now that Honda finally has begun to overcome its acute supply shortages — worst in the industry — from the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake, it's time for the brand to try to start selling vehicles again. And in a US auto market that increasingly will become squeezed between softening sales and rising inventories of small vehicles across the board, it's probably a smart idea that as Honda "returns" to the market, it returns to its roots.
In its just-launched, comprehensive new marketing campaign, Honda lays out the "Good Reasons" to buy a new Honda, highlighting the company's long tradition of earning top industry accolades and recognition for safety, reliability, exceptional resale value and other attributes. Honda's schtick has always been that it is a straightforward brand with sensible vehicles, not flashy ones, for practical people. It built its chops over the years for those advantages, as well as its fuel economy and quality levels, rather than for styling sizzle.
The TV, print and online campaign features a self-assured Patrick Warburton (of Family Guy and Seinfeld fame) espousing the "truth" about car buying and advertising in over-the-top discussions ranging from legal disclaimers to whether sex can help sell cars.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2010 09:00 AM
Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald tells the Wall Street Journal about his two main ambitions: "To win back ground lost as frugal shoppers have opted for cheaper alternatives to P&G's goods, and to conquer countries now dominated by rivals like Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive."
Starbucks is shifting strategy; CEO Howard Schultz wants to use its coffee shops as a testing ground to get more products into grocery stores.
Cisco and Microsoft reportedly join talks on Internet traffic that have intensified since net neutrality proposal by Google and Verizon.
Facebook raises questions about its logo for new Facebook Places, which invokes (as TechCrunch notices) Foursquare.Continue reading...
in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 16, 2010 05:00 PM
Visitors to New York's Times Square will find, as the old song goes, that love is all around. In honor of its 10th anniversary today, eHarmony, the fourth most popular Internet dating site in the U.S., is splashing its brand (and success stories: namely, the couples who met on its site) on a giant billboard and pedicabs.
The heart of its "Love Begins Here" campaign: a pair of spots directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Errol Morris. "What If?", above, features real couples who met on the website. Another, "If It's Love" (watch after the jump), features the Squeeze tune and the tagline, "You can dream about it, or you can go get it."Continue reading...
close of business
Posted by Sara Zucker on January 27, 2010 06:38 PM
eHarmony settles its same-sex lawsuit for $2 million, admits no wrong-doing. [Reuters]
Netflix's side project, Roku, hopes to raise $30 million in private funding. [Bloomberg]
King Kong ride rejoins Universal Studies in 3-D. [LA Times]
Converse, Nascar, Carhartt, and PepsiCo team up for the Midem music conference. [Adweek]
iPad hype boosts apple stock by 2.9% pre-announcement. [Detroit Free Press]
Posted by Peter Feld on October 9, 2009 03:33 PM
What goes around comes around: In the '90s, Conde Nast's Internet branch CondeNet shut down the thriving dating and personals service it ran through its Swoon website, ceding the lucrative space to Match, Nerve and eHarmony.
Now the company (facing a brutal round of closures, layoffs and cutbacks) has decided to try again, with trulymadlydating.com, aimed at matching women who read Glamour with GQ's male audience. Gawker's sleuths note the site appears aimed at the British market and is operated by The Dating Lab.
Conde Nast (my former employer, I need to note) moved quickly onto the Internet in the mid-90s, though it was slow to evolve online for a while thereafter. Swoon was their early attempt to take content from print magazines like Glamour, Self, and Mademoiselle and package it under new stand-alone web brands. Swoon, focused on relationship content, and Phys, which was about health and fitness, are long gone, but Conde Nast's approach of separate web brands continues with Style.com (fashion content from Vogue and W), Epicurious for food and Concierge for travel.Continue reading...