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Yep, I'm a Lifestyle Brand: Ellen Can Cut the Rug, But Make Them Too?

Posted by Sarah McLaughlin on July 9, 2014 05:03 PM

Celebrity Pop Quiz: Comedienne. Pants suits. Dancing. Converse.

Who am I talking about? Ellen DeGeneres? Exactly!

When you sit back and think about Ellen and her brand, those things pretty much sum it up.  So imagine my surprise when I read in WWD about her E.D. That's the name of the lifestyle brand that the daytime TV talk show host is developing with Tory Burch's ex-husband.

That's right: later this year you can surround yourself in all things Ellen, from your body to your pet to your home, with a "fully conceived" lifestyle collection that includes chic homewares such as candles, plates, decorative pillows, and PJs to lounge in.

Unless it’s a funny decorative pillow, however, I’m not sure I trust that Ellen as the authority on how I jazz up my sofa. It makes you wonder if she knows what a lifestyle brand actually is. It makes you wonder if any celebrity does.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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In the News: Facebook, Taco Bell, Target and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2014 09:25 AM

In the News

Facebook cracks down on illegal-gun posts.

Taco Bell and Kraft expand grocery deal with new items.

Target CIO and VP of technology services resigns in wake of data breach debacle. 

Walmart plans to unveil "tethering" strategy soon as pressure mounts to reject genetically-modified salmon. 

Apple sees judge deny request to ban Samsung products as it plans to bring full-screen video iAds to mobile. 

BP finds way to bypass US oil-export ban.

Bitcoin may require human oversight, as chief of an exchange for the digital currency is found dead in Singapore.

Bob Evans Farms looks to bounce back from tough winter as its "barbell" strategy lifts sales.

Business Insider sees further investment from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.Continue reading...

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In the News: IKEA, P&G, Rovio and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2014 09:13 AM

In the News

IKEA CEO vows e-commerce and delivery expansion as store sales fall. 

P&G will cut phosphate in all laundry soaps by 2016. 

Rovio reassures Angry Birds users it’s not complicit with NSA, rethinks ad relationships. 

Abercrombie & Fitch strips CEO of chairman title.

Beats by Dre stars Ellen Degeneres in Super Bowl ad.

Bruegger's unveils new restaurant prototype.

Cheerios plans Super Bowl spot reprising mixed-race family.

Chrysler posts third straight annual profit but Fiat scraps dividend to save cash.

Comcast grows TV subscribers for first time in 6 years.

Coors Light wants NHL Stadium Series in Rockies.

Dow Chemical swings to profit on sales growth in most businesses.

EA sees sales of older games drop.Continue reading...

ad watch

Cheers and Jeers for Beyoncé's Platinum Promos for Pepsi

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 6, 2013 05:39 PM

Beyoncé is beyond busy. Following her Pepsi-sponsored Super Bowl halftime show, she presented an award at the Grammys with Ellen Degeneres, she's the cover girl for the March issue of Vogue, she did an interview with Oprah Winfrey and her documentary aired on HBO, not to mention that her "Mrs. Carter World Tour" is almost upon us, kicking off in Belgrade in April and reaching the U.S. in late June. 

The star posted a Warhol-inspired ad to her Facebook page (which has over 43 million likes!) and can be seen striking three poses, highlighting her much-talked about new bleached blonde hair. The caption, in a nod to her soda sponsor's "Live for Now" tagline and the 60's inspiration: "Pop Art inspires me to Live for NOW."

In another made-for-social promo image, Pepsi's $50 million girl channels Monroe and Bardot, clad in a pair of teeny shorts and a tight-fitting white turtleneck. The ads, which promote her upcoming Pepsi-sponsored tour have come under some fire for portraying the vocal star with a visibly fairer complexion.Continue reading...

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JCPenney Hopes to Breathe Life into Retail Sales with Pop-Up Shops

Posted by Brittany Waterson on February 27, 2013 12:37 PM

JCPenney, seemingly a permanent fixture in the news these days, seeks to push past the negative financial and branding headlines and tap into customer experience with their new pop-up shops, which will hopefully garner appeal from designer collaborations. 

The store, which is currently embroiled in a high-stakes trial with Macy's and Martha Stewart over product licenses, has had a rough time since CEO Ron Johnson took over a year ago. The brand's "no markdown" strategy backfired, and word on the street is that employee morale has hit an all-time low at the company's Plano, Texas headquarters. 

However, the company had a moment during the Oscars broadcast. The new campaign, a series of commercials introducing JCP’s latest brand partnerships expanded on last year's rebranding campaign with Ellen DeGeneres. It also boosted activity on Facebook and Twitter, rewarding some followers with gift certificates.

Now, with the success of shop-in-shop brands like Sephora, MNG by Mango, Levi's Denim Bar and Liz Claiborne, the retailer is adding more designers to its in-store boutique lineup and plans to expand to home goods later this spring. Each brand will have their own design aesthetic within their individual shop.

With its in-store designer additions, J.C. Penney joins Target, Macy's (now battling JCP in court over Martha Stewart) and Bloomingdale's as the latest department store to experiment with boutique-style shops. In fact, JCP is stealing from Target's playbook with a new exclusive home goods collection by American architect Michael Graves—Target's first designer partnership, which launched in 1999 and produced a whopping 2,000 items—and Justin Timberlake's William Rast collection, which launched as a Target exclusive in 2010.

Other upcoming JCPenney designer collaborations include in-store boutiques for Happy Chic by Jonathan Adler, Designs by Conran, Watchgear by Tourneau, Carters and Giggles. Here's a look at the in-store boutiques now hitting its stores:Continue reading...

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Hyundai, Diet Coke, Samsung Stage Big Ads for The Oscars

Posted by Dale Buss on February 22, 2013 06:33 PM

Little do the stars know, by the time it comes to Oscars night, the most important performances are on the little screen, not the big one.

During the "Super Bowl of the entertainment industry" on Sunday evening, the ABC telecast of the Oscars, Hyundai and a handful of other advertisers will be leveraging the big stage in big ways for their brands. The prospect of the largest TV audience for the Academy Awards in several years would make achieving their goals easier.

Hyundai, for instance, will be running seven commercials during the telecast—the most of any advertiser—and it has the sole automotive rights to the automotive ad category during the show. Keeping with the show biz theme, it's fitting that Hyundai's voiceover talent is, once again, its longstanding brand voice: Academy Award-winner Jeff Bridges. At a time when Hyundai continues to dimensionalize the brand along both luxury and performance lines, the Oscars are at least as important a forum for the carmaker as for any actor or director.

"We're bullish on the chances for ratings this year, with the combination of films that were critically acclaimed and that also did big box office," Steve Shannon, CMO for Hyundai of America, told brandchannel. "We just like the feel of the Oscars."Continue reading...

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One Year Into the Job, JCPenney CEO Struggling to Spark a Sales Turnaround

Posted by Dale Buss on January 25, 2013 01:16 PM

Many politicians, actors and sports stars have experienced an annus horribilis. But when it comes to corporate CEOs, few have ever had as bad a year as Ron Johnson of JCPenney.

It's been about a year since the former Apple retailing executive blew into Penney's headquarters in Dallas believing that he had a secret formula that would do even more than rescue the company from its threatened place in the nation's retailing industry. Eager to start a "retail revolution," Johnson sought to simplify the company's structure and re-program the American consumer's attitude toward store pricing, discounting and promotional tactics.

A year ago today, at a splashy two-day press event in New York, Johnson outlined his vision for transforming the 110-year-old department-store chain over four years through "Fair and Square" pricing as part of a rebranding and repositioning for the company. But it's not working.Continue reading...

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