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Virgin Aims to Take on Tesla and Make Electric Cars 'Sexy'

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 19, 2015 02:25 PM

Virgin Racing Formula E 2015 Miami

Virgin founder Richard Branson was in Miami this week to support the Virgin Racing team competing in Formula E, the world's first fully electric motor racing series and a spin-off of Formula 1, the world's most popular motor sport.

More than a chance to pursue his love of racing, he told Bloomberg TV (watch below) from the sidelines of the March 14 race that Virgin Racing engineers are researching and developing an electric car that might someday compete with fellow billionaire Elon Musk's Tesla brand.

As Branson wrote from the first Formula E event in the US, "I believe this sport is the future of motorsport, and electric cars are the future of motoring."Continue reading...

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In the News: McDonald's, Nike, Deutsche Telekom and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 10, 2014 09:12 AM

In the News

McDonald's US sales feel January chill.

Nike's Kanye West surprise sale sees red hot shoe sell out in 10 minutes.

Deutsche Telekom buys rest of T-Mobile Czech arm as Vodafone bids for Spain’s Ono.

Tesla bumps Mercedes-Benz in Consumer Reports survey.

AMC misfires with Walking Dead zombie stunt.

AOL CEO takes back "distressed babies" comment after mother speaks out.

Apple sees Carl Icahn drop buyback demand.

Asiana Airlines seeks "cockpit culture changer" after US crash.Continue reading...

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In the News: JCPenney, Facebook, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 12, 2013 09:02 AM

In the News

JCPenney seeks to raise $1 billion as Martha Stewart loses a round in JCP-Macy's case.

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg launches FWD.us with Silicon Valley heavyhitters on immigration reform.

Apple agrees to settle suit on iPhone and iPad warranties.

Argos plans digital "store of the future" to fight Amazon.

Bibigo Korean food brand partners with Psy.

Bitcoin finds Winklevoss twins rise in digital money as crash continues.

BlackBerry looks to apps and China for growth.

Burger King CEO leaves to take top job at H.J. Heinz.

Douwe Egberts goes to JAB for $9.8 billion.

Eli Lilly plans to lay off 30 percent of sales reps in major restructuring.Continue reading...

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NASCAR Ready to Accelerate Its Brand with New Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2013 04:36 PM

NASCAR’s premier race, the Daytona 500, kicks off this weekend and the public’s interest has been piqued by the fact that Danica Patrick earned herself the pole position at the front of the race, becoming the first woman to ever do so.

That extra bit of interest couldn’t have come at a better time for NASCAR, which is unleashing a new marketing campaign this week to help it re-engage with its current fans and hopefully rope in a few more.

It will feature nine new commercials, radio and print ads and, of course, “digital engagement." The spots will feature more than two dozen of its drivers and be broadcast in both English and Spanish, according to a company release. Continue reading...

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Ron Howard Aims to Direct More Brands' Storytelling Efforts

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2013 03:19 PM

Ron Howard has wanted to be in the marketing business for decades now, but his wife told him that if he had time to take away from his work as a famous director, producer, and actor, he better fork it over to his wife and kids.

Well, the kids are all grown up now and Howard must have gotten buy-in from his wife because the partnership of Howard and producer Brian Glazer – the duo behind such classic films and TV series as Splash, Apollo 13, 8 Mile, A Beautiful Mind, Friday Night Lights, 24, and Arrested Development – are bringing their storytelling savvy to the marketing world, according to Fortune.

The appeal of working with brands, Howard told Fortune, is that marketers are “wide open” about their how they deliver content, using "long form, short form, live events.” They're also eager for better quality storytelling, and eager to bring Hollywood-honed creativity to their brands. Down the road, Howard says, "We could bring in an Academy Award-winning screenwriter to work on a brand."Continue reading...

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Weekend Headlines, From Black Friday to Psy's Gangnam YouTube Record

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 25, 2012 09:01 PM

K-pop phenom Psy's "Gangam Style" video beats Justin Bieber record to become YouTube's most-viewed video ever, with 805 million views on Friday (knocking on 824 million views now) to Bieber's 803 million for "Baby." Bieber, meanwhile, insults fellow Canadians by wearing overalls to pick up award from Prime Minister.

GM considers Buick logo change and bets it can make the 54-year-old Chevy Impala a head-turner again.

Black Friday in-store sales undercut by Thanksgiving early bird shoppers, mobile and e-commerce shoppers.

GSK and other pharma anger critics by paying for studies.

Hostess Brands eyed by Flower Foods.

Mango replaces Kate Moss with Miranda Kerr.

McDonald's testing Egg White McMuffin and variations on Quarter Pounder.

Mercedes-Benz taps Kate Upton for Super Bowl.

Nintendo's revamped Wii takes aim at a changed game world.Continue reading...

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In the News: BBC, Facebook, GM and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 22, 2012 09:02 AM

Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! Businesses prepare for Black Friday rush as record number of US retailers (including strike-threatened Walmart, Kmart, Target and Toys R Us opening on Thanksgiving) and consumer sentiment remains "shaky." Google notes American Thanksgiving with homepage logo nod to Macy's parade (above) and a round-up of holiday links.

Apple must disclose HTC deal to Samsung.

BBC praised for appointing outsider — Royal Opera House CEO Tony Hall — as director general.

BlackBerry 10 prep revs up RIM outlook.

Coca-Cola enters F1 with Burn energy drink brand sponsoring the Lotus racing team.

Facebook proposes to ends voting that gives users a collective ability to nix privacy policy decisions.

GE retired CEO Jack Welch "unretirement" makes cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.Continue reading...

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Red Bull's Next Feat: Helping Formula One Stage US Comeback With NBC

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 17, 2012 01:31 PM

The world loves Formula One racing — well, most of the world. The sport is said to be worth $3 billion annually around the globe, an amount that would grow if only America would learn to love extremely cool-looking cars zooming around at 200 mph. Now they will (once again) have a chance to go speed-dating with F1.

After a five-year hiatus, Formula One is giving the United States another try. The new $400 million Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas, will host a F1 race in November, and another race is planned in New Jersey next year, according to a profile of the sport in the new issue of Vanity Fair. (Red Bull sports marketer Jordan Miller clarified via Twitter that it's 2014 for F1 in NJ.)

“Here’s what the U.S. market has to understand,” said Red Bull driver Mark Webber to Vanity Fair. “F1 is a prototype sport. It’s about pushing the boundaries of technology. It’s luxury. It’s top gear, optimal lap time. The teams are so heavily invested technologically, the cost of shaving one-tenth of a second from a single lap time exceeds $100 million.”

However, as film director Ron Howard tells the magazine, things are a lot safer in the sport than they were back in the ‘70s: “F1 today is still a cool, intense, sexy environment,” he said. “But back in the 70s it was a lot more dangerous. Drivers would go to their first drivers’ meeting of the year, look around the room, and know that a couple of these guys wouldn’t live through the season.” Howard’s next film, Rush, is focused on the sport during that time period, and he's supporting the Circuit of the Americas track opening by attending kick-off festivities on Nov. 1st.Continue reading...

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