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Brand News: Apple, Malaysia Airlines, Porsche and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 26, 2015 08:01 AM

McDonald's Super Bowl 2015 Sneak Peek


Apple SVP (and former Burberry CEO) Angela Ahrendts outearned Tim Cook last year as China iPhone sales outstrip US for first time and brand opens latest China store in Alibaba's hometown (after reportedly agreeing to Chinese government security checks) and chases Samsung in Korea, while "simple, secure" Apple Pay propels mobile wallet payments and "Free on iTunes" drives engagement.

Malaysia Airlines site hacked by group claiming Islamic affiliation.

Porsche reportedly plans EV rival to Tesla.

Mattel fires CEO steps down after Barbie sales plunge for fifth consecutive quarter.

Super Bowl pre-Game ad reveals debated as McDonald's releases its sneak peek along with BMW (below), Budweiser aims to recapture puppy buzz, Domino's brings pizza tracker to Samsung smart TV sets for Game Day, Toyota features Paralympics champ Amy Purdy and the NFL strikes deal with Google to bring in-game clips to YouTube.Continue reading...

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In the News: Pope Francis, Lululemon, Vice and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 11, 2013 09:15 AM

Time names Pope Francis its Person of the Year.

Amazon delivery drones hit legal snag.

Barclays to end London bike sponsorship.

Chick-fil-A tests ordering app.

Costco misses estimates and boosts discounts.

Discovery Communications mulls bid for Scripps Networks, owner of Food Network and HGTV.

GM decides to halt vehicle manufacturing in Australia in 2017.

Gannett adds USA Today to local papers. Continue reading...

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Diet Pepsi Teams Up with Vern Yip for Limited Edition Designer Mini Cans

Posted by Dale Buss on March 29, 2013 03:16 PM

Converging with a major trend in branding, Diet Pepsi asked HGTV star designer Vern Yip to come up with a new limited-edition mini-can that will invite consumers to "Sip in Style" this spring. The soon-to-hit shelves can continues the brands' multi-platform "Love Every Sip" campaign that has starred Sofia Vergara in TV ads.

While arguably Yip comprises only a "light" instance of the phenomenon, Diet Pepsi's collaboration with him also adds to the growing number of partnerships between celebrities and brands to fill or originate "creative director" spots, including Alicia Keys and BlackBerry, Swizz Beatz and Reebok, Marc Jacobs and Diet Coke, Polaroid and Lady Gaga, Bud Light Platinum and Justin Timberlake and Intel and Will.i.am.Continue reading...

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In the News: LVMH, Nokia, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

LVMH acquires storied French luxury brand Arnys.

Nokia to cut 10,000 jobs, sells Vertu luxury brand.

GM plans to close Opel factory in Germany.

Amazon and Google rush to wrap up new gTLD domain-name suffixes with ICANN.

Applebees sees franchisee's new marketing campaign diverge controversially from corporate brand.

Aung San Suu Kyi warns investors off Myanmar's state oil and gas firm on historic visit to Europe.

Coca-Cola renews sponsorship of BET's 106 & Park.

Facebook launches real-time bidding for "Marketplace" ads.

GE promotes new refrigerator in online-only video.Continue reading...


Scripps Tests Product Placement on Cooking Channel

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2011 10:01 AM

Scripps Networks owns some of the most powerful brands on cable television with HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and DIY. All of the cooking shows on these networks have thus far avoided the temptation of dabbling in product placement. After all, in the first half of the year, Food Network pulled in $283.2 million in advertising while HGTV earned $300.2 million in the same time period, according to Kantar Media. 

However, the company’s Cooking Channel, which launched last year, is still trying to figure out how to make dough on the scale of its sister networks. Kantar reports that the channel brought in $12.3 million in the first half of the year. Enter product placement.

Ad Age reports that the network's business side sees a plum opportunity with a series titled From the Kitchens Of, which doesn’t have a set air time and is broadcast sporadically, not only visits the kitchens of corporations including Pillsbury but also features each company’s products within its show and recipes. For that right, the advertiser foots half the costs of producing the episode, Ad Age reports.

"We wanted to be able to offer advertisers something different than" Food Network, stated Jeff Stettin, VP of ad sales for Cooking Channel. "We feel that with a network that was just starting out, we could take a little bit more risk."

Other brands that have been involved the first season’s 10 episodes include Clorox, Sara Lee, Kellogg, and Sears’ Kenmore, Ad Age notes, with all series one sponsors already signing on for a 13-episode second season run.

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In the News: iPad, Hulu, P&G and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

American Apparel keeps pushing limits with latest campaign. 

Apple's iPad on track to sell 15M units in first year.

BP encounters shareholder resistance in Rosneft deal. 

Candie’s replaces Britney Spears with a new faceVanessa Hudgens.

Ford is poised to report its most profitable year since 2000. 

GM anticipates quicker-than-expected ownership exit by U.S. taxpayers. 

Goldman Sachs concerned about global over-regulation of banks.Continue reading...


Chevrolet Goes Hunting

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 14, 2010 12:00 PM

The Chevrolet brand is on something of a hunting expedition lately, rolling out three hunting-themed campaigns so far this month.

On Sept. 1, a series of spots for the Silverado rolled out, targeting US deer-hunters.

Last week, in a takeoff on the HGTV series House Hunters, Chevrolet launched the Car Hunters Challenge with "third-party independent research firm, GfK, to conduct drive clinics with customers who are shopping for a new vehicle."

Today sees the latest chapter in its hunting expedition: the Chevrolet Cruze putting Honda in its sights with the "Dear Civic" (Deer Civic?) spot above.Continue reading...

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And The Winner Is... Sweepstakes!

Posted by Barry Silverstein on April 22, 2010 03:02 PM

Sometimes in brand marketing, history repeats itself, and that seems to be the case with sweepstakes and contests. And the big prize these days, given the tough economy, seems to be cash, and a lot of it.

First prize in the SoBe Lifewater Zero Inhibitions Bracket Challenge pegged to the recent NCAA March Madness basketball tournament was a cool $9 million. The Reese's Loves You Back sweepstakes offers $2 million in cash prizes. NBC's Minute to Win It series awards up to $1 million cash. HGTV's annual Dream Home sweepstakes doles out $500,000 cash, plus a house and an SUV. The current version of the sweepstakes attracted a whopping 40 million-plus entries in about 45 days, notes the New York Times.

Sweepstakes and contests, of course, are nothing new.Continue reading...

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