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Super Bowl 2015: 5 Questions on Katie/Bryant Ad with BMW CMO Trudy Hardy

Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2015 01:01 PM

BMW USA Super Bowl 2015 Katie Couric Brant Gumbel commercial

BMW may strike marketing gold with its judicious choice of timing and creative for re-entering the Super Bowl advertising derby this year. On Monday, the brand revealed its Big Game TV spot early: "Newfangled Idea," which is already nearing 2.5 million YouTube views in 24 hours.

The spot features a 1994 clip from The Today Show featuring then-hosts Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel wondering what the heck the internet's all about, what the "@" sign could possibly mean, and whether this "newfangled" way of communicating would ever amount to anything. 

BMW fast-forwards that conversation to another newfangled tech—the BMW all-electric i3—implying that EVs will become just as important to the fabric of life as the web is today. brandchannel chatted with Trudy Hardy, chief marketing officer of BMW of North America, for more insights into the brand's 2015 Super Bowl strategy.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Newcastle Brown Ale's Multi-Brand Big Game Spot and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2015 10:15 AM

Newcastle Brown Ale Super Bowl 2015 commercial


Winter storm Juno expected to put a dent in US January car sales as brands react on Twitter and DirecTV launches severe mix channel in the NE US.

Super Bowl advertising heats up further as NFL plans a domestic abuse ad ... BMW invokes the internet in i3 ad starring Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel ... Coke teases its campaign ... Kia readies Pierce Brosnan for "action" role ... Mercedes-Benz debuts Super Bowl ad on Ellen ... T-Mobile gets Kim Kardashian to mock herself ... Papa John's offers free pizza deal for fourth year as Super Bowl official pizza sponsor ... and Volvo seeks to get mileage via Twitter from other automakers' Super Bowl ads.

Newcastle Brown Ale, meanwhile, releases new "co-op non-Super Bowl" commercial while bowing to pressure to remove caramel coloring.Continue reading...

bc q&a

Backstage Manager: 5 Questions with Yahoo SVP Lisa Licht on the Art of Partnering

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 28, 2014 01:02 PM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is continuing her media-focused expansion that includes digital channels (or vertical magazines) celebrating food, movies, tech, beauty, style, travel, DIY and parenting.

Now Yahoo has joined forces with Citi Private Pass and Live Nation Entertainment for Backstage with Citi, an original web series that offers behind-the-scenes interviews tied to Live Nation's streaming concerts every day for a year to enrich the Yahoo Music channel. The move builds on ten years of the Citi Private Pass program by adding a real-time, always-on component on citiprivatepass.com that will launch content 48 hours before it posts on Yahoo. Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric will interview select artists.

The co-branded partnership expands on a commitment to music that saw Citi offer cardmembers tickets to more than 5,000 music events last year. The series kicked off on Oct. 23 with Grammy Award-winning country trio Lady Antebellum, and the next episode of the web series (in early November) will feature O.A.R.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Yahoo Keeps on Content Path as Mayer Talks Mobile, Ads at CES 2014

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 8, 2014 12:39 PM

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s highly anticipated (and attended, as hundreds waited in line to fill the 1,700-seat Las Vegas Hilton) 2014 CES keynote played like a show as she focused largely on entertainment, unveiling a new digital magazine, introducing her new star colleagues, Katie Couric and David Pogue, and serving up John Legend for a Beatles rendition. 

But the focus of Mayer's talk didn't stray far from content creation, announcing the addition of Yahoo News Digest, a twice daily summary of news that will include information from multiple sources and news outlets. In a similar space, Mayer introduced another new content product, Yahoo Digital Magazines, which will be Tumblr-powered sections on Yahoo News.

The first two "magazines": Yahoo Tech, headed by former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, and a Yahoo Food vertical. Mayer said digital magazines are core to the company’s strategic goals, indicating that the new projects will feed the ad beast with ad-funded content, but no display ads.

Another tech star is helping achieve Mayer's vision: British teen genius Nick D’Aloisio, who sold his Summly app to Yahoo! for $30 million last year and joined the company as a mobile product manager. D'Aloisio explained in a blog post how he helped develop the Yahoo News Digest app, whose backers include Yoko Ono, Stephen Fry and Ashton Kutcher.Continue reading...

media brands

News Team, Assemble: Yahoo Anchors Ad Aspirations to Katie Couric and Staff

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 25, 2013 05:03 PM

It’s a bold move for Marissa Mayer—and a big bet on video—as the Yahoo CEO confirmed today that TV news mainstay Katie Couric will be joining Yahoo as its "global news anchor." 

“I’ve always respected Katie for her thoughtful, charismatic approach to journalism,” Mayer wrote on Tumblr. “From pivotal coverage of natural disasters and historic elections to the Royal Wedding and the Olympic Games, groundbreaking interviews with heads of state and leading tastemakers, her experience is unmatched. Katie is dynamic, savvy and has a way of connecting with viewers that I really admire.”

It’s no secret that things for Katie on her eponymous ABC talk fest have not panned out as either had hoped, but the former co-anchor of NBC's Today show and first female anchor of the CBS Evening News brings the perfect complement of skills, awareness and style to the search giant as consumers continue to migrate to the Internet for TV-style reporting and programming.

Couric will tape features for the Yahoo homepage, but will continue to host her syndicated daytime talk show, Katie. Couric joins a carefully procured team of journalists that have come together over the last several months, including Editor-in-Chief Megan Liberman, former New York Times tech columnist David Pogue, and designated political analyst Matt Bai.Continue reading...

brand revival

Marissa Mayer is Transforming Yahoo into a Full-Fledged Media Platform

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 23, 2013 02:52 PM

Perhaps we should have seen it coming when Yahoo's Marissa Mayer covered the September issue of Vogue. Mayer is busy dusting off her aging internet company and is creating quite the image for herself in the process. One thing she's made clear: her Yahoo will be nothing like what existed—and failed—before. 

Multiple sources close to the company report that Mayer has been busy securing a deal with longtime news personality and talk show host Katie Couric for an exclusive web interview show that would like on Yahoo's homepage, while others have said that Mayer is in preliminary talks with Conde Nast to feature some of Vogue's content on the site.Continue reading...

in the spotlight

With Genome and Exec Move, Yahoo Reassures Madison Avenue and Wall Street

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 14, 2012 12:14 PM

As Internet Week kicked off in New York today, Yahoo execs were busy pitching its new advertising platform, Genome, while downplaying the weekend's executive shuffle that saw the ouster of resume-fudging CEO Scott Thompson, the appointment of Fred Amoroso as chairman, and the elevation of Ross Levinsohn, EVP of the Americas and the brand's head of global media, to interim CEO — not to mention three new board members.

"It's very damaging, and speaks so negatively to the (vetting process)," commented "ambi-practioner" Adam Hanft to USA Today. "(Thompson) was hired for strategy, branding and marketing — not computer science."

It was a short run for Thompson, former president of eBay's PayPal unit. Yahoo only named him CEO, its fourth in less than five years, on January 4th. Levinsohn, meanwhile, is stepping up while trying to reassure advertisers — as he did at the brand's recent digital upfront for advertisers with Katie Couric — to put their faith and budgets in Yahoo's original web programming and vision.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Facebook, Disney, T-Mobile and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 26, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

Ancestry.com acquires Archives.com for $100 million.

Anheuser-Busch warns UFC about fighters' inappropriate comments.

Apple now gets one-fourth of its revenue from China as CEO emerges from Jobs's shadow.

Bausch & Lomb shifts focus from contact lenses.

Bottega Veneta launches personalized fashion.

Burberry passes New York Times critique of designer lines for kids.

Burger King faces higher costs after decision to go cage-free.

Chrysler quadruples first-quarter profits and slow-walks investment in China.Continue reading...

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