Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 11, 2013 05:31 PM
Parents, brace yourselves: Justin Bieber has invested $1.1 million in Shots of Me, a mobile selfie-sharing network that's targeting his own fan base, teens and pre-teens. With almost 47 million Twitter followers—second only to Katy Perry—Bieber is a big catch as an investor and a pop-culture influencer of unprecedented power.
He joins investors Shervin Pishevar, Tom McInerney and boxer Floyd Mayweather, and John and Sam Shahidi, whose RockLive social startup is behind the new selfie-enabling app, which is exclusively available for download starting this week in the iTunes App Store.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 28, 2013 11:21 AM
Mobile is fast becoming the first screen for entertainment—at least for the younger, digitally-attuned set. And now two of the most popular TV brands targeting children and young adults are testing the waters by debuting new series on the smaller screen.
Disney Channel will premiere the first nine episodes of Sheriff Callie’s Wild West on its Watch Disney Junior mobile app and a related website on Nov. 24, followed by a traditional debut on the Disney Channel and Disney Junior in early 2014. “This is an entirely new approach for us,” Nancy Kanter, EVP/GM for Disney Junior Worldwide, told the New York Times. “We have been amazed at how quickly kids have embraced this new technology. We’re talking billions of minutes spent watching.”
MTV, skewing slightly older, is going mobile-first to debut its new series, Wait 'Til Next Year, a 12-episode docudrama about a losing football team, ahead of its on-ahir US TV debut on Nov. 1. "It will be fun to see if we can get them to come back and watch on television," commented Kristin Frank, MTV's EVP connected content, to AP.
Both moves comes as marketers will start receiving more data about mobile TV viewing, with Nielsen starting to get its arms around the effectiveness and reach of mobile video globally. With more than one billion Internet users worldwide, Nielsen projects "a $30 billion global advertising market" and estimates that 73 percent of U.S. adults already consumer online user-generated media.
If MTV and Disney Channel have their way, it won't all just be cat videos driving that mobile video adoption, particularly with more comprehensive measurement of mobile video consumption becoming mainstream.Continue reading...
what girls want
Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 01:47 PM
No doubt Girl Scouts of the USA and other longtime organizations for kids have been hit hard by societal and cultural trends including the lure of other afterschool activities, a generational de-emphasis of some traditional community touchpoints, and a dwindling availability of stay-at-home parental volunteers.
Now the Girl Scouts are leveraging at least one of those same factors—social media—to attempt to turn the tables on a recent decline in new members and "troop" leaders with a new advertising campaign under the tag line, "I can't wait to ..."
Leading brand consultancy (and brandchannel parent) Interbrand re-imagined the brand's iconic Girl Scout Trefoil symbol and used it as the visual starting point for the new campaign by transforming it into a dynamic "Kaleidoscope" storytelling device that serves as a metaphor for the ever-changing experiences girls can have in the Scouts, according to a press release.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2013 04:27 PM
McDonald's certainly can't win with some critics. Its new promotion involves giving away millions of books that will advance both children's literacy and their understanding of healthy eating. But all some people see are a cynical way to sell more fast food.
Which, of course, is what McDonald's is in business to do. It'd be tough to make a mass business, employ all those workers and pay all those taxes with a trade that offered only, say, hand-made artisan sandwiches of artichokes and avocados with a chaser of kombucha.
In lieu of toys, McDonald's US plans to distribute more than 20 million paperback books inside its Happy Meals in the US during the first half of November, a gambit which could make it the country's "largest children's book publisher for the month," as Ad Age observed.
The move is "yet another effort to appease criticis who have lambasted its Happy Meals for the food quality, the licensed toys and kid-targeted marketing," noted USA Today. The brand launched a similar effort back in the UK back in January, where it received much the same criticism.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 15, 2013 06:01 PM
Goya and Beech-Nut are hoping that a partnership will yield big results from the confluence of three trends: the growing Hispanic population in the US, the proliferation of food products aimed specifically at that demographic, and the rising interest of mainstream global CPG companies in exploiting the other two trends.
The two companies are expanding the availability of a co-branded line of baby food, called Beech-Nut Goya, that launched in April. The baby-food range is being promoted as "Authentic Hispanic flavors made especially for your baby" as it rolls out to stores across America, according to Ad Age. With Hispanics now accounting for one-fourth of all US births as the fertility rates and birth numbers of other major American demographic groups wane, the co-branded line makes sense for both brands.
The baby-food market has been getting a lot of attention lately from non-traditional but major CPG players, including Campbell Soup, which just bought Plum Organics and its baby- and toddler-food lines, and Groupe Danone, the Paris-based maker of yogurt, which at about the same time bought Happy Family, another organic-baby-food startup.Continue reading...
getting by with a little help
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 28, 2013 01:51 PM
Critics feeling that Michelle Obama has been overexposed lately, from presenting at the Oscars to mom-dancing with Jimmy Fallon, will have a hard time critiquing her latest move. The First Lady is expanding Let's Move, her three-year-old initiative to get kids moving and combat childhood obesity, and she's tapping one of the world's leading brands in the "get moving" space—Nike.
NIKE, Inc. President & CEO Mark Parker joined First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in Chicago to announce Nike’s $50 million, five-year commitment to help launch a new Let's Move program for schools, an extension of the brand's involvement in the organization's Designed to Move study that found that only one in three American kids are active daily.Continue reading...
what becomes a legend most?
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 19, 2013 11:43 AM
The most famous fashion doll in the world, Barbie, is currently taking offers for her Dreamhouse Malibu mansion. Now, Mattel has issued an open invitation to literally step inside her world with Barbie The Dreamhouse Experience.
Two life-sized houses—complete with pink elevators, a walk-in “glitterizer” and a “diamond” ring display—will open next month in south Florida at Sawgrass Mills and for European fans, in Berlin, Germany.
Why Germany? It turns out that Barbie has roots in the country. American businesswoman Ruth Handler is credited with the creation of Barbie for her daughter, who in the 1950’s, like all little girls, had only paper dolls or baby dolls to play with. Handler convinced her husband Elliot, a co-founder of Mattel to create an adult-bodied doll based on a German doll called Bild Lilli. Barbie made her debut in 1959, followed by the reveal of the original Barbie Dreamhouse in 1962.Continue reading...
what girls want
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 18, 2013 11:21 AM
The world of the Disney Princess—which faces competition from moms and fairies even as it continues being a cash cow for Disney by captivating many girls until the age of three or so—is aiming a bit older with its "I Am a Princess" manifesto.
The video is the latest in a campaign that debuted in the third quarter of 2012, touting the values that the Disney Princess embodies. (B will this new breed of empowered, self-award Disney Princess grow up to be hipster Disney Princesses?)
Check out Disney's earlier "I Am a Princess" videos below, along with another new campaign: an international push for the upcoming Disney Infinity console, starting with this UK commercial:Continue reading...