Posted by Jeremy Sampson on December 5, 2014 01:01 PM
The following is a guest column by Jeremy Sampson, who launched Interbrand in Africa, on today's anniversary of Nelson Mandela's passing:
The death of Nelson Mandela at the grand age of 95 a year ago today was a day to celebrate and a day to mourn. The man had been through so much in his lifetime, spending over 26 years as a prisoner, yet had emerged as an iconic global giant full of humility, pragmatism and charisma.
The local and international media had for months been camping outside his door, first at his hospital in Pretoria and then at his house in Johannesburg. There had been premature reports of his death, false alarms that had sent the media into repeated frenzies, as global media personalities flew in and out of the country jostling to be on hand with breaking news.
For some months it had been apparent that the great man was ready to take his leave, but it appeared some would not let go.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 27, 2014 09:57 AM
KISS frontman Gene Simmons has never exactly shied away from self-promotion. The band has been around for 40 years, and Simmons is still stomping around and spreading his gospel as far and wide as he can.
This year, that reach has finally extended to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, marking the Rock and Roll Hall of Famers’ first appearance in the annual celebration.
The band, which has sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, is making its parade debut with 600 cheerleaders from across America who will perform a KISS medley (no doubt to glares from fellow parade newbie, GoldieBlox).
The performance is just one aspect of the band’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration that's taken a multi-platform approach.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 18, 2014 01:31 PM
Now that Microsoft has removed the Nokia brand name from Lumia phones, the non-mobile portion of Finland's Nokia that isn't owned by Microsoft is trying to find other ways to get its name out there. It's off to a strong start with Tuesday's launch of a new Android tablet N1 and corresponding Z Launcher software.
While Nokia has the 98th most valuable brand name in the world (worth about $3.2 billion) according to Interbrand's latest Best Global Brands ranking, it still desperately needs a comeback to combat its aging image amongst consumers in the wake of being phased out by Microsoft.
Beyond its own products, Nokia is looking to license its brand name to third-party manufacturers, TheVerge.com reports. “We have a very valuable brand," said Ramzi Haidamus, president of Nokia technologies. "Yes it is diminishing in value, and that’s why it is important that we reverse that trend very quickly, imminently."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 18, 2014 11:39 AM
Bob Marley died 33 years ago at the age of 36, but his brand remains extremely strong and it isn’t just because his tunes still echo down the hallways of freshman dorms across America. It is about to get stronger as the Marley family is tying his name to a product that he’s already inextricably linked: marijuana.
Marley Natural promaimsses to be the first global marijuana brand and will be a partnership between the Marley family and Seattle’s Privateer Holdings, an investment firm that finances pot-related businesses, the Seattle Times reports. It will be headquartered in New York City, which just changed its marijuana-possession rules aren’t so draconian and has a mayor that admits to smoked pot.
Marley Natural will, of course, keep its namesake front and center in its marketing, promising to sell “heirloom Jamaican cannabis strains inspired by those Bob Marley enjoyed,” according to a press release.
NBC News also reports that Marley Natural will also be selling "pot-infused creams [and] accessories (like vaporizers in the style of e-cigarettes)"—and just as the Oxford English Dictionary named "vape" its word of the year.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on November 14, 2014 07:08 PM
While the second Avengers film, Avengers: Age of Ultron, won't be in theaters for another six months, product placement is already paying off for the brands that have partnered with the upcoming Marvel film.
Samsung, for one, is poised to pull off the kind of product placement that could make it a future case study for the practice.
It pops up twice in the latest trailer (watch below) in a brand cameo that's already projected to be worth $2,903,309 according to Front Row Analytics, which uses a proprietary formula to put dollar values on product placements.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 17, 2014 02:25 PM
As brand ambassadors go, supermodel Elle Macpherson has been identified with lingerie for years—25, in fact, working with New Zealand manufacturer Bendon to develop an eponymous line that has been available worldwide in a reported $150 million deal.
Now the 50-year-old and Bendon are parting ways, with another blonde model taking over as the face of its lingerie line: Heidi Klum, who has helped keep herself in the spotlight by hosting Project Runway since its debut in 2004.
As a result, Elle Macpherson Intimates will become Heidi Klum Intimates in January, but Macpherson will keep the naming rights to her three underwear labels, while Bendon keeps the rights to all of the designs.Continue reading...
chew on this
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 17, 2014 12:01 PM
Let it go... into your grocery cart.
Apples may not have had anything to do with the plot of last year’s megahit Frozen, but that doesn’t mean the marketing geniuses at Disney don't see the fruit (which got such a bad rap, after all, in Snow White) as an opportunity to continue the momentum and get kids to eat healthier.
Disney, the 13th Best Global Brand (which turned 91 this week), has been on a kick to get kids to eat better since 2006. Since then, more than 4.1 billion servings of Disney-branded fruits and vegetables have been served up, while sales of its branded fruits and vegetables have tripled just in the last two years.
Now comes the latest Disney-branded produce, just in time for holiday baking: bags of apples branded with either characters from Frozen or Spider-Man. Why should grocers stock (and shoppers buy) Spidey apples and Frozen fruit?Continue reading...
Posted by brandchannel staff on October 14, 2014 04:04 PM
MIPCOM, the world's entertainment content market, is taking place in France through Thursday, with buyers, producers and Oculus Rift-testers checking out the latest in content and branded programming. A peek at some of the sessions in case you're not fortunate enough to be in Cannes this week, including a chat with Jill Wilfert, Vice President, Global Licensing And Entertainment, Lego Group; Anne Sweeney from Disney; and Ned Sarandos of Netflix.Continue reading...