Posted by Abe Sauer on April 30, 2013 11:26 AM
How appropriate is it that Jaguar has finally released its much anticipated branded short film Desire at the very same time that a fictional Jag representative on the hit show Mad Men is arguing for foregoing a "national ad campaign in favor of hard driving sales ads at the local dealer level?"
The Desire film is absolutely a national brand-making campaign and by no means a "hard driving" sales push of any kind. It is not meant, in the Mad Men dealer's words, "to move metal." It's too bad then that Jaguar's real-life branded film is so poorly targeted since Mad Men set the brand up with such a meatball opportunity.
For months, the auto-watching world has wondered about the Jaguar mini-film. When the music video tie-in from Jaguar music partner Lana Del Rey was released on Valentine's Day, it sucked up attention. The video has since logged over 300,000 views.
The full, quarter-hour mini movie is now here and it's hard to argue that Jaguar's Desire isn't a rather naked attempt to recreate the themes of BMW's decade-old iconic branded film series The Hire.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2013 05:45 PM
Unilever's recent sale of its Skippy peanut butter brand in North America was just one indication of how slow-growing food businesses have begun to weigh down the global CPG giant.
Today's earnings report underscored that difficulty for Unilever: Fourth-quarter sales of Ben & Jerry's, Knorr soups and other Unilever food brands rose only 1.3 percent as consumers in debt-laden U.S. and Western Europe markets continue to pare back their supermarket purchases.
On the other hand, Unilever's business in Asia, Africa and Latin America demonstrated enough strength that the company was able to report an overall 5.4 percent rise in net profit for the period. In those markets, its revenues accelerated in home and personal-care items such as surface cleaners, soap and deodorant.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 20, 2012 08:55 AM
Samsung mocks iPhone 5 buyers in latest commercial.
Chick-fil-A backs down and vows to stop donating to anti-LGBT groups.
Visa shifts global creative duties back to BBDO.
AOL names female CFO.
AT&T faces backlash over Apple FaceTime restrictions, while CEO explains anti-texting and driving push.
Bed Bath & Beyond beats the odds.
Citibank credit card is coming to China.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2012 01:01 PM
Because it owned the house, it was predictable that Ford's new reality-TV show on NBC, Escape Routes, would find every angle to tout the automaker's new 2013 Ford Escape — the namesake inspiration for the show. And it did.
But what viewers of the first installment of the show might not have expected was to see a number of other blue-chip brands — including McDonald's, J.C. Penney, several Procter & Gamble marques, even Ford rival Volkswagen — go along for the ride.
The six-week Escape Routes series, which debuted on March 31st, is the latest way for Ford to push the envelope with new-era marketing formats, where it has demonstrated industry leadership.
And while the first installment was hardly Emmy-worthy appointment viewing, Ford executives tell brandchannel they're pleased with the social TV meets branded entertainment experiment.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 3, 2012 09:01 AM
AFA Foods files for bankruptcy after pink-slime hit.
Apple faces UK inquiry on advertising, while stock price projections soar.
BSkyB sees resignation of James Murdoch as chairman.
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ride the zeitgeist with Kate Upton, also in DirecTV spot.
Chrysler invests to boost quality.
Dropbox faces time to come through on hype.
ESPN reaches out to Hispanics with Spanish-language ad for SportsCenter.
Express Scripts and Medco win U.S. merger approval.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 23, 2012 05:05 PM
Tesco is still committed to its Greener Living sustainability commitment — "helping our customers make greener choices" — despite having just scrapped its pledge to add carbon-footprint labels to thousands of its products and reduce its own carbon footprint. The retailer has announced a new green partnership to raise millions of pounds to protect vulnerable rainforests and associated communities around the world.
At the same time, Unilever enhanced its "ambitious" (as the Guardian puts it) long-term sustainability commitment with the news that it plans to make its Magnum brand the world's first ice cream to source 100 percent of its global cocoa supply from sustainable sources, by 2015.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on April 22, 2011 12:00 PM
Marvel Comics' Incredible Hulk pushes going green on Earth Day.
Below: crash test Cadbury Creme Eggs, Steven Seagal, Ikea living and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 19, 2011 09:00 AM
American Apparel seeks rescue financing to avert bankruptcy.
Apple revamps MobileMe, sues Samsung over Galaxy phone; Samsung vows to fight back.
McDonald's launches US hiring blitz today.
Asos could be forced to rebrand in Germany.
BMW's DesignworksUSA expands to China with Shanghai office.
Burger King settles with franchisees over Value Menu.
Dish Network will keep 600 Blockbuster locations open.Continue reading...