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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

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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...

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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

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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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Brand News: Aereo, Intel, Graco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 21, 2014 09:02 AM

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Aereo files for Chapter 11.

Intel goes for "big bang" with Jim Parsons ad campaign.

Graco recalls 4.5 million strollers following children's finger amputations, recalling McLaren crisis.

Amazon plans travel site launch, signs 17-year lease on new NYC HQ.

Uber CEO retain investor support as company hires external investigator for data privacy claims.Continue reading...

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Occupy Clorox: Company Pull-Out Leads to Venezuela Mess

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 13, 2014 02:36 PM

Clorox has been manufacturing and selling its products in Venezuela since 1990, when it introduced Pine-Sol to the nation. But now, just before its 25th anniversary, things have gone so sour that the cleanser company abruptly pulled out of the market—and is now protesting the government's decision to restart its operations.

In late September, the Clorox Company shut down its Venezuelan business by closing its plants and firing workers after “it could not get access to foreign exchange to pay for supplies and could not raise the price of its products because of Venezuela government restrictions,” according to the Latin American Herald Tribune

"This is a very difficult situation for our company," Clorox Chairman and CEO Don Knauss stated in a press release. The Venezuelan government did not take kindly to the move, however, and voted to take over the business and restart operations. Both sides are now gearing up for a legal battle.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Beckham's Whisky Ad, Jimmy Choo's Flat Debut and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 17, 2014 09:12 AM

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Diageo's Haig Club single-grain whisky debuts Guy Ritchie-directed spot starring brand co-owner David Beckham.

Apple iPad reveal fails to wow as 3D-like logo rumored.

Google sees ad prices continue decline.

Jimmy Choo makes lackluster debut in first day of public trading.

Twitter lets users stream music and audio via SoundCloud integration.Continue reading...

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Brand News: It's New iPad Day, Fast Food Facebook Race and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 16, 2014 09:09 AM

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Apple accidentally leaks new iPads on iTunes ahead of today's reveal.

CBS mulls confirms offering online version of Showtime in response to HBO's standalone video announcement.

Clorox leads Ebola-related surge in sales of hand disinfectants.

Walmart warns about rough patch for sales and profits but makes progress with smaller stores and e-commerce.

Wendy's grows presence on Facebook as McDonald's pushes to become biggest brand on Facebook with 14,500 pages.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Marvel, Share a Coke, Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 26, 2014 09:01 AM

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Apple rebuts reports of bending iPhones as it copes with "Bendgate" by pulling back curtain on testing lab.

Chrysler recalls nearely 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches.

Coca-Cola sales edge up after "Share a Coke" promotion.

Marvel promotes branded superhero, Captain Citrus, with Florida Department of Citrus.

NFL security chief was sent Ray Rice video in April, report says.

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Airbus says it may win a new A380 customer by year's end.

Air France pilots defend "gourmet" contracts.

Amazon rolls out grand plan to avoid holiday-delivery snafus again.Continue reading...

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Now the World's Largest Toy Company, LEGO Sees Success in Product Diversity

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 5, 2014 04:22 PM

Brick by brick, business deal by business deal, LEGO built itself into a toy-manufacturing juggernaut this year so much that it now has passed Mattel to be the world's toy sales leader.  

The rise became official in the first half of the year as LEGO rode the success of The LEGO Movie to $468 million in sales at the box office and all of the related merchandise sales. In the first six months, its revenue rose 11 percent, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Conversely, the broad portfolios of Mattel and Hasbro have hurt the brands' overall standing, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The former has taken a hit with its Barbie products while Hasbro’s board games are sliding. LEGO, meanwhile, is devoted to pretty much one product with many variations on the theme.Continue reading...

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