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Brand News: Burger King, Nestle, Snapchat and More

Posted by Dale Buss on February 18, 2015 09:19 AM

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Burger King parent posts big sales gain in good sign for fast food industry.

Nestle USA removes artificial ingredients from more than 250 products including Nestle Crunch, Butterfinger, 100 Grand, Oh Henry and Baby Ruth chocolate bars.

Rolls-Royce and Bentley will compete in ultra-luxury SUV segment.

Snapchat reportedly seeks capital raising valuation as high as $19 billion.

Starbucks plans specialty coffee delivery service as Amazon expands one-hour deliveries in NYC.Continue reading...

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Classic Toy Brands Look to the Future at the 2015 New York Toy Fair

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 17, 2015 11:01 AM

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The 112th annual North American Toy Fair is on in New York, with licensing partnerships bringing together brands that tap into the toy industry's top trends of 2015, from the maker movement to tech innovation and beyond.

Case in point: Mattel is partnering with Google to reinvent the View-Master from its 1939 roots as a proto-3D virtual reality device, relying on cardboard disks with stereoscopic images inserted in a plastic device and observed through a viewfinder.

Now View-Master is using a different kind of cardboard: Google Cardboard, which uses an Android smartphone app to deliver a 360-degree animated environment.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Gap, Kate Spade, Shake Shack and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 30, 2015 09:18 AM

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Gap and Banana Republic eliminate global CMO roles before Art Peck takes helm as CEO on Feb. 1.

Shake Shack garners IPO price well above expectations—with free burgers tomorrow to thank customers.

Kate Spade & Co. announces closure of Kate Spade Saturday and Jack Spade stores and China JV with Lane Crawford as Jones New York calls it quits.

Jay Z pays $56 million to acquire Aspiro and its Spotify-challenging WiMP and TIDAL music streaming services.

Super Bowl marketing reaches crescendo, as Fiat Chrysler plans three Super Bowl commercials (again) ... Lexus uses pre-game spot to tout new RC F driver's car with radio-controlled tiny cars ... YouTube plans to leverage halftime for streaming ads ... FaceCake demos virtual dressing room ... Russell Wilson has journeyed to big payday ... Mondelez firms up programmatic Big Game ad-buying plan ... and Canadians will finally get to see US Super Bowl ads — but not until 2017. Continue reading...

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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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