sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 3, 2013 02:43 PM
You'll never know how much you miss something until it's gone, right? Well, that seems to be the case for the NHL, who, after spending months fiddling around with contract negotiations and delaying the start of the season, is seeing record viewership numbers for televised games.
The abbreviated season finally got under way in January (after Nike reminded the big wigs at the NHL who's really the boss). But NBC Sports had a few tricks up their sleeve to ramp up excitement in a shorter amount of time.
Viewership during the regular season went up 18 percent over last year, Forbes reports, making this the most-watched regular season in 19 years. Seven of the top eight NHL telecasts of the season came during NHL Sports Network’s new Wednesday Night Rivalry, which featured games between some of the league’s longest and feistier rivals. It drew some of the larger sponsors, too, including Discover and Verizon.Continue reading...
news you can booze
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 15, 2013 04:04 PM
Everyone wants a piece of the craft beer industry, from big beer brands to major league ball clubs. But these days, it's getting harder and harder to tell a true craft brew from ones just made to look the part.
The most recent faux-craft siting occured at Yankee Stadium, where a vendor operating as "Craft Brew Destination" was in fact selling "craft" beers made by MillerCoors. Blogger Amanda Rykoff sounded off about the misinformation, noting MillerCoors beers (whether they're labeled craft or not) don't exactly fit into the Brewers Association’s definition of a craft brewer, which limits production to six million barrels or less and demands independent ownership. As NPR notes, the Yankees have been shamed into renaming the stand Beer Mixology Destination, a collection of words that mean pretty much nothing other than “Beer Here!”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 5, 2013 06:30 PM
Gun Company Fires Back at Tommy Guns Vodka
Chicago mobsters back in the days of Al Capone favored a submachine gun known as the Tommy gun, which was then glorified in plenty of films and books about the era. But Tommy guns aren’t some relic of history. Saeilo Enterprises still makes them, and the owners aren’t very happy with Alphonse Capone Enterprises and its Tommy Guns Vodka, which is sold in a bottle shaped like the famous gun.
In fact, they are so annoyed that a lawsuit has been filed, the Chicago Tribune reports. Saeilo wants all of the Tommy Guns Vodka that is left to be turned over so it can all be destroyed. (Consumption counts as destroying, right?)Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 29, 2013 05:42 PM
MillerCoors Selling Gear Via Mobiles
Whether you are high in the Rockies, out on a fishing boat, or at a party at somebody’s house, if the mood strikes you to purchase some MillerCoors-branded gear, it won’t be hard to do (as long as you can get your Smartphone working).
MillerCoors has unleashed a mobile site to sell merchandise for its brands, according to Mobile Commerce Daily. “MillerCoors wanted a fast, stable, integrated mobile commerce site that could harness the real-time data of their ecommerce site, but also be a separate, distinct channel for engagement and sales,” said Wilson Kerr, vice president of business development and sales at Unbound Commerce, Boston, which created the site, according to MCD.
Beware of drinking and shopping, of course.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 29, 2013 09:15 AM
Subway named top QSR brand in new study.
Google tests same-day delivery business.
Amazon plans to acquire Goodreads book site.
AOL teams up with coach Phil Jackson to punk Twitter.
Apple faces heightened oversight in China.
Audi aims at Mercedes-Benz CLA with new A3 sedan.
Deutsche Telekom runs into opposition over proposed merger of T-Mobile with MetroPCS.
eBay says it is "now playing offense."
FX pitches new FXX channel at Millennials.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 22, 2013 06:30 PM
Newcastle Gets Real
Newcastle has taken a new tack in its advertising and it’s all about turning old beer advertising on its head. Beer marketers love to throw “heritage” imagery at consumers to make beer drinkers feel like they are part of something bigger, so Newcastle decided to go back to its roots, the English town of Newcastle, where residents—known as Geordies—are filled with humor and realism. The result? Newcastle’s “No Bollocks” ad campaign.
“If you look at the Geordies, they’re very friendly, down-to-earth; they don’t take themselves too seriously, and tell it like it is. We figured that is a really interesting space for us to be in," says Newcastle Brown Ale Brand Director Charles van Es, according to Fast Company's FastCoCreate blog. "We wanted to use that wit and dry sense of humor as our brand voice. We want to be transparent about the fact that we’re marketing to you and the fact that our beer comes from England.”Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2013 09:02 AM
BlackBerry launches new Z10 smartphone in US today, as CEO says Apple's iPhone is outdated.
Pepsi introduces first new package design since 1997.
PPR, French owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent, announces rebrand to "caring" Kering with new owl logo.
Nike surges on China rebound, North American results in latest quarterly earnings report.
Asda pulls private-label corned beef from UK shelves over horsemeat discovery as new report finds consumer concern fading.
Chrysler looks to Nike and Starbucks for inspiration.
Coca-Cola tops British grocery brands ranking as Walkers rises to #2.
Facebook tests yet another timeline design.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 15, 2013 04:22 PM
In the never-ending quest to find good talent, more and more companies are taking to social media and implementing interesting tactics to discover their next great employee.
Most recently, MasterCard has launched a search for five eager beaver interns. Hopefulls must apply via LinkedIn with an idea of how to facilitate a cashless future. Applicants must then follow MasterCard's Twitter, since that's how they're planning on notfying the chosen applicants. The company even created an animated short to advertise the opportunity.Continue reading...