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Brand News: Google, Sprint, Ugg Australia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 19, 2014 09:32 AM

TOP STORIES

Google moves to target kids under 13 and builds its own content and services.

Saab owner seeks partner to secure brand's future.

Samsung buys US air-conditioner company Quietside in smart-home push.

Sprint dives into wireless-industry price war, as it promised, and rolls out new B2B brand, as owner SoftBank girds for US cellphone market.

Ugg launches first global brand campaign.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Aereo faces broadcaster opposition to a cable license.

Aeropostale names new CEO and promises narrower loss.

American Apparel narrows losses but troubles remain.

AstraZeneca says US clears it in heart-drug probe.

BlackBerry prepares for device-less future with formation of new business unit. 

Burger King gets pecked by tweets for Chicken Fries.

CBS goes big in promos for Thursday Night Football.Continue reading...

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Samsung Brings Its A-Game with Content-Heavy Galaxy Tab S

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 13, 2014 11:02 AM

The latest tablet from Samsung just put the Apple iPad on notice. 

The super-thin, super-light Samsung Galaxy Tab S was unveiled Thursday in New York, and is bound to make a big splash in the consumer electronics market that has arguably taken a bit of downturn. Combining the best and latest technology that the mobile phone leader has to offer, the tablet boasts an adaptive display that's geared towards those who watch tons of videos.

With its focus on making great content easier to digest on-the-go, Samsung also revealed a line up of new content partnerships that will make interacting with other brands incredibly easy.Continue reading...

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But First, Let Me Take a Selfie: Brands Cash In on Social Snapshots

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 27, 2014 11:22 AM

Selfies: we've all taken one. In fact, so many people are snapping and sharing self portraits that the term was named Word of the Year in 2013 by the Oxford English Dictionary. Elevated by the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, whose Oscars selfie is the most-retweeted post ever, brands are now finding ways to cash in on the shameless snaps. 

With over 55 percent of Millennials turning the camera on themselves, brands are seeing selfies as a great way to engage with consumers on social media and with new campaigns. Sephora, for instance, has encouraged users of its Beauty Board, a Pinterest-meets-Instagram social beauty site, to document their favorite looks with selfies and tag the images with product names.

Other brands taking advantage of the selfie craze include China's Huawei, which marketed its new Honor 3C smartphone as the "best phone for a selfie lover," and French Connection, which installed a photo booth in its Regent Street store in London for customers to snap selfie photos in the brand's clothes, which were then displayed in the store's windows.Continue reading...

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Samsung Mobile, Nike Win Social Media in 2013

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 23, 2013 07:15 PM

Samsung tops the list of global brands on social media in 2013, according to Starcount, which mined data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other sites to create the ranking.

While Samsung doesn’t rank as the most popular brand on any specific social network, it garnered 16 million new followers across multiple platforms in the past year, while Walt Disney claimed the No. 2 spot due in large part to an increase of 1 million followers on Chinese microblogger site Sina Weibo.

National Geographic took third place as its YouTube channel received 160 million views in 2013.Continue reading...

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Brands Make Big Splash at Social Media's Shorty Awards

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 10, 2013 03:37 PM

Social media mavens gathered in New York City Monday night for the 5th annual Shorty Awards, which honors the best short form content across Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube, Foursquare and more. 

Considered the Oscars for Twitter, the of-the-moment awards ceremony garnered more than 1.8 million tweet nominations during this year's voting process. With acceptance speeches limited to 140 characters, the awards capture the brightest spots on social, from the most viral memes to the most shared social campaigns. 

Started in 2008 by tech startup Sawhorse Media, the first Shorty Awards catered to a small audience of 300, but since then, the importance of social media campaigns have grown exponentially.Continue reading...

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Brands Mark World Water Day 2013

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 22, 2013 12:26 PM

Somewhere, a world exists where more people have access to smartphones than toilets. Oh, wait. That's us.

Today marks the 20th annual World Water Day, observed on March 22 since 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly declared a global effort to improve access to clean water. Today, hundreds of multinational brands, political figures, celebrities and NGO's are offering up innovative ways to participate. 

While Americans are drinking more water than ever before, the rest of the world's water crisis is becoming increasingly pressing, making it to the agenda of the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos. That's when a report ranked water among the top five global factors equal in impact to systemic financial failure and fiscal imbalance, with 2.7 billion people affected by water shortages, compounded by climate change and a global population nearing 8 billion.

Two official meetings—in The Hague, The Netherlands and at the U.N. Headquarters in New York City—are taking place today to facilitate a global conversation on water cooperation, this year's theme, but hundreds of initiatives have launched across the globe in support of the effort.

In keeping with the theme of 2013 being the year of water cooperations, we've found some inspiring examples of the type of public-private partnerships spurring sustainable innovation to address the world's water crisis.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, Suzuki, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Microsoft denied "Killer Instinct" trademark, as Microsoft-Google patent fight rests on "fairness" definition and Motorola is denied injuction against Microsoft in patent suit. Microsoft-Intel push to combat Apple in tablet space, meanwhile, seen as "sputtering."

American Suzuki forges ahead with incentives amid US wind down.

Apple wins six new design patents, sees increasing pricing tension with retailers and Steve Jobs bio pic starring Ashton Kutcher heading to Sundance.

Applebee's plans to open "green" restaurant in New York's Harlem where Hot Bread Kitchen is a rising local brand.

Balenciaga hires designer Alexander Wang as creative chief.

Baxter agrees to buy medical-equipment maker Gambro in company's biggest acquisition.Continue reading...

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Why Crowdsourcing is Here to Stay

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 2, 2012 02:08 PM

"Crowdsourcing" was coined in 2006 by Wired's then contributor Jeff Howe, evolving into a marketing tool by 2010 for brands of all sizes — and it's still going strong. Harnessing and rewarding user-generated contributions to your brand or project is no longer a trend but a way of life, as brands large and small embrace the technique for monetary gain, product identity, entertainment and social good. The latest iterations of inviting the masses to weigh in:

Heineken has launched its second Open Innovation Challenge, asking fans to 'Reinvent the draught beer experience' and employing comedians Adam Fields and Samba Schutte pull it all together. Users are asked to submit ideas and an accompanying ‘elevator pitch’ to the Ideas Brewery website and six finalists will participate in an ‘idea-enhancing’ workshop in Amsterdam in November.Continue reading...

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