brand battle

In Defense of Seahawks Fans: Duracell Looks to Show Positive Side at Sunday's Game

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 15, 2014 03:51 PM

The Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will meet on Sunday to vie for a Super Bowl spot in a game that's sure to be a blow-out—if you're talking noise levels, of course. Beyond the legendary rivalry between the two teams, the Seahawks' CenturyLink Field has claimed the title of loudest stadium in the NFL after causing not one, but two minor earthquakes during home games.

To add fuel to the playoff fire, two brands are now battling to show their TV spots during the game's broadcast—one from Beats by Dre, featuring 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick blocking out the jeers of overzealous Seattle fans with his headphones, and another from Duracell, which spotlights the story of Seahawks running back Derrick Coleman, who is legally deaf and uses a hearing aid powered by Duracell to hear the cheers of his fans. 

While the Beats by Dre ad has been running throughout the playoffs and will likely be shown during this weekend's game, Duracell is reacting to a surge of positive reactions to its Coleman ad, and is hoping to secure a spot during the nationally televised game, Ad Age reports.Continue reading...

personal brands

Is This the End of the Tim Tebow Brand? Not Likely

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 4, 2013 05:58 PM

Could it be the end of Tebowmania?

After being cut from the New England Patriot's roster earlier this week, Tim Tebow, the University of Florida football star, 2007 Heisman Trophy winner and creator of a new verb, "Tebowing," has once again watched his short-lived NFL career fall flat. Now a free agent, it seems as the NFL season will kick-off Thurday without its most recent marketing juggernaut—but is this really the end of Tebow the brand?

While Tebow the NFL star has left much to be desired, the handsome, well-spoken QB has done wonders for the NFL and consumer product brands alike both on and off the field, where he has struggled to succeed since his last starting bid with the Denver Broncos. But the marketing phenomenon that is Tim Tebow has long outlasted his career as a first-string quarterback.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Kodak, Petco, Toyota and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 4, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Kodak officially ends bankruptcy.

Petco launches transformation effort.

Toyota announces hybrids recall.

Amazon unveils new Kindle, Matchbook service. 

Bank of America exits China bank stake.

Bison Council pushes acceptance of the meat.

Chick-fil-A offers free breakfast, with reservation.

Chrysler posts 12 percent sales gain in August as all brands ready for US sales reports today.

Google partners with Nestle to name new operating system.

Hershey boosts ad spending and sales have followed.

Johnson & Johnson adds red warning label on Tylenol over dosage concerns.

JCPenney finds love from other hedge funds.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Samsung, Tiffany & Co., Maserati and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 4, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Samsung could call its line of wearable tech Samsung Gear, according to trademark filings.

Tiffany & Co. is the preferred jewelry brand of wealthy women, according to a survey by The Luxury Institute.

Maserati plans to launch "entry-level" sedan.

Brother touts big things in small printers.

Deoleo stakes for sale as Spanish banks seek exit from olive-oil giant.

Deutsche Bank is warned about brokerage operations by South Korea.

New England Patriots reveal new, streamlined logo

Rupert Murdoch vows revenge against UK police in secret recording.

Pepsi is rapped by environmental group over health dangers of caramel coloring.Continue reading...

cocktail hour

All the News You Can Drink: Newcastle Gets Real, Shipwrecked Brew and more

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...

celebrity brandmatch

UGG Keeps on Chugging with New Tom Brady Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 19, 2012 11:18 AM

A few years ago, UGG was stomping all over its competitors, but these days, the Australian company is just dancing as fast it can to keep consumers buying.

Yes, there are still queues at the UGG store in New York's Soho district, but that's mostly among tourists, which is why the brand is opening in the trendier Meatpacking district, joining Patagonia and Lululemon in cozying up to crowds at the Standard Hotel and upmarket retailers such as Jeffrey in a bid to woo higher-end shoppers.

The brand sparked a sheepskin boot craze more than a decade ago, and while it's trying to shore up its US business with a new commercial featuring brand ambassador Tom Brady ("Pink Slip," above) and a new store aimed at men, its popularity persists in markets such as the UK, where this month, the company is opening its seventh concept store and working hard to woo kids of all ages.Continue reading...

celebrity brandmatch

Tom Brady Stars in The Mystery of the Nike Logo Cover-Up

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 27, 2012 11:35 AM

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is one of the most-watched NFL players in the biz, particularly by folks who don’t care for the game. Being married to supermodel Gisele Bundchen will do that for a guy.

So it set tongues wagging Wednesday when Brady showed up at his weekly Wednesday press conference wearing a gray sweatshirt that had the Nike logo that is usually there on the sleeve covered up with a little piece of white tape. Nike, of course, is the official supplier of the NFL’s apparel. But, as NESN points out, Brady has a deal with competitor Under Armour.

Brady talked about plenty of things, such as his ailing right shoulder and the team’s 1-2 record. But he didn’t address how that piece of perfectly sized tape happened to get onto his sweatshirt right at that particular spot.

The Boston Globe's New England Patriots beat reporter, Shalise Manza Young, tweeted the photo above and later commented, "Brady has vested interest in UA - not just spokesman, gets share of profits."Continue reading...

sports in the spotlight

Brands Climb Onto NFL, NCAA Juggernauts for Football's Big Kick-Off

Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2012 05:02 PM

Are you ready for some football? Big brands surely are. The National Football League may be a marketing and TV-programing juggernaut, but it is carrying more weight for more major brands than ever.

Take auto advertisers, for instance. Despite football telecasts that already were slated to be crowded with other car brands, Audi decided to use tonight's kickoff game between the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys for the marketing launch of its crucial new 2013 S Models. These performance nameplates (S6, S7 and S8) and the "S" brand are fundamental for Audi to move to the next phase of its positioning in the U.S. market, as a provider of exciting, luxurious and well-designed automobiles.

And so the NFL gets the call tonight to host the first Audi ad under its new tagline, "Heighten Every Moment," featuring the Audi S8. The 60-second spot (watch it above) will run in the first break after kickoff. Audi also announced that it will appear in the Super Bowl game in February, its sixth consecutive advertising appearance in the big game.Continue reading...

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