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Oakley Takes Its Disruptive Design to Retail

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 22, 2014 10:31 AM

Oakley kicked off its first global campaign under the banner "Disruptive by Design" in March, and it appears to be having a positive reception as brand enthusiasts have been posting images of the company’s new “design bunker” at its corporate HQ across social media.

Oakley is also getting some nice face time thanks to this summer's Tour de France, as cyclists grind through one of the most grueling and difficult competitions in the world. The Tour has been a centerpiece for Oakley since way back when Greg LeMond was riding in it.

Oakley challenged itself back in 2008 when two custom pairs of shades were designed and built from scratch in the two weeks before the race got started, according to VeloNews. They served as the prototype for a new line.Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: Oakley, Samsung, Nike and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 23, 2014 02:10 PM

Someday, everything will be narrated by Kevin Spacey: The Oscar winner's voiceover can be heard on Oakley's "A Story of Disruption" short documentary exploring the brand's philosophy and 40 years of product design. "Disruption" comes complete with a fancy-pants microsite, too.

Ford's Lincoln Theatrical Aspirations: Not only is it the signature sponsor of the Tribeca Film Festival, Lincoln Motors is producing its own film. The noir short Alethea follows actress Elsa Carette as she is transported through New York City in a Lincoln MKZ:Continue reading...

tech innovation

Smarter (and Sexier) Wearable Tech Looks Beyond Early Adopters

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 1, 2014 10:45 AM

The world's biggest e-tailer is now in the wearable tech business. That's right: Amazon, that bellwether of all things retail/e-tail, just opened a Wearable Technology store this week, devoted exclusively to selling smartwatches, activity trackers, healthcare devices, wearable cameras—even trackers for your pet.

From top brands like Samsung, Jawbone, LeapFrog (yes, there are kid wearables) and GoPro, to brands-to-watch like Basis and Misfit, "Wearable technology is an exciting category with rapid innovation and our customers are increasingly coming to Amazon to shop and learn about these devices," says John Nemeth, Amazon's director of Wireless and Mobile Electronics.

Facebook just paid a staggering two billion dollars to acquire Oculus VR, the virtual reality startup whose Oculus Rift gaming headset resembles a scuba mask with a metal plate on the front, while Intel acquired smartwatch-maker Basis Science for $100 million and insiders say that Apple will bring its highly anticipated iWatch to market this year.

As the New Yorker observes, “Companies love the idea of wearable technology because that constant data stream would be a bonanza for marketers, measuring what people are doing every second, even while they’re asleep.” Consumers, however, are not flocking to bulky, strap-on devices as proven by hundreds of Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatches that popped up on eBay a mere six months after launch.Continue reading...

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Oakley Opens Doors to Design Inspiration in New Global Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 28, 2014 12:52 PM

While Oakley has been around since 1975, the secretive accessories brand has never ran a global marketing campaign—until now.

The company's "Disruptive by Design" campaign puts a hard focus on the high-quality design that supports the Oakley brand. The campaign aims to show the "inner sanctum where its products have been mysteriously designed, in the hope of joining the ranks of high-flying sports performance brands like Red Bull and Nike," Adweek notes

"Disruption has always been core to our DNA and for the first time, we are giving insight into our practices," said Tom Cartmale, global brand communications director for Oakley.Continue reading...

what girls want

Oakley Looking to Get More In Tune with Female Customers

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 4, 2013 01:43 PM

Since sunglasses and sportswear powerhouse Oakley started to really go after a female audience back in 2005, the company has learned that you can’t just make your products pink and expect the women to start showing up. 

“Companies don't think about the special needs females have,” Josée Perreault, Oakley's senior VP-global business and the brand's highest-ranking female executive, told AdAge. “It's a trap that male-dominant companies fall into. We're totally [past that]—though there's still some pink in our collection.”

Since those ill-fated efforts, Oakley “has improved its designs, placed more women in leadership roles, launched women-specific ad campaigns and started an education program dubbed ‘Female Speak’ in stores,” AdAge reports. It’s first female-focused campaign, “Perform Beautifully,” came out in 2010, but didn’t differentiate itself enough from other brands.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Zynga, Lululemon, Monsanto and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 4, 2013 09:20 AM

In the News

Zynga cuts staff to pre-IPO level.

Lululemon brings back yoga pants.

Monsanto plans to quit lobbying on GMO issues in Europe.

Apple is accused by prosecutors of helping drive up e-book prices.

Birchbox rebrands its beauty and lifestyle subscription service. 

Cadillac posts biggest sales surge since 1976.

Chipotle expands ShopHouse Asian concept.

Dunkin' Donuts to roll out glazed-doughnut sandwich nationwide.

eBay forms partnership with India's Snapdeal.

FedEx parks jets sooner to cut costs as economy slows.Continue reading...

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In the News; AB InBev, GE, PepsiCo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 8, 2013 09:02 AM

In the News

AB InBev reachedtentative agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice over its disputed $20.1 billion acquisition of Mexican brewer Grupo Modelo, which faces inquiry over Mexico worker deaths.

GE to buy Lufkin for $3 billion in oil-and-gas-industry play.

PepsiCo seeks to patent novel high-protein nutrition beverages.

Adidas stops controversial sale of t-shirts around injured Louisville player Kevin Ware.

AOL CEO Tim Armstrong to be honored for pro-women Makers series.

Apple's former advisor to Steve Jobs admits brand screwed up iPhone naming system.Continue reading...

cocktail hour

All the News You Can Drink: Heineken Star Rises, Brangelina Wine a Sell-Out and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 8, 2013 05:07 PM

Heineken’s Star Bottle Arrives Stateside with New Campaign

Heineken’s new taller, sleeker and starred bottle is already available in 170 countries and is now being rolled out in the United States with a new “Arrive Big” ad campaign featuring the brand’s “Man of the World” in such exotic locations as Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Lagos, Nigeria and New York City. In each location, the protagonist finds himself in prickly situations at various clubs, yet somehow ends up with the girl and the beer (and an #arrivebig hashtag, to boot) in the end.

“Our priority is to ‘break the mold’ in beer marketing with cinematic, sophisticated ads that feature our ‘Man of the World,’ a progressive, cultured guy, who is inventive in any situation,” said Colin Westcott-Pitt, vice president of Heineken, in a press release. Heineken doesn’t go so far as to pull a New Coke move and break the mold inside the bottle, of course.Continue reading...

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