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Pinterest Takes a Note from Apple to Show Off Shiny New Features

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 21, 2014 06:52 PM

Today, every tech advertisement is seemingly the same: cool people listening to cool music and doing cool things with their device. The Apple-esque ads, whether they intend to or not, put more focus on the consumer than the services that are being advertised, making the user the "hero" instead of said device or service. 

It's a puzzling trend, but one that's being actively adopted by more and more brands, most recently Pinterest. The photo-social network has released a handful of new ads touting its new services, including messaging, that allows for more collaboration among users. The idealistic ads are pretty, and like Apple, centralize the consumer relationship over the service.

But Pinterest isn't the only one doing something new with its platform.Continue reading...

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Gap Goes Cute and Dell Goes Cool for Back to School Season Campaigns

Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 13, 2014 11:12 AM

With kids across the US trickling back to school over the next few weeks ahead of Labor Day, Gap is kicking its back-to-school campaign into high gear coming off a 2 percent sales boost in July. This year, the company is pulling out a major social effort tied to the brand's newest social presence, @GapKids

The launch of @GapKids includes a new contest, GapKids Class of 2014, that invites “parents to submit photos of their kids for the chance to be featured in a 2015 GapKids marketing campaign,” according to a company press release. All that enter will receive “a socially sharable moving image video of their child that encapsulates the GapKids aesthetic.” Gap has had a similar program, Casting Call, for the last six years, but this year's marks a much bigger investment in social media marketing.

The hope is that parents, who the National Retail Federation says will spend nearly $75 billion on back-to-school spending, will head to the @GapKids Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest channels to share and comment on parenting-related stories.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Target, Redskins and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 13, 2014 09:05 AM

TOP STORIES

Amazon takes on Square with launch of Local Register, a mobile credit-card reader and mobile app.

Hyundai offers settlement in Korea of SUV-mileage suit.

Target plans supply-chain reset to help fix Canada woes.

Tata Motors unveils first new model in home market of India in four years after Nano falls flat.

Washington Redskins launch campaign to defend name.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Southwest, Kellogg's, NFL and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 1, 2014 09:37 AM

TOP STORIES

Kellogg's plans to revive soggy cereal sales after accelerating slide, as judge orders it to open locked-out factory in Memphis.

Southwest Air and SeaWorld end partnership in response to ongoing animal rights protests.

Yum! Brands says sales effects of China supplier scandal could deepen.

Tesla breaks ground on a contingent basis in Nevada as its loss widens.

NFL will install sensors in players' shoulder pads to track on-field data. 

MORE BRAND NEWS

Agent Provocateur releases racy brand film directed by actress Penelope Cruz:Continue reading...

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Brand News: McDonald's, Amazon, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 30, 2014 09:22 AM

TOP STORIES

McDonald's told that it must address workers' complaints regarding protest discipline in ruling considered major victory for fast food workers.

Amazon plans to invest $2 billion in India as it calls for Hachette to lower e-book prices in their dispute.

Burger King follows Yum! Brands in cutting ties with China meat supplier.

Johnson & Johnson turns to social media to lure Millennial moms to baby products after cutting out controversial ingredients. 

Apple's iWatch patent approved, but launch may be pushed back

MORE BRAND NEWS

Best Buy CEO sees tablet sales "crashing."

Boys & Girls Clubs turns to fear in new campaign.

C-SPAN is headed behind the cable TV paywall

Chrysler is sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures.

Dunkin' Donuts partners with Discovery for Shark Week promo.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Chrysler, Coca-Cola, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 23, 2014 09:02 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple sees iPhone sales roar while iPad whimpers, as company gets patent for “iTime” watch.

Chrysler recalls 792,000 older Jeep Commander and Grand Cherokee models for ignition-switch problem.

Ford CEO Mark Fields, in one of first major moves, taps top engineer to lead Lincoln and product revival.

McDonald’s expects further challenges in business fundamentals this year.

Coca-Cola is relying on mini-cans to restore brand romance as earnings and revenue slide

MORE BRAND NEWS

American Apparel hopes to decide fate of CEO Dov Charney next month, report says.

Applebee's will turn its Instagram over to foodies for the next year. 

Cheerio's scores a win with new #HowToDad campaign.

Danone weighs expansion opportunities.

Deutsche Bank is blasted by US regulators for reporting problems.

Dick’s Sporting Goods lays off more than 400 PGA golf instructors on weak golf sales.Continue reading...

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Facebook Opens Up Data Flood Gates for More Targeted Ads

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 12, 2014 05:19 PM

In a move that seems like Minority Report meets The Social Network, Facebook is giving back, to marketers that is, who are eager for more information to better target ads to the network’s 1.28 billion monthly users.

Now instead of just retargeting users, Facebook is turning the social platform into an open market for what it calls a "data-based democracy." 

"Facebook has transformed from a company that disdained ads, to one that said it could figure out a better way to sell ads than everyone else, to one that sells ads just like everyone else, but with a lot more scale and data," Recode commented. "It makes a ton of money doing it.” 

The company explained in a blog post that it primarily learns about interests "from the things you do on Facebook, such as Pages you like. Starting soon in the US, we will also include information from some of the websites and apps you use.”

To assuage fears of an imminent privacy assault, the company is also releasing a tool that provides users with information about why they are seeing a particular ad—which the network calls a value-add for being able to be better plugged-in to users' lives in the real world.Continue reading...

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The ROI: Sephora, Thismoment Share Results of Pinteresting Beauty Board Launch

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 26, 2014 03:22 PM

As we noted in March, Sephora, an expert in all things beauty and online, launched its Pinterest-meets-Instagram Beauty Board—and we were curious how it has done for the brand.

The goal is simple: enable customers to share selfies, tag their own beauty looks, and highlight products with an offer to purchase online or at the nearest store.

With social shopping trending, and visual imagery proliferating thanks to Instagram and Pinterest, retailers are tapping into (while trying to change) consumer behavior online from the "shop and click" mindset to an interactive community experience, Beauty Board is engaging shoppers via desktop, tablet and mobile.

“The Beauty Board has increased the number of products people can showcase at one time when trying to recreate a beauty look," said Bridget Dolan, VP Interactive Media at Sephora, to brandchannel.

"Over 55% [of Beauty Board users] are tagging six or more products on every photo uploaded," she added. "Mobile accessibility is also key. Clients have mobile phones at their fingertips and can easily take and share selfies through the application. Over 60% of [Beauty Board] views are on mobile and over 45% of photos are uploaded from mobile devices.”Continue reading...

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