Posted by Dale Buss on September 22, 2014 09:14 AM
Apple sets new record with 10 million iPhone 6 sales its first weekend, dispatching Tim Cook to Palo Alto and Angela Ahrendts to Sydney to meet fans, while pre-scheduled Joan Rivers endorsement backfires on social media. The music industry, meanwhile, is watching Apple's Beats acquisition closely amid rumors it may fold the service.
Alibaba's next step, following world's largest IPO: helping US small businesses.
Jaguar taps Stella McCartney for XE launch at Paris auto show, where MINI will show new five-door hatchback among other auto brand reveals.
Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Nestle, PepsiCo and other food and CGP giants sign landmark agreement on children's marketing rules.
NFL changes player-conduct policy and names a female CMO in PepsiCo veteran Dawn Hudson, as P&G cancels breast-cancer awareness tie-in with league and '47 brand stands by league.
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Air France pilots vote to extend strike.
Applebee's sees social lift from "food porn."
AT&T and other brand publishers find their relationship with Facebook "complicated."
BlackBerry makeover starts to take shape and show results.
Chipotle's "brilliant" hiring process featured on LinkedIn.
Citi sees New York audit of troubled Citi Bike program.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2014 09:37 AM
AB InBev seeks financing to buy SABMiller, which in turn is pursuing Heineken.
Microsoft agrees to buy Minecraft parent for $2.5 billion.
NFL faces new issue of Adrian Peterson's behavior as it searches for new CMO in midst of PR crisis.
Nissan plans reduction in battery production as EV hopes fade.
Jimmy Choo opens flagship store in midst of London Fashion Week, where Burberry puts a Springin its step for S/S '15 womenswear show and Anya Hindmarch partners Tony the Tiger on boxes of Kellogg's Frosties cereal.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 12, 2014 04:36 PM
RadioShack lost about 20 percent of its regular sales this summer compared with a year ago, and nothing else really matters to the struggling retailer.
So for the moment, RadioShack has given up most talk about its new products, merchandising and promotional gambits and is just focusing on corporate survival; it can worry about that other stuff later. New CEO Joe Magnacca told Wall Street this week that RadioShack soon will run out of cash and could be forced to turn to bankruptcy court if it can't find a financial lifeline from some new investor or creditor.
The 20-percent sales drop excluded newly opened or closed stores and left RadioShack with just $31 million in cash on August 2—or as the Wall Street Journal calculated, only about $6,800 in the figurative till of each of its 4,485 stores.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 12, 2014 09:36 AM
NFL faces advertiser questions as pressures mount over Ray Rice scandal and CBS pulls performance by domestic-violence victim Rihanna from beginning of Thursday Night Football telecast as Verizon backs Goodell and pledges to help league build domestic violence awareness program.
Darden Restaurant Group sees activist fund trying to take over Olive Garden's kitchen.
Alibaba may lift price for IPO.
GM issues "stop delivery" order to fix 2015 Chevrolet Corvettes.
Apple miffs iTunes users with U2 giveaway as iPhone pre-orders crash Apple's site.
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Burger King is urged by senators to ditch move to Canada in Tim Hortons acquisition.
Dove celebrates 50th anniversary in Canada by refreshing real beauty campaign (above).
eBay changes mind and creates in-app mobile ads.
Esquire promotes male mentorship.
Fiat Chrysler sticks to optimistic view as its Ferrari brand plans to boost output and Jeep nears launch of Italian-made subcompact Renegade.
General Mills creates Chief Creative Officer role as cereal sales keep declining.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 11, 2014 09:36 AM
Apple hires Gap's No. 2 marketer as it needs retailers to warm up to Apple Pay and faces delay in getting new iPhone 6 to China, as Samsung releases slew of ads poking fun at Apple announcements.
NFL appoints former FBI director to investigate Rice as AP reports that league saw video in April, and Verizon defends NFL Commissioner Goodell.
McDonald's tests tablet ordering and files trademark for "McBrunch."
RadioShack rescue package is in the works.
Sony reaches deal to carry Viacom TV channels on web.
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Alibaba on track to beat Facebook's blockbuster public offering for biggest IPO ever.
Audi and Chrysler are fined by pricing regulators in China, where foreign companies are increasingly feeling the heat.
Bonobos seeks to disrupt fashion retail.
Burger King launches black cheeseburger (with black cheese) in Japan, where KFC runs chicken-fried social marketing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 2, 2014 09:34 AM
Uber is banned across Germany by Frankfurt court.
Aston Martin hires new CEO, Andy Palmer, from Nissan.
McDonald's boosts food-safety efforts in China.
RadioShack and shareholder talk about saving company from bankruptcy.
Apple fixes bug but denies iCloud link to celebrity nude photos leak following internal investigatiion.
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1-800-FLOWERS acquires Harry & David.
Aflac ties campaign to college football.
Alfa Romeo sets return to US after 20 years.
American Apparel ads banned in the UK.
AOL brand CEO Susan Lyne steps down to attract women-led startups to venture arm.
Arthur Andersen name returns to tax consulting.
Buick launches new campaign to build on success of "Hmmm" spot. (More in our Q&A.)
Burger King sees tax history come under scrutiny.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 1, 2014 09:53 AM
A&E buys 10 percent of Vice for $250 million.
Apple blocks developers from selling users' health data to marketers; bans hazardous chemicals following China investigation; reportedly strikes payments deal to make next iPhone a mobile wallet with American Express, Visa and MasterCard; sees iBeacon struggle with retailers; and grapples with possible iCloud (via “Find my iPhone”) hack that led to massive nude photo leak affecting Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses.
Nike re-signs (Under Armour-wooed) NBA star Kevin Durant to sneaker deal rumored to be worth $350 million.
Disney files patents for drone-controlled puppets as Google drones find better reception than Amazon tests.
P&G's Tide brand honors uniformed workers on Labor Day (above).
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Alibaba faces stiffer homegrown competition ahead of upcoming IPO.
Art Everywhere partnership brings culture to outdoor advertising.
Bayer brings “world’s hangover cure” Berocca to US.
BMW sees bomb-proof fleet get big buy-in from Australian government for G20 Summit.
Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable protested by entertainment giants.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 20, 2014 09:31 AM
McDonald's in Ferguson, Mo., becomes headquarters of protest coverage as brand names first US VP of digital, rolls out bagged McCafe coffee with Kraft across US, and sets to offer mandarin oranges.
Uber hires former Obama campaign chief as lobbyist and tests delivery service in D.C.
Staples accelerates turnaround actions as sales continue to fall.
Walgreen shakes up executive ranks after projection was off by $1 billion.
Petsmart explores possible sale.
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AirAsia takes advantage while Malaysia Airlines wallows in tragedies.
Apple soars to stock record amid optimism about upcoming products.
Audi airs Emmys promo that's heavy on celebrity cameos (at top).
Boeing may boost production of its bestselling 737.
Brita recalls thousands of child water bottles.Continue reading...