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Brand News: Starbucks, DreamWorks, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 09:03 AM


Starbucks launches first global brand campaign with “Meet Me at Starbucks” interactive YouTube short film.

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly in talks (since cooled?) to buy the DreamWorks animation studio.

Facebook bid for WhatsApp clears EU hurdle

Yahoo, AOL pressured to cut a deal and join forces.

Instagram reportedly blocked as China/Hong Kong protests impact businesses and cancel holiday fireworks.


Advertising Week kicks off in New York.

Air France ends strike, vows to speed up Transvania low-cost airline. 

Alibaba pays $459M for stake in Chinese hotel tech firm.

Amazon seeks to avert holiday snafus and faces opposition by literary lions over e-book prices.

American Apparel names temporary CEO.

Apple sees smuggled iPhone 6 phones go begging in China as EU presses company on ill-gotten tax benefits in Ireland, Apple Watch goes on display (for one day only) at Colette during Paris Fashion Week, and Apple and Pearson lose $1B common core schools contract in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Marvel, Share a Coke, Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 26, 2014 09:01 AM


Apple rebuts reports of bending iPhones as it copes with "Bendgate" by pulling back curtain on testing lab.

Chrysler recalls nearely 350,000 vehicles from 2008 to fix ignition switches.

Coca-Cola sales edge up after "Share a Coke" promotion.

Marvel promotes branded superhero, Captain Citrus, with Florida Department of Citrus.

NFL security chief was sent Ray Rice video in April, report says.


Airbus says it may win a new A380 customer by year's end.

Air France pilots defend "gourmet" contracts.

Amazon rolls out grand plan to avoid holiday-delivery snafus again.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Uber, Aston Martin, McDonald's and more

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.


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...

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Ryder Cup Seals Deal with First World Sponsor

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 26, 2013 01:07 PM

World War II and 9/11 are the only things that have kept the best European and American golfers from squaring off against each other every two years since the late 1920s in the Ryder Cup.

Though it has such big names as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Colin Montgomerie involved and been around for 85 years, the Ryder Cup has never had a worldwide sponsor—until now.

Scotland’s Standard Life Investments has signed on to fill that spot for the next two Cups, Reuters reports. "This announcement follows the launch of the unified Ryder Cup global brand identity and the stated aim of Ryder Cup Europe and the PGA of America to secure global partnerships going forward," said Pete Bevacqua, chief executive officer of the PGA of America. The tournament is one of the sport's biggest, reaching up to 500 million daily TV viewers in 183 countries. Continue reading...

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In the News: Ikea, JCPenney, Kodak and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

3M plans to acquire ceramics maker Ceradyne.

Amazon comes under fire for offering Nazi death-camp puzzle.

AutoNation makes big digital push.

BMW brings performance school online.

Simon Cowell proposes truce in competition between his X Factor on Fox and The Voice on NBC.

Fender tries to stay plugged in.

Ford hits the road to tout new C-Max nameplate.

GM recalls cars over fuel leak problem.Continue reading...


Freshly Rebranded Ryder Cup Tees Off in Chicago

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 28, 2012 05:44 PM

Most of the world’s best golfers are hanging out in the suburbs of Chicago this weekend, but they're not there to share a cold one and reminisce about good times. It’s the 39th Ryder Cup, the golf tournament that features the best players in Europe taking on their American counterparts every two years. 

The tourney, featuring such pros as Tiger Woods, Sergio Garcia, Rory McIlroy, and Jim Furyk, kicked off Friday and should finish up on Sunday, barring any unforeseen incidents. It is one of the few events that pro golfers team up to play rather than competing as individuals. Europe has won all but two of the events since 1995, but the Americans have the home-course advantage this time around.

Economies can be crumbling. Hemlines can be rising. Icebergs can be melting. But pretty much nothing stops these two sides from doing battle for bragging rights. After all, there is no prize money involved. It’s all about pride. And this time around, everybody around will be sporting new Ryder Cup logos, which was designed by the folks at Interbrand, which just happens to own brandchannel, as part of a brand refresh to help this tourney stand apart from all the endless rest.Continue reading...


Ryder Cup Gets Unified Logo

Posted by Barry Silverstein on February 1, 2011 02:00 PM

In a move the PGA says will "unify the brand and strengthen the alliance between the two organizing bodies," the renowned Ryder Cup is getting an image makeover: a new brand logo.

Resembling a shield or coat of arms, the just-revealed logo carries an interpretation of the U.S. flag on the left and the European flag on the right, surrounding an image of the golden cup that is presented to the tournament winner. "RYDER CUP" is prominently displayed in a banner running horizontally across the shield.

Ryder Cup Europe and The PGA of America collaborated on the logo, which was designed by Interbrand.

David Martin, President of Interbrand New York and leader of its golf practice, said, "We all believed in the power of the brand; that it was time to make the Ryder Cup brand more broadly relevant to more than the passionate golf fan. ...The Ryder Cup is a competition that has longevity, and the consensus of all within the project was that its brand must be powerful to withstand any challenge. The power of the shield is a mark that has a contemporary feel to it."Continue reading...

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In the News: Al Jazeera, Ford, WikiLeaks and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Al Jazeera plays 'galvanizing' role in Middle East, as Egypt blocks web and messaging as unrest escalates, and WikiLeaks releases US/Egyptian cables.

Amazon grows at the cost of profits; announces winners of first script contest.

Borders seeks possible bankruptcy financing.

BP spill claims in the thousands challenged as fraudulent.

Caterpillar beats analyst estimates on China sales.

Bratz/Mattel trial is underway in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

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