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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: Adidas, GM, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on June 27, 2014 09:03 AM


Adidas pulls teeth-baring ads featuring Suarez after World Cup biting incident.

GM now faces federal grand jury probe in recalls, as company finally recalls 29,000 Chevrolet Cruze models that were part of sales “stop order.”

Nike sales fueled by World Cup and social marketing.

Yahoo seeks to buy YouTube content partner Fullscreen.

Google starts scrubbing Europe search results under “right to be forgotten.”


Audi introduces understated first plug-in hybrid as brand beams World Cup results over New York's East River using headlights.

Buick puts on running shoes with MyMapFitness.

Cracker Jack launches "Surprise Inside Project" gifting campaign. 

McDonald’s tests mobile ordering app.

Mercedes-Benz packs its GLA crossover in new social campaign.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Target, Girl Scouts, Pfizer and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 26, 2014 09:15 AM


Brands to Watch

Target Canada head makes aggressive 30-day guarantee as Target US hires Magna exec and talks up Altuzarra collaboration. 

General Mills, the Girl Scouts of the USA and Tootsie Roll take action on e-cigarettes using their product brand names.

Sony forms alliance for China PlayStation in Microsoft challenge as CEO touts wearable gaming.

Pfizer abandons AstraZeneca contentious bid.

New US gun control ads resonate in wake of Memorial Day Weekend mass shooting.


Apple seeks retrial and court order blocking sale of older Samsung phones as smart home system rumored for WWDC.

Carnival CEO addresses cruise industry challenges.

China plans to scrap millions of cars over emission standards.

Chipotle looks beyond the burrito.

Disneyland Paris opens Imagination Castle based on kids' drawings.

Hasbro exec dubbed "the father of G.I. Joe" has died, aged 86.

Heineken "shoe sale for women" campaign slammed as sexist.Continue reading...

brand targets

Smear Campaign: DePaul University Students Stuck with Sabra

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 24, 2011 03:00 PM

College students of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s rocked the nation with anti-authoritarian protests against the Vietnam war, nuclear war, racism, sexism, Watergate, and plenty of other things.

Today, college students in Chicago are getting upset about … hummus. Sabra hummus, to be precise.

According to the DePaul University group Students for Justice in Palestine, Sabra’s majority owners, the Strauss Group, “sends financial support to two Israeli military units accused of human rights abuses,” the Chicago Sun-Times reported. PepsiCo, by the way, owns the other 49%.

So the group’s members went to the student government offices and got them to agree to put the Sabra issue on a ballot. The vote was taken and 1,127 were in favor of getting rid of Sabra hummus in the cafeteria while 332 wanted to keep the chickpea dip around.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Coach, LinkedIn & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 24, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Allstate and other insurers brace for disaster claims.

Amazon finds a fierce bidder in Liberty Media's John Malone.

Armani bucks trend, vows to stay private.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America embrace social media.

British Airways among European airlines impacted by Iceland volcanic ash.

Camel Snus target smoke-restricted NYC.

Coach finds buyers returning to priciest bags.Continue reading...

brand targets

Israel Support Leads to Sabra Campus Protest

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 17, 2011 12:00 PM

Beyond providing local news outlets with a chance to smear on the puns for some dippy headlines, a debate over hummus brands at a Midwest university is more than a few activists full of beans.

At DePaul University, one of America's largest Catholic schools, students are set to hold a vote on whether or not the school's dining halls should remove Sabra brand hummus. Opponents of Sabra insist that the brand's parent company, Strauss Group, funds groups guilty of human rights violations.Continue reading...

digital marketing

Sabra Mixes Webisodes for Taste Intervention

Posted by Jennifer Sokolowski on February 11, 2011 10:00 AM

Sabra Dipping Company specializes in making the exotic mainstream in the U.S. with its line of Mediterranean hummus and dips. But when it sent the mainstream – in the person of Philadelphia firefighter Ray Clothier – to the exotic environment of Turkey, the company found it to be a story compelling enough to warrant its own web series which launched this week on the brand’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page.

Clothier, who  had never before traveled outside of the U.S., was the winner of Sabra’s “Taste Intervention” campaign, in which participants explained how they needed to get out of their food ruts and try something more adventurous. Clothier said he wanted to be able to cook better meals for his fellow firefighters at Fire Station 56.Continue reading...

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In the News: Another Bad Day for BP

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 15, 2010 07:00 PM

The Guardian calls today's Washington hearing with BP executives a "root canal" (one example) as gulf oil leak estimates increase by 50% and President Obama gears up for tonight's TV address on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Oil industry executives from Shell and ExxonMobil also testified in Washington today. Exxon, meanwhile, launched a blog to share its perspective on the oil spill. Tomorrow, BP CEO Tony Hayward will face a special Senate hearing and the TV cameras.

Fitch downgraded BP's stock (again) while a fire temporarily halted its Gulf operation, which is now partnering with Kevin Costner's company. Other brands in the news:Continue reading...

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