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Branded Content Watch: "Robert Redford is The Redwood"

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 10, 2014 01:01 PM

This week in branded content, Robert Redford and celebs speak for Mother Nature, Ouija board terror and more after the jump.

The Pitch: Your Dream Date Awaits: Saturday Night Live for Mastercard
The Plot: SNL stars Bobby Moynihan and Taran Killam play daters of very different quality. All part of a special SNL-MasterCard partnership with its own microsite.
The Verdict: We're not sure what it says that this branded bit was funnier than most recent SNL skits.Continue reading...

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

Posted by Dale Buss on August 27, 2014 09:37 AM


Apple prepares to make largest iPad to date, report says.

GM ignition-switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths.

World Health Organization goes after e-cigarettes with stronger regulations.

McDonald's reviews relationship with troubled China meat supplier OSI.

Burger King encounters blowback to Tim Hortons acquisition over tax-inversion issue despite details of combination that will make it substantially a Canadian company and other attractions of the deal.


AT&T names new CEO of AT&T Mobility.

Adidas Poland launches Instragam game to promote new soccer cleats.

Airbnb announces new e-mail protections for users.

Ashley Madison comes under fire for profile-deletion fees.

Asus teases design for upcoming smartwatch.

Benefit Cosmetics taps 90s nostalgia for latest ad.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple iWatch, Bezos Defends Amazon Fire Phone and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 20, 2014 07:30 AM


At Cannes Lions, Unilever CMO Keith Weed bans word “consumer” in people-first focus; Beats CMO explains Apple acquisition; Facebook’s Sandberg promises no ads in messaging; Microsoft launches suite of ad targeting tools; and Google, Publicis and Conde Nast announce “La Maison” content partnership.

Sprint moves closer to $40 billion T-Mobile financing, as T-Mobile CEO apologizes for insulting rivals.

Apple's looming smartwatch will reportedly include 10 sensors to track health and fitness.

American Apparel CEO ouster could trigger loan defaults.

Amazon Fire Phone described as "chocolate ice cream" to WSJ by Jeff Bezos, who also defends move to New York Times.


Adobe turns iPad into drafting board with smart stylus.

Ben & Jerry’s is releasing Saturday Night Live-themed flavors.

BMW aims to make the MINI more masculine in China.

Cadbury customizes chocolates based on Facebook preferences.

Cheerios considers reviving 1980’s campaign to promote new dayparts.Continue reading...

social media watch

New Nielsen TV Ratings System for Twitter May Be Just What Skeptics are Looking For

Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2013 02:56 PM

Just in time to help promote its IPO, Twitter is welcoming a new ratings tool by Nielsen that purports to measure the synergies among viewership of a TV show and the conversations it generates on Twitter.

The new Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings will consider the number of people who read TV-related tweets, not just their authors. And while Twitter said in a filing about its upcoming IPO that the partnership with Nielsen to generate this data won't "directly generate revenue," it "will enhance [Twitter's] attractiveness to users and advertisers."

The system also should prove to be good news for those who are able to create "second-screen" cultural sensations that cross from TV to social media and vice versa. Miley Cyrus, for example, placed No. 2 and No. 3 in Nielsen's first Twitter TV Ratings list released this week, with her Miley: The Movement special on MTV and her hosting of NBC's Saturday Night Live over the weekend. ABC's season premier of Scandal placed No. 1.Continue reading...

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Yahoo, One Year Later: Mayer's Calculated Growth Strategy Prevails for Aging Tech Brand

Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2013 12:47 PM

Marissa Mayer may have created tidal waves in the worlds of maternity leave and telecommuting, but while she's also swelled Yahoo's stock price in her first year as CEO, she hasn't created more than a few ripples in terms of the company's long-term prospects.

Analysts aren't expecting much from the report of Yahoo's second-quarter financials today even though Google alum Mayer has been on the job at Yahoo for exactly a year, brought in as a last-ditch messiah as the tech company's sixth CEO in five years. Google and Microsoft also report earnings this week.

Among other things under Mayer, Yahoo has scooped up 17 technology startups, including the sizeable acquisition of Tumblr, has stemmed attrition and has, well, made it acceptable again in Silicon Valley to work at Yahoo instead of defect to Facebook or Google.Continue reading...

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Yahoo Targets Younger Demographic in Bid to Refresh Outdated Brand

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 15, 2013 05:53 PM

Yahoo is seeking a younger demographic as it looks to shed its outdated image and reliance on an “aging demographic." The internet brand plans to ramp up advertising and marketing to the younger set. 

"Part of it is going to be just visibility again in making ourselves cool, which we got away from for a couple of years," CFO Ken Goldman said at Tuesday’s J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom conference in Boston, according to Reuters. "Cool" includes greater visibility on outdoor billboards and at sporting events to catch the eye of 18- to 34-year-olds and promote new products, which will require a significant ad spend across multiple media.

Since taking the helm last summer (and instating a controversial no work-from-home policy) Marissa Mayer has already launched new versions of Yahoo's web email and Flickr photo sharing service and acquired several small start-ups, setting Yahoo stocks up for a near 70 percent surge. But analysts attribute the rise, at least in part, to stock buybacks and the growing value of Yahoo's Asian portfolio. "I do like the idea of buying back stock," said Goldman. "So I don't necessarily suggest at all that the fact that we've got a little bit more to go on the existing purchase does not mean that we would not go beyond that and buy more."Continue reading...

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In the News: Bangladesh, ABC, Yum! and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 13, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Bangladesh plans to raise pay for garment workers and allow unions.

ABC veteran Barbara Walters announces 2014 retirement as Disney plans to live-stream ABC programming via app and cloud.

Yum! sales in China fall 29 percent in April.

ABB says CEO plans to resign.

Audi outsells BMW brand globally — again.

Bloomberg admits use of its terminals for data snooping.

CBS chief touts TV over digital engagement.

Cisco tries reinvention in tough time.

Danone sets deal to acquire Happy Family brand.Continue reading...

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Live from New York: Yahoo Scores Deal to Stream SNL

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 25, 2013 03:34 PM

Yahoo just scored the rights to nearly four decades of Saturday Night Live episodes in a deal with Broadway Video Entertainment. Starting in September, the best clips since 1975 will be available on the web portal, exclusively, for one year.

CEO Marissa Mayer’s move is a video content coup for Yahoo, securing a foothold and media buzz for the brand looking to capture cultural zeitgeist and marketer mindshare. 

"As a fan, I couldn't be more excited," wrote Mayer in a blog post. "Blues Brothers, the Coneheads, Church Chat, Wayne’s World, Coffee Talk, Pat, the Hanukkah Song, the list of tremendous clips goes on and on. Saturday Night Live has pervaded and defined our culture for decades."Continue reading...

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