Posted by Shirley Brady on March 15, 2015 12:48 PM
As Billboard's Andrew Hampp points out, South by Southwest is a little more subdued on the brand sponorship front this year, with a 25% reduction in permits and roughly 100 fewer official events, but that doesn't mean brands aren't ubiquitous at SXSW. They are.
There may be fewer parties, but there are still 550 companies exibiting at SXSW 2015, "up 25% from 440 last year," according to USA Today, not to mention invite-only private events taking place in and around SXSW and recruiters at the job fair portion of SXSW Interactive.
As Shiv Singh, Visa's head of digital and marketing transformation, tweeted, "Sometimes the private events or the brand-sponsored events can be just as good if not better than the regular panels."Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 9, 2015 08:01 AM
Today's unveiling of Apple Watch at 10 a.m. PDT event may see SVP Angela Ahrendts on-stage as Apple finally reveals ultra-luxe smartwatch line (and puts rumors to rest)—and, possibly, "one more thing."
Nike updates Nike+ running app to accommodate TomTom and other smartwatch partners.
Malaysia Airlines begins long road to recovery as missing flight inquiry report released on first anniversary.
P&G's global brand building officer Marc Pritchard lays out ad roadmap and programmatic perspective as Tide brand focuses on HE washing machines.
UPS launches new brand campaign highlighting enterprise customers: "United Problem Solvers." Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 3, 2015 07:54 AM
At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Pizza Hut responds to Domino's wearable move with beyond-the-waves in-car ordering with Visa Checkout ... Pebble reveals Steel smartwatch ... new phone reveals include BlackBerry's $275 Leap touchscreen phone ... Huawei plans big US push for wearable and mobile devices ... Facebook's Zuckerberg downplays Google's wireless plans and promotes Internet.org with partners ... AT&T connects car and home while partnering with Microsoft for small business ... Sony touts Xperia aqua for underwater shots ... Under Armour invests in health monitoring apps ... Telefonica details brand engagement-for-data pilot ... and Apple Watch spurs upgrade frenzy for Android devices.
At Geneva Motor Show, new car reveals include Lexus SF-SA concept ... Nissan unveils Sway concept ... Ford unveils new Focus ... Infiniti embraces bold design with QX30 concept ... Porsche unveils new 911 ... as Apple Car hangs over show—and Mobile World Congress, where Nissan-Renault CEO Ghosn welcomes Apple to the fray. Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on February 16, 2015 09:31 AM
Apple improves iMessage and FaceTime security following hack as electric car news trickles out, Jony Ive is profiled in The New Yorker and Apple Pay earns the White House seal of approval.
LG releases luxury smartwatch (the Urbane, above) with Android ahead of Mobile World Congress as brand takes Samsung spat to YouTube.
Amazon drone air delivery plan faces setback with FAA move to regulate space.
Hershey faces backlash for move to ban UK-made Cadbury chocolates in the US.
adidas gets endorsement from Pharrell Williams in midst of Kanye West New York Fashion Week hype.Continue reading...
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...
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.
MORE BRAND NEWS
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...
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.
MORE BRAND NEWS
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
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...