Posted by Dale Buss on January 23, 2015 09:18 AM
Super Bowl advertising buildup continues, as BuzzFeed makes local Super Bowl buy for new ad, Carl's Jr. aims for raciest Super Bowl spot ever (above), Mtn Dew plans to offer pregame Snapchat story, Nissan plays to fatherhood theme, Skittles releases its second teaser, Victoria's Secret floods social media with teasers for Super Bowl ad. (Click here for the latest ads and sneak peeks.)
adidas sells Rockport shoe brand to new company that includes competitor New Balance and has high hopes for new Ultra Boost shoe.
Starbucks names a techie COO and reports earnings as brand expands mobile ordering in US.
McDonald's reports disappointing financial results as chain also faces controversy over responsibility for alleged discriminatory franchisee actions.
Old Spice re-teams with Terry Crews:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 22, 2015 09:19 AM
Super Bowl teasers heat up, as Skittles reveals new ad as Victoria's Secret confirms Big Game spot in Valentine's Day teaser; Carl's Jr. plans to run racy spot in less than half of US; Snickers teases Super Bowl ad; Newcastle Brown Ale milks pre-game buzz with latest Aubrey Plaza spot; Nissan celebrates dads in digital pre-game campaign with YouTube stars; Weight Watchers confirms Super Bowl ad buy; and Bill Gates is guest editor of The Verge, which confirms local Super Bowl ad.
Google readies plans to become a wireless carrier while it hopes to take web directly to billions lacking access and wraps arms around 10% SpaceX stake with Fidelity.
Microsoft opens new era with new Windows 10 and dives into 3D head sets with hologram platform.
Discovery reportedly taking on Murdoch's Sky TV for English soccer rights.
Yahoo enters TV production with Simon Cowell-backed reality series, while tenure of CEO Marissa Mayer may ride on Alibaba investment.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2015 01:01 PM
Super Bowl Sunday is fast approaching on the first of February, and brands are either busy suiting up—or booking their beach vacations and skipping the fray, as automakers such as Audi, Ford and Volkswagen are doing this year.
While the on-field battle will be between the AFC’s New England Patriots and the NFC’s Seattle Seahawks, there is a separate skirmish occurring in the branding world: Is it more effective to endlessly tease a Super Bowl ad before the big game and even pre-release the commercial online, or is there more value in surprising consumers with your mega-bucks ad on Super Bowl Sunday?
The Wall Street Journal explored this vexing question by looking at a few brands' pre-Game Day strategies. Lexus, for example, is taking the pre-release route this year, already releasing its Super Bowl ad online: "Make Some Noise," which incorporates sounds from its new NX hybrid to underscore the action.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 6, 2015 05:58 PM
With less than a month until Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, brands are preparing their campaigns to woo the millions of fans worldwide who will be watching. Currently, the ad inventory for the game on NBC—up to $4.5 million per 30-second slot—is virtually sold out as half of the anticipated top-40 brands already have skin in the game.
"Early and often has become the new mantra for Super Bowl advertisers," Stephen Greyser of Harvard Business School told USA Today. "Each Super Bowl ad serves as a hub to promote the entire brand."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 12, 2014 12:11 PM
What caught our eye this week in branded entertainment, from Skittles mock documentary to video Christmas cards (abominable snowman, anyone?)
The Project: "SNOWKHANA THREE: YuleTube" for Ford Europe (Dec. 7)
The Plot: Stop motion drift star Mental Block whips around some of the year's biggest culturally iconic moments in Ford die-cast toys.
The Verdict: Epic branded content—and Ford Europe's third annual holiday treat for fans of the Ken Block Gymkhana "megamercials":Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 8, 2014 08:31 AM
Ford tops 1 million in annual China sales.
Amazon tests restaurant delivery service in bid to keep disrupting itself.
UBS turns to artificial intelligence to advise clients.
Uber driver in India arrested on rape charges.
Apple promotes iPad Air 2 (and apps from Post-it and others) in U.S. TV spot:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 14, 2014 09:28 AM
Amazon reaches agreement with Hachette over book sales.
McDonald's plans to open in Kazakhstan after closings in Russia.
Honda returns as official sponsor of the NHL.
Starbucks caught in corporate tax crossfire between EU and Netherlands.
Virgin America prices IPO. Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 30, 2014 09:04 PM
You know the IKEA spoof of The Shining—now take a look at what some other brands are doing with their Halloween advertising this year, from C to V:Continue reading...