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In the News: Apple, Discovery, Novartis and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 1, 2013 08:59 AM

In the News

Apple loses iPad Mini trademark, and finds a fan in Kim Jong-un as North Korea rattles saber and tensions rise with U.S., while increased China headaches include hacking threat and iPad regulation.

Discovery Communicationexpands global channel reach and launches scripted programming.

Novartis loses cancer drug patent battle in India.

Amazon buys Goodreads community-driven user reviews website.

AMC reveals new tagline and logo.

Armani hires Cate Blanchett for $10M campaign.

AT&T scores with March Madness Twitter campaign.Continue reading...

brands under fire

Lowe's All-American Muslim Ban Leads 2011 PR Blunders

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 2, 2012 05:01 PM

Lowe's controversial decision to pull its advertising from TLC's All-American Muslim reality series — already spoofed by Funny or Die — has been named one of the top PR disasters of 2011 by Business News Daily. Read more here.

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In the News: BofA, Frito-Lay, White Castle & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 21, 2011 06:09 PM

Brands to Watch

Amazon leads Klout list of most influential retailers.

Avon ousted CEO Andrea Jung's two-year exit deal criticized by former CEOs.

Bank of America settles fair-lending case for record $335 million.

Beats by Dre pumps up headphone sales.

Diddy plans to launch tequila brand.

Facebook tests private messaging between users and brand pages.

FedEx disciplines delivery man who tossed computer monitor.

Frito-Lay sued over "all natural" claims.Continue reading...

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Kayak Paddles Into “All-American Muslim” Uproar

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 16, 2011 02:01 PM

Lowe’s caused an uproar when the DIY chain pulled its ads from TLC’s month-old reality show, All-American Muslim, which follows the adventures of five Muslim-American families that live near Detroit. That action caused plenty of anger to surface about the company as well as a call to boycott its stores by California State Senator Ted Lieu.

Now travel website Kayak.com is getting similar treatment. The site announced that it had decided to discontinue its ads mostly because it felt that the producers of the show hadn’t been totally upfront about its content.

“Any reasonable person would know that this topic is a particular lightning rod,” Kayak’s chief marketing officer, Robert Birge, wrote on the company’s blog. “We believe TLC went out of their way to pick a fight on this, and they didn't let us know their intentions. That's not a business practice that generally gets repeat business from us.”Continue reading...

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Lowe’s Hammered for Pulling Ads From TLC's "All-American Muslim"

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 12, 2011 01:01 PM

America's Lowe's Home Improvement chain has found itself in a tricky spot after pulling its ads from a new reality show on Discovery's TLC cable network, All American Muslim. The action was preceded by pressure from the conservative Florida Family Association, the Associated Press reports.

The FFA claims that the month-old show (it premiered Nov. 13) about five Muslim-American families outside Detroit is "propaganda that riskily hides the Islamic agenda's clear and present danger to American liberties and traditional values," the AP notes.

However, the pulling of the ads has put a spotlight on Lowe’s that the company surely did not want.

California state senator Ted Lieu called the company’s choice "un-American" and "naked religious bigotry," and is asking consumers to boycott the chain. He also is considering taking legislative action against the store “if Lowe's doesn't apologize to Muslims and reinstate its ads.”Continue reading...

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Southwest Expands Rewards Program to Boost Loyalty

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 22, 2011 06:01 PM

Everybody is looking for a deal. And Southwest Airlines would like to give them one. The airline has “launched an enhancement” to its Rapid Rewards loyalty program, expanding its roster of partners to allow the plan’s members to get a few extra points by purchasing from particular online retailers.

"Frequent-flier programs like all other loyalty programs are trying to figure out ways to drive more value for consumers," said Sarah Arvin, vice president of client services for Cartera Commerce, to Reuters. "Consumers are much more deal- and reward-conscious and they are trying to get more out of every dollar they spend."

Earlier this year, Southwest — in tandem with airlines including Continental/United — changed their frequent-flier plans so that the customers who were spending more money would get more points. This latest tweak is another way of providing incentive for fliers to stick with one airline rather than just ditching brand loyalty the way most folks are.

"We are trying to enhance the program in as many ways as we can," Jonathan Clarkson, director of Southwest Rapid Rewards, told Reuters. "As long as there is the proliferation of loyalty programs and enhancements to other airline loyalty programs, it's always going to be a challenge to maintain the loyalty of folks."

In another bid to make the brand more engaging, the airline also announced that it's shooting an original (and still untitled) series for TLC that will air next year.

brand revival

Can Oprah and Rosie OWN it Again?

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 13, 2011 03:14 PM

Two larger-than-life women, Oprah Winfrey and Rosie O’Donnell... one network, OWN, reaching 80 million homes... and a divided jury on the prospects for success.

“Oprah's second act appears to be confirming the old adage that there are no second acts in American life,” wrote businessinsider.com

Winfrey's newest show for the network, "Oprah's Lifeclass," which the former queen of talk has been heavily promoting, drew just 330,000 people on its first night, while the debut of "The Rosie Show" with solo guest Russell Brand drew 497,000 viewers.Continue reading...

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There She Is, the Miss America Branding Platform

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 29, 2011 01:01 PM

When 17-year-old Miss Nebraska, Teresa Scanlan, took on the crown of Miss America this past January, she became the youngest Miss America in the pageant’s 90-year history. She likely had absolutely no idea as the show’s host, The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison, began to sing, “There She Is, Miss America,” that things would be changing a great deal during her reign.

The Associated Press reports that “the Miss America organization is partnering with two companies, Infinity Lifestyle Brands and Hilco Consumer Capital, for licensing, sponsorship and brand creation” to create branding and revenue opportunities around the franchise. A new entity has been created entitled Miss America Properties, which will "create a licensing-driven platform focused on partnerships with leading American companies, including fashion, media, lifestyle products, and events."

"Developing Miss America into a license-based brand concept is a natural and powerful opportunity, and we are in discussions with a variety of strategic brands and sponsorship partners that are interested in influencing this transformational process from the onset," stated Cory M. Baker, Managing Director of Brand Strategy and Development, Infinity Lifestyle Brands, in a press release. "The real beauty behind this brand is its applicability and relevance in the marketplace across all product categories," added Jeffrey Branman, Managing Partner, Hilco Consumer Capital.

The beauty pageant business has been tottering on its high heels ever since TLC's Toddlers and Tiaras hit the air, so we'll be fascinated to see how the “Queen of Femininity,” as the song calls her, will evolve. Scanlan, meanwhile, continue spreading goodwill via local appearances and speeches until the next Miss America is crowned at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Jan. 14.

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