World Cup Daily

Benefit Gives Female Football Fans Their Own Space to Watch World Cup

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 7, 2014 05:10 PM

While many World Cup viewers are cramming themselves into sweaty bars, overpacked family rooms and massive public spaces, there are a few women in England who are seeing the matches in style. 

Benefit Cosmetics created a pop-up pub in London for women to watch the Cup along with other events, such as Wimbledon. It opened on the first day of the Cup with “cocktails, canapés,” and free “make-uppers” from beauty artists in attendance. The pop-up space will shut down on July 13, the final day of the soccer tournament. 

It isn’t just a sports pub for women, though, according to Event Magazine. There have also been karaoke nights, wine-tasting sessions, bingo and poker sessions, and live comedy, among other things. But Benefit's gambit is reflective of a greater push to recognize female soccer fans in a largely male sport.Continue reading...

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In the News: Aquafina, Amazon, Infiniti and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 1, 2013 09:21 AM

In the News

Aquafina introduce water line targeting teens.

Amazon plans to hire 40 percent more seasonal workers for this holiday.

Infiniti plans to cut inventories and raise standards for dealers.

AT&T plans ultrafast-internet system for Austin, Texas.

Adobe targets next generation of creatives.

Cardlytics debuts new visual identity and logo.

CNN and NBC scrap projects on Hillary Clinton.

Chrysler reports best September sales since 2007; all US automakers report today.

Dish Network and Walt Disney reach short-term deal to avoid blackout.

GM encounters softening sales in India.

Google closes in on deal to end European antitrust case over search.

Heineken hints at creating "high-end" home-beer machine.

JPMorgan settlement could falter over question of "wrongdoing."

Merck aims to save $2.5 billion by cutting additional 8,500 jobs, extending layoffs to 20% of workforce in shift to sales-driven R&D.

Microsoft and Nokia make inroads in Europe's lower-end smartphone market.Continue reading...

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In the News: Chrysler, JCPenney, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 10, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

Chrysler recalls more than 214,000 vehicles.

JCPenney acting CMO Sergio Zyman canvasses adland for marketing help as Macy's/Martha Stewart trial rolls on.

GM returns to Facebook advertising with mobile test for Chevy Sonic as it provokes unionists in Korea with talk about pullout, and Facebook widens data targeting for advertisers.

Aereo finds broadcasters circling the wagons against its streaming model.

Apple and Yahoo discuss deeper iPhone partnership, WSJ says.

Beech-Nut teams with Goya to launch Hispanic baby food line.

Behr launches social media program to market paint.

Cablevision Systems gives more responsibilities to wife of CEO.

Cannes Lions Festival adds jury on Branded Content and Entertainment.

Chili's begins marketing pizza nationwide.

Facebook has yet to monetize billion-dollar Instagram acquisition.

Fiat becomes more reliant on US and Asia for growth.

Fisker Automotive prepares to file under Chapter 11 soon.

Frontier Airlines may be on the block, WSJ says.Continue reading...

divide and conquer

How to Grow a Brand? Spin It Off

Posted by Barry Silverstein on August 16, 2012 11:09 AM

Look at the current M&A (Mergers & Acquisitions) scene in U.S. business and you'll see signals, especially in the food industry, that big conglomerates are falling out of favor: 

  • In June, Sara Lee jettisoned its famous name, splitting the company into two units: Hillshire Brands, focusing on mostly meat products, and D.E. Master Blenders 1753, a European maker of coffees and teas. 
  • Last week, the country's largest dairy company, Dean Foods, said its Whitewave unit, which accounts for about 40 percent of Dean's operating income, would split from the company and file an IPO. Whitewave produces Horizon Organic milk and the Silk brand, which includes soy and almond milk, products that have been growing faster than Dean's regional milk brands.
  • In October, the giant Kraft Foods will split the company in two, separating its U.S. business (Kraft Foods Group) from its international snack foods business (Mondelez International). 

Corporate breakups are on the rise, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which reports that there were 19 U.S. corporate public company spinoffs in 2011 vs. 16 in 2010. Eleven spinoffs have already been finalized in 2012 and thirteen more have been announced. Continue reading...

user-generation

The Perils of the Online Comment

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 29, 2011 10:00 AM

Facebook marketing director Randi Zuckerberg is taking aim at "trolls," so-called because they harass others on the web, calling for an end to anonymous online commenting.

At a social media panel this week in New York, she stated that web users would "behave a lot better" if they used their real names when commenting and communicating online. "I think anonymity on the internet has to go away," she said. "I think people hide behind anonymity and they feel like they can say whatever they want behind closed doors."Continue reading...

traveling brands

Gtrot Woos Social Globetrotters

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 22, 2011 01:00 PM

Brittany Laughlin, co-founder of Gtrot, a travel platform that uses Facebook’s social graph to help plan and share their trips, recently talked about her passion at at the IdeaMensch Los Angeles.

Her pitch: Gtrot, short for globe-trotting, combines the ease and expectations of digital natives; post a message to each friend’s Facebook wall and access a stream of advice and daily deals from the likes of Groupon, based on destination, with curated email deal offers five days before departure right up until the trip is over.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Hyundai, Visa, KFC

Posted by Dale Buss on April 8, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Citi says every single major automaker is a "sell" thanks to Japan supply/disruption issues as Honda faces US slowdown as parts-strapped Toyota cancels overtime at UK plants.

Audi to offer limited-edition “halo” cars to haunt BMW.

Dancing with the Stars faces heat over dancer's Playboy cover.

Dell increases investment in cloud computing.

Expedia plans to spin off TripAdvisor.

Genentech gets help from patients in Avastin fight.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Myspace, Time Warner Cable, Google and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 7, 2011 07:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Time Warner Cable and Viacom take iPad streaming dispute to court.

China's Tencent among interested buyers for Myspace.

Google tests game-mechanics strategies with Recyclebank.

Google and US Justice Dept. also near deal on ITA acquisition.

Bing's iPad app aims to make browsing beautiful. 

Bronx Zoo picks name for celebrity cobra; fauxbra not impressed.

ESPN launches TV Everywhere iPhone and iPad App with US cable operators.Continue reading...

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