tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 9, 2014 05:15 PM
Today, at what seemed like its largest press event ever, Apple unveiled the future of communication—and it's beautiful.
CEO Tim Cook took the stage after countless brand fans and media kept their eye on a countdown clock on Apple's website, effortlessly building anticipation for a product launch that many have been counting on for the last year. And in true Apple fashion—minimalist introductory video and slideshow presentations, live demos and a parade of Apple executives not to mention U2—the brand introduced what everyone had been waiting for: two new iPhones, the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus; a new payment platform, Apple Pay; and the highly-anticipated Apple Watch.
After years—decades, really, in tech time—of shunning the "bigger is better" trend in mobile, Apple unveiled not one, but two new iPhones, both of which offer a larger screen experience. But the two new phones turned out to be perhaps the least ground-breaking announcement of the day.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2014 09:09 AM
Apple launch today of new iPhone (starring U2) is biggest test yet for CEO Tim Cook.
General Mills buys Annie's organic foods brand.
Home Depot confirms major data breach that could rival Target's breach.
Jimmy Choo plans $1 billion IPO.
McDonald's August sales slump as US decline reaches fourth month.
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Coach names new president and COO.
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brands with a cause
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 24, 2014 02:49 PM
Celebrity musician and activist extraordinaire Bono took home the inaugural Cannes LionHeart award for his humanitarian work, but not before he called the entire advertising community to action to get behind his nonprofit (RED) organization, which helps fight AIDS.
Calling the marketing industry the "creative engine of capitalism" and "the world’s thermostat" to tackle problems like AIDS, Bono noted that the majority of the foundation's funding comes from government organizations despite a growing number of consumer product partnerships and events.
Founded in 2006, Apple was one of (RED)’s earliest supporters, even though many wouldn't know it. Bono joked with Apple's Jony Ive, who presented the award, calling Apple "annoyingly quiet" about its participation in (RED) thanks to Steve Jobs' aversion to including the brand's iconic parentheses on any Apple products or in any Apple stores. Apple has, however, raised $75 million for the cause.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 29, 2014 08:29 AM
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Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 18, 2013 01:47 PM
Forbes Media is the latest victim of a dying print industry.
Perhaps best known for ranking wealthy individuals worldwide, Forbes is on the block for an estimated $400 million to $500 million in a sale being handled by Deutsche Bank. Former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes, who serves as editor-in-chief told employees on Friday that they’d received numerous inquiries about a sale.
The venerable, 96-year-old brand, founded by financial newspaper columnist B.C. Forbes in 1917, has been confronted by declining ad sales and dwindling profits as print-based media brands struggle to transform content, platform and purpose in a world wired 24/7.
B.C. Forbes was succeeded by his son, Malcolm, who was known for his expensive tastes including hot air balloons, Faberge eggs, Victorian art, real-estate and a motorcycle collection—all of which was sold off along the way, including Forbes’ longtime headquarters, which was sold to New York University in 2010. Forbes began making changes to its privately-held structure in 2006 to augment its digital presence by selling a 45 percent stake to Elevation Partners, the private equity firm co-founded and backed by U2 frontman Bono and Roger McNamee for close to $240 million.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on November 15, 2013 07:41 PM
Super Bowl advertising is becoming a three- or four-month-long seasonal platform rather than just a series of mega-impact TV spots contained within the Big Game each year. That trend has been strengthening for a while, but it's taking its fullest form this fall in the run-up to Super Bowl XLVIII on February 2 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.
Last Sunday, Jaguar, a new sponsor of the event, unveiled an ad during broadcasts of NFL football and on BBC America that gave away much of the approach that it will take in its actual first-ever ad during the game. Intuit is milking its initial Super Bowl appearance for all it can with a contest in which it's giving away the actual ad to a winning small business.
And every brand participating in the Fox telecast this year is otherwise planning how to take advantage of social media and other venues to tease ads that still tend to be forgotten by consumers within one or two days after the game—except that brands now increasingly also are continuing to use the ads themselves and related social media aftermath to keep the meme going for weeks afterward.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 12, 2012 01:02 PM
After Sandy, even Apple is giving to the Big Apple. The Cupertino, CA-based tech giant is giving generously to New York City and Northeast residents who were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy, as reported by 9to5Mac: “We just got the above email via an Apple employee from CEO Tim Cook showing the Cupertino company is looking after those on the other coast of the U.S. Apple will donate $2.5 million to the Red Cross to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims.”
The donation comes on top of an iTunes page for the Red Cross, where 100% of value is passed on to relief efforts. Apple’s recent link on their homepage that directs traffic to the Red Cross iTunes page is a major move as their site garners close to 35 million unique visitors monthly, placing it #23 in Compete’s popularity rank of websites. “It’s a prime bit of real-estate and it’s nice to see one of the five major links on the page go to relief in the wake of Sandy’s devastation of the eastern seaboard,” notes TheNextWeb.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is being praised for boosting Apple’s charitable giving, ad being seen as “determined to change the company’s stingy reputation — as one of the few major American corporations that before had barely donated to charity,” reports the New York Post. “Tech titan Apple at last donated something to charity worth talking about: $100 million… [which] still leaves Apple in an unusual spot — far behind its peers.”Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 8, 2011 12:26 PM
Gaggles of celebrities will be running around New York tonight at Fashion's Night Out events, and U2 fans in particular will be flocking to Bloomingdale's.
That's where Edun will host its FNO party featuring its "Storytellers and Liars" menswear collection for fall/winter, with guests Bryan Greenberg and Victor Rasuk, from HBO's How to Make It in America, along with the organic label's founder Ali Hewson — and with any luck for those fans, her husband (and label co-founder) Bono, too.
One of a number of FNO shopping events that Bloomingdale's is hosting tonight, Edun will transform the Metro Level Men’s Department of into a temporary club: The Double Seven and The Lambs Club Pop Up, billed as "the ultimate gentleman’s lounge complete with special guest DJ, handcrafted cocktails and tasty bites." The first 100 people to make an Edun purchase will receive a limited edition Edun Live tee.Continue reading...