Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2014 09:15 AM
GM quarterly profit plunges on recall costs as company sets aside $400 million for victims and recalls 718,000 more vehicles.
American Apparel names a new board, minus CEO Dov Charney.
Foursquare debuts new visual identity, redesigned app.
Target aims at GenY with its test of smaller TargetExpress stores.
Facebook revenue soars on mobile ads.
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Air Algerie flight missing with 116 on board reportedly crashes.
Amazon debuts self-serve ad tool.
American and United Airlines post stronger profits.
Boeing agrees to sell plane parts to Iran.
Domino’s credits digital strategy for sales growth.
Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne quashes talk of tie-up with Volkswagen.
Fifty Shades of Grey trailer arrives online.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 8, 2014 09:09 AM
Crumbs Bake Shop closes its doors.
Greenpeace criticizes LEGO tie-in with Shell with LEGO-animated short film.
Samsung warns of slumping profits on weaker demand as it looks beyond hardware.
Tesla sued in China for trademark infringement.
Walmart embraces smaller store formats.
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ADM buys Wild Flavors.
Abuelo’s refreshes menu and look for 25th anniversary.
Air New Zealand pulls in-flight safety video featuring scantily clad models.
Herb Allen’s Sun Valley media mogul conference kicks off.
Alibaba sees red flags raised by deals by founder Jack Ma.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 2, 2014 01:18 PM
Marriott International is one of many travel companies that have made a point of supporting the LGBT community through events and sponsorships. Now, the company, which is the parent of hotel brands including The Ritz-Carlton and Courtyard, has recruited one of the most significant figures in the LGBT community for its new #LoveTravels campaign.
The social media and marketing initiative, which launches today in time for June's pride month, features Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player that made headlines last year after making his orientation public in a feature for Sports Illustrated. In addition to wrapping hotels in Washington, DC, the US-focused campaign has a dedicated website and also features related content on Marriott's gay travel sites. Pinpointing the market is a smart move, as LGBT marketing specialist group Out Now estimated the LGBT travel market to hit $181 billion in 2013, according to USA Today.
This isn't the first time Marriott has ran an LGBT-focused campaign. #LoveTravels is an extension of its "Be You, With Us" initiative that launched in 2012, which helped the company be named one of the best places to work for LGBT equality by the Human Rights Commission—a surprising honor for a company with a largely conservative board.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 3, 2014 09:23 AM
Apple meets with FDA over mobile medical apps and reportedly explores alternative energy sources.
Chrysler posts 8 percent increase in January sales and re-brands to "America's Import" in Super Bowl.
Walmart cuts outlook as new CEOs take office on Feb. 1.
AT&T cuts family-plan mobile pricing as competition heats up.
Bacardi shakes up safety efforts at Jacksonville plant after death.
Bank of America reaches $8.5 billion settlement.
Facebook toys with anonymity.
Honda touts vehicles' safety performance in wake of Bruce Willis Super Bowl ad.
Jos. A. Bank rebuffs Men's Wearhouse again.
Keystone XL gets a green light.
Maserati touts its return to US in Super Bowl spot.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2014 09:25 AM
Best Buy saw cheaper-price strategy fizzle for Christmas.
Target tests small store for urban shoppers.
Google tests "smart" contact lens.
Bitcoin breaks into NBA.
Black + Decker redesigns brand.
Cadbury takes "wearable tech" to whole new level.
Campbell marks 80th anniversary of condensed chicken-noodle soup with social campaign.
Chevrolet boosts presence in Russia.
Coldwell Banker creats pre-launch buzz for Grammys spot.
Domino's plans to remodel all restaurants by 2017.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 3, 2014 09:33 AM
General Mills removes GMOs from Original Cheerios.
Walmart recalls tainted donkey meat in China.
BlackBerry drops Alicia Keys as creative director.
5-Hour Energy charged to prove ad claims by Oregon AG.
American Airlines staff vote to keep new livery.
Apple CEO Tim Cook takes pay cut for brand's performance.
AT&T goes after T-Mobile with up to $450 lure, and eyes mobile banking.
Ben & Jerry's appeals to Colorado potheads.
BMW builds bobsleds for US Olympic team.
Boeing faces key vote by machinists.
Burger King rebrands value menu.
Charlotte Hornets unveil new logo.
Chrysler posts best annual sales in seven years as GM, Toyota US auto sales stall in December.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 4, 2013 07:02 PM
If you’re idea of luxury is to get on a plane that has seats that lie flat so you can sleep, United may be your new airline of choice. The airline has just redesigned 15 of its Boeing 757-200s to offer such service along with extra legroom for those flying out of New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport en route to Los Angeles or San Francisco.
United claims that it’s the first to offer such options on these “Premium Service routes,” Mediapost reports. The spruced-up planes also have “in-flight WiFi along with personal, on-demand entertainment at every seat as well as power outlets and USB ports at every seat.”
"Our investment in these aircraft and in the p.s. service will add greatly to our flyer-friendly customer experience on these coast-to-coast flights," said Jeff Foland, United's executive vice president of marketing, technology and strategy, in a press release. "This is just one more example of the many things we are doing to provide greater onboard comfort and convenience on every United flight."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2013 09:18 AM
Snapchat hires away Emily White, Instagram's ad exec, to be company COO.
Mercedes-Benz CLA comes through and cements US sales lead over BMW.
Newsweek plans return to print.
Applebee's rolls out tablets nationwide.
Benetton rises above Levi's to become India's top international fashion brand.
BJ's Wholesale Club owners express interest in buying Hess gas stations.
Boeing tantalizes states with 777x production.
China issues 4G mobile licenses to country's three main telecom companies.
Drake announces partnership with Nike's Jordan brand.
Greenpeace makes Christmas a downer with Santa reporting from melting Arctic.
JCPenney finally reports comp-sales increase.Continue reading...