Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2015 04:40 PM
Anxiously awaiting Monday's Apple Watch reveal, automotive brands are seeking partnership deals with the tech giant to enable car owners to share mobility back and forth between watches and car consoles.
BMW has an early inside track. The automaker’s execs have spent weeks at Apple's headquarters in Cupertino, California—part of an elite cadre of brands getting behind the velvet rope early to kick the tires (so to speak) on Apple Watch's features, according to Bloomberg.
The automaker has been taking its Apple Watch app for a spin, which lets users track their electric cars' battery-charging status via the Apple Watch.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 13, 2015 07:15 AM
Marvel releases second Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, quickly passing one three million views.
Apple Watch shows up in iOS 8.2 as "slick, useful apps" wow, according to WSJ, and retailers get excited.
Mondelez defends tweaking Cadbury Easter Creme egg recipe in the UK.
GM challenges Tesla with $30,0000 Bolt electric vehicle concept at NAIAS 2015 Detroit Auto Show.
Disney and Nike congratulate Ohio State on winning College Football National Championship—a $7.3 billion bet for ESPN.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 24, 2014 09:23 AM
Pepsi and the NFL confirm Katy Perry's halftime show at 2015 Super Bowl in new commercial.
Samsung plans major management shakeup.
Tesla and BMW discuss technology alliance.
Audi tests premium car sharing for the wealthy.
Chrysler details recall strategy, blitzes American Music Awards with ads featuring Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Phillip Phillips.Continue reading...
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.
MORE BRAND NEWS
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.
IN OTHER NEWS:
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...