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Brand News: General Mills, Subway, Clear Channel and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 17, 2014 09:35 AM

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General Mills sees profits drop 25 percent on decline in US sales.

Subway deploys mobile payments to all 26,000 US locations in partnership with Softcard, the mobile wallet formerly known as Isis.

Sony warns of $2 billion loss and trims mobile unit.

NFL lobbied to meet with women's activists as sponsors face protests and weigh pulling out, and the Minnesota Vikings switch course and bar Adrian Peterson. (Update: Nike has dropped its sponsorship of Peterson.)

Scotland's looming independence vote prompts Richard Branson and other business leaders to make contingency plans. 

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Absolut licenses Andy Warhol images for holiday campaign.

Adobe helps bring 3D-printed shoe to life.

Airbus sells some defense businesses.

Allstate hosts college-football Twitter challenge.

ALS Association tries to avoid pitfalls after monetary success of Ice Bucket Challenge.Continue reading...

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Drop the Logo: Abercrombie & Fitch Ditches Identity to Regain Fashion Cred

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on August 29, 2014 11:17 AM

Say goodbye to the ubiquitous moose silhouette and serif-laced font: Abercrombie & Fitch is going logo-less as a last-ditch effort to get teen shoppers back in its stores. 

After reporting its tenth-straight decline in quarterly sales this week, troubled A&F CEO Mike Jeffries said the retailer is "looking to take the North American logo business to practically nothing" after the brand had already cut logo-wear by 50 percent. By spring, A&F hopes to look a little more like the products seen inside fast-fashion houses like H&M, Zara and Forever 21: basic, and fashion—not brand—forward. 

A&F's plight is shared by teen retail rivals American Eagle and Aeropostale as well as its own Hollister brand, all of which heavily rely on logo-branded items that have since fallen out of favor with teen shoppers.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, GM, McDonald's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 27, 2014 09:37 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple prepares to make largest iPad to date, report says.

GM ignition-switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths.

World Health Organization goes after e-cigarettes with stronger regulations.

McDonald's reviews relationship with troubled China meat supplier OSI.

Burger King encounters blowback to Tim Hortons acquisition over tax-inversion issue despite details of combination that will make it substantially a Canadian company and other attractions of the deal.

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AT&T names new CEO of AT&T Mobility.

Adidas Poland launches Instragam game to promote new soccer cleats.

Airbnb announces new e-mail protections for users.

Ashley Madison comes under fire for profile-deletion fees.

Asus teases design for upcoming smartwatch.

Benefit Cosmetics taps 90s nostalgia for latest ad.Continue reading...

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Target Takes Aim at On-the-Go Millennials with Mobile Commerce Push

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 6, 2014 05:12 PM

Beleaguered big-box retailer Target, in efforts to rise from the ashes of a disastrous data breach that affected as many as 70 million customers, is redoubling efforts to reach out to Millennials with digital initiatives to capture dollars and mindshare on mobile.

"Target has traditionally been a store where people want to go in and feel and touch the products," Jim Porçarelli, chief strategy officer at Active International, told USA Today. "It's been a destination." But as more time-constrained consumers opt to make purchases from behind a screen, Target is tasked with reimagining its retail strategy into an omnichannel experience. 

While Target has been innovative in mobile, including its shopping companion app Cartwheel and its namsake app, both of which ranked in Internet Retailer's Top 25 mobile commerce apps list, it is behind competitors like Walmart when it comes to cross-platform experience. “It was very much a static experience," said Casey Carl, Target's president of omni-channel strategy and experiences. "It required too many clicks to get where you wanted to go."Continue reading...

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Brand News: Sprint and T-Mobile, Amazon Phone, Alibaba IPO and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 5, 2014 07:55 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Sprint and T-Mobile move closer to $32 billion merger in joint bid to take on AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Amazon video teases rumored smartphone, as Apple plays up HealthKit app—which faces potential legal action.

Alibaba nears blockbuster tech IPO (on lucky 8/8 date?) and buys stake in Chinese soccer team.

BP and Andarko face, potentially, billions in fines relating to Gulf of Mexico spill.

NFL scraps Super Bowl Roman numerals for 50th anniversary year.

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Adobe research finds online video consumption is soaring.

AT&T aims to prevent credit card fraud with geolocation tech.

Expedia wants consumers to "regrette rien" in Paris.

GM will release report on three-month internal inquiry today.

Google tests email encryption, receives 10,000 EU requests daily to be "forgotten."Continue reading...

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Brand News: Bud Light, GM, Google and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 3, 2014 09:10 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Apple gains “cool” among students with Beats deal, and opens door to possible Bitcoin payments.

Bud Light is creating Whatever, USA—a pop-up town for three days of summer fun.  

GM may be undercounting deaths linked to faulty switches as monthly sales hit seven-year high.

Google throttled in China ahead of Tiananmen Square anniversary.

KKR buys Interbrand Brands for $1.1 billion.

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AT&T is spending $14 billion over three years on Project VIP network upgrade.

Bacardi promotes sustainability with “Good Spirited” program.

Coca-Cola scores on trust, Pepsi on empathy, new research finds.

Heineken promotes new red star beer cans.

LinkedIn launches first brand campaign in the UK.Continue reading...

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Luxury Retailers Find Success in Broader Brand Exposure

Posted by Dale Buss on May 29, 2014 06:17 PM

A stream of new quarterly reports from luxury-goods icons including Tiffany & Co., Nordstrom, Michael Kors and Estee Lauder have topped expectations and have demonstrated the persistence of a separation between how the rich and the non-rich feel and spend.

“Tiffany enjoyed a strong start to 2014,” CEO Michael Kowalski said about a 50 percent jump in first-quarter earnings and 15 percent sales growth for the jeweler, which raised its profit outlook for the rest of the year as well. It bucked the wintry weather to post a strong Valentine’s Day and enjoyed a strong trade with tourists in New York.

But perhaps what is most intriguing about Tiffany's sustained success is the proliferation of the Tiffany brand beyond luxury goods. For one, the brand has continued to increase its investment in "fashion jewelry"—items that carry its glinting brand but without as much expensive metals and precious jewels that characterize its traditional “fine jewelry.” The brand's Atlas collection was its fastest-growing of its new and expanded collections, a remarkable difference from what the brand was reporting last year, according to Quartz. 

This is part of Tiffany’s overall strategy to experiment with lower-end products as well as take care of business on the high end—a risk that, perhaps, other luxury brands such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton wouldn’t take for fear of diluting brand exclusivity. But Tiffany clearly has found success so far with this approach, satisfying traditional luxury customers and providing a gateway to the brand for the middle class consumers and tourists.Continue reading...

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Steady as She Goes, Target Outlines Revival Strategy

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 21, 2014 05:38 PM

It's been a rough few quarters for Target, and now the third-largest US retailer is doing some spring cleaning in hopes that it will uncover a strategy to revive the once golden brand. 

After booting its CEO and head of its Canadian operations following a massive security breach and the loss of nearly $1 billion in a floundering attempt at international expansion, Target today reported its first quarter earnings. And despite a 16 percent drop in profits, the results weren't as bad as some analysts thought they'd be. 

But dealing with the breach aftermath may take a backseat as the retailer is facing a much more dire crisis that's right in its wheelhouse. Facing increasing competition from brands like H&M and Amazon, Target is being forced to reimagine its retail strategy to further focus on its online business and reacquaint the brand with value-oriented customers.  

"Target built this model: cheap chic with tons of convenience," said Josh Feldmeth, CEO of Interbrand New York, in an interview with Bloomberg TV, but "Zara and H&M are moving faster, with faster replenishment and great style."Continue reading...

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