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Volkswagen and Björk Break the Sound Barrier at MoMA

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 4, 2015 12:10 PM

While musician/artist Bjork is no stranger to combining technology with music, her new retrospective exhibition (which opens at New York's Museum of Modern Art on Saturday) is a groundbreaking collaboration and showcase for Volkswagen's audio tech.

And luckily for all museum-goers, early previews indicate that the crossover of sound technology, culture and curation successfully meld to create a new, more personalized and interactive museum experience.Continue reading...

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H&M x Alexander Wang is Now on eBay; $2,000 Backpack, Anyone?

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 6, 2014 11:54 AM

The Alexander Wang collection launch at H&M today saw fans line up around the block around the world, sparking crowd control issues as its local websites crashed, although they're starting to come back online.

Some fans were snapping up $5,000 worth of the New York-based designer's apparel at a time, with the menswear reportedly selling out quicker than the women's collection. No surprise, items are already popping up on eBay for up to $2,000 by one seller. Continue reading...

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American Airlines Hails Cadillac to Whisk Premium Travelers in Style

Posted by Dale Buss on October 6, 2014 05:13 PM

When it comes to quickly ushering high-value frequent fliers across the tarmac to connecting flights, United Airlines relies on Mercedes-Benz vehicles, while Delta turns to Porsches. Now add American Airlines to the list of air carriers that have a luxury auto partner for these urgent trips at four major US airports: American passengers will be whisked in Cadillacs.

The program to cover the Los Angeles airport, the Dallas-Fort Worth airport and both major airports in New York for American's ultra-high-end ConciergeKey club members is just part of a broad new alliance announced Monday between the GM premium brand and an airline that has been boosting its premium image lately.

Other facets of the relationship, which will expand to other airports, include the display of new Cadillac vehicles in the shopping areas of key American Airlines hubs and the rewarding of 7,500 frequent-flier miles to any AAdvantage member who signs up to test-drive a Cadillac at a dealership.

"There's a lot of alignment" between the two brands, Suzanne Rubin, president of the AAdvantage loyalty program, told brandchannel. "We're thrilled with this partnership that brings two iconic American brands together, both focused on improving the customer experience."Continue reading...

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The Polished Home: OPI, Ace Hardware Bring the Nail Salon to the Living Room

Posted by Katie Conneally on July 10, 2014 06:17 PM

It used to be that you could spot bold nail polish colors, elaborate nail art and sparkling gel manicures on hands left and right. But after several years of unparalleled growth, the nail polish market has slowed down, with retailers like Coty (which owns OPI) noting a four percent drop in sales at the end of 2013. 

So this year, it’s no surprise that nail polish brands are turning to new, innovative partnerships to reposition nail polish as not just a beauty product, but a key part of consumers' aesthetic lifestyle, in an attempt to drive sales and attract new customers. 

OPI is leading the way through a collaboration with Clark+Kensington, a line of house paints from Ace Hardware. Together, they’ve developed three new color palettes of house paint that match some of OPI’s most illustrious colors. Each palette contains 6 shades and is designed to reflect consumers’ personalities with names like "The Artist," "The Wild Heart" and "The Romantic."Continue reading...

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Google Steps Into the Free Education Realm with edX Partnership

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 11, 2013 04:50 PM

If it wasn’t clear before, MOOCs (massive open online courses) are becoming… massively popular as television networks, elite universities and search giants join the fray. 

AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead is now being used as the “primary text” for an eight-week online course from UC Irvine titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead." Now Google has thrown its hat in the ring by teaming up with not-for-profit edX to create an open-source learning platform, which will launch in 2014.  

“We support the development of a diverse education ecosystem, as learning expands in the online world,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Part of that means that educational institutions should easily be able to bring their content online and manage their relationships with their students. Our industry is in the early stages of MOOCs, and lots of experimentation is still needed to find the best way to meet the educational needs of the world.”Continue reading...

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Dr. Oz, Hearst Team Up for New Lifestyle Magazine

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 25, 2013 11:41 AM

Dr. Oz has been working his medical magic and wowing the 25- to 54-year-old female demographic from the comfort of America’s television screens since he first appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show back in 2004. Five years later, he followed in the footsteps of Winfrey and launched his own show, and now he's taking another note from the multi-talented star. 

Oz announced that he will be launching a lifestyle magazine with Hearst. The publication, which doesn’t have an official name yet, is scheduled to have two issues come out in the first half of next year, according to Mashable. 

"Hearst has a very successful track record of partnering with unique brands and personalities to create engaging content for readers," said David Carey, president of Hearst Magazines in a company release. "Dr. Oz's spirit and message clearly resonate with American women, and the time is right to translate that into a print and digital magazine that will introduce an entirely new category to the market."Continue reading...

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Ford Nabs Tie-In with New DreamWorks Flick Just In Time for Mustang Anniversary

Posted by Dale Buss on June 12, 2013 10:47 AM

No doubt, Ford could stand to generate a little excitement these days.

It has done a great job of instilling the confidence of American consumers in its ability to field a highly competent and very competitive lineup of vehicles across every important segment, but the new F-150 pickup truck won’t come along until next year, and in the meantime the most buzz the brand can generate has to do with a newly redesigned—yet decidedly middle-of-the-road—Fusion mid-size sedan.

So hype for the 50th anniversary of the Mustang is coming along just in time. Not only that—Ford has come up with a perfect vehicle for an integrated marketing campaign that will keep the original pony car and its golden anniversary front and center right up through when the actual occasion is marked in early 2014.Continue reading...

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Fiat, Jones Soda Launch Joint New-Product Promotion

Posted by Dale Buss on June 4, 2013 06:26 PM

Sometimes serendipity brings marketers together in a partnership that makes great sense for both. That appears to be what has happened in a California-only linkup between Fiat and Jones Soda.

Fancying themselves on the cutting edge of American culture, the two brands were already talking, but when they discovered that Fiat was planning to roll out its new California-only 500e this spring at the same time that Jones was planning to launch distribution of its new Natural Jones Soda in California, a fated promotion took shape.

Thus, the newly announced "Jonesin' for a Fiat 500e" summer-photo contest promotion featuring the new all-electric version of the Fiat 500 and the lighter-calorie, reduced-sugar line of new sodas introduced by one of the original boutique-soft-drink brands. They'll be seeking submissions of photos of any Fiat 500 model via social media, partnering in sampling Natural Jones Soda and providing peeks at the 500e at California surfing events and other showcases, and even giving away Natural Jones to visitors to Fiat "studios" in the state.Continue reading...

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