Posted by Ana Terzi on October 27, 2010 02:00 PM
We have to admit to being fascinated with Zippo's brand extension into fragrances — beyond the Zippo-style flip-top opening (and iconic click) to its men's fragrance bottles.
Founded in 1932, the American lighter brand (just named #31 on Time magazine's All-TIME 100 Gadgets list) has stretched its equity to cross over categories and insert itself into the highly competitive category of scents.
The hope, of course, is that the four million collectors of Zippo lighters just in the U.S. will transfer that avid passion for the brand to start using Zippo's cologne, and related "men's essentials" (body and hair wash, plus deodorant).Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 21, 2010 12:00 PM
Apparently, sitting on the couch and pretending to be skilled or brave enough to go into combat is not enough for some people. Now, those same video gamers who love the first person shooter franchise Call of Duty can drive around town to get more Doritos while pretending to be part of some important "black op."
Or, at least, that's what the Jeep brand (and its parent company) are hoping. Next month, Chrysler releases a special edition of the Jeep Wrangler model — behold, the 2011 Jeep Wrangler Call of Duty: Black Ops Edition, above. It's a fierce-looking beast, but will Jeep fans and fans of the video game bite?Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 7, 2010 03:30 PM
While we were joking about brand extensions for Glenn Beck and Playboy, Promethean brand Zippo was expanding its offerings from the iconic metal flip lighter. From a Zippo Hand Warmer to "writing instruments," Zippo has a lot more to offer the human race than fire. In fact, new plans show that Zippo plans to warm us with more than fire. Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 6, 2010 02:00 PM
It seems that Tesco, its profits up in the first half of the year, wants to be everything to everybody. Or, Virgin-style, the one-brand-fits-all-businesses king of grocers.
The giant UK supermarket chain doesn't even rely on traditional groceries to grow sales anymore. It has diversified into everything from original films to planned communities, pet insurance, and telecoms. Tesco has no shortage of other novel ideas: it is also testing "Tesco Extra" in the UK, a store concept offering drive-thru pick-up of grocery orders placed online.
Oh, and did we mention Tesco is expanding into banking, offering such products as savings, home insurance, and travel insurance? And now Tesco has announced that it expects to further expand in financial services by offering mortgages in the first half of 2011.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 14, 2010 11:00 AM
Brand marketers know the power of a strong brand name. That's why they often don't hesitate to extend the brand by applying that name to a line of related products.
In the pharmaceutical industry, it's common for a well-known brand name to be extended into other similar branded products. Tylenol, for instance, is now available in a growing variety of products, including regular strength, extra strength, Tylenol 8 Hour, Tylenol Arthritis, Tylenol Sinus Congestion, Tylenol Cold Multi-Symptom, Tylenol PM, and Children's Tylenol.
But extending a drug brand to a non-drug item is unusual and might even be risky if the association isn't clear in the consumer's mind. So it will be interesting to gauge consumer reaction to a new line of "allergen barrier fabric products" being launched by London Luxury in an exclusive licensing agreement with Merck Consumer Care, makers of Claritin, the leading non-drowsy, over-the-counter allergy brand in the US.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 1, 2010 12:00 PM
Fourteen years ago, former college football player Kevin Plan founded the Under Armour sports apparel brand. Since that time, its primary appeal has been to men under 30. Now the company is trying to break out of its mold by making a pitch to women athletes, especially what the company calls the "team girl."Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on August 30, 2010 04:00 PM
"The Donald" is at it again. While his real estate holdings may have had their ups and downs over the years, Donald Trump's brand name seems to be as resilient as ever.
The latest product to be graced by the Trump moniker (both the name and the family shield) is a line of exclusive teas created by Talbott and named for some of Donald Trump’s cherished places. The "Park Avenue" blend mixes orange, raspberry and white teas, while "Union Square" combines whole-leaf estate Assam black tea with bourbon vanilla bean and cocoa flavors. "Westchester" mixes together organic blueberries with elderberry, hibiscus and rosehips.
The new Trump tea line will sell for $12.95 per tin at select retailers this fall.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on August 25, 2010 12:30 PM
Pinkberry, a California-based chain of yogurt stores that has rapidly expanded across America and internationally, is upping the ante with the launch of Pinkberry Catering.
In addition to serving up premium frozen yogurt in some 95 locations worldwide, Pinkberry now delivers yogurt and customized toppings for any occasion at select locations in the U.S. and Mexico.
Consumers can order online, choosing from a variety of yogurt flavors and sizes and then create their own "topping bar" by selecting from more than 30 toppings. Pinkberrry will drop off the order at the desired time, set up a serving station and offer guests "the full Pinkberry experience," for the first time beyond its retail locations.Continue reading...