Best Global Green Brands 2014

campaigns

Chevrolet Wishes America a Happy 4G of July and Summer of Road Trips

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 12:24 PM

The campaign: Chevrolet is saying "Happy 4G of July" with a series of spots promoting its new line-up of 4G LTE and Wi-Fi enabled vehicles. According to GM's press release, the Chevrolet brand is rolling out the largest deployment of vehicles with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the US this summer, kicking off this Fourth of July weekend. The Connected by OnStar 4G platform, which includes a vehicle health monitor app, debuted at CES in January and will eventually bring LTE connectivity powered by AT&T to all Chevy vehicles.

The pitch: How wireless technology enhances car road trips (in Chevrolet vehicles, in this case, although GM is promoting Wi-Fi across its auto brands) with sharing, knowledge on the go, connectivity and good times: "Bring your friends along for the ride. Chevrolet, the first and only car company to bring 4G LTE Wi-Fi to cars, trucks and crossovers." The hashtag, #TheNewIndependence, extends on the automaker's broader "The New" campaign.

The launch: Timed to Fourth of July festivities across America, where Chevy is sponsoring free wireless web access at Philadelphia's fireworks event, the spots will also run on TV, in cinemas and in GoGo Wi-Fi enabled flights. In addition to spots targeting Hispanic and African American consumers, Chevrolet also will leverage the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on August 2 at Michigan Stadium.

Watch the spots below.Continue reading...

creative snack

Google Cube Debuts With Six-Sided Interactive Video

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 4, 2014 11:36 AM

When MTV launched, the first video it aired was The Buggles’ "Video Killed the Radio Star." While that hasn’t exactly come true, video innovation is a must for anyone trying to make it in the digitally-driven music biz these days.

Now Australian electronic duo The Presets have taken the art of the music video and multiplied it by six. (It’s not quite the "11" Spinal Tap was looking for, but it will have to do.)

The Presets have partnered with Google Play to debut the first six-sided music video via Google Cube, a technology created by Google’s Creative Lab team in Sydney. The Cube, which makes its debut with this interactive experiment, plays six different versions of the song "No Fun" simultaneously.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Moshi Monsters Network, Apple Gears Up for iWatch and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 10:48 AM

TOP STORIES

BBC veteran family entertainer Rolf Harris jailed for sexually abusing minors as News Corp. sees former News of the World editor sentenced in phone hacking trial.

Apple poaches Tag Heuer sales exec ahead of iWatch launch.

Moshi Monsters launches walled garden social network for kids called Popjam.

YouTube does U-turn over blocking independent music labels.

US privacy watchdog files FTC complaint over Facebook psychological research.

MORE BRAND NEWS:

Amazon gets caught up in EU tax crackdown.

Berkeley, CA, readies America’s first soda tax

Bitcoin faces backlash as EU tells banks to steer clear.

Bonobos lands $55 million in backing to open brick and mortar stores.

Canada’s CRTC receives deluge of complaints following anti-spam law.Continue reading...

corporate citizenship

Walmart Boosts Women-Owned Brands With Major Retail Push

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 3, 2014 05:36 PM

The world's biggest retailer is betting on women entrepreneurs in a big way. Starting in September, Walmart will carry a range of items by women, but not just for women, in its stores.

From lingerie to bathroom cleansers, Walmart shoppers will soon be able to spot and buy products made by female entrepreneurs thanks to a “women-owned” logo that resembles a ring of women with their arms around each other.

“Women perceive there’s a higher quality to a woman–owned product, that there's a real value in it,” commented Pamela Prince-Eason, President and CEO of Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which certifies women-owned businesses seeking US federal contracts.

As part of its bigger Empowering Women Together commitment, Walmart's goal by 2016 is to source 20 billion dollars worth of products from women-owned businesses. Already promoting women-owned brands on its website, the women-owned logo will now accompany these products into its stores.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Bayer to Buyers: Take Two Aspirin, We're Keeping Our Consumer Brands

Posted by Dale Buss on July 3, 2014 02:50 PM

Maybe it's the onset of summer, but Bayer has decided there’s still value in two tried-and-true consumer brands for Americans: Dr. Scholl's and Coppertone.

Lots of other companies were interested in bagging the summertime stalwarts, but the German drug and chemical giant has decided to keep the foot-care and sun-care icons, widening its own line to include consumer goods. Bayer acquired them as part of a $14.2 billion transaction with US pharmaceutical giant Merck.

When it clinched the deal several weeks ago, Bayer mainly targeted Merck’s non-prescription-drugs business, to which Dr. Scholl’s and Coppertone—known for its iconic Coppertone Girl— were attached. That set off speculation that Bayer—best known in the US for its aspirin and some chemicals—would sell off the two iconic consumer brands.

Each of the brands is worth more than $1 billion—the billion-dollar valuation being the benchmark that also convinced Nestle USA to hold onto Lean Cuisine while unloading Juicy Juice this week. Bayer secured the bundle of properties from Merck after a competitive bidding tussle with P&G, fellow European CPG giant Renckitt Benckiser and Swiss pharma titan Novartis.Continue reading...

media brands

Media Brands Go to the Fence Over Branded Content, Robot Reporting

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 3, 2014 02:12 PM

Massive sea changes in the media industry are being played out in Canada as The Globe and Mail, regarded as the country's newspaper of record, is caught between staff and management.

At the heart of the friction: management’s proposed contract would require editorial staff to produce branded content (i.e. write advertorials for advertisers), reduce salaries to sales employees and lower job security.

After Globe and Mail union members overwhelmingly (92.3 percent) voted to reject management’s latest contract offer on Wednesday, a fence was erected around its corporate HQ in Toronto to keep reporters and editors shut-out in the event of a strike. Talks will resume on July 8.

Globe journalists withheld their bylines on Monday in protest and are reportedly making plans to publish a rival publication (if there’s a strike or lockout) rumored to carry the title Globe Nation and URL globenation.com, which redirected to the website for Unifor Local 87-M before last night's contract rejection by the union.

If there is a strike, G&M management will continue publication and will bus staff in past the fence, which has triggered a few wags to comment on paywalls and now—of course—has its own Twitter account.Continue reading...

trademark wars

BP Hopes to Prevail in Green Trademark Claim in Australia

Posted by Jerome McDonnell on July 3, 2014 12:56 PM

After more than 20 years of trying, BP has failed to convince the Australian government that its signature shade of green should be granted a trademark registration.

IP Australia, which administers that country’s intellectual property rights system, ruled on June 17 that it found no convincing evidence to support the petroleum giant’s efforts to protect the color shade Pantone 348C—despite the fact that the color has been central to the BP brand since the 1930s. While the company has the right (until July 17) to appeal, this decision is yet another setback for BP, which has successfully secured trademark registrations for the single color in markets including the UK, France, Iran and nearby New Zealand.

Australian retailer Woolworths, whose apple logo also utilizes the color green, had previously opposed BP’s attempts to register the color, and while some media reports have positioned this development as a huge victory for Woolworths, this latest update focuses on less the a war between two corporations but on whether the color, as BP seeks to protect it, actually functions as a trademark and warrants protection.Continue reading...

brand strategy

P&G Puts Emphasis on Brand as Former CEO Heads to Washington

Posted by Dale Buss on July 3, 2014 11:51 AM

One of the most influential marketers in the world, Procter & Gamble, executed a big shift in its organization this week. On July 1st, its entire marketing function relaunched as “Brand Management” in a sweeping reorganization that gives a broader purview for brand-centric marketing and thinking.

The move comes as P&G's former CEO, Bob McDonald, is in the news after President Obama nominated to him to take over and make over the troubled Veterans Administration.

With P&G now led (again) by A.G. Lafley, the company's brand-led restructuring, announced by the company in February, is aimed at creating “single-point responsibility for the strategies, plans and results for (each) brand,” a spokesperson told Ad Age.

The shift away from "marketing" towards "brand" changes titles and locks down broader responsibilities for hundreds of marketing directors and associate marketing directors at the world’s biggest advertising spender, now officially brand directors and associate brand directors. Eliminating "marketing" from titles doesn't mean marketing is a thing of the past, however.Continue reading...

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