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Brand News: Adidas, Apple, Big 12 and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 3, 2014 09:39 AM

TOP STORIES

USA soccer loss to Belgium (see McDonald's Fry Futbol highlights above) nets second-highest World Cup audience

Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle trademark dispute.

Apple sued for trademark infringement in China.

Big 12 conference unveils new logo.

BP loses bid to trademark the color green.

MORE BRAND NEWS

American Apparel ousted CEO strikes investment deal.

Campbell Soup Company focuses on creating "food memories."

Dell opens center for selfie improvement.

Fab launches Hem sub-brand for customizable home furnishings.

Globe & Mail journalists strike over advertorial push.Continue reading...

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PepsiCo CEO: Don't Cry Over Milk (or Work-Life Balance)

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 2, 2014 05:20 PM

As women finally move up the corporate ladder in significant numbers, their personal philosophy and style are a study in contrast. Take it from one of the few female CEOs on the Fortune 500. “I don't think women can have it all. I just don't think so. We pretend we have it all. We pretend we can have it all,” stated Indra K. Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo, in an interview at the Aspen Ideas Festival this week.

It's a different message from the Lean In female empowerment movement founded by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, whose go-for-it challenge to young women is, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”

Another female CEO, General Motors head Mary Barra, was asked in a recent (and controversial) interview with Matt Lauer if she can be a good mother and run GM. "I think I can. I have a great team," Barra responded, "and I have a wonderful family and a supportive husband, and I'm pretty proud of my kids the way they're supporting me in this." The social tide quickly turned to question whether Lauer would ask the same of a male CEO, but to wonder why Barra didn't refute the blatantly gender-biased question.

As for the CEO of Yahoo, “The press may be in a world of its own making when it comes to reports on Marissa Mayer,” notes Forbes. “Instead of appearing like a leader who’s reviving what was a failing digital media company at a time when it’s on the cusp of monetizing billions of dollars to improve the company further, she’s a lady who falls asleep before a meeting.”Continue reading...

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Manchester United and Chevrolet Tease New Uniforms

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 2, 2014 04:03 PM

While the World Cup continues on through its dramatic knockout stages in Brazil, the rest of the football world goes about its offseason business, such as deciding what players to sign and trade.

For Manchester United, the third most valuable soccer team worldwide according to Forbes, it also includes the introduction of a new Chevrolet-sponsored uniform.

While team and its GM-owned sponsor aren't ready quite yet to show off what the new jerseys will look like beyond a peek at the Nike logo and club crest, they're building up expectations with a teaser video to remind fans that no matter what brand name is on the front of the shirt.

As star striker Wayne Rooney tells the camera, "This shirt belongs to you. Always has. Always will."Continue reading...

social media watch

Facebook's Sandberg Apologizes as Emotions Test Stirs Up Emotions

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 2, 2014 01:29 PM

Facebook’s signature blue face is turning red as the social network faces inquiries from Europe’s privacy regulators following its data scientists' experimental tweaking of the emotional content of posts in the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users.

When the news broke, Facebook initially stated that it was merely conducting user testing to see if emotions were contagious. In this case—they are, and the company’s actions have roused the ire of social media, prompted an apology from COO Sheryl Sandberg, and perhaps violated local privacy laws.

The European agencies involved include Ireland’s Office of the Data Protection Commissioner and the Information Commissioner’s Office of Britain. While it’s not clear where the one out of every 2,500 Facebook users experimented with reside, 80 percent of its total 1.2 billion users are based outside North America.

“We’re aware of this issue, and will be speaking to Facebook, as well as liaising with the Irish data protection authority, to learn more about the circumstances,” a spokesman for the British regulator commented. Sandberg today apologized while on a trip to India, in comments published by the Wall Street Journal.Continue reading...

diversity watch

Burger King Courts LGBT Community and Millennials With Proud Whopper

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 2, 2014 12:21 PM

Pride Month may have just come to a close, but Burger King is looking to make it last a bit longer with the showcasing of its Proud Whopper, a burger sold in a San Francisco location during last week’s Gay Pride festivities that is no different from other Whoppers but came encased in brightly-colored paper.

When the burger was unwrapped, the text inside read, “We are all the same inside.” The brand unveiled a video today about the burger (watch below) as the chain is working “to connect with customers, particularly with the younger individuals fast-food chains are known for courting,” the Associated Press reports.

"A burger has never made me cry before," a young woman says in BK's pride burger spot. Reaching consumers on a personal level was also the rationale behind the brand’s recent replacement of its longtime “Have It Your Way” slogan with “Be Your Way.”Continue reading...

brand strategy

With Juicy Juice Sale, Nestlé USA Makes Good on Promise to Streamline Brands

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 2, 2014 11:16 AM

Nestlé USA today announced the sale of its kids-oriented Juicy Juice beverage brand, making good on its statement to the Wall Street Journal earlier this week that the company intended to sell "languishing" brands and streamline its portfolio.

The world’s largest food and beverage company has been juggling a portfolio that runs the gamut from hair nets to safety shoes, with seven independent US businesses occupying 87 factories using more than 100 separate suppliers—a situation that thwarted efficiencies such as bulk discounts in its biggest market. 

All that has changed since Paul Grimwood took over Nestlé SA's beleaguered U.S. operations in January 2013 as Chairman of Nestlé’s operations in the U.S. and CEO of Nestlé USA, including selling its US frozen pasta business earlier this year.Continue reading...

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