Posted by Dale Buss on February 15, 2013 09:00 AM
BlackBerry shows new signs of life as co-founder sells stake.
Apple challenges iPhone trademark loss in Brazil.
Carnival tries to cruise away from brand disaster as passengers mull legal options.
ABC, NFL and Call of Duty get top marks for consumer engagement.
Airbus drops lithium-ion batteries from latest jet.
Applebee's expands test of Express Lunch service.
Best Western focuses on its people, not perks, in new campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 11, 2013 05:47 PM
The Esquire Network says it's ready for prime time.
The new network, announced today, aims to “capture the essence of the magazine,” David Carey, president of Esquire publisher Hearst Magazines, told The New York Times. "This is not the magazine on TV; that would not work."
The male audience is an ever-sweet spot for brands, as evidenced by offerings that vary from Spike TV to Discovery's Velocity Channel. The Esquire Network will replace the Comcast-created G4 video gaming channel (which gave Esquire fave Olivia Munn her start as co-host on Attack of the Show) on April 22, and be available in 62 million homes with cable or satellite service.
The rebranded network is a strategic partnership between NBC Universal and Hearst Magazines. NBCUniversal cable executive Bonnie Hammer positioned it as "an upscale Bravo for men." She added, "If this was going to come under my portfolio, I’m a little brand crazy, so I said, let’s create a real brand, define a space, understand who we are programming for."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 8, 2013 05:33 PM
A Ford ad ties into the NBC series The Smash. So far, the show has brought lackluster ratings.
The Middle, Smash and Portlandia offer three examples of the growing seamlessness between product/brand placement and the creative content of TV series.
On ABC's The Middle this week, the episode was practically an ode to two brands: iPad and Red Lobster. The youngest child in the Heck family, Brick, pines and pesters for an iPad until his parents, Frankie (played by Patricia Heaton) and Mike, finally relent and buy him a restored model on eBay. Until they do, a huge chunk of the script is devoted to Brick's description of the wonders of the iPad.
Much of the rest of the story depicts the family at a Red Lobster, naming the restaurant repeatedly and including a shot of a juicy lobster. (A Red Lobster ad also aired during the episode — though there was no commercial for iPad.)Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 7, 2013 08:57 AM
ABC sells out ads for Oscars.
AOL is constantly innovating but toward what end remains unclear.
American Airlines and U.S. Airways move closer to merger as U.S. Airways rises to top of customer-loyalty survey.
Banana Republic hooks up with Match.com for Valentine's mixers.
Boeing prepares redesign of troubled Dreamliner batteries.
Campbell Soup enlists celebrity chef in heart-health campaign.
Chipotle plans mid-year price increase.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2013 09:06 AM
Disney sees higher TV ad revenues drive quarter and considers ESPN exit from U.K. sports coverage.
Dell seeks to transform brand, going private in $24 billion buyout under founder Michael Dell, as Microsoft gambles on involvement.
U.S. Postal Service plans to cut Saturday mail as Hallmark fights the cuts.
Apple loses right to iPhone brand in Brazil.
Arby's launches "fan of the week" promo via Facebook.
Lance Armstrong reportedly under investigation for obstruction and other serious crimes.
BP is hit by new $34 billion claim from U.S. state governments over Gulf spill.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2013 09:04 AM
Boeing sees Dreamliner pass a battery inspection in Japan but planes are still grounded, and company faces possiblity of a $5-billion writedown.
Barnes & Noble plans to close as many as one-third of its retail stores over next several years.
Daimler, Ford and Nisssan ink deal on fuel-cell cars.
ABC sees advertisers such as Hyundai and University of Phoenix connect with network for Oscars telecast.
Apple shares may not be as important as IBM stock in terms of a market bellwether.
CBS scores nearly $4 million for average Super Bowl spot.
Cracker Barrel rolls out plan to expand into groceries.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 8, 2013 09:01 AM
AIG considers suing U.S. government despite federal bailout aid.
J&J sells Roloaids brand to Sanofi.
Samsung caps best year ever.
ABC spurs questions for marketers with move of Jimmy Kimmel's show.
Apple sees CEO Tim Cook make second visit to China as mainland footprint doubles.
Bacardi snaps up St-Germain liqueur brand.
Bank of America extends retreat from mortgages.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 21, 2012 08:55 AM
Adobe buys Behance for its design community.
Hostess Brands holds out for meaningful offers.
Quaker Oats readies Quaker Up campaign in US.
ABC leads America's late-night TV ratings with Nightline but loses Jake Tapper to CNN.
Absolut Vodka looks to Cirque du Soleil for inspiration.
American Airlines and US Airways sketch out how merger would affect pilots.
BAE strikes $4-billion deal with Oman.Continue reading...