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Brand News: Starbucks, DreamWorks, Yahoo and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 29, 2014 09:03 AM

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Starbucks launches first global brand campaign with “Meet Me at Starbucks” interactive YouTube short film.

Japan’s SoftBank reportedly in talks (since cooled?) to buy the DreamWorks animation studio.

Facebook bid for WhatsApp clears EU hurdle

Yahoo, AOL pressured to cut a deal and join forces.

Instagram reportedly blocked as China/Hong Kong protests impact businesses and cancel holiday fireworks.

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Advertising Week kicks off in New York.

Air France ends strike, vows to speed up Transvania low-cost airline. 

Alibaba pays $459M for stake in Chinese hotel tech firm.

Amazon seeks to avert holiday snafus and faces opposition by literary lions over e-book prices.

American Apparel names temporary CEO.

Apple sees smuggled iPhone 6 phones go begging in China as EU presses company on ill-gotten tax benefits in Ireland, Apple Watch goes on display (for one day only) at Colette during Paris Fashion Week, and Apple and Pearson lose $1B common core schools contract in Los Angeles.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Uber, Aston Martin, McDonald's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 2, 2014 09:34 AM

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Uber is banned across Germany by Frankfurt court.

Aston Martin hires new CEO, Andy Palmer, from Nissan.

McDonald's boosts food-safety efforts in China.

RadioShack and shareholder talk about saving company from bankruptcy.

Apple fixes bug but denies iCloud link to celebrity nude photos leak following internal investigatiion.

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1-800-FLOWERS acquires Harry & David.

Aflac ties campaign to college football.

Alfa Romeo sets return to US after 20 years.

American Apparel ads banned in the UK.

AOL brand CEO Susan Lyne steps down to attract women-led startups to venture arm.

Arthur Andersen name returns to tax consulting.

Buick launches new campaign to build on success of "Hmmm" spot. (More in our Q&A.)

Burger King sees tax history come under scrutiny.Continue reading...

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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...

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Coca-Cola's World Cup Ad: How Sonic Branding Can Fuse Utility and Emotion

Posted by Craig Stout on June 6, 2014 04:32 PM

No one argues with music’s power to elicit an emotional response. Yet brands so often fail to use audio to emotionally connect with customers. And as the Internet of Things becomes a reality and machines need to communicate with their human counterparts, sonic branding is more important than ever. 

As a part of being the brand's FIFA World Cup sponsorship, Coke released the “Happy Beep” video, using the brand's iconic five-note audio mnemonic to turn everyday beeps of a Brazilian grocery store's checkout barcode scanner into a moment of surprise and delight. It’s difficult not to smile as the familiar Coke musical notes, which also played a role in its 2010 World Cup campaign, materialize.

But sonic branding goes beyond audio equivalent of visual logos and advertising. It’s not just the NBC chimes, Justin Timberlake’s  “I’m Lovin' It” jingle for McDonald's, or the MGM lion’s roar. It is about managing the ecosystem of sonic elements that a brand has at its disposal—which is only going to increase as everything gets connected. These sonic elements can make experiences more intuitive, navigable and aid awareness of a brand’s presence. To see something, we need to be looking where as we don’t need to be actively listening to hear.Continue reading...

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Yahoo Turns Up Storytelling with Image-Heavy Mobile Ads

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 20, 2014 11:08 AM

As consumers rapidly migrate to mobile, advertisers are playing catch-up in the race to create more engaging, clickable ad formats for smaller screens. With half of its traffic now coming from smartphones, Yahoo has launched new image-rich native mobile ads marked for sponsored content under its Yahoo Gemini ad marketplace.

“Yahoo Gemini is the only marketplace that brings mobile search and native advertising together in one place—where advertisers can now easily buy, manage and optimize their ad spend across both formats," Patrick Albano, Yahoo's VP of Sales, Mobile, Social and Innovation, told brandchannel. "This helps lead to greater performance and even higher impact for brands.”

Aiming to create a seamless experience for users, Yahoo took a little inspiration from the zodiac's Gemini, saying that "native advertising is the sponsored twin of content." The ads, which look and function like any other post, are a key part to brand storytelling.Continue reading...

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The A,B,Cs of Branded Entertainment with Apple, Barbie, Chipotle (and more)

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 16, 2014 01:23 PM

A is for Apple, B is for Buzz Marketing, C is for Captain America 2: With the departure of product placement legend Suzanne Lindbergh, who joined Jawbone last year and just signed on as global VP of buzz marketing at AOL, Apple has posted a job opening to take over some of those duties as Buzz Marketing Manager. Duties include "Build and maintain relationships with high-profile influencers" and "work with the creative side of film & TV to place Apple products." Such as arranging opportunities like the Apple Store scene in recent hit film Captain America 2 (above).

Have your Chipotle with Malcolm Gladwell, Toni Morrison or Michael Lewis: In its new campaign, cups and bags at the chain will feature short stories by famous authors so you can feed your mind with great writing while eating. Crazier still, the whole thing was the idea of Chipotle fan and best-selling novelist Jonathan Safran Foer.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Alibaba, Airbnb, HP and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2014 09:12 AM

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Brands to Watch

Alibaba files for U.S. IPO that is expected to be record-breaking.

Airbnb hires Coca-Cola's Jonathan Mildenhall as CMO.

Fiat Chrysler five-year plan elevates Chrysler brand, downplays Dodge.

HP invests $1 billion in cloud computing.

Twitter stockholders sold massively as lockup expired; stock price plunges.

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AOL acquires consumer-tracking platform.

Coca-Cola lifts lid on agency bonuses for cutting-edge work and drops "You're On..." tagline for Diet Coke.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Target, Coca-Cola, Apple, Fiat Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 5, 2014 09:36 AM

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Brands to Watch

Target chairman and CEO resigns in wake of data breach.

Coca-Cola shakes up marketing ranks, and drops controversial ingredient from Powerade.

Apple faces legal challenge by Swatch over iWatch name.

Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne readies five-year plan.

P&G takes legal action in drive to protect Crest Whitestrips.

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Amazon launches #AmazonCart so users can shop via Twitter.

AOL revives Moviefone brand with new tech features and marketing push.Continue reading...

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