sporting brands

Nike Named Most Valuable Sports Brand, LeBron James Most Valued Athlete

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 7, 2014 10:57 AM

Score another victory for sports apparel maker Nike. The brand sits atop the latest Forbes Fab 40 list that rates the most valuable sports brands, teams, athletes, and events in the world.

With an estimated worth of $19 billion (up $1.9 billion from last year), Nike came out on top of the brands list followed by ESPN and adidas. Helping its cause, Forbes points out, is that the company has “almost 20% of athletic footwear market” around the world “and its stock price has outperformed the Dow Jones U.S. Footwear index by 50% during the past five years.”

The accolade comes as a new study suggests that Nike has been saving money by paying less than rivals Under Armour and adidas in its college sports deals.

As for athletes, it may seem like no shocker that Nike-sponsored LeBron James is in the top spot, but it is actually the first time he has been at the pinnacle.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Samsung, Coca-Cola, WhatsApp and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2014 09:44 AM

TOP STORIES

Samsung blames weak mobile sales for sagging results.

Coca-Cola settles suit over deceptive labeling of Vitaminwater.

Nike named most valuable sports brand by Forbes.

Siemens backs effort to turn London's iconic telephone boxes free, green and solar.

Facebook closes WhatsApp acquisition with final bill of $22 billion as Hellmann's tests WhatsApp marketing as Yahoo eyes Snapchat.

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Apple's iPad named top brand by kids as Amazon's Fire HD 6 tablet gets thumbs up by the Wall Street Journal.

AT&T apologizes for minor data breach.

Adidas struggles in America.Continue reading...

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In the News: Pepsi True, Netflix, Tesla and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 2, 2014 07:14 AM

TOP STORIES

PepsiCo launches Pepsi True "mid-cal" as new salvo in cola wars, exclusively at first on Amazon.

Netflix books Adam Sandler for four movies while France's Orange plans to market the service in November.

Ford partners with culture brands and publishers to create "road trips" for new Mustang.

Volkswagen, Porsche and Lamborghini roll out plug-in hybrids in Paris.

Tesla hints at timing for unveiling Model "D."Continue reading...

fashion week

Tech Takes the Runway as Brands Differentiate with Digital Displays

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 10, 2014 07:28 PM

The real star of Fashion Week 2014 is digital innovation. 

Ralph Lauren showcased his Spring 2015 collection, including his Polo line for women, with a water-screen projection above Manhattan’s Central Park, along with a film celebrating New York City. And while the theatrical display may have made the designs and the models wearing them secondary, RL's feat was an impressive entrant into a fashion celebration that has turned its attention to tech

Elsewhere in New York, Samsung used its sponsored backstage lounge to showcase its latest mobile and wearable tech innovations, including the new Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and Gear VR, while Burberry created interactive billboards in New York, London and Paris that allowed smartphone users to see their initials inscribed on a digital bottle of the brand's new My Burberry perfume.

Around the world, adidas used Berlin Fashion Week to launch footwear selfies using its newest customization app that lets fans adorn the brand’s ZX FLUX sneakers with personal photos.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Apple, GM, McDonald's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 27, 2014 09:37 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple prepares to make largest iPad to date, report says.

GM ignition-switch fund receives claims for more than 100 deaths.

World Health Organization goes after e-cigarettes with stronger regulations.

McDonald's reviews relationship with troubled China meat supplier OSI.

Burger King encounters blowback to Tim Hortons acquisition over tax-inversion issue despite details of combination that will make it substantially a Canadian company and other attractions of the deal.

MORE BRAND NEWS

AT&T names new CEO of AT&T Mobility.

Adidas Poland launches Instragam game to promote new soccer cleats.

Airbnb announces new e-mail protections for users.

Ashley Madison comes under fire for profile-deletion fees.

Asus teases design for upcoming smartwatch.

Benefit Cosmetics taps 90s nostalgia for latest ad.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Malaysia Airlines, Lululemon, iPhone 6 and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 8, 2014 08:45 AM

TOP STORIES

Malaysia Airlines will be privatized and given "complete overhaul" after union demands CEO resignation.

Lululemon founder sells half his stake, ending fighting.

AT&T turns to a detective and an astronaut to promote U-verse TV app.

Apple's iPhone 6 reveal slated for Sept. 9th as brand sees India momentum, a reprieve in China, EU green light for retail trademark application, and files for HealthKit trademark .

Twitter tweaks ad pricing and hints at e-commerce as Facebook pushes small business ads, bans incentivizing page likes, and faces class action lawsuit in Europe over data breaches.

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adidas increases digital marketing investment and releases Selena Gomez promo for NEO.Continue reading...

mobile marketing

Why Western Brands Love China's WeChat Mobile Platform

Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 7, 2014 02:43 PM

As Tencent’s WeChat nears 400 million active users, it's drawing attention from brand marketers not only in China, where it has achieved status as “the new king of Chinese social media,” according to Econsultancy. Weixin, as it is known in China, is also drawing attention from government officials in its homeland, who are clamping down on users with fake names and other practices that erode trust in the site.

Often mistakenly compared to a Chinese version of WhatsApp, the global mobile powerhouse that is WeChat is far more robust and enables emotional bonding via text, video, voice messaging, mobile payments, e-commerce, games, or even booking a taxi.

That range of capabilities has attracted Western brands including McDonald's, Nike, adidas, Intel, Durex, Coach, British Airways, Italy's Yoox and the NBA, all eagerly testing WeChat’s ability to target consumers one-to-one.

How some other brands are looking to stand out on WeChat:Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Sprint, Walgreen, Time Warner and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2014 09:39 AM

TOP STORIES

Dropping T-Mobile bid, Sprint CEO stands to earn $40M in severance pay as new CEO is named.

Time Warner earnings soar after 21st Century Fox withdraws takeover bid.

Apple and Samsung drop non-US patent suits as mobile rival Xiaomi takes top spot in China.

Audi and Chrysler face sanctions by Chinese government for "monopolistic" behavior.

Walgreen applauded for remaining in US as drugstore giant buys remainder of Alliance Boots.

MORE BRAND NEWS

adidas taps Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard for new campaign.Continue reading...

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