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In the News: Walgreens, AT&T, Taco Bell and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 2, 2013 09:17 AM

In the News

Walgreens opens training center for young workers with autism.

AT&T seeks warmer shopping experience at its stores.

Taco Bell tries building buzz by holding back on third Doritos Locos Tacos flavor.

American Express launches 13th "Unstaged" concert.

Apple still searches for new head of retail stores as ITC delays ruling in its import case against Samsung.

Avon says feds rejected its settlement offer in bribery probe.

Baxter found expense violations in China as Sanofi and AstraZeneca report new government scrutiny there.

Chick-fil-A surpasses KFC as top chicken QSR in US.Continue reading...

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YouTube Invites Brands into Partner Program to Help Create Better Content

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 20, 2013 06:22 PM

YouTube’s audience, dubbed Gen C by Google for its ubiquitous connectivity, is an irresistible sweet spot for marketers and brands that can now be more nimble in creating their own content thanks to a partnership with YouTube.

Announced Thursday at the Cannes Lions Festival, YouTube has signed American Express, GE, Johnson & Johnson and PepsiCo as the inaugural class of brands to join its Partner Program, which will team content creators with brands to produce engaging, branded content on YouTube. 

“The move comes as more brands look to become custom publishers themselves and create content that consumers care about," Ad Age notes. The program launches in the fall, and aims to have 100 partners on board by the end of 2014.Continue reading...

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Weight Watchers, Slim-Fast Go Separate Directions in Diet Wars

Posted by Dale Buss on April 11, 2013 04:45 PM

Ladies, this is not your mother's weight-loss plan! Weight Watchers—which also lately has taken aim at men—and Slim-Fast are overhauling their approach to marketing in more significant ways than ever, as the dieting industry continues to grow but also has welcomed new forms of competition.

Slim-Fast's new approach is the more striking one, perhaps because the Unilever-owned brand has been dwindling steadily for years since it was synonymous with weight-loss products. Its new "Get What You Want" advertising campaign communicates the real reason women want to lose weight, and it has to do with sex appeal, not health and fitness.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amazon, Facebook Phone, Toys 'R' Us and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 2, 2013 09:07 AM

In the News

Amazon sees online retail rivals rise in 4Q and reign as most expensive stock end as company may have smartphone ambitions.

Facebook phone, no longer a rumor, is coming to Android.

Toys 'R' Us pulls planned IPO.

American Airlines settles fare suit with Orbitz.

American Express tests geo-targeted ads in London cabs.

American Greetings decides to go private.

Apple apology by CEO Tim Cook seems to satisfy Chinese authorities.Continue reading...

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In The News: AMEX, Walmart and Bluebird, T-Mobile and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on March 26, 2013 06:16 PM

In the News

American ExpressWalmart co-branded Bluebird debit card gets FDIC insured.

T-Mobile finally gets the iPhone.

Abercrombie & Fitch set to open their first Middle Eastern store in Dubai next year. 

Bankrupt Atari plans to auction off gaming empire in May.

Victoria Beckham launches self-branded e-commerce site.

BMW named best overall luxury brand by Kelly Blue Book. 

Danone latest brand to partner with couponing app Shopitize.

GM introduces new Buick LaCrosse in effort to appeal to younger drivers.Continue reading...

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American Express at 163: Having Its Cake and Tweeting It, Too

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 18, 2013 04:38 PM

It’s hard to believe that American Express is celebrating its 163rd birthday today, as the iconic brand continues a spry and active presence, pushing boundaries in social media while as fresh and enduring as those half its age. Case in point: its #163candles hashtag on Twitter today.

Just last month, the blue chip brand teamed with that whippersnapper on a social commerce experience that turns Twitter hashtags into purchases. The sync and tweet with #hashtags lets users buy $25 American Express Gift Cards and products from Amazon, Sony, Urban Zen and Xbox 360.

"Based on the initial success of Amex Sync for offers, we know there is significant power in combining our assets with Twitter's platform to bring value to Cardmembers and merchants," said Leslie Berland, SVP Digital Partnerships and Development. "Now, we're leveraging our unique technology and closed-loop network to introduce a seamless solution that redefines what's possible in the world of social commerce."Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Time Inc., Volkswagen and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 14, 2013 09:08 AM

In the News

Google doubles size of Seattle-area campus as X Lab sparks interest, Android chief steps aside and loss of Google Reader upsets loyal users.

Time Inc. spinoff rattles employees.

Volkswagen warns of a tough year ahead and focuses on China.

Apple exec attacks Google, Android and Samsung on eve of Galaxy S4 introduction.

AMC Theaters seeing stellar results.

Amazon pares price of large-screen Kindle Fire HD.

American Express, Audi and Griffin's "get" social media, execs say.Continue reading...

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In the News: Carnival Cruise Lines, J.C. Penney, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 28, 2013 09:07 AM

In the News

Carnival Cruise Lines sees brand perceptions drop to all-time low.

J.C. Penney losses snowball as boost in ad spending can't reverse sales declline.

Facebook inks deal to show ads based on shopping habits.

AC/DC rocks their own signature brand of beer.

American Express pushes e-commerce to TV commerce.

Apple preaches patience.

Boeing apologizes for Dreamliner fiasco.

Caesars looks to web gambling for financial help.

Flowers Foods set to buy Wonder, other Hostess brands for $390 million.Continue reading...

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