Posted by Dale Buss on February 14, 2012 08:55 AM
Amazon expands into original programming for web and TV, while Senate bill may close Virginia's "Amazon loophole."
Angry Birds lands on Facebook.
Apple shares close above $500, breaking more records, while brand announces iPad 3 release for March 7, testing "iPad Mini" tablet with smaller screen.
Burt's Bees launches spinoff aimed at Gen Y.
Chipotle steals buzz at Grammy's with Willie Nelson/Coldplay commercial.
Ford may have last laugh over Chevrolet with Super Bowl truck ad.
Google sees Motorola Mobility acquisition approved by EU and US.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on January 31, 2012 01:01 PM
Angry Birds are celebrating the start of the Year of the Dragon, but the piggies are trying to scare them away from their eggs! Luckily the Angry Birds have some help — the Mighty Eagle has transformed into the fearsome Mighty Dragon!
In China, brands like Nescafe are tapping into rebellious icons like Han Han.
The secret capitalist document that transformed China into the juggernaut it is today.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 30, 2012 08:50 AM
Facebook appears ready to go public with $10 billion IPO in early February, despite ire at leak.
Exxon Mobil sells Japanese subsidiary for $4 billion in move to cut refining.
News Corp. reportedly woos Bloomberg exec as Twitter-happy Murdoch sees weekend arrests at The Sun tabloid.
ABB buys Thomas & Betts for $4 billion.
Angry Birds boss doesn't fear piracy.
Apple aims to sell 40 million iPhones in China next year.
Altria sees tobacco users embrace discount brands.
Bank of America shakes up investment banking division.
Barnes & Noble takes on Amazon with fifth Nook device.
Beyonce sees university class focus on her.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 14, 2011 10:01 AM
When a game designed for mobile phones has gotten more than a half a billion downloads in less than two years of existence, it’s apparently time to bring it into reality.
That must be what the creators of the Angry Birds game are thinking, anyway. Rovio, which is planning to go public in the next few years, will debut two Angry Birds playgrounds in its homeland of Finland next year, according to Reuters, that will have “animal spring riders, swings, sandpits and a range of climbing towers with slides, and a unique Angry Birds arcade game.”
The company has signed a global deal with playground equipment manufacturer Lappset to create “equipment inspired by the game's characters" for playgrounds that will be called Angry Birds Magic Places. "The playgrounds fit perfectly into the Angry Birds world and our way of thinking," Rovio marketing chief Peter Vesterbacka said in a statement.Continue reading...
week in review
Posted by Michael Waltzer on November 18, 2011 04:30 PM
Our most-read blog posts of the week includes Google+ and brands, John Deere's Can Do spirit and more:
#1 Worried About Google+? Help is on the Way
#2 Starbucks Scraps Crappers Just Before World Toilet Day
#3 John Deere Brings Can Do Spirit to Facebook Cause Marketing
#4 Nike ‘Back to the Future’ Shoes Raise $9.4 Million for Michael J. Fox Foundation
#5 Penn State and Joe Paterno Brand Damage: The Fall-Out Continues
#6 Overstock.com Backpedals on O.co Rebranding
#7 How Green Bay Packers Plan to be "America's Team"
#8 Flatter Up! Orioles Bring Back the Bird as Marlins Channel Maroon 5
#9 Angry Birds Flips the Bird to Hockey Fans
#10 Benetton's Back, Baby! Unhate Kiss Campaign Gets Papal Rebuke and Buzz
Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 14, 2011 04:06 PM
The Angry Birds game may have hit half a billion downloads recently, but the characters have yet to have their own animated show or appear in advertisements or actually represent anything other than the nice slingshotted birds they are.
But that’s all about to change. In the last month came the news of an Angry Birds TV channel and an Angry Birds movie in the works. And now a real, live, skating Angry Bird – with a stick. More precisely, a Hockey Bird.
Toni Kysenius at Rovio Entertainment, the Finnish-based developer of the game, has created the new bird to be the mascot of next year’s Hockey World Championships in Finland and Sweden, according to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s website.Continue reading...
week in review
Posted by Michael Waltzer on November 11, 2011 04:36 PM
Our most-read blog posts of the week include Steve Jobs' iYacht, HP's TouchPad and more:
#1 i, iCaptain: Steve Jobs’ Unrealized Dream was the iYacht
#2 HP's TouchPad: The Discontinued Tablet That Won't Go Away
#3 Angry Birds Hits Half A Billion Downloads
#4 Burger King's New Kids Meals Highlight Play and Philanthropy
#5 ASICS Cheers on New York City Marathon with Transit Experience
#6 J&J, Under Fire, Commits to Formaldehyde-Free Johnson's Baby Products
#7 Mercedes Don't Run Over 99%ers, 1%ers Run Over 99%ers
#8 Google+ Opens Doors to Brands, Starting With +Pepsi, +Toyota + more
#9 Sale of New Marlins Gear Awaits New Logo Announcement
#10 UNTHINK, the Facebook Alternative
search and destroy
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 7, 2011 02:16 PM
Google officially launched brand pages on Google+ today, ending months of waiting. The Web giant's pitch to convince businesses and brands to sign up (and unseat Facebook's dominance as the go-to social destination for businesses):
"Google+ pages help you connect with the customers and fans who love you. Not only can they recommend you with a +1, or add you to a circle to listen long-term. They can actually spend time with your team, face-to-face-to-face. All you need to do is start sharing, and you'll soon find the super fans and loyal customers that want to say hello."
Charter branded G+ pages at launch showed the array of business-hosted pages possible:Continue reading...