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In the News: Google, Billabong, Chobani and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2013 09:36 AM

In the News

Google pitches online-TV service as it faces more demands by European regulators.

Billabong gets financial-rescue package.

Chobani gets caught in crosshairs of GMO debate.

Apple is said to be developing ad-skipping as part of its TV strategy.

Bank of America's Q2 profit rises 62 percent on cost-cutting campaign.

Big Ten and Detroit Lions plan to announce new bowl game at Detroit's Ford Field.

Robert Downey Jr. tops Forbes' list of highest-paid celebrities.

EA Games' creative director jumps ship to start own gaming company. 

ESPN set to announce next X Games site this morning and finalize deal to bring back Keith Olbermann.

Fancy Feast turns to Pinterest.

Jamba Juice launches big blitz for kids' menu.

KFC tests fast-casual concept.Continue reading...

cocktail hour

All the News You Can Drink: United States of Booze, Wine Popcorn, Canada’s Olympic Beer and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 5, 2013 06:00 PM

United States of Booze

Pennsylvania has its Yuengling, and Tennessee has its Jack Daniel’s. California claims Sierra Nevada, and Colorado names Coors. Thrillist mapped out the top beer and alcohol brands by state—and it makes for one beautiful, boozy land of the free. 

The Beer Institute gets into the geographic swing of things as well with its recent release of a list of the top five states that buy the most beer per capita in general: North Dakota, New Hampshire, Montana, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The states that purchase the least? Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and, not surprisingly, Utah, where a good number of the state’s population is Mormon, which does not allow alcohol consumption.

The Beer Institute also pointed out that last year’s Fourth of July was a banner time for beer sellers. In the two weeks that ended July 7 last year, beer sales were higher than any other food or beverage category measured by Nielsen. More than milk, bread, soda, baby formula—everything.Continue reading...

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Twitter Partners with Everyday Health as it Shows Off Digital Ad Prowess

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 12, 2013 02:48 PM

Increasingly flexing its muscle as the premier ad platform for digital, Twitter is joining forces with Everyday Health to deliver public-health alerts and sell health-related ad packages through a joint “HealthBeat” product. 

“We’ll be looking at the key health terms flaring up every day, and when something is indexing in an abnormal way we'll let Twitter know and we'll supply content about what to do,” Michael Keriakos, Everyday Health’s president, told AdAge.

The publisher, which owns several properties including Daily Glow and Jillian Michaels, said that not all content will be sponsored, but it is seeking advertisers for broader health topics like allergies and insomnia, which would leverage Twitter's ad targeting abilities.Continue reading...

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In the News: ESPN, Honda, Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 30, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

ESPN apologizes for comments by commentator after NBA player announces he's gay.

Honda recalls almost 46,000 Fits in North America.

Chrysler sees profit tumble on poorly executed product launches.

Alibaba and Sina form alliance of China online businesses.

Apple files for new technology that tells whether to text or call friends.

Asos prepares marketing drive to grow global brand.

BP reviews safety after oil leak in North Sea.

Best Buy sells Europe unit back to Carphone Warehouse.

BlackBerry CEO questions future of tablets (which brand doesn't have).Continue reading...

brand evolution

SPAM Stays Relevant with Digital Persona Crafted by Longtime Agency

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 29, 2013 02:46 PM

SPAM, the oft maligned Hormel canned meat product that helped Americans survive the Depression and fed the allied troops during World War II is cultivating a new generation of fans and consumers thanks to a new spokesman and a long-standing relationship with its ad agency.

SPAM remains a staple among US consumers and is now available in 44 countries, with US sales up nearly 7 percent year-over-year in the last 12 months. A lot of that consistent growth is a direct result of the on-going, unique relationship with BBDO, which has serviced every Hormel brand since 1930, from Dinty Moore stew to Jennie-O turkey. That unusual longevity has garnered Ad Age’s top honors in their first agency-client-marriage contest.Continue reading...


Del Monte Touts Freshness with "Bursting with Life" Tagline and Ads

Posted by Dale Buss on November 7, 2012 12:41 PM

Thanksgiving is coming up. And while cans of vegetables will last for years, Del Monte decided that the timing couldn't be better to remind American consumers about the easiest way to elbow onto the Turkey Day table with side dishes worthy of the buxom bird: get them out of a can. Preferably a can of Del Monte vegetables.

So the brand is launching its most extensive and expensive ad campaign in a decade, under the tagline "Bursting with Life." The idea is to emphasize the freshness of Del Monte vegetables — an attribute that consumers don't naturally associate with foods that have been preserved in a cylinder of metal for weeks or months.

While they're not trying to make eating your veggies (let alone canned veggies) sexy, Del Monte hopes to claim a bigger share of mind stomach of a collective American household that at least is thinking more about vegetables these days, and the nutritional value of consuming them.Continue reading...

social marketing

Mercedes-Benz Drives Social TV Innovation With Twitter #YOUDRIVE Campaign

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 2, 2012 02:02 PM

Social innovation is at an all time high and campaigns integrated with social media are the latest incarnation exemplified by the new Mercedes-Benz #YOUDRIVE Twitter campaign, which will let fans help shape the ending. Ever the innovator on digital, Mercedes-Benz is up 10 percent in Interbrand's just-announced 2012 Best Global Brands report.

TV viewers in the UK will ‘drive the action’ of a three-part story about the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class to be shown this weekend during commercial breaks in "The X Factor." A cat and mouse caper features a young music star (played by Top Boy actor Kane Robinson) aided by a female accomplice attempting to secure a secret gig that authorities are keen to close down.Continue reading...

ad watch

Don't Miss FedEx's Funny New Golf Commercials

Posted by Shirley Brady on August 2, 2012 11:07 AM

FedEx is promoting its 2012 FedExCup PGA tournament with a trio of witty golf-related spots (the message: ship those clubs) by BBDO; more below.Continue reading...

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