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How Budweiser Woos Craft Beer-Loving Millennials: Wooden Crates, Jay Z

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 24, 2014 01:38 PM

Budweiser truly was the King of Beers a quarter century ago, selling almost 50 million barrels back in 1988. Just ten years ago, it held 14.4% share of the massive U.S. beer market. But now, the iconic American beer only has a 7.6% U.S. market share, and sold only 16 million barrels domestically last year. To combat the crushing numbers, the brand is refocusing its marketing efforts on—who else?—millennials.

According to research from parent company Anheuser-Busch InBev, around 44% of 21- to 27-year-olds have never sampled Budweiser; only a generation earlier, it would have been hard to believe that number could exist.

AB InBev is looking to boost awareness (and sales) by going after those twentysomething drinkers who predominantly favor craft beers. The Wall Street Journal reports that its all-ages marketing is being augmented with a focused effort to target that early- and mid-20s demo, including Jay Z (whose Made in America festival Budweiser sponsors) and, naturally, zombies.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Pepsi Taps Perry for Super Bowl Halftime and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 24, 2014 09:23 AM

TOP STORIES

Pepsi and the NFL confirm Katy Perry's halftime show at 2015 Super Bowl in new commercial.

Samsung plans major management shakeup.

Tesla and BMW discuss technology alliance.

Audi tests premium car sharing for the wealthy.

Chrysler details recall strategy, blitzes American Music Awards with ads featuring Eminem, Fergie, Gwen Stefani and Phillip Phillips.Continue reading...

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Brand News: American Beagle, Red Lobster, Warner Bros. and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2014 10:14 AM

TOP STORIES

Republicans take US Senate and some key blue-state governorships in elections that even Democrats interpret as repudiation of President Obama, while higher minimum wage passes in four states and pot is legalized in three.

Coca-Cola has hit on its hands with Coke Life, researcher says.

Red Lobster reverts to lobster roots in highly-watched rebrand.

Warner Bros. lays off about 1,000 of its 8,000-member workforce.

American Eagle brings April Fool's prank to life (for a cause) with American Beagle collection. Continue reading...

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FIFA is Feeling the Heat From Brand Partners Over Qatar World Cup

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 4, 2014 12:19 PM

Brands like to be where the eyeballs are, but FIFA—organizers of the planet's most-watched sporting event, the World Cup—has just lost a major sponsor and is in danger of losing other brand sponsors in the wake of mishandling of recent events and allegations of corruption within the bidding process for World Cup hosting, Business Insider reports.

Emirates, FIFA's official airline partner, has pulled its sponsorship through the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, and Sony is considering the same, according to the Guardian. The loss of one and possible two FIFA partners hurts as there are only six sponsors in total at the FIFA Partner level, vs. sponsors specifically tied to the World Cup.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, Gucci, Fiat Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2014 09:04 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple sees demand for iPhone 6 delaying larger iPad as Carl Icahn pushes company on stock buybacks and Apple Watch makes cover of Vogue China.

Fiat Chrysler is being quickly rebuilt by CEO Marchionne to woo Wall Street ahead of Monday's New York Stock Exchange listing.

Symantec plans to split up.

Microsoft CEO walks back comments on equal pay, and hires Publicis exec as new US sales chief.

Beyonce posts video supporting her tie-in with Gucci's Chime for Change (below).Continue reading...

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Breast Cancer Awareness: NFL Goes Pink (Again), Social Icons Go Bust

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 1, 2014 02:12 PM

It's been 22 years since Evelyn Lauder created the annual Breast Cancer Awareness month of October, and once again, the NFL is going pink, in what some may see as a Hail Mary response to the league's domestic violence crisis—even though this has been an ongoing partnership.

Kicking off today, the NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society, launched A Crucial Catch, a month-long public affairs campaign focused on promoting annual screenings for women, a key target demographic for the sport.

October 25th, designated as A Crucial Catch Day, will see US-wide health events provide free, breast cancer education and screenings, while NFL players, coaches and referees will don pink game apparel. Special pink footballs and coins will be sold at an NFL auction with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates National Grants for Empowerment (CHANGE) program.

While other brands, such as Nestle, have the latitude to have fun by introducing a "bra cam" this year, continuing a meme started with last year's "tweeting bra" campaign, the NFL is coming under particular scrutiny for its breast cancer tie-in this year, especially after fighting claims last year of so-called "pinkwashing."Continue reading...

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AB InBev May Gulp Down SABMiller as Heineken Holds On to Independence

Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2014 03:52 PM

AB InBev is shaking the beer industry up like a tumbling can of Bud, as the No. 1 company reportedly is considering acquiring No. 2 rival SABMiller and taking the consolidation route toward improving profitability in the face of almost-impossible odds of growing its empire by selling more beer.

What was for certain on Monday was that No. 3 Heineken said that it spurned a takeover approach from SABMiller, etablishing that the Heineken familiy that controls the Dutch brewer intends "to preserve the heritage and identity of Heineken as an independent company." A merger of the industry's Nos. 2 and 3 players, of course, would have made such an entity much more formidable against AB InBev at a time when the volume-beer industry continues to contract.

Bloomberg reported that SABMiller attempted to corral Heineken in part out of fear that AB InBev indeed is stalking it. "That SABMiller's inorganic [growth] optoins have been so publicly lessened puts ABI in an even stronger position, should it choose to make a move on SABMiller," Eddy Hargreaves, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity, said in a note today. "SABMiller shareholders may be even more likely now to welcome a bid."Continue reading...

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Brand News: SABMiller, Amazon, Nissan and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 15, 2014 09:37 AM

TOP STORIES

AB InBev seeks financing to buy SABMiller, which in turn is pursuing Heineken.

Microsoft agrees to buy Minecraft parent for $2.5 billion. 

NFL faces new issue of Adrian Peterson's behavior as it searches for new CMO in midst of PR crisis.

Nissan plans reduction in battery production as EV hopes fade.

Jimmy Choo opens flagship store in midst of London Fashion Week, where Burberry puts a Springin its step for S/S '15 womenswear show and Anya Hindmarch partners Tony the Tiger on boxes of Kellogg's Frosties cereal.Continue reading...

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