The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2014 06:50 PM
No doubt Scarlett Johansson's ad for Sodastream will be among the most-anticipated of the the big game on Sunday. Cheerios' reprise of its mixed-race family will strike some of the most emotional cords. And a Budweiser spot featuring a puppy and a Clydesdale might convert a lot of snack-table napkins into makeshift hankies.
But more impressive than all of those things individually is the likelihood that food and beverage brands finally will rival automakers as the highest-impact vertical choosing to advertise in the Super Bowl this year. (Watch some of the Big Game spots that have already released below.)
One brand in particular, Pepsi, has a lot riding on the Super Bowl—so much in fact that the brand launched a seperate lead-in campaign to build up excitement for the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show.
"The heart and soul of our brand is pop culture and sports and music," Simon Lowden, CMO of Pepsi Beverages North America, told brandchannel. "And there's no better event than the Super Bowl to bring that to life."
The Big Game will be a major platform for Pepsi's tack to what it is calling a "master brand" strategy in which it treats the variety of Pepsi products as a single brand rather than calling out individual products as has been its tendency.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 15, 2014 06:41 PM
Anheuser-Busch InBev's Super Bowl XLVIII game plan is a mixed bag of old and new as the alcohol giant turns its focus to its core brands—Bud Light and Best Global Brand Budweiser—as competition from Coors Light, craft beers and imported brews heats up.
In total, AB InBev will air five ads, three for Bud Light and two for Budweiser.
A veteran Super Bowl advertiser, Budweiser will once again utilize its iconic Clydesdales in a new spot, "Puppy Love," as well as one that honor's returning military troops that is "particularly special because of the sheer number of troops coming home from Afghanistan," Budweiser VP Brian Perkins told USA Today.
Bud Light, on the other hand, will showcase an innovative re-sealable aluminum bottle, "Cool Twist," in spot called “So Cool” that is scheduled to air in the game's first timeslot along with two others that include celebrity tie-ins.
One thing that isn't resting on nostalgia is Bud Light's four-year-old tagline, "Here We Go."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2013 06:47 PM
Molson Heads to the Philippines
Molson scored a hit earlier this year when it stuck red fridges filled with brews all over Europe that only opened when Canadian passports were presented. People loved it so much that the company decided to extend the program, the Globe and Mail reports.
The company asked its employees to come up with interesting Canadians across the planet and settled on a man on an exotic island in the Philippines. Molson delivered a fridge full of the beer to him, his two best friends, and a satellite so he can watch Team Canada play. The full video will be aired during Team Canada’s first game of the world junior hockey championship on Boxing Day.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 13, 2013 02:43 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Apple and China Mobile sitting in a tree… Xiaomi expands… Mustangs appear… retail boom… WeChat, WhatsApp and now Yixin… smog, smog and more smog makes for new business… Carlsberg buys breweries… Marie France leaves… Swiss watch woes… Taobao livestock… and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 10, 2013 12:11 PM
Coca-Cola rolled out a new soda this past summer in Argentina called Coca-Cola Life and the word on the street is that it is coming to America in 2014.
With about half the calories of regular Coke and sweetened with sugar and stevia in partnership with Cargill, Life “would be the first time the natural sweetener would be used in (Coke’s) flagship brand in the US,” according to DNAIndia.com. As of now, Coke uses stevia in America “in some non-carbonated drinks and in its Fanta brand.”
As Ad Age points out, both Coke and Pepsi have significant investment in the sugar-substitute market. Coke has been experimenting with stevia while Pepsi’s scientists “in collaboration with San Diego-based biotech firm Senomyx, is in the late stages of developing a ‘taste modifier’ that would essentially fool taste buds into thinking they are getting more sugar than delivered.” That modifier goes by the very catchy name of S617. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 4, 2013 09:02 AM
BlackBerry sale to Fairfax falls apart as $1 billion in funding is secured, CEO Thorsten Heins steps down and shares plunge.
Kellogg plans to trim 7% of workforce by 2017 as part of global restructuring.
American Airlines and US Airways merger cleared in US, but only with broad divestitures.
AB InBev sees strong growth for Budweiser in Russia.
Alcatel-Lucent seeks to raise $2 billion for turnaround plan.
Apple's gold iPhone 5s continues flying off shelves, while Apple CEO Tim Cook backs LGBT anti-discrimination bill.
Billabong sells Canadian retail chain West 49.
Chevron pumps up spending to boost production.
Dr Pepper finds formula to Facebook success.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 25, 2013 07:17 PM
Jack Daniel’s Launches Bottle Battle with Little Whiskey Brand
When liquor buyers go looking for a bottle of Jack Daniel’s, they know what they’re looking for: a squared-off chunk of glass with the black label and the trusty No. 7. The famed distiller, though, is a bit concerned that shoppers are going to be confused by a new whiskey on the shelf: Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey.
Sutton’s originally marketed its whiskey in Mason jars in honor of the moonshiner who created it, but the brand switched its packaging recently to a bottle that is “square shaped with angled shoulders and beveled corners, with white-on-black labeling color schemes,” the Associated Press reports. The lawyers at Jack Daniel’s have taken notice and filed suit, claiming they've cornered the market on square whiskey.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 4, 2013 06:45 PM
Dogfish Head Gets Spaced Out
Delaware brewery Dogfish Head is always up for experiments. Its latest is a small-batch Oktoberfest ale, Celest-jewel-ale, that features an ingredient probably never used before in the brewing process: moon dust.
According to Fox News, Dogfish made a deal with ILC Dover, which produces spacesuits for NASA, in order to have access to “lunar meteorites” that it ground up and put into the brew like a big teabag.
Much more experimental than that, though, is the brewery’s plan to open a 16-room, beer-themed hotel. It’ll open next year about 11 miles from the brewery, Eater.com reports. Each room will have its own micro-fridges and beer glasses as well as a bottle opener on the wall.
In the spirit of inventiveness, Dogfish has also created a little gadget known as the Randall Jr. that allows consumers to infuse their own beers with interesting ingredients and flavorings. At Dogfish, the brewers want everyone to catch the creativity bug.Continue reading...