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Brand Engagement: Cadbury, Ajax Get Creative with Digital Activations

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 20, 2014 04:23 PM

What do a major confectionery brand and a leading home-cleaning product have in common? Innovative campaigns that bring their non-digital brands into the social lexicon. 

Cadbury has created the first interactive jacket that lights up when its wearer eats chocolate. Part of its Joyville campaign, the jacket, which is designed by London firm Hirsch & Mann, was created to magnify the joyful experience that consumers have when eating Cadbury chocolate, specifically Cadbury + Daim and Cadbury + Oreo. 

“The technology uses Raspberry Pi controllers," Ad Age reports. “The coat is triggered to light up when a sensor picks up chocolate traces. A 'blinking heartbeat' then appears in the middle of the jacket and finally, music blares out of hidden speakers as confetti explodes out of the coat's collar.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Best Buy, Target, Google and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 17, 2014 09:25 AM

In the News

Best Buy saw cheaper-price strategy fizzle for Christmas.

Target tests small store for urban shoppers.

Google tests "smart" contact lens.

Bitcoin breaks into NBA.

Black + Decker redesigns brand.

Cadbury takes "wearable tech" to whole new level.

Campbell marks 80th anniversary of condensed chicken-noodle soup with social campaign.

Chevrolet boosts presence in Russia.

Coldwell Banker creats pre-launch buzz for Grammys spot.

Domino's plans to remodel all restaurants by 2017.Continue reading...

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Google’s +Post Social Ads Go Wider Than Facebook and Twitter

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 10, 2013 11:08 AM

Google has just launched +Post Ads, rich-media marketing real estate for the age of social, enabling brands to turn their content into ads distributed to millions of sites via the Google Display Network. 

“Amplify your content and create conversations across the web,” says the search giant. The new format, an alternative to traditional banner ads, delivers content as display ads when users hover over or tap a banner ad, and adds the ability to comment, share and interact without leaving their current webpage. 

Brands can now leverage photos, videos and Hangouts into interactive ads with a call-to-action “Click to Expand” to a full-screen lightbox. 

“Digital display was once dominated by rich-media advertising; that’s how marketers got ‘engagement.’ But social media is rapidly becoming Google’s rich-media product,” said Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus. “This is a way for Google to recapture some of those ad dollars that once were spent on its rich-media products.”

While the format is similar to sponsored posts on Facebook or Twitter, Google’s units can live on any site on the Internet. “This lets brands think of the entire Web as their social stream,” wrote Eran Arkin, ads product manager at Google. Continue reading...

brand strategy

Hershey Brings Jolly Rancher's Branded Flavor Intensity to Indian Palates

Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 03:47 PM

India's sweet tooth has been growing lately to the tune of 18 percent average increases in candy sales annually, so it's no wonder that global giants including Mondelez and Hershey are targeting the sub-continent. In fact, Hershey has chosen India as the first country outside North America to launch the Jolly Rancher brand.

The first Jolly Rancher product will be lollipops, coming in three flavors: green apple, watermelon and mango. Hershey claimed in a statement that the mango variety was developed specifically for consumers in India and that, overall, the new Jolly Rancher products have been tailored "to appeal, specifically, to local palates with bold, fruity flavors that are unlike any other candy available in the market."

More than that, the company said, "The lollipops offer a long-lasting fruit-like taste experience that is distinct from the typical lollipop currently available in India." Sounds a lot like the taste-intense positioning that Jolly Ranchers has used generally.Continue reading...

trademark wars

Cadbury and the Color Purple: Nearly a Century of Use Couldn't Trademark It

Posted by Dale Buss on October 4, 2013 07:23 PM

It isn't any easier to trademark the color purple than the color red, apparently. Several months after Louboutin's failed effort to trademark the color red broadly for shoe soles in the US, Cadbury has been knocked down by a UK court over its attempts to trademark the use of purple in its chocolate wrappers.

Cadbury lost its five-year court battle to Nestle over whether Cadbury could register a distinctive shade of purple as a trademark, a specific shade—defined as Pantone 2685C—that it has used on its Dairy Milk bars and other sweets since World War I.

"The mark ... lacks the required clarity, precision, self-containment, durability and objectivity to qualify for registration," one of the judges in the case said, according to The Guardian.Continue reading...

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Mondelez Finds Added Value in Social Strategy That Performs As Well As TV

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 25, 2013 02:13 PM

Mondelez International is stepping out of the social quicksand with a bold reshaping of its social media strategy following a trial of a Crème Egg campaign that drove the same purchase consideration through Facebook as on television—for a third of the budget.

The initiative, called “Storytelling at Scale,” is a mash-up of curated content and paid-media to engage a new crop of customers that are not yet brand followers, and signals a shift away from banner adverts to a new model that will increase the circulation of branded content. 

The company's "Have a Fling" Facebook campaign for the chocolate brand reached over 15 million unique consumers, 90 percent of it's target 18-24 demographic and had 5 million active interactions with the campaign, according to the UK's Marketing Week.Continue reading...

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In the News: Walmart, BlackBerry, Costco and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 9, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Walmart greatly expands beer sales.

BlackBerry open to going private, Reuters says.

Costco hailed as "cheapest, happiest company in the world."

Apple and Samsung battle into the next round on patents.

Audi expects to top US sales goal this year.

Best Buy works to get its website up to snuff.

Cadbury uses creative defense in India tax case.

Coca-Cola plots returning Mello Yello citrus soda to national status.

Danone buys fun yogurt brand to add to US expansion.

Elizabeth Arden says orders have evaporated for celebrity perfumes.

Facebook is cautious about video advertising.Continue reading...

chew on this

Could a Mondelez Merger Be in PepsiCo's Future? Nelson Peltz Hopes So

Posted by Dale Buss on July 22, 2013 12:49 PM

Oreos, Fritos, Doritos, Cadbury, Trident and Sunchips all on the same truck as they head to the supermarket? That's a vision of a highly symbiotic, cost-efficient brand and product portfolio and distribution scheme, if you ask Nelson Peltz. He'll be happy to see some other distributor getting the Pepsi into the beverage aisle and the Naked Juice into the refrigerators in the produce department.

That's part of the scenario being sketched by activist investor Nelson Peltz as he presses PepsiCo to spin off its uneven drinks business, then purchase Mondelez International so the two snack giants can combine their stables of diverse and powerful brands both in the US and international arenas. Such a global snack giant would have $70 billion in combined revenue and 17 snack brands that each has more than $1 billion in retail sales.

Peltz said at a recent conference that PepsiCo is at "a crossroads" with a beverage business that was losing market share in soft drinks to CocaCola and to which PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has only recently—and seemingly grudgingly—given more marketing support.Continue reading...

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