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Burt's Bees Taps Vine for Novel Campaign to (What Else?) Create Buzz

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 15, 2013 07:22 PM

Talk about a novel twist on social marketing and branded content. Burt's Bees is going classic with Vine videos that riff on literary works to promote their seven core "classics" products. The brand created animated "adaptations" in a campaign designed by ad agency Baldwin& that carries the implicit message that the time-tested nature of Burt’s Bees products is equal to the classics.

Beeswax Lip Balm, Coconut Foot Cream, Shea Butter Hand Repair Cream, Hand Salve, Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream and Res-Q Ointment will be reinterpreted with "6-Second Classics"—stop motion animated Vine adaptations of Little Women, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Gulliver’s Travels, Metamorphosis, Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.Continue reading...

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In the News: Nissan, IKEA, BMW and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 9, 2013 09:35 AM

In the News

Nissan unveils its own smartwatch.

IKEA no longer ranks as Sweden's most trusted brand.

BMW eclipses rivals at Frankfurt Auto Show with three-level test track.

Apple readies to announce two new iPhones tomorrow. 

Audi sees global sales rise 10 percent in August.

Clorox spoofs Real Housewives as "green" sales miss mark.

Daimler joins parade by aiming to launch self-driving car by 2020.

Deutsche Bank launches customer service channels on Facebook, Twitter. 

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne cancels two media appearances at Frankfurt Auto Show.

Holiday Inn Express debuts first ever European ad campaign. 

Instagram will introduce ads within a year, reports say.Continue reading...

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NFL Kicks Off Effort to Show Its Marketing Juggernaut is No Fantasy

Posted by Dale Buss on September 3, 2013 07:12 PM

The week is already building to a crescendo, that moment awaited by National Football League fans for seven months now, since the closing moments of the last Super Bowl. That's right—the moment when fantasy-football players need to lock in their rosters for the first week of action.

Well, alright: Fantasy leagues haven't become quite as big as the game itself, which will renew play for the 2013-2014 season with a Thursday evening kickoff between the visiting Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens and the host Denver Broncos. But the continued rise of fantasy play is one of the most interesting marketing elements of the upcoming season, along with the primacy of Sunday Night Football, the need for creative renewal by brands using NFL games as an advertising vehicle—and concern about the issue of head injuries.

So many Americans now are enrolled in NFL fantasy leagues that a growing number of marketers are turning to them as a sort of poor man's NFL-marketing platform. Lenovo, for example, has created a fictional fantasy-team owner whose exploits bring him in contact with actual NFL stars, according to the New York Times.Continue reading...

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Clorox's Green Works Finds New Voice and Attitude to Combat Greenwashing

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 2, 2013 03:36 PM

As Kermit the Frog taught an entire generation, “It's not easy being green.”

Clorox’s Green Works is a case study in the steep learning curve of green branding. The line of environmentally friendly housecleaning products launched in 2008 with an endorsement from the Sierra Club, which helped boost its market penetration and credibility. 

That $1.3 million contract ends in December and the brand chose Earth Day to announce a strategic marketing revamp, including a new tone of voice (embodied by its new manifesto, posted on Facebook and its website) and the removal of the Sierra Club logo from all Green Works packaging, a clear sign of the times as green cleaning products have been forced to reduce their premium prices and re-position the sell to deflect declining sales.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Nutrisystem, Amazon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 22, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

Dirce Navarro de Camargo, Brazil's richest woman and owner of Havaianas, dies at 100.

Apple faces criticism over Siri's long memory as market expects it to report profit drop.

Nutrisystem joins forces with Walmart in retail push.

Amazon asks viewers for help in selecting which pilots to turn into original TV series.

Ahold donates a half-million dollars to Boston fund.

Boeing will see timeline of Dreamliner return to skies vary widely around globe.

Chipotle sees expansion of US investigation into its hiring.

Clorox aims to expand market for Green Works beyond niche.

Coach fights to keep its cachet as competition rises.

Comedy Central plans to use Twitter to host comedy festival.Continue reading...

mom's the word

Clorox Goes for the Funny Bone With Seinfeld Writer Carol Leifer

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 3, 2013 05:06 PM

Forget sticky marketing; Clorox is going with icky marketing in its latest effort to get moms to laugh.

As announced in a press release Wednesday, the brand is partnering with Carol Leifer, an award-winning comedian and comedy TV writer (SeinfeldModern Family), to launch the Clorox Ick-tionary, a wiki-style dictionary of everyday ick that parents and caregivers contend with on a daily basis.

As Leifer observes in a blog post, "Don't ask, don't smell... Because as I’ve learned from my comedy writing on sitcoms, real life always does seem to present the funniest ideas."Continue reading...

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In the News: Best Retail Brands, Coca-Cola, Starbucks and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 19, 2013 09:07 AM

In the News

Interbrand announces the 2013 Best Retail Brands report.

Coca-Cola honored with first Clio brand icon award.

Starbucks names new global CMO in former Sephora marketer Sharon Rothstein, as McDonald's passes Starbucks as most social brand.

Apple rumored to pull out the stops for the next iPhone to take on Samsung, which has replaced Nokia as top smartphone brand in China and confirmed it's developing a smartwatch to take on Apple's rumored wearable computer.

BlackBerry prepares to bring million-selling Z10 smartphone to U.S. on Friday with 100,000 apps.

Burger King hopes folks gobble up new turkey burger.

Carl's Jr. and Hardee's introduce Jim Beam bourbon burger.

Clorox introduces smart tube technology to packaging design.Continue reading...

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In the News: Barclays, MSNBC, Audi and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Airbus and Boeing walk fine line about global airliner demands.

Apple finds some iPhone users souring on Siri as it may be gearing up to producer smaller iPad.

Audi opens first digital showrooms.

Barclays apologizes in new campaign for Libor scandal.

BSkyB prepares to launch Now TV.

Clorox targets Hispanics with Fraganzia line of cleaning products.

Digg founder revisits missteps that led to company's fall.

Ford funds parties featuring Escape to combat hunger.Continue reading...

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