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Summer's Here and the Time is Right for Branding of Your Beats

Posted by Claire Falloon on July 21, 2014 01:03 PM

As concert and festival-goers don their denim cut-offs and band t-shirts this summer, they should also get ready for the usual barrage from brands clamoring for their money and attention.

This year fans will encounter everything from advertising and promotions to carefully integrated digital and live experiences from brands including Jim Beam, HondaBudweiser, Vans and even Staples, which is sponsoring Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour (seriously, office supplies? What happened to sex, drugs and rock & roll?)

Old school purists may not like it, but concert sponsorship is nothing new and the presence of big corporate brands in music is a reality we may all have to get used to. 

As Lady Gaga noted at SXSW back in March, “without sponsorships we won’t have any more artists in Austin, because record companies don’t have any f*cking money.” And as music labels recede, the big brands are marching in.Continue reading...

brand revival

Retro Branding: Reintroducing Iconic Products With a Modern Twist

Posted by Taylor Goddu on May 8, 2014 03:22 PM

With so many choices and unproven products on shelves, brands are seeking ways to remind people that they’ve been around for a long time. As a result, consumers are on the hunt for authentic brands with which they can build relationships and trust.

Some companies respond to this through retro branding: emphasizing craft, quality, and heritage over flashy innovation. One way that brands achieve this is by subtly tipping the hat toward history with the reintroduction of an iconic product brand. This technique works when companies emphasize their heritage while sparking new conversations and engaging a new generation via digital and local marketing.

JanSport has flirted with Reddit as a way to engage new fans as part of its "Live Outside" campaign, including deploying street artists to literally bring its products to the streets. Those products include a refresh of a classic silhouette in its modern Heritage Series backpacks. Inspired by the original 1960s design, the product not only highlights the brand’s endurance and relevancy over time, but also deftly pulls consumers back to a point of connection. Instead of running with the masses and capitalizing on fads, they recognized the value in consumer rediscovery.Continue reading...

brand strategy

Nike Sees $36 Billion Future in Basketball, Running Gear

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 11, 2013 11:58 AM

Over 80 analysts and investors gathered in the Tiger Woods Center at Nike's Oregon headquarters on Wednesday for the company's annual Investor Day, and boy did they get good news.

Various company heads took the stage to assure investors that the 45-year-old company, which was just named Forbes' Most Valueable Sports Brand with a brand value of $17.5 billion, currently nets revenues of over $25 billion, plans to hit $30 billion in revenue by 2015, and $36 billion just two years after that. 

How will they do it? Growing businesses that they are already strong in, of course, including basketball, running and women’s apparel and footwear.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Facebook, Tribune Co., Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 1, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

Facebook plans to block ads from broader set of "controversial" pages.

Tribune Co. acquires 19 TV stations to become biggest station operator.

Apple paid no UK corporation tax last year, report says as it applies for "iWatch" trademark in Japan.

Amazon quietly lays plans to sell high-end art.

Bank of America commits to "culture change" that will help in Chicago market.

CBS breaks summer ratings mold with success of Under the Dome.

Chobani undergoes another agency review as it fends off stiffening Greek-yogurt competition.

Cirque Du Soleil deals with death of performer in Las Vegas.

Coca-Cola and PureCircle seek regulatory approval for new stevia-based ingredient.Continue reading...

china

Year of the Snake Sneakers Arrive As Nike Preps Its Black Mamba, Again

Posted by Abe Sauer on January 24, 2013 01:07 PM

With the Year of the Snake dawning, Nike's zodiac cycle is complete: The approaching Chinese New Year will bring what Nike claims is a 12th version of its special edition zodiac animal-themed shoes.

In 2001, Nike had just one zodiac offering, the Air Force 1 Low 3M "Snake." In the ensuing years, some Nike zodiac shoes were better than others. (Air Max 1 Year of the Ox, anyone? Nike Dunk High pigs?).  This year, with a better creature to work with, and as it had with last year's Year of the Dragon, Nike —along with its Jordan brand — has introduced a collection of serpentine shoes.

Nike isn't alone: Shelves of shoe stores in China are about to be filled with scaly offerings that would make Indiana Jones shudder. Continue reading...

doing good

(RED) Rush to Zero: Ten Days, Ten Ways to Fight AIDS

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 4, 2012 10:01 AM

(RED) has announced (RED)Music, a place to buy exclusive tickets and packages from top artists and a centerpiece of the organization's inaugural (RED) Rush to Zero campaign, running June 1-10 to raise funding and awareness to deliver an AIDS Free Generation by 2015.

“The virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV is part of the eight Millennium Development Goals, which range from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS by the target date of 2015,” said the press release.Continue reading...

brand bites

Brand Bites: Nike, Scion, iOS, Pepsi, Dos Equis, Instagram, Mountain Dew & Converse

Posted by Abe Sauer on April 13, 2012 12:01 PM

After launching a bikini babes, donuts and milk spot, Scion thought better and pulled it. It lives on though. (via)

Blondes in bikinis and Helen Keller. Of course it's Nike. Continue reading...

fashion therapy

Fashion Bites: QVC's Titanic, H&M Luxe, Chuck Taylor Premium and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 26, 2012 12:31 PM

QVC is selling Titanic-branded merchandise for sinking centenary next month. "Legacy 1912 –Titanicä" perfume, anyone?

H&M is rumored to have a high-end luxury fashion line in the works, while its Conscious Collection lands on April 14th.

Converse Chuck Taylor Premium line recasts iconic high-top sneaker in luxe leather.

Move over, Ralph Lauren's Big Pony and Lacoste's Big CrocBenetton is joining the big logo brigade:Continue reading...

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