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The Tee Party: Right Wing Raises Humor Tax By Spoofing Big Brands

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 30, 2011 11:30 AM

Sure, there have always been the brand-mocking clothing of dumb punks, be it North Face-skewering "South Butt" or the wit of "Mountain Don't."

Now, usually reserved conservatives are getting in on the fun. Below, a collection of corporate-spoofing t-shirt designs that promote the politics of the right.Continue reading...

brand collaborators

Converse Meets Super Mario

Posted by Michael Waltzer on April 28, 2011 05:00 PM

Look out Mario, it's Bowser! And he’s captured Peach! What special power will you call upon to save her? Converse!?

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Super Mario, Converse Japan and Nintendo have teamed up to produce a Super Mario version of the Chuck Taylor shoe.Continue reading...

brand news

Brands to Watch: Boeing, TI, Wachovia and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 4, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

In the wake of cracks being found in three Southwest planes, FAA calls for cross-airline inspections of Boeing 737s.

Texas Instruments acquires National Semiconductor for $6.5 billion.

Wachovia, now part of Wells Fargoaccused of drug cartel money-laundering.

American Airlines ends spat with Expedia.

Apple goes after Color and Instagram with iPhone's social photo stream, looks to become media gatekeeper.

CBS News anchor Katie Couric is negotiating her exit, and eyeing a syndicated talkshow with Jeff Zucker.Continue reading...

celebrity brandmatch

Dove's Unlikely Pitchman: Magic Johnson

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 21, 2011 10:00 AM

On November 7, 1991 five-time NBA champion and three-time league MVP Irving "Magic" Johnson announced his immediate retirement from the Los Angeles Lakers and pro basketball. Johnson further said that he had tested positive for HIV.

The announcement shocked America, and Johnson became the public face of HIV, challenging Americans who had until then seen (and celebrated) the illness as afflicting only the gay community to come to terms with one its most celebrated athletes being HIV-positive.

So, not a soul would have believed anyone who had said at the time, "In 20 years, Magic Johnson will be the spokesperson for a major brand's line of men's hygiene products." But that's just what happened. During the NCAA tournament, Dove introduced its new campaign — "Journey to Comfort with Magic Johnson."Continue reading...

what girls want

Converse Promotes New Women's Designs

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 8, 2011 12:30 PM

While not timed to International Women's Day, Converse is thinking about giving women a well-shod foot up.

The classic American sneaker brand is promoting the Helen — a new spin on its heritage Jack Purcell shoe (and named for Purcell's wife). The short film above features NYC chef Melia Marden talking about her work, her mother's inspiration and Converse's new women's shoe design. 

The brand is also promoting another women's collection, featuring a more international inspiration: the designs of Marimekko.Continue reading...


Ad Watch: AT&T, Chrysler, Coca-Cola, EA, NBA and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 18, 2011 05:30 PM

AT&T promotes its 4G network with a commercial that rewinds a football player's life back to the moment his dad first bought him tickets to a game, purchased (of course) with his AT&T phone.

Watch more new spots — from Audi, Coca-Cola, TurboTax, Intel and other brands — after the jump.Continue reading...

brand launch

Sweet Smell of Excess: Hilfiger Gets LOUD On Air

Posted by Ana Terzi on November 10, 2010 04:40 PM

American designer Tommy Hilfiger has launched LOUD – a digital radio station with a singular purpose: promoting Hilfiger’s new fragrance master-brand, LOUD for her and LOUD for him. And the brand sees no better way of promoting the youth-oriented brand than blasting the soundtracks of a generation.

Although tying a radio station to a brand, and vice versa, is terrain originally trodden by sneaker and apparel giant Converse, this is the first time a lifestyle fragrance brand has taken to the airwaves to broadcast its message and convey its brand commitment to staying vibrant and young.

LOUD is on 24/7, and it’s run by a team of professional programmers, DJs and on-air personalities from the Goom Radio studios, the same studio behind The Converse Radio initiative.Continue reading...


Jackass 3D Product Placement Stunt Surprisingly Smart

Posted by Abe Sauer on October 19, 2010 05:00 PM

Is stupidity a product? Because if stupidity is a product then Jackass 3D is the most product-placed film of all time. Yes, even more than Sex and the City.

Sadly, stupidity is not a product, though, for some, it is a brand position. In fact, the stupidity on display in Jackass 3D may explain why there are so few brands, with most of them in the background. A pair of boxing gloves, repeatedly used in one gag, may be Everlast, but the brand is intentionally obscured under duct tape.

Yet, there are a few mentionable amongst the unmentionables.Continue reading...

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