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In the News: Apple, Nike, Walmart & more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2012 09:01 AM

Apple becomes biggest-capitalized company in U.S. history.

Augusta National admits first women: Condi Rice and an investment banker.

Barnes & Noble to offer Nook in U.K.

Best Buy suspends outlook amid slump and copes with tepid reception for new CEO.

Dreamworks inks distribution deal with Fox.

Facebook sees another early investor leave.

Heineken succeeds in Asia Pacific Breweries bid.

Liberty Media wants control of SiriusXM.

McDonald's pushes mobile-payments cooperation with PayPal.

Nike sets new store rules for security because of rabid shoe fans as the company tests price limits with new $300 shoe from LeBron James.

Walmart makes layaway available a month earlier for holidays.

Yum! Brands likely to recover financially, analyst says.


Target Practice: As DVDs Crash, Expect More $999 Hunger Games Pins

Posted by Abe Sauer on August 8, 2012 01:21 PM

When one thinks of Target, it's certainly fitting to imagine the retailer as an outlet for the teenage girls that form the bulk of The Hunger Games' most dedicated fan base. What may not be so fitting to the Target brand and clientele are the terms like "14-carat gold replicas" and "$999 each." Yet, this is what Target is dangling as one of the marquee features of its exclusive Hunger Games DVD release event.Continue reading...

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In the News: AT&T, Samsung, Standard Chartered and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 8, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

American Airlines faces record safety penalty, tests hotel baggage delivery service.

Amazon sees pay-off from locker service, looks to acquire more patents.

Apple shelves "Genius" TV campaign, puts former designer on the stand against Samsung and plans to beef up security.

AT&T sees 20,000 employees go on strike.

Bank of America brings discounts to bank statements.

Chiquita seeks new CEO as Undercover Boss star exits.

Chrysler’s Dodge pulls out of NASCAR.Continue reading...

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In the News: American Airlines, Trojan, Dish and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 7, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

AMC tries to enlist consumers in standoff with Dish Network.

Amazon expands use of delivery lockers and expands into social gaming.

American Airlines faces record $162 million in penalties.

Apple plans to pull YouTube app from iPhone and iPad in growing rift with Google as it grills the head of strategy for Samsung in court.

Best Buy founder moves on estranged company.

Chuck E. Cheese starts new campaign aimed at moms.

Coca-Cola deals with kick-out threats from Bolivia.Continue reading...

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In the News: AT&T, Samsung, Capital One and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2012 08:55 AM

In the News

AT&T posts $4-billion quarterly profit and sells 3.7 million iPhones (click here for highlights).

Amazon pursues careful state-sales-tax strategy.

Apple and Samsung gear up for "patent trial of the century" as Samsung's Galaxy Tab 7.7 is banned in EU.

Apple is expected to beat estimates in today's earnings conference call, if not a blowout.

BMW invests in EV-charging network.

Billabong gets lower takeover offer.

Capital One deceptive-marketing fine "unlikely" to change its strategy.Continue reading...

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In the News: Chipotle, Kodak, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 22, 2012 09:04 AM

In the News

Chipotle sales slowdown leads to stock-market plunge.

Kodak risks grow after loss of patent fight.

Samsung passes 10M sales benchmark for Galaxy S3 but iPhone prevails.

Bentley plans SUV.

Cnooc stakes $15B for Canada's Nexen

DreamWorks buys Classic Media.

Facebook pace of revenue growth closely watched.Continue reading...


What Does Central Park Zoo Have Against 'Madagascar'?

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 22, 2012 11:54 AM

Disney Pixar's latest film Brave opens today and promises to clean up at the box office. The film's official partner, Visit Scotland, is hoping audiences will want to "Experience the land that inspired Disney-Pixar’s Brave" (even as the Atlanta Braves have their legal issues with the movie).

Brave's opening means that Madagascar 3, the nation's top film for two weeks running, is about to be forgotten until DVD time. As Madagascar 3 pushes off, and with Brave's Scotland tie-in in mind, we have one nagging question before it goes: why the hit animated franchise failed to make the obvious marketing tie-in with New York's Central Park Zoo? Continue reading...


Brandcameo: Madagascar 3 Tips Hat to, But Doesn't Say, Cirque du Soleil

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 11, 2012 11:51 AM

Film: Madagascar 3 (DreamWorks Animation)
Total Products Spotted: 8
Standout Placement: Cirque du Soleil (by implication)
Most Memorable Placement (positive): Ducati
Most Memorable Placement (negative): HP
Other Product Placements: Airbus, Central Park Zoo, Duane Reade, Ferrari, New York Knicks, Central Park Zoo
Overall Product Placement Integration Grade (1-10): 4
Comments: There are some odd observations to be made about the products and brand names found in Madagascar 3. Most odd is that the most obvious brandcameo (Cirque du Soleil), while explicitly hinted at, is never mentioned by name — even though knowledge of that name is assumed of the audience.Continue reading...

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