Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 19, 2011 10:04 AM
Buddy Media, the WPP-backed Facebook management system, is taking on Europe and opening a headquarters in London. A $54 million raise (Series D funding) is fueling a seemingly indefatigable global expansion as the company continues to dominate the social media enterprise software space.
A new group of late-stage investors, including Insight Venture Partners, joined current Buddy Media investors GGV Capital, Institutional Venture Partners and Bay Partners.
Buddy Media serves eight of the world’s top ten global advertisers including Nivea, Bacardi, All Saints, Vodafone and Mercedes Benz. In 2011, the company added 165-plus new customers, including Kraft Foods, Hanes, ESPN, Ford Motor Company and Virgin Mobile USA.Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 11, 2011 02:00 PM
When the television network Versus becomes the NBC Sports Network in 2012, it now has a brand new batch of content to share with its viewers.
NBC and Major League Soccer have just made a deal that has the NBC and its new cable network broadcasting 45 games over the next three seasons as well as four men’s national-team games, according to the New York Times. The contract will end when 2014 games have been completed.Continue reading...
Posted by Chana Mayefsky on August 9, 2011 06:00 PM
Apple edges past Exxon to become the biggest public company in the world (while AOL has a bad day); and stops Samsung's Galaxy Tab in Europe with legal ruling.
Barney's NY hires former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as model and consultant.
Disney profits from sales of Cars 2 and Marvel merchandise, and ESPN revenues.
Facebook rolls out mobile Messenger feature.
Ford manages expectations of eager Focus electric car buyers.
Hero MotorCorp unveils brand identity.
J&J reaches agreement with U.S. on Risperdal charge.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 5, 2011 04:58 PM
You’ve already got your Mineral Water Bowl, your Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl, your Little Caesar’s Bowl, Chick-Fil-A Bowl, and Outback Bowl.
This just in: News comes from Idaho Press Tribune that the Idaho Potato Commission has signed a six-year naming-rights deal that will have two college football teams squaring off in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.
Finally, vegetables will get a representative at the smorgasbord known as college bowl games.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 3, 2011 06:00 PM
AT&T challenges ESPN on 3DTV claims.
Audi signs on as Emmys sponsor.
Budweiser rebrands its can.
Burger King, Wendy's, Subway, Taco Bell, Carl's Jr. lead US fast food brands expanding in Russia.
Coca-Cola tests "FaceLook" facial recognition Facebook app in Israel.
Dunkin' Brands quarterly profits slip.
Facebook marketing director (and sister-of-Mark) Randi Zuckerberg quits to launch a start-up.
Google accuses Apple, Oracle and Microsoft of "patent bullying."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on August 1, 2011 12:30 PM
Versus took its name in 2006 after spending its first 10 years as OLN (the Outdoor Life Network), broadcasting plenty of hunting and fishing before reaching a larger audience with Tour de France coverage.
Since its renaming by Comcast in 2006, the network has focused more and more on mainstream sports and is now going totally that way as it rebrands itself NBC Sports Network, starting in January, according to USA Today.
"This is more than just a name change for Versus," said Mark Lazarus, the former Turner Sports exec who became the chairman of NBC Sports Group in May. "It's a complete repositioning of the brand."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on July 29, 2011 12:00 PM
The week that was in branding begins with India, where Sirji 3G is offering itself as a solution to the nation's population control problem. When the power goes out, don't boink, play 3G games!
Oh, baby... Pampers ad runs alongside 300+ sex positions app.
Seized counterfeit goods are being donated to homeless in the UK.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 21, 2011 12:00 PM
Starbucks is suing a South Dakota communications company to protect three letters it holds dear: SDN.
The acronym for Starbucks Digital Network, which provides free web access and exclusive content to in-store users and via a smartphone app, is being challenged by broadband service provider South Dakota Network, which operates as SDN Communications, over rights to use the acronym trademark.Continue reading...