sports in the spotlight
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 26, 2012 03:33 PM
Following the 20-second teaser that debuted on April 3rd, Nike's 60-second "Fast Is Faster" commercial, above, is being shared first via Twitter and Facebook today, with the broadcast debut in the first round of the NFL Draft on ESPN between the first and second picks. The "Fast is Faster" campaign showcases Nike's new team uniforms for the NFL.
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 16, 2012 07:05 PM
ESPN's new Michael Jordan commercial, above, features a different Jordan, hilariously.
Below, P&G's new Tide commercial promotes its support of US athletes at the London 2012 Olympic Games, T-Mobile spokesmodel ditches the pink dress, Planters goes nuts with Men's Health, and more new campaigns:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 12, 2012 03:11 PM
With new competition encroaching upon the cable-TV sports niche it has long dominated, ESPN suddenly wants to provide more glimpses of itself to the outside world.
And we're not talking about faux glimpses, such as the hilarious "This Is Sportscenter" promo ads ESPN has run on itself over the years, involving its anchor personalities and real sports stars ranging from soccer ace Landon Donovan to Los Angeles Laker Koby Bryant, from New York Yankee Derek Jeter wondering who used his razor in the "ESPN locker room" to golf legend Arnold Palmer creating his namesake drink in the "ESPN cafeteria." Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 10, 2012 08:58 AM
AOL eases pressure on itself with patent deal.
AT&T sells majority stake in fading Yellow Pages.
Budweiser pursues Chinese consumers as a bit of a luxury.
Coca-Cola hopes to cause Tumult with European roll-out of premium soft drink.
DirecTV pleases investors with stock-buyback plan.
ESPN launches podcasts about internal operations.
Facebook snaps up startup Instagram photo-sharing site for $1 billion in its largest acquisition. Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 3, 2012 09:01 AM
AFA Foods files for bankruptcy after pink-slime hit.
Apple faces UK inquiry on advertising, while stock price projections soar.
BSkyB sees resignation of James Murdoch as chairman.
Carl's Jr. and Hardee's ride the zeitgeist with Kate Upton, also in DirecTV spot.
Chrysler invests to boost quality.
Dropbox faces time to come through on hype.
ESPN reaches out to Hispanics with Spanish-language ad for SportsCenter.
Express Scripts and Medco win U.S. merger approval.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 30, 2012 08:56 AM
Apple grapples with Foxconn labor audit.
BP says Gulf oil spill was smaller than claimed.
Best Buy reboots big-box format.
BlackBerry owner RIM sees former co-CEO depart amid $125 million loss, trims exec staff, and explores strategic options including sale of Canada's troubled smartphone-maker.
Burger King sells 278 restaurants to biggest franchisee; tests new menu items; cedes U.S. crown to Wendy's; and brings lamb burgers to the U.K.
CBS and Turner boost digital ad sales through March Madness.
Chrysler unveils new spots to follow Super Bowl's "Halftime in America" commercial with Clint Eastwood.
Daimler and BYD announce Denza, a new EV auto brand for China.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 28, 2012 06:01 PM
Adidas releases spot featuring David Beckham, Lionel Messi, Derrick Rose, and Katy Perry, whose single ("Part of Me") is the featured soundtrack.
Apple products can now be found in half of all U.S. households.
Charles Barkley cross-dresses in new Weight Watchers campaign.
Facebook stops secondary market trading ahead of May IPO.
Jeremy Lin meets with ESPN employee fired over racist headline.
JetBlue's unhinged pilot charged with a criminal complaint.
Netflix appears to follow through with Qwikster plan after all.
News Corp. said to plan sports network to rival ESPN.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2012 02:01 PM
With conference tournaments dominating this week in men's college basketball, it means that official March Madness is just around the corner. And when the NCAA men's tournament begins next week, brands are going to be more ready than ever to take advantage. That's because March Madness has become a multifaceted, extended marketing "season" much as the NFL Super Bowl represents earlier each year.
In fact, in some ways, March Madness arguably has become an even more effective tentpole marketing platform than the Super Bowl.Continue reading...