Posted by Shirley Brady on October 16, 2012 04:31 PM
Back in February, Adidas announced that it's planning to target “teenage girls more influenced by music and fashion than sports” and expand its three-year-old NEO sub-brand and start “exploiting social-media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.” Today the 60th Best Global Brand made good on all those promises by announcing Justin Bieber as the new face of NEO in a two-year partnership, including a Find My Gold Shoes contest on Facebook and serving as a style icon to pull together looks each season.
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 16, 2012 10:17 AM
Timed to tonight's townhall debate with CNN's Candy Crowley moderating, the Obama presidential election campaign released this commercial starring Jay-Z, titled "The Power of Our Voice." That voice, as described by the campaign:
Gotta vote? Go here: http://OFA.BO/7WVtHh
Jay-Z shares why it is important to exercise your right to vote and how President Obama represents the power of our voice.
As Jay-Z shares:
"For so long, there was this voice that was silenced out there as far as exercising your right to vote. I think it was a voice that was silent because people had lost hope. They didn't believe that their voice mattered or counted."
"Now people are exercising their right, and you are starting to see the power of our vote. He made it mean something for the first time for a lot of people."
So is "Gotta vote?" the new "Got milk?" And why is it a question instead of a call to action — "Yes, you've got to vote!"
The commercial highlights Obama's cameo-by-video during the performer's Bud Light-sponsored Made in America Festival concert, which took place last month in Philadelphia, where the Brooklyn Nets co-owner was emblazoned with logos for the team.
There's also an iPhone hoisted (by Beyonce - watch for the blue nail polish - at the :34 mark), and of course the Obama-Biden logo at the end.
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 15, 2012 02:13 PM
When there's already a Lego parody of your extreme marketing stunt, it's safe to say that pretty much the entire planet now knows the name Felix Baumgartner, thanks to the 43-year-old Austrian skydiver's record-breaking supersonic freefall, 24 miles out of the sky, straight down to New Mexico. He made breaking the sound barrier look so easy that he landed on his feet, and you nearly expected him to land right into a moving convertible (or one of those Red Bull Mini Coopers), James Bond style.
His main benefactor since 1988, Red Bull, deserves to milk the historic feat for all its worth for some time. After all, the whole thing came about from Red Bull Stratos, a challenge put forth by the brand back in 2005 that nobody could beat the standing world record. Well, Baumgartner did — so what does Red Bull do now? And how much does the brand stand to reap on what one observer calls "the greatest marketing stunt of all time" after financing the research, training, team, equipment and PR?Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 15, 2012 12:16 PM
As promised, Chanel has launched its TV campaign with Brad Pitt, its first male brand ambassador for Chanel No. 5, who reportedly took the gig for a cool $7 million. People magazine calls its a "smoldering" performance and "thoughtfully seductive"; others are cracking up or mystified. Your thoughts?
Posted by Dale Buss on October 12, 2012 04:58 PM
After confirming his status as one of the world's best and most charismatic athletes at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, World's Fastest Man Usain Bolt is still on a roll — or shall we sway sprint — and more brands want to ride in his lightning-fast wake.
Nissan has re-upped with Bolt, staying in the stable of brands who have tied in with him before, during and since the Olympics, including Gatorade and Virgin Media. Nissan is developing a special "Bolt" version of its GT-R performance car.
The smiling sprinter signed a deal with Nissan to extend his role as brand ambassador for the 196-mph GT-R and to become honorary "Director of Excitement" for the company's ambitious global marketing drive, prompting a flurry of photos on the Nissan Motors Facebook page and video on its global YouTube channel.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 12, 2012 02:39 PM
Taylor Swift may only be 22 years old, but she knows a thing or two about self-promotion. Her fourth album, Red, is coming out on Oct. 22, but it's already making waves (the title track zoomed to #1 on iTunes). Now she's finding plenty of quirky ways to get the word out and drive album sales.
One is to sign a three-year deal with shoemaker Keds that includes the production of limited-edition red sneakers that hit stores on the same day as the record. And it's not just because the brand rhymes with her new album title. “I think they add something casual and cool to your look, and the new colors and patterns are so eclectic,” Swift told Women’s Wear Daily.
While cross-promoting with (RED) might be a tad too obvious, there's also a cross-marketing tie-in with Papa John’s for a Taylor Swift Pizza Party. Hungry fans (who call themselves Swifties, by the way) can purchase a Red combo: CD and a large pizza combo with one topping for $22. The album will also be sold at U.S. Papa John's stores.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 11, 2012 11:14 AM
For those of you keeping score, Jennifer Aniston and her famous hair have found a fella to get married to again. But before they do, Aniston has also signed on for a different engagement, this one is with a beauty company that she’s now a part owner of as well as the clean-scrubbed, shining, big-smiling face of.
The brand, Living Proof, has announced that Aniston is now an investor and the hair-care spokesperson for the company, which was founded by a professor at MIT, Dr. Robert Langer, and venture capitalists Polaris Venture Partners.
According to a press release, “Living Proof has distinguished itself by attracting world class scientists and utilizing advanced scientific technologies that originated from MIT to solve women's toughest beauty problems.” In other words, they’re not fooling around.
"Jennifer embodies everything we stand for – a unique combination of beauty and brains,” Living Proof’s CEO, Jill Beraud, stated. “She not only has the most fabulous hair but is an amazing creative talent, and has shown she is a savvy businesswoman with a serious interest in developing small, innovative companies.”
If nothing else, you can be sure you’ll be seeing more of Aniston’s hair in the near future.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 11, 2012 10:14 AM
In China, it's been a late week whirlwind of pro basketball moves, both on and off the court. Just as news hit that NBA star Tracy McGrady had signed to play for a Chinese team — Yes, in China! — Dwayne Wade officially confirmed the rumors that he had switched sneaker affiliation from Nike to China's Li-Ning brand.
Timed to coincide with the much anticipated two games Wade's team, the Miami Heat, will play against the Los Angeles Clippers in Beijing and Shanghai this week, the Li-Ning announcement was long in the making. In fact, maybe a year in the making. Now, will Wade lead Li-Ning back to glory, and will it drag the reputations of China's brands with it?Continue reading...