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In the News: Apple, Beam, Nook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 10, 2012 09:05 AM

In the News

Apple joins Google in $500M+ bid for Kodak patents; smacked by USPTO as 'Steve Jobs Patent' for iPhones and iPads deemed invalid and Siri secrets revealed.

Diageo seen as unlikely to bid for Beam following UK report that drinks giant talked to Suntory about joint bid.

Barnes & Noble cuts Nook price from $99 to $79.

Michael Bloomberg weighs making bid for The Financial Times, which includes the paper and a half-interest in The Economist

Caribou Coffee celebrates 20th anniversary.

Carlos Slim brings Telcel brand to U.S. for Mexico calls.

CVS Caremark reportedly aims to acquire drug-store chain in Brazil.

Chili's begins soft rollout of new menu items.

Darden Restaurants looks to retool value proposition for its Olive Garden and Red Lobster restaurants.Continue reading...

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Super Bowl Ad Watch: SodaStream, Fiat, Mercedes-Benz, Lincoln Reveal Plans

Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2012 01:50 PM

Now that the calendar has turned to December, news about 2013 Super Bowl advertisers — first-timers and returning brands — is flowing heavily. Here's a look at some of the latest:

SodaStream: This up-and-coming maker of equipment that converts water into soft drinks has committed to making its first Super Bowl ad buy, even though rivals Coca-Cola and PepsiCo also will be at Super Bowl XLVII too.

But instead of emphasizing the taste and convenience of Soda Stream, which adds flavor and fizz to regular water and then puts it in reusable bottles to drink, the brand is going for a sustainability message in the Big Game, reiterating a theme with which it's been rattling Coca-Cola's cage. "There is a smarter way to enjoy soda," said Daniel Birnbaum, CO of SodaStream, in a press release — meaning in a way that doesn't call for the use of disposable cans or bottles and so is environmentally sound.

The commercial will build on existing creative that shows scenes of soda bottles disappearing as consumers switch to SodaStream. The spot, at top, shows bottles exploding in stores and warehouses, getting it banned from British TV on the grounds that it "denigrated" the bottled-drinks industry. That's why its first Super Bowl spot ad will run  during the fourth quarter, when "people are most likely to notice the growing piles of bottles and cans strewsn about the room and filling up their trash."Continue reading...


Lexus, MINI Dealers Still Best: J.D. Power

Posted by Dale Buss on December 3, 2012 02:22 PM

As vehicles cluster closer together at ever-higher levels in objective measures of quality, such as manufacturing defects and "fit-and-finish," more subjective indicators are helping to differentiate brand perceptions about "quality." Customer treatment in dealer showrooms and dealings with brands' retail reprentatives increasingly are one of those.

Obviously, Lexus and Mini have a firm grip on this increasingly important dynamic. Lexus finished first for the second straight year among luxury brands in the US according the latest annual rating by J.D. Power & Associates of customer satisfaction with the auto-buying experience, and MINI finished first among mainstream brands for the third time in a row.

Power based its findings on 32,000 owner surveys in May, measuring satisfaction with the selling process at dealerships where they made their purchase and at any store where they shopped but didn't buy, according to Automotive News. Overall for the industry, greater consumer satisfaction with salespeople helped raise the general score.Continue reading...

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In the News: Chevy, Costco, Exxon and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 29, 2012 09:06 AM

In the News

Airbus and Boeing aim at each other in advertising spat.

CNN prospects weighed under Jeff Zucker.

Canadian Club launches "Join the Club" red-meat campaign.

Carnival apologizes to gay passengers after forbidding drag dress on cruise.

Chevrolet sees Volt ranked as best-loved car by Consumer Reports.

Costco to spend $3 billion on special dividend ahead of fiscal cliff.

Exxon faces short-term shortage of oil supplies.Continue reading...

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In the News: CNN, Groupon, LinkedIn and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 28, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

CNN seen naming Jeff Zucker, former head of NBCUniversal, as its chief.

Groupon sees board meet on new CEO.

LinkedIn wants to solve world's skills gap.

Aldi stretches brand promise for hunger challenge.

Angry Birds sparks export boom from Finland.

Apple continues shakeup over iOS 6 maps app mishap as brand hit with patent suit over headphones.Continue reading...


LA Auto Show Preview: Jaguar Fuels Desire for New F-TYPE and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 27, 2012 10:09 PM

When the Los Angeles Auto Show holds its media preview on Wednesday, it'll become more apparent than ever that in the world of cars, as in some other things, California remains vastly disconnected from the rest of America.

That's because the nation's strictest emissions standards and laws mandating electric-vehicle sales put a premium for auto brands on showing the best side of their electrification efforts at the L.A. show. And so while EVs have continued to sell at a snail's pace across most of the rest of the United States, California has become a robust market for electric vehicles.

It's also America's hottest market for sexy cars, of course, which is why Jaguar USA is at the LA Auto Show. The brand hosted a pre-show event Tuesday night to unveil the all-new F-TYPE two-seater. It also unveiled the trailer for Desire, a short film being released next year, which stars Emmy Award-winning actor Damian Lewis, produced by Ridley Scott Associates with music by Lana Del Rey. Check it out below along with other previews at the LA Auto Show.Continue reading...

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Chrysler Caps 2012 With Ad Age, Adweek Nods

Posted by Dale Buss on November 26, 2012 03:23 PM

Chrysler can celebrate its comeback from the dead in just three years in large part due to the contributions of two executives. Let's call them Mr. Outside, Olivier Francois, and Mr. Inside, Klaus Busse.

Francois is the Chrysler CMO whose inspired vision and creative command conjured up the "Imported From Detroit" campaign that caught fire at the 2011 Super Bowl and other magic that just got Chrysler Group named Ad Age Marketer of the Year for 2012, and Francois named a 2012 Brand Genius by Adweek.Continue reading...


Can Fiat Really Go Upmarket in Europe?

Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2012 09:31 AM

Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne has been considering lots of ways to alleviate the crisis faced by his Italy-based automaker because of the growing problems of the European auto business.

When Fiat accepted the carcass of Chrysler from the U.S. government after the bailout in 2009, Marchionne believed that the investment would be great counterbalance to Fiat's main dependence on Europe and that, over time, Chrysler could become a solid complement to the leadership of Fiat within the company.

But already, Chrysler's surprising recovery and Fiat's unprecedented woes have turned that presumed relationship on its head — or at least on its side. After all, it's the booming sales and profits provided by Chrysler that are helping keep Fiat afloat these days.Continue reading...

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