Posted by Dale Buss on October 21, 2011 09:02 AM
BlackBerry owner RIM challenged on BBX name.
Buffalo Wild Wings succeeds with strong attachment to football-watching.
Capital One targets small businesses with Spark credit-card program.
Chipotle growth beats expectations.
Cinnabon makes TV advertising debut.
DirecTV threatens to pull Fox networks amid carriage dispute.
Facebook royalty Randi Zuckerberg breaks out on her own.Continue reading...
games people play
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 19, 2011 06:08 PM
Judging by the comments on YouTube for this video, fans of Minecraft are thrilled by the first mainstream (and branded) use of Minecraft — GE's recreation of the Edison Memorial Tower, above — even if it's a no-no to use a diamond pickaxe on dirt.
No matter. Minecraft, with more than 10 million users worldwide, is a "low-fi, 3D-blocked game that allows users to mine resources and turn them into building blocks. Players then use additive manufacturing techniques to build structures from the ground up."
GE's Minecraft online construction project took the Barbarian Group over a week to blueprint, build and shoot. Perhaps best of all for the creators out there, there's a downloadable schematic and 3D printing to build it yourself. For more on Minecraft, watch the video below.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 19, 2011 10:02 AM
Nature abhors a vacuum, and so does a rudderless economy. So it's quite natural that corporate chieftains increasingly are promoting their own prescriptions for righting the U.S. economy when the politicians can't figure out how to address the country's 9-percent-plus unemployment, shaky consumer confidence, wildly gyrating equity markets, moribund housing values and government deficits as far as the eye (and the eyes of everyone's grandchildren) can see. If government can't create the conditions necessary for business success, then business itself must try to do more.
Fortunately, as the Occupy Wall Street protests spread erratically around the nation and the world, some CEOs still have the courage to offer these prescriptions. Howard Schultz and Jeffrey Immelt come to mind, as the chiefs of Starbucks and General Electric, respectively, weigh in on the economic crisis in America.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 18, 2011 08:45 AM
Air France replaces CEO, Mercedes-Benz USA CEO is ousted in Daimler exec shuffle, and Olympus shares plunge as its CEO is fired.
Apple sells 4 million iPhone 4S units in first weekend, as Samsung sues to block the device in Japan and Australia and HTC loses Apple patent case in US. Steve Jobs' Silicon Valley memorial service reportedly filled with humor and music, as company prepares to honor late co-founder and report earnings on Tuesday. Starbucks and Apple are also partnering in the UK on free music downloads.
Mattel eyes UK's HIT Entertainment, home to Thomas the Tank Engine and other kids' properties.
Bank of America posts $6.2 billion quarterly profit, while Goldman Sachs reports $428 million loss.
BlackBerry customers receive free apps and tech support to make amends for outages.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2011 08:59 AM
Netflix abruptly abandons plans to rent DVDs and kills Qwikster brand before it launches.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announces he will step down in 2015.
American Apparel finds new fans in Europe.
Apple iPhone pre-sale orders sell out, while overall iPhone sales may not be so rosy.
Chrysler plans to pare minivan offerings as part of brand rationalization and product-portfolio streamlining as the company winds up talks with UAW.
Conde Nast to develop video and online content.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2011 07:07 AM
Apple pre-orders for iPhone 4S will test brand loyalty and new CEO, while Steve Jobs coverage gets special treatment by newsweeklies and Simon & Schuster moves up publication of biography that will reveals his private side.
Alfa Romeo remains on uncertain road.
BMW and other luxury makers offer huge discounts in China, while Mini brand seeks to enlarge market with coupe.
ESPN and Hank Williams Jr. part ways over his "Hitler" remark concerning President Obama.
GE aims to expand lending in Europe as region's banks retrench.
Geely denies interest in Saab though it already owns Volvo.Continue reading...
best global brands
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 4, 2011 10:54 AM
As Apple gets ready to reveal the iPhone 5 today, the brand that Steve Jobs built has broken into the Top 10 of Interbrand's Best Global Brands ranking for the first time. With a brand value that increased a whopping 58%, Apple is now ranked at #8, up from #17 on last year's list, making it the biggest-rising brand this year.
Part of the rationale for Apple's leap: "great branding meeting great technology to deliver a unique overall experience," according to Interbrand's 2011 report. Looking ahead, "Steve Jobs’ recent resignation has the world curious about the impact on this innovative company as it is unclear how much of the brand’s success was due directly to Jobs’ own vision and control, and how much was due to his team—including new CEO, Tim Cook."
Technology brands dominate this year's list, accounting for seven of the top ten brands (besides Apple, there's IBM, Microsoft, Google, GE, Intel, and HP) and four of the five biggest risers. New entrant HTC, the Taiwanese mobile device-maker that recently shifted from B2B to B2C, makes its debut on the list at #98.
Check out the new 2011 report at BestGlobalBrands.com, and watch Interbrand CEO Jez Frampton's 2011 overview below.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 4, 2011 08:52 AM
American Airlines sees shares plunge on concerns over its cost structure and future.
Apple continues to stoke anticipation over today's iPhone announcement, as SEC presses on Nokia litigation.
Bloomingdale's goes nostalgic by extending Popeye and Beetle Bailey lines.
Chobani launches integrated campaign for Champions line for kids.
Citigroup faces struggle to sell assets.
Coors Light expands Jean Claude Van Damme campaign.
Cosi and activist investor scrap over company's future.Continue reading...