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In the News: Angry Birds, Occupy Wall Street, Old Navy and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 30, 2012 05:15 PM

Brands to Watch

Angry Birds Space sets mobile download record.

Apple and Microsoft face price-gouging inquiry in Australia.

Barack Obama tests "Forward" as a campaign slogan.

BP will pay $4 billion on new oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico this year.

BlackBerry will be in the hot seat at BlackBerry World conference by RIM on Tuesday.

Broadway tests autism-friendly theater performances.

Brooklyn Nets unveils new team logo designed by Jay-Z.

Chrysler boosts Jeep production.

Facebook will announce a "life-saving tool" on Good Morning America on Tuesday.Continue reading...

social marketing

Wrapp Presents Social Mobile Group-Gifting to America

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 30, 2012 04:05 PM

Americans love their gift cards, as the average American adult gives five a year and they are the most requested gift. Now they can turn to Wrapp, a social gifting service that enables F2F (friend-to-friend) marketing on behalf of brands.

The Swedish startup, founded last year, launches today in the U.S. with major retail partners including Gap, Fab.com, H&M, Sephora, the Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn Industries, Warby Parker, WeSC, Gant, Bjorn Borg, with another 15 retailers in the wings.Continue reading...

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In the News: Barnes & Noble, Pepsi, Nokia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 30, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

AB InBev goes upbeat as profits and sales rise.

Adidas raises forecast after profit beats estimates.

Air Lease nears $5.5 billion purchase of 737 Max jetliners from Boeing as aircraft maker produces first 787 Dreamliner.

Amazon and Texas reach sales tax deal.

Apple sidesteps billions of dollars in taxes worldwide.

Cadbury shows the way on Google+.

Chrysler overruns magazine covers with new Viper.

Disney's Marvel's The Avengers aims to kick off summer box office bonanza.Continue reading...

retail watch

Lululemon Downplaying the Lulu to Keep From Turning Into a Lemon

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 27, 2012 01:01 PM

Lululemon, the billion-dollar Canadian yoga-inspired athletic apparel brand founded by former surfer Dennis "Chip" Wilson in 1998, continues to cause a stir in retail, lifestyles and its focus on a tight community with bizarre principles. 

In its earnings report last month covering its fiscal year that ended on January 29th, the company's CEO, Christine Day, announced:

"Reaching a billion dollars in revenue is clearly an important milestone that as a company we can all be very proud of. But far more important than the number itself are the beliefs, values, culture and people that achieved it. We really are so much more than our numbers; it is the everyday actions of our dedicated team that translates into an unparalleled guest experience and allows us to achieve our ultimate goal of elevating the world."

The original mission that Wilson set out for the brand, to "elevate the world from mediocrity to greatness," has morphed into "create components for people to live long, healthy, and fun lives."Continue reading...

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In the News: Nestle, Best Buy, Apple/Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 18, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Amazon plans to republish James Bond novel series.

Apple and Samsung are ordered into a patent-settlement conference, while Apple pressures Beijing with iPad snub.

Eatzi's expands into new locations.

Berkshire Hathaway will remain firmly under Warren Buffett's control as he undergoes prostate-cancer treatment.

Best Buy sees CEO search influenced by founder.

Bristol-Myers Squibb tops Corporate Responsibility Magazine's Best Corporate Citizens 2012 ranking.

Chevrolet touts Volt with Klout.

Citicorp sees executive pay plan ovewhelmingly rejected by shareholders.Continue reading...

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Meet Jeffrey Jones, Target's New Chief Marketing Officer [Video]

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 4, 2012 02:46 PM

Target announced on Monday the hiring of Gap's former chief marketing officer, Jeffrey Jones, as the retailer's new EVP and CMO. Not wasting any time, the company has released this video to talk up why Jones (who has also held executive positions at Coca-Cola, Leo Burnett and, most recently, McKinney) is excited about the opportunity to elevate Target's brand (read more of the Q&A in the related blog post).

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In the News: Amazon, Disney, Mercedes-Benz and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 20, 2012 09:02 AM

In the News

Amazon acquires Kiva Systems for warehouse automation.

Apple sold 3 million new iPads in first 3 days, while legal handling of iPad China trademark dispute questioned, while app developers favor iOS platform.

AstraZeneca abandons experimental antidepressant.

Bed, Bath & Beyond deals with radioactive scare.

Cheesecake Factory revamps menu.

Chevron faces troubled waters after spill off Brazil.

Disney writes down John Carter as flop.

GM faces labor push-back in Europe.

Gap opens first store in South Africa.Continue reading...

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In the News: Amex Syncs Twitter, and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 12, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

American Apparel may have a knight in shining armor: George Soros.

American Express sees millions of Twitter Sync coupons redeemed within first five days.

Ann Taylor tweaks brand lineup.

Apple finds iPhone falling behind Samsung in China.

BBC America bets on New Yorkers as tastemakers for new cooking show.

Barnes & Noble tests Penguin publishing boutiques in its stores.

CNN reportedly in talks to acquire Mashable.

Chevrolet shows off networked car at SXSW.

Chevron plays catch-up in shale gas.

Chipotle gets a big bang for the little buck.Continue reading...

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