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In the News: Microsoft, Facebook, AT&T and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 4, 2014 09:08 AM

In the News

Microsoft confirms rumored frontrunner Satya Nadella as new CEO. Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman but remaining on the board.

Facebook celebrates 10 years by thanking its 1.23 billion members as rumored "teen problem" may be overblown

AT&T hails Olympians with new app.

Lenovo and Sony reportedly eye PC business alliance.

Nestle sells PowerBarMusashi brands to Post.

Alfa Romeo names new rear-wheel drive platform “Giorgio.”

AppleMicrosoft join carriers in $750M pledge to education.

Apple is reportedly building out its own content delivery network.Continue reading...

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Brands Build Connections with Personal Stories Ahead of Sochi

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 29, 2014 02:56 PM

Emotions are running high ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics that are set to debut in less than 10 days. General excitement, but deep reservations about the global event being held in Sochi, Russia have dominated discussions leading up to the start of competition on Feb. 7, with concerns over security and athlete and spectator safety top of mind following Russia's condemnation of the LGBT community and threats of terrorism

That may be part of the reason why marketers tied to the Games seem to be focused on the personal stories of Olympians and not the Games themselves. Everyone from Blue Diamond almonds to Citi Bank and P&G are telling tales of personal hardship and triumph in the face of adversity—a sobering topic in the sports world and beyond that has seen direct attacks in the past year.

Aiming to inspire and motivate while the swirl of protests build around them, brands are highlighting little-known and star Olympians, their families and their support systems in various ways across multiple media channels.Continue reading...

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Gillette, Schick Get Stung by Growing Fact: Men Just Aren't Shaving as Much

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2014 11:10 AM

Who or what is at fault? Permastubble? The Robertsons, the Giants and the Red Sox? Movember? Startup competition?

Procter & Gamble is being nicked these days by a distinct drop in demand for its Gillette blades and razors, which control about 80 percent of the US market. Fourth-quarter sales in P&G's grooming segment only rose by 3 percent because of higher prices, because the company said volume contracted in the developed world.

Theories abound about what's to blame. "First," P&G CFO Jon Moeller told investors last week, "is reduced incidence of shaving." In fact, some theorize, men in the developed world simply aren't shaving as much as they used to. It also helps that permastubble has become something of a fashion statement—or at least has become increasingly acceptable in an increasingly casual business and cultural environment in the western world.Continue reading...

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In the News: Samsung, Ford, Puma and more

Posted by Dale Buss on January 28, 2014 09:23 AM

In the News

Samsung keeps lead over Apple as Chinese smartphones gain share and evidence mounts that iPhone mania wanes.

Ford posts bullish earnings as company and James Franco get a jump on GM in Super Bowl promo.

Puma outfits English soccer club in brand-renewal attempt.

AT&T sees overwhelming demand for Beats music service.

Bitcoin exec accused of money laundering.

Comcast and Charter near deal for Time Warner Cable systems.

Disney finds success with ESPN app.

Gillette promotes Sochi Olympics campaign.

Girl Scouts test gluten-free cookies.

Google sees less geeky future with new glass designs, adding VSP prescriptions.

HSBC apologizes for UK ATM snafu. 

Honda exported more vehicles from US factories than it imported from Japan last year.Continue reading...

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Brands Get Hairy for Movember and Men's Health Awareness

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 5, 2013 07:15 PM

It's less than a week into November, but thousands of men across the globe are already starting to look a little scraggly. By the time the month is out, the once baby-faced male population will be donning full bears, fancy handlebar mustaches, or better yet, the Fu Manchu.

That's right: it's Movember–the global effort to raise awareness around various men's health issues. And just as brand's turned themselves pink last month for breast cancer awareness, plenty of brands are getting a little hairy to throw their support (and marketing dollars) behind the global cause. 

Movember, which grew out of a conversation between two pals in an Australian pub back in 2003, and raised $147 million last year, has grown out its whiskers into a full-blow branding beard. So much so that this year, the Just For Men haircolor brand has become an official sponsor, according to the New York Times.

“Here’s to the Movember mo bros, bravely growing mustaches to change the face of men’s health,” a voice-over says at the start of the brand’s new commercial. “They’ve never let gray mess with their mo.” Revenue from the sales of one product specially packaged for the month will go to the cause.Continue reading...

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Gillette, Audi Embrace Meta-Marketing for 2013 Tentpole Tie-Ins

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 10, 2013 10:52 AM

Superman doesn't shave, to answer Gillette's question. At least, that's according to 1959's Superman issue No. 132, which explains that only in the presence of a "red sun" does Superman's hair grow and lose indestructibility. If necessary, the Man of Steel can use his heat vision to laser away the follicles.

But what fun is that explanation?

As one of the many, many partners for the upcoming Man of Steel film, Gillette has quite ingenuously found an angle to differentiate its tie-in and engage consumers by resurrecting a classic question about how Superman shaves.Continue reading...

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In the News: DreamWorks, Walmart, Facebook and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 2, 2013 09:12 AM

In the News

DreamWorks acquires Awesomeness TV, a YouTube teen network.

Walmart retools e-commerce and mobile.

Facebook says 30 percent of revenue now comes from mobile ads.

Boeing moves to upgrade popular 777 passenger jet.

Bud Light launches Music First initiative.

CBS scores big from Super Bowl ad revenues.

Cablevision adds Glenn Beck's network.

Del Taco emphasizes freshness of its food in campaign.

Disney rethinks role in Bangladesh supply after building collapse and deaths.Continue reading...

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In the News: ESPN, Honda, Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 30, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

ESPN apologizes for comments by commentator after NBA player announces he's gay.

Honda recalls almost 46,000 Fits in North America.

Chrysler sees profit tumble on poorly executed product launches.

Alibaba and Sina form alliance of China online businesses.

Apple files for new technology that tells whether to text or call friends.

Asos prepares marketing drive to grow global brand.

BP reviews safety after oil leak in North Sea.

Best Buy sells Europe unit back to Carphone Warehouse.

BlackBerry CEO questions future of tablets (which brand doesn't have).Continue reading...

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