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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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Girl Scouts Taps Into American Girls' Hopes and Dreams with New Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 01:47 PM

No doubt Girl Scouts of the USA and other longtime organizations for kids have been hit hard by societal and cultural trends including the lure of other afterschool activities, a generational de-emphasis of some traditional community touchpoints, and a dwindling availability of stay-at-home parental volunteers.

Now the Girl Scouts are leveraging at least one of those same factors—social media—to attempt to turn the tables on a recent decline in new members and "troop" leaders with a new advertising campaign under the tag line, "I can't wait to ..."

Leading brand consultancy (and brandchannel parent) Interbrand re-imagined the brand's iconic Girl Scout Trefoil symbol and used it as the visual starting point for the new campaign by transforming it into a dynamic "Kaleidoscope" storytelling device that serves as a metaphor for the ever-changing experiences girls can have in the Scouts, according to a press release.Continue reading...

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Girl Scouts Ready to Spur Annual Cookie Sales Through Social Media

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 7, 2013 03:07 PM

Tomorrow, Thin Mints and all the rest of the Girl Scouts' cookie offerings go digital in an even bigger way. As the organization kicks off its annual fund-raising push with National Girl Scout Cookie Day, the drive will be awash in all things mobile and social.

There are new iPhone and Android apps to help locate a seller; a blog; a contest on Facebook (tomorrow only); and an appeal for customers to share their enthusiasm for the cookies (and the Scouts) across other social media platforms, including Pinterest. This year's drive also comes equipped with its own Twitter hashtag: #onemorebox.

Meanwhile, a Girl Scouts cookie truck will also be making appearances at select locations in Manhattan to publicize the launch.Continue reading...

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Color Commentary: Why Pantone Sees Emerald Green Shoots in the Year Ahead

Posted by Barry Silverstein on December 12, 2012 03:37 PM

Next year, Kermit the Frog may be singing, "It IS easy being green." He'll be delighted to know that Pantone has selected Emerald Green as the Color of the Year for 2013, and will feel right at home on its Pinterest board devoted to the exact shade of green: 17-5641.

For over a decade, Pantone, a company long associated with setting color standards in printing, has been selecting a "Color of the Year." According to the company, "Pantone quite literally combs the world looking for color influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections, hot new artists, popular travel destinations and other socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from technology, availability of new textures and effects that impact color, and even upcoming sports events that capture worldwide attention."

So why is 2013 a Green kind of year? "Green is the most abundant hue in nature — the human eye sees more green than any other in the spectrum," said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. "Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today's complex world. This powerful and universally appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors."Continue reading...

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Girl Scouts USA Refreshes Iconic Cookie Box

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 1, 2012 12:04 PM

While the Boy Scouts brand has been rocked by the organization's mishandling of pedophilia charges, the century-old Girl Scouts have gone from strength to strength in their centennial year. The latest change: the iconic Girl Scout Cookies are getting a redesign for the first time since 1999, honoring the significance and continued growth of the $790-million girl-led business. 

The iconic packaging highlights five financial, literacy and entrepreneurship skills that the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches: goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills, and business ethics and the redesign matches the embodiment of Girl Scouting in 2012, part of the brand’s 100th anniversary celebrated in March. 

“We have more than 50 million cookie customers across the country, and the cookie box is the most tangible and powerful way for us to communicate directly with consumers,” stated Girl Scouts USA CEO Anna Maria Cháve about the new cookie box packaging, which features "stories of what Girl Scouts do today."Continue reading...

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Nestle Creates Limited-Edition Girl Scout Candy Bars

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 9, 2012 03:07 PM

The branding-refreshed Girl Scouts are expanding from the iconic cookie sales into candy bars, which will be sold at U.S. retailers from June through September. For many, it’s a match made in heaven.

"The idea of working with Girl Scouts clicked on so many levels," commented Cherry Joh, marketing manager at Nestlé Crunch, which came up with the idea of a limited-edition candy bar and pitched it to the Girl Scouts USA, who sold $760 million worth of cookies last year through increasing digital savvy as they celebrated their 100th anniversary in March.

To whet your appetite, here’s what’s cooking:Continue reading...

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Happy Birthday Girl Scouts, 100 Years Young Today

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 12, 2012 12:12 PM

As the Girl Scouts celebrate their 100th anniversary today (they were founded by Juliette Gordon Low on March 12th, 1912) they’re still going strong, with 3.2 million girls and adult members worldwide, but they’re not your mother’s troop anymore. Badges can be earned today in cooking and knitting, as ever, but there's also forensics and technology skills. Just a few of the ways the Girl Scouts is celebrating its first 100 years: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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