Posted by Barry Silverstein on December 19, 2012 01:52 PM
The decisive winner in the latest technology branding battle is fittingly symbolic of the rising fortunes of Asia. At the close of 2012, Samsung, a South Korean company, will unseat Finland's Nokia as the world's largest cellphone maker, according to a global market analysis by IHS iSuppli.
It's not even close: Samsung will account for 29% of worldwide cellphone shipments in 2012, up from 24% in 2011, while Nokia will drop from 30% last year to 24% this year.
Samsung's fortunes and Nokia's troubles are tied largely to smartphones, said Wayne Lam, senior analyst for wireless communications at IHS.
"Smartphones represent the fastest-growing segment of the cellphone market — and will account for nearly half of all wireless handset shipments for all of 2012. Samsung's successes and Nokia's struggles in the cellphone market this year were determined entirely by the two companies' divergent fortunes in the smartphone sector."Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on November 22, 2012 09:02 AM
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers! Businesses prepare for Black Friday rush as record number of US retailers (including strike-threatened Walmart, Kmart, Target and Toys R Us opening on Thanksgiving) and consumer sentiment remains "shaky." Google notes American Thanksgiving with homepage logo nod to Macy's parade (above) and a round-up of holiday links.
Apple must disclose HTC deal to Samsung.
BBC praised for appointing outsider — Royal Opera House CEO Tony Hall — as director general.
BlackBerry 10 prep revs up RIM outlook.
Coca-Cola enters F1 with Burn energy drink brand sponsoring the Lotus racing team.
GE retired CEO Jack Welch "unretirement" makes cover of Bloomberg Businessweek.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 12, 2012 09:01 AM
Apple and HTC settle patent dispute.
BBC needs radical overhaul, chairman says, as two more senior execs step down.
Hyundai and Kia cope with damage they've done to their main selling point: mileage.
AEG and StubHub align.
Alltel returns with holiday pitch to Santa.
Brinks says it isn't for sale right now.
Cisco rolls out aggressive new strategy for dealing with patent trolls.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 19, 2012 02:08 PM
Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer only been running the company since the middle of July but she’s got plenty of items ticked off on her to-do list: Bringing In Cash, Doling Out Phones, Changing Logo.
First off, her company just pulled in $4.3 billion after taxes from its “deal to sell part of its stake in Alibaba back to the Chinese Internet giant,” according to Wired. That’s pretty sweet, considering the company has been struggling financially for the last year. Instead of using it make acquisitions and build a big nest egg, though, Yahoo! is handing out $3.65 billion of it to its once-suffering investors, and hanging onto just $646 million. And what can you get for that?
The company will also now be saving a little bit of dough every time it prints something out on letterhead. Mayer also approved removing the registered trademark symbol from the company’s logo. Mayer posted an image of a deposed ® to her Instagram feed on Monday. It looks like it is waiting to gather with its R brethren to be put off in the backyard, like the Russians did with the fallen statues of its former heroes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2012 09:07 AM
Nokia faces key test under new CEO, launches mobile streaming music in US and expanded app library as part of today's reveal of Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices. HTC's Windows Phone series will also be branded under 8 series following Samsung's mobile rebranding move.
Audi to build plant in Mexico as automaker markets S series with NFL tie-in.
Method sold to European green-cleaning rival Ecover.
3M drops planned acquisition of Avery Dennison under U.S. antitrust threat.
Amazon adds movies to streaming service in new challenge to Netflix.
American Airlines can reject pacts with pilots, judge says.
Apple is embarrassed by data leak ahead of iPhone 5 reveal on Sept. 12.
AT&T and Texas to test text-to-911 safety initiative.
Best Buy's new CEO hits the store floor in first week.
BP dinged as U.S. reiterates gross negligence charge in oil spill.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 24, 2012 05:41 PM
China is the second latest economy in the world, every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse!); but who's got the time?! A weekly potpourri of ten reads that will make you look like a keen China observer during any conversation about China.
This week, Xiaomi, Apple, Google, Lamborghini, Coca-Cola, Chinese fashion dilemma, brands on Weibo, a 300th KFC and more... Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on August 21, 2012 01:28 PM
With the 2012 Olympic Games a week away, brands are beginning to get an idea of just how much of a bump they got from a few weeks in London at the most watched event in TV watching history.
When it comes to the most effective ambush marketing campaigns, there is no shortage of contenders. Paddy Power took true ambush action and suffered the International Olympic Committee's significant wrath. BMW's Mini executed probably the most garish ambush strategy during the discus and javelin events. And it's easy to see Nike as a favorite. Its "greatness" campaign was a hit from America to China.
But another brand stood out more than Nike -- from America to China -- and saw an immediate, significant sales increase. It's a brand that appears to be making unconventional marketing its core platform for brand building: Beats by Dr. Dre. Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 16, 2012 08:44 AM
Comedy Central partners with Urban Outfitters on Indecision 2012 collection.
7-11, Walmart, Target and other big retailers team up on mobile wallet to combat Google Wallet.
Apple reportedly in talks with U.S. cable operators to develop a set-top box; and takes a swing at Amazon.
Johnson & Johnson launches ingredient transparency website for baby and beauty products as J&J removes formaldehyde from products.
Bumbo foam child seats recalled following injuries.
Calvin Klein sued by Lululemon for alleged patent infringement.
Chick-fil-A uproar may have inspired gunman.Continue reading...