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In the News: Nike, Tesla, Cooking Light and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on June 21, 2013 09:16 AM

In the News

Nike brand president Charlie Denson to retire.

Tesla unveils 90-second battery pack swap. 

Cooking Light Magazine rolls out food line. 

Apple wins suit against Samsung over screen effects. 

Darden Restaurants sees better quarter on expanded Olive Garden, Red Lobster menus.

Electrolux introduces vacuum that plays music

HTC hires Robert Downey Jr. for $12 million ad campaign.

Carl Icahn joins Twitter, saying 'I like it almost as much as I like Dell."

Mozilla moves ahead with cookie-blocking browser. 

Phoenix Suns debut new look for next season.Continue reading...

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In the News: Bausch & Lomb, Netflix, Monsanto and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 27, 2013 09:05 AM

In the News

Bausch & Lomb board approves $4.5 billion sale to Canada's Valeant Pharmaceuticals.

Nextflix makes waves with Arrested Development reboot as Hulu sees bidders jostle with Yahoo.

Monsanto targeted by worldwide protests over GMOs.

Club Med brand sees takeover bid from China's Fosun and AXA.

Apple grapples with PR fallout from U.S. tax-dodging inquiry as original model nabs $650,000 at auction.

Better Place, Israel's electric car brand, packs it in and files for bankruptcy as Renault ends partnership.

BP-sponsored art exhibit at London's Tate Britain hailed by critics.

Fast and Furious 6 sets Memorial Day weekend box office record.

HTC One plays catch-up with Samsung's Galaxy smartphones.

McDonald's CEO-scolder Hannah Robertson, 9, becomes a media sensation.

SABMiller promotes cassava beer in Africa.

Woolrich parts ways with designer Mark McNairy, goes "on hiatus."

& Jimmy Buffett's "Margaritaville": "the most lucrative song ever."

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In the News: P&G, Google, AT&T and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 24, 2013 09:25 AM

In the News

P&G CEO Bob McDonald retires from troubled tenure as predecessor A.G. Lafley comes back to the company to take the CEO post.

Google faces antitrust probe over dominance in online display ads.

AT&T imposes new wireless fee and adds iPhone to pre-paid GoPhone program.

Apple faces potential setback in e-books case.

Boy Scouts of America vote to allow gay scouts into its ranks. 

Campbell Soup's parent acquires Plum Organics.

Daimler and Ford strengthen technology ties.

Dodge banks on Fast & Furious 6 tie-in to rev flagging Dart sales.Continue reading...

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Samsung Resumes Apple Bashing With Galaxy S4 Graduation Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 7, 2013 05:28 PM

For years, Apple has sold itself as the young, hip counterpart to the old fuddy duddies in the PC and mobile phone market. Now, Samsung is taking a page from the master’s book—and it's helping it gain some serious mobile market share.

When Samsung launched its Galaxy S3 last year, its "Next Big Thing" advertising took direct jabs at Apple’s iPhone and all the supposed earbud-wearing lemmings that bought the device—echoing the Apple-bashing theme of its Galaxy S II campaign. Now, as it releases its highly-anticipated Galaxy S4, it looks like the marketers at Samsung have decided to sit back on their heels and let the Apple bashing continue—and why not? 

According to Ad Age, Samsung’s market share in the fourth quarter of 2012 went up to 30% from 21% in 2011. Meanwhile, Apple’s share fell from 41% to 39% in that same window.Continue reading...

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Jaguar's 'Desire' is Off the Mark as Need for Branded Content Stretches Some Too Thin

Posted by Abe Sauer on April 30, 2013 11:26 AM

How appropriate is it that Jaguar has finally released its much anticipated branded short film Desire at the very same time that a fictional Jag representative on the hit show Mad Men is arguing for foregoing a "national ad campaign in favor of hard driving sales ads at the local dealer level?"

The Desire film is absolutely a national brand-making campaign and by no means a "hard driving" sales push of any kind. It is not meant, in the Mad Men dealer's words, "to move metal." It's too bad then that Jaguar's real-life branded film is so poorly targeted since Mad Men set the brand up with such a meatball opportunity.

For months, the auto-watching world has wondered about the Jaguar mini-film. When the music video tie-in from Jaguar music partner Lana Del Rey was released on Valentine's Day, it sucked up attention. The video has since logged over 300,000 views.

The full, quarter-hour mini movie is now here and it's hard to argue that Jaguar's Desire isn't a rather naked attempt to recreate the themes of BMW's decade-old iconic branded film series The Hire.Continue reading...

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In the News: Coca-Cola, J.C. Penney, Twitter and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 16, 2013 09:59 AM

In the News

Coca-Cola posts lower net and unveils U.S.-bottler deal.

JCPenney buys time with credit line.

Twitter seeks deals with NBC and Viacom for high-quality video content.

A&W plans to move upscale and test fast-casual concept.

Amazon targets older consumers with new store.

Apple dominates in best-paid executives as board retains Jobs deputies.

BMW will debut EV brand Zinoro in China in early 2014.Continue reading...

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Dodge Partners with Syfy Series to Reel In Distracted Millennials

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 15, 2013 06:36 PM

Syfy and Dodge are taking TV and gaming to new bandwidth with an exclusive dual-screen brand partnership. The branded entertainment will tie together Syfy's new series Defiance and Dodge's auto lineup.

Dodge’s Charger and Dart are featured in the television show debuting April 15 while the Dodge Challenger stars in the online video game which launched April 2 on PS3, Xbox and PCs. 

Two Dodge Chargers, with exterior modifications befitting a futuristic storyline, are the hero vehicles driven by main character Nolan (Grant Bowler), Defiance’s "law-keeper," and by the sixth episode, they become main characters in the story. "While 'Defiance' is set in the year 2046, the featured Dodge Charger stays true to its DNA,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO Dodge Brand in a press release. “It has timeless performance and technological capabilities needed to survive in a futuristic world, while the Challenger video game integration allows enthusiasts to interact with the iconic muscle car in ways they might not have imagined possible."Continue reading...

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HTC Tries Branded Entertainment to Promote 'Facebook Phone'

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 12, 2013 02:08 PM

Ahead of its April 19 release date, the HTC One is making its debut Friday in a series of branded entertainment videos for the "Facebook Phone," which features the fully-integrated Facebook Home app for a social experience like no other.

Seizing the growing value of branded entertainment, Turner Broadcasting and Funny Or Die have partnered with HTC on a short-form comedy sketch featuring James Van Der Beek (Dawson's Creek and Varsity Blues fame) to promote the HTC One across TBS, Adult Swim and truTV as well as Conan O'Brien's TeamCoco.com beginning the week of April 15.

A riff on The Bachelorette, Van Der Beek hosts a dating show featuring the HTC One and competing bachelor contestants—Smart Phone, Flip Phone, Rotary Phone and ‘90s Phone—all vying for a beautiful HTC One bachelorette.Continue reading...

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