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Amazon is Opening a Brick-and-Mortar Store in New York City

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 9, 2014 03:37 PM

AmazonFresh grocery delivery trucks have been spotted around Manhattan, even though the service is officially only available in Seattle, Los Angeles and San Francisco areas. Now Amazon is preparing to open its first brick-and-mortar store in the Big Apple, and just in time for the holidays.

According to the Wall Street Journal, its New York store—which may serve as part showroom for Amazon's family of digital devices, from Kindle e-readers and Fire smartphone to the Fire TV set-top box—will open at 7 West 34th Street.

A top-riser on Interbrand's just-released 2014 Best Global Brands report at #15, the move would mark a landmark foray into physical retailing for the global e-commerce giant, which is often cited for encouraging "showrooming" that takes business away from brick-and-mortar retailers.

It's opening its own showroom and storefront in a retail site (take a peek below) that's located across the street from the Empire State Building, a tourist-filled area, while the building's loading docks will enable easy access for delivery trucks.Continue reading...

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Will Santa or the Grinch Reign this Holiday Season? Forecasts Disagree

Posted by Dale Buss on October 8, 2014 04:50 PM

Will American consumers deliver a spicy trove of holiday cheer in the stocking of retailers this upcoming Christmas season—or a lump of coal?

Two widely-watched prognosticators have come up with radically different forecasts as shoppers spread out to stores and hit their favorite e-commerce sites to buy their gifts, as omnichannel shopping increasinbly becomes the norm.

The National Retail Federation forecasts a 4.1 percent increase in holiday spending, about one-third better than the 3.1 percent increase in 2013 over the prior year, and a far sight better than the 2.9 percent average annual increase over the previous decade. This optimism is ratified by a prediction by Deloitte that foresees a gain of 4 to 4.5 percent.

But another consultancy, PwC, just came out with a more pessimistic outlook, which predicts an "average household spend" in the US of $684 this holiday season, down by more than 7 percent from the actual spend of $735 last year.Continue reading...

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Target CEO Vows Return to "Tarjay" While Home Depot Battles Data Breach

Posted by Dale Buss on September 10, 2014 03:17 PM

Target's new CEO, Brian Cornell, has decided to go back to the future to retool the retailing brand while Home Depot CEO Frank Blake has to hope that he can see something other than Target in the crystal ball for his own brand, as Home Depot deals with a potentially mammoth data breach.

Target suffered a debilitating customer-data breach nearly a year ago, but the brand clearly was having problems before that. The biggest: Former CEO Gregg Steinhafel had allowed Target to drift away from a distinct identity as the au courant mass merchandiser whose chic apparel and homewear designs elevated it above price-first rivals such as Walmart and dollar stores. Steinhafel instead added a greater variety of goods and focused on grocery expansion.

Now, with Steinhafel gone, PepsiCo veteran Cornell is only a month into his job but told the Wall Street Journal that he has one major strategy planned: return to the narrower range of categories where the chain originally made its reputation as "Tarjay," including fashion and furniture, as well as expand fast-growing other segments including organic foods and children's wear.Continue reading...

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This Fourth of July, Guinness Pours Its Heart Out to America

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 05:17 PM

The campaign: Not the only UK beer brand making a statement in America for Independence Day, Guinness tugs at the heartstrings with this commercial released on July 3rd. With few words but plenty of emotion, a bartender places a pint of Guinness on an empty table every night—setting up a story that demands viewers watch to the end. The emotional spot, part of its #MadeOfMore campaign, follows on the brand's acclaimed wheelchairs spot last year and also recalls its Barnes Twins 2014 Winter Olympics video.

The pitch: "The choices we make reveal our true character."

The response: Will Burns, reviewing the spot for Forbes.com, calls it a "near-perfect pour."

Watch the spot, directed by Noam Murro, below.Continue reading...

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Pyrotry in Motion: On July 4th, Firework Brands Light Up the Sky

Posted by Penelope Davis on July 4, 2014 04:36 PM

According to the American Pyrotechnics Association, the sale of consumer fireworks could pass $675 million this fireworks season.

Amidst the oohs and ahhs and smiles of the old and young alike are those brilliant bursts of artistic sparkles. Firework names certainly have come a long way from the black cat, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, and the beloved sparklers many of us grew up with.

But as brand and product naming across most industries has shifted to more storytelling and emotional connections, so has the world of fireworks—and firework names.Continue reading...

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Newcastle Brown Ale Touts July 3rd Holiday That Might Have Been

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 03:13 PM

The campaign: In a similar vein to Newcastle Brown Ale's tongue-in-cheek Super Bowl Mega Huge Football campaign with actress Anna Kendrick and former NFL player Keyshawn Johnson, this Fourth of July effort aims for the funnybone with two British celebrities—comedian Stephen Merchant and actress Elizabeth Hurley—and American actor Zachary Quinto of Star Trek fame. Web extras look at other ways (names, Mount Rushmore, English muffins, cabs) life might have been different.

The pitch: Newcastle makes the case that America would be better off if it had never split from Mother England in a continuation of last year's Independence Eve campaign: "Imagine how great it could have been. And imagine how much beer we could have sold. IfWeWon.com." Diluting the impact of the social marketing, there are two hashtags: #IfWeWon and #IndependenceEve. A Twitter typo in the latter likely didn't help.

The response: As with any celebrity-based effort, the brand hoped to target fans. Yet the celeb with the biggest social following didn't have the biggest pull.Continue reading...

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Chevrolet Wishes America a Happy 4G of July and Summer of Road Trips

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 4, 2014 12:24 PM

The campaign: Chevrolet is saying "Happy 4G of July" with a series of spots promoting its new line-up of 4G LTE and Wi-Fi enabled vehicles. According to GM's press release, the Chevrolet brand is rolling out the largest deployment of vehicles with built-in 4G LTE Wi-Fi in the US this summer, kicking off this Fourth of July weekend. The Connected by OnStar 4G platform, which includes a vehicle health monitor app, debuted at CES in January and will eventually bring LTE connectivity powered by AT&T to all Chevy vehicles.

The pitch: How wireless technology enhances car road trips (in Chevrolet vehicles, in this case, although GM is promoting Wi-Fi across its auto brands) with sharing, knowledge on the go, connectivity and good times: "Bring your friends along for the ride. Chevrolet, the first and only car company to bring 4G LTE Wi-Fi to cars, trucks and crossovers." The hashtag, #TheNewIndependence, extends on the automaker's broader "The New" campaign.

The launch: Timed to Fourth of July festivities across America, where Chevy is sponsoring free wireless web access at Philadelphia's fireworks event, the spots will also run on TV, in cinemas and in GoGo Wi-Fi enabled flights. In addition to spots targeting Hispanic and African American consumers, Chevrolet also will leverage the Guinness International Champions Cup match between Manchester United and Real Madrid on August 2 at Michigan Stadium.

Watch the spots below.Continue reading...

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This Father's Day, Brands Get Weepy Over Dad

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 13, 2014 11:34 AM

Father's Day is this Sunday in much of the world, prompting brands to pay tributes to Dad. Outstanding examples include Ford's heartstring-tugging "Great Stories" about dads and cars and Chevrolet's sentimental series by MOFILM filmmakers, a continuing branded content partnership for the automaker. Check out them out below, along with other noteworthy nods to Dad (and yes, Moms are welcome too):Continue reading...

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