Posted by Dale Buss on October 31, 2014 09:16 AM
Chevrolet rolls big with #ChevyGuy tongue-tied World Series fumble with #technologyandstuff hashtag as GM halts deliveries of Colorado pickup for air-bag problem.
Honda and Takata are sued over air bag defects as US officials also home in.
Nestle commissions empathetic robot to sell Nescafe machines in Japan as the New Yorker profiles Lowe's robot.
Starbucks slates e-commerce delivery for 2015.
LeBron James returns to Cleveland with a loss to the Knicks but a stunning Nike ad among sponsor tributes. Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 30, 2014 09:04 PM
You know the IKEA spoof of The Shining—now take a look at what some other brands are doing with their Halloween advertising this year, from C to V:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 28, 2014 09:10 AM
Alibaba eyes payments tie-up with Apple (and rebrands travel unit) as Apple sees 1 million+ Apple Pay accounts activated in first 72 hours, and sees Mac sales gains.
Lowe's tests retail-ready, $50K multilingual robot at Orchard Supply Hardware store.
Tesla unveils lease discount amid softness.
Twitter sees user engagement slow down.
YouTube considers paid subscription, ad-free business model as music service looms.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 24, 2014 01:21 PM
The Pitch: "The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made" for Air New Zealand
The Plot: The stars and director of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy finale talk safety for passengers of Air New Zealand.
The Verdict: Air New Zealand has partnered with The Hobbit producers before. And while this certainly doesn't help move the nation away from the stereotype of "The Lord of the Rings country," it's definitely enjoyable. Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 20, 2014 10:12 AM
From the wags behind the award-winning Apple-mocking "bookbook" commercial extolling their visionary print catalog, IKEA's Singapore team is back with a Halloween ad that channels Stanley Kubrick's creepy Stephen King classic, The Shining, complete with a boy on a tricycle and a play on the "redrum" motif. Watch it (if you dare) below.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 9, 2014 07:58 AM
Apple CEO receives open letter from Carl Icahn as brand remains #1 on Interbrand's Best Global Brands report as Huawei debuts on ranking (more from CEO Jez Frampton, above).
Audi slips behind Mercedes-Benz in global sales battle as it seeks $2.5 billion in annual cost cuts.
iHeartRadio makes first foray into smartwatches.
IKEA enters insurance business.
HTC expands into personal cameras with quirky RE "selfie smartphone."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 6, 2014 10:12 AM
When IKEA discovered that nearly half of Brits surveyed didn’t receive a single compliment during the span of week and that a third of the UK population thinks it looks its worst (but don't we all) before 9 a.m. on Monday mornings, the Swedish furniture giant decided to do something about it.
Faster than you can say "Mirror, Mirror..." the retailer's UK arm developed a talking mirror that (thanks to a little digital wizardry) compliments customers with pick-up lines such as “Have you been working out?” and “Your eyes are mesmerizing?” or “You look fabulous today.” The mirror even wolf-whistles at shoppers strolling by.
While the words are spoken (although not, alas, in Billy Crystal-as-Fernando's "You look mahvelous" voice), they are written across the mirror as well. The impact on customers, as you might expect, was immediate and hilarious, as you can see below.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 23, 2014 06:15 PM
During the kick-off to the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, business leaders and political leaders vowed to action plans on behalf of their companies or countries. Commitments made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the General Assembly included, on the corporate side:
• IKEA announced it's expanding the availability of residential solar panels from the UK to the Netherlands and Switzerland and six additional countries and also unveiled "a new commitment for all plastic material used in its home furnishing products to be 100% renewable and/or recycled by 2020."
• Mondelez International Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld "joined world leaders at the UN Climate Summit to announce the first global timeline to slow and then end forest loss. The New York Declaration on Forests strives to cut forest loss in half by 2020, and end it by 2030—and also calls for restoring at least 350 million hectares of degraded forest lands by 2030, an area greater than the size of India." She also pledged "new support for the UNDP Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil Platform."
• In all, 39 major companies (incuding Walmart, Unilever and McDonald's) and 32 countries (but not, alarmingly, Brazil) signed the Declaration on Forests, including Asia Pulp and Paper, whose longtime foe Greenpeace welcomed the Declaration but also urged that voluntary action not replace government action.Continue reading...