Posted by Dale Buss on June 4, 2014 05:11 PM
Anticipate the next bump in the road for GM in its recall crisis on Thursday, when the company’s special investigator, former US attorney Anton Valukas, is expected to name executives, employees and departments within the company that shared responsibility for its failed safety recall enforcement and communications debacle.
But as for American car buyers, they seem just as likely to ignore tomorrow’s news as they have all of the publicity about the safety recall fiasco for the past few months.
GM’s sales in May, reported yesterday, grew by 13 percent in the US market over last May, a healthy increase that was in the top tier of all brands reporting on monthly results in a still-strong auto sales recovery. And while GM’s retail sales increased only 10 percent (with a 21 percent boost in fleet sales accounting for the rest of the rise), the double-digit increase was a healthy sign that the recall woes aren’t translating into a big barrier for getting customers into Chevrolet, Buick/GMC and Cadillac showrooms.
That’s a remarkable achievement for a company that has endured a three-month run of awful publicity (and a $35 million fine) for its untimely ignition recall that is responsible for at least 13 deaths—an occurrence that has few equals in the annals of corporate reputation-wrecking except maybe Johnson & Johnson’s Tylenol era.Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 4, 2014 02:44 PM
The vast majority of football fans around the globe will be watching World Cup games on TV, whether that's in a pub, in a city square with thousands of others, or alone at home where no one else can see you worry through each excruciating minute. However, all those fans will also be heading online to search for highlights, commentary, and a place to share their extremely knowledgeable opinions. Marketers are placing their bets that this World Cup will shape up to be a major online event.
After all, Google reports that "searches related to the tournament over the past four years have outnumbered those for the Olympics, the Super Bowl, and the Tour de France combined," according to Bloomberg. That kind of data has led every brand and its brother to launch World Cup-related online content. Sports Illustrated is hosting a standalone Planet Futbol site to cover the Cup and draw as many eyeballs as possible, as Adweek notes.
One of Nike's World Cup ads, the "Winner Stays" spot (above) featuring top footballer Cristiano Ronaldo, had 78 million views online (on YouTube and beyond) in April before it even debuted four days later on TV, partially due to Ronaldo, the world's most popular athlete on Twitter, tweeting it out to his ardent followers, Bloomberg adds. Still, Nike didn't feel compelled to release it on different platforms concurrently. Online ruled the day.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 2, 2014 06:14 PM
Procter & Gamble has plenty on its plate these days as returned CEO A.G. Lafley fights to restore the CPG giant to some semblance of the sales-and-earnings juggernaut that he created a decade ago. But now more than ever, the brand is facing pressure to perform in an area that didn't much have to concern Lafley in his first stint with the company: sustainability.
A leader by many measures, a laggard by others, P&G was dropped last year by the Dow Jones Sustainability Index from its list of 100 North American companies deemed leaders in that field after the company had been on the list for seven consecutive years. The index declined to explain the move to USA Today. P&G also is getting dinged as the second-highest producer of greenhouse gases among CPG companies, according to Bloomberg, and for not cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and energy consumption by as much as rival Kimberly-Clark, percentage-wise, though P&G noted it’s much bigger.
And yet P&G also recently joined with Walmart in the $100 million Closed Loop Fund to help US cities boost recycling programs. The company said by 2018 it will cut water content in laundry detergent by 25 percent, saving 45 million gallons of water annually. And P&G has responded to Greenpeace protests by vowing to begin policing its entire palm oil supply by next year.Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2014 04:08 PM
With 15 days until the kickoff of the World Cup, brands are scrambling to lay claim to any piece of the action, but with only a limited number of official sponsorships available, many are turning to social media in hopes of capturing some real-time engagement.
According to Marketing Week, big brands such as adidas, Budweiser, Johnson and Johnson and Volkswagen are pouring cash and energy into preparations to use social media and data as much as possible during the Cup's month-logn run in order to capture the attention of second-screen viewers—of which there will be a lot. According to Comigo, game highlights and full match replays will be watched by 63 percent of viewers on their computers, and around a quarter of viewers will watch highlights on their tablets and smartphones.
”Facebook and Twitter are going to play a big role in how we activate around the World Cup," Jennifer Anton, marketing manager at World Cup sponsor Budweiser UK, told Marketing Week. "That’s not to say they weren’t in 2010 [during the last tournament] but we’re going to be using all the insights we have learnt during this time to connect with consumers around what we feel is going to be the biggest social media conversation ever.”Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 22, 2014 06:39 PM
America's biggest ad derby may be the Super Bowl, but the entire globe has the World Cup, an event, as Ad Age puts it, that is like "having the Super Bowl every day for an entire month.”
Ad deals related to the Cup are bringing in enormous amounts of money—much more than the $4 million-per-spot price tag of this year's 30-second Super Bowl ads. Brazil’s largest TV network, Globo, which has exclusive broadcast rights for the Cup, has struck deals with eight major companies—AmBev, Coca-Cola, Banco Itau, Johnson & Johnson, Hyundai, Nestle, wireless business Oi and local retailer Magazine Luiza—that will see the companies pay out a combined $600 million in order to occupy “451 thirty-second TV commercials, hundreds of quick mentions with visuals when announcers talk about World Cup games, and 359 5-second commercials created by Globo that feature four marketers at a time and run at the beginning and end of soccer games and other programming, and during commercial breaks,” Ad Age reports.
And that’s just what Globo is getting. Networks across the world are getting nearly as big a piece of the ad pie. After all, at least 1 billion people watched the final of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and 3.2 billion caught part of the Cup at some point during the month.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 20, 2013 09:18 AM
Verizon unveils big-box superstores in bid to reinvent wireless.
Panera enters single-serve home-coffee market.
Johnson & Johnson agrees to artificial-hip settlement of at least $2.5 billion.
Bitcoin regulation is argued.
Burger King enters India via joint venture.
Dodge tests coattails of Ron Burgundy.
Ford plans to reveal all-new Mustang on Dec. 5 and said Edge concept at LA Auto Show provides glimpse of global SUV ambitions.
Home Depot registers 50 percent rise in digital sales and Lowe's net profit surges.
JCPenney loss widens but turnaround firms up.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 13, 2013 09:06 AM
Starbucks ordered to pay Kraft $2.7 billion in losing coffee-package dispute.
Johnson & Johnson said to agree to $4 billion settlement over hip implants.
Unilever opts for sustainable palm oil.
Bloomberg says news service didn't kill articles on China.
Boeing vote tests union strength.
Chrysler brand chief leaves to head Maserati marketing.
Fantex delays "IPO" of injured NFL star.
Foxconn sees profit growth slow sharply.
Girls Gone Wild is up for sale.
GM shifts international headquarters to Singapore from Shanghai.
Hulu wants to be offered with pay-TV bundles.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 5, 2013 09:14 AM
Apple opens Arizona plant with 2,000 workers.
Frito-Lay tests chocolate-covered potato chips.
Johnson & Johnson pays $2 billion fine for false marketing of drugs.
AOL boosts ad sales but sees profits hurt by local news services.
Allen Edmonds sells to private-equity firm.
BlackBerry abandons sale process.
Christie's starts out new auction season badly.
Coca-Cola predicts personalized beverages using genomics.
DirecTV profit rises on more subscribers.
Dodge expands Ron Burgundy campaign to entire brand lineup.Continue reading...