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Kraft's Oscar Mayer Brand Trims Salt and Artificial Preservatives

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 15, 2012 02:02 PM

American consumers have felt a crush of pressure in recent years to lay off consuming so many sugars and work on eating healthier. Smart businesspeople have been happy to jump on the new opportunity, of course. You can now add Kraft's Oscar Mayer to that list.

The 129-year-old deli-meat maker that taught a generation of North Americans how to spell "b-o-l-o-g-n-a" has introduced a new line of products that contain absolutely no artificial preservatives, flavor, or coloring.

"Listening to consumer needs and finding better ways is just the way we do business," stated Heather Buettner, Senior Director New Product Development at Oscar Mayer, in one of two press releases the company issued to promote the launch today. "Our goal is to have 20 percent of our portfolio made with no artificial preservatives by 2015.”Continue reading...


More for Less: Baidu Breaks 1,000 Yuan Barrier With New Cloud Phone

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 15, 2012 09:50 AM

Google is in the smartphone business, why shouldn't China's leading search engine get in the game? Today it has: Baidu just unveiled its first partnership that gets it into China's booming low-cost mobile market.

Changhong's (长红) H5018 is powered by the Baidu Cloud Smart Terminal platform, offers a 3.5 inch touchscreen, 3G connectivity, and a 3 megapixel camera. The phone will also come with 100 gigabytes of free storage in Baidu's cloud.

The whole thing will cost less than 1,000 yuan ($160). Just what kind of dent is Baidu's low-cost high-feature phone about to make in China and should others (cough—Apple—cough) be worried?Continue reading...

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Samsung Kicks Off Galaxy S III Marketing Two Weeks Ahead of Launch

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 14, 2012 10:03 AM

Samsung today kicks off the first TV campaign for the Galaxy S III, its new smartphone that was revealed earlier this month at a press conference in London, ahead of its international launch on May 30th.

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Samsung Reveals "Inspired by Nature" Galaxy S III Smartphone

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 3, 2012 03:57 PM

Samsung today released the "The Next Galaxy" — the Galaxy S III, which launches May 29 in Europe — at a press event in London.

The brand's PR team tweeted from the launch about the handset's "experiential features: 3 Hubs (Game, Video, Music), mobile payment & ‘S Health’ personal wellness app to name a few" and tied the launch to its Olympics sponsorship, also tweeting: "Samsung is the worldwide Olympic partner and the #GALAXYSIII will be the hero of the Olympic Games!"

"Outside of the next iPhone, the Galaxy S III is the most highly anticipated phone launch this year," CNET commented on its live-blog. "The Galaxy franchise is one of the main reasons Samsung has been so successful at selling Android phones, avoiding the pitfalls that have tripped up so many of its competitors."Continue reading...

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Shoe Biz: Adidas adizero Now Lighter Than Yours, or Anyone's

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 3, 2012 02:03 PM

In the running world, a trend of the past few years has been the marketing of shoes that gave runners the sense of having bare feet. It appears that a similar sensation is being sought for basketball players. Last year, Adidas cranked out the adizero Crazy Light basketball sneaks that were, um, crazy light. 

Now the company is doing itself one better. The brand just debuted adizero Crazy Light 2, which it claims is the lightest basketball shoe ever. Weighing in at 9.5 ounces, it’s hard to argue. Adidas claims that this Crazy Light is 10% lighter than its nearest competitor and is .3 ounces lighter than the previous version.Continue reading...


Jaguar Unveils F-Type Convertible at New York Auto Show

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 4, 2012 06:37 PM

Move over, E-TYPE — there's a new Jaguar in town.

The British automaker announced at the New York Auto Show today that it will bring an all-new sports car to production: the F-TYPE.

Adrian Hallmark, Global Brand Director, Jaguar Cars, confirmed: "We showed the C-X16 concept in September 2011, and the reaction to it has been so positive that we've accelerated our development of an all-new Jaguar sports car."

"That car will be called the F-TYPE, and it will be unveiled in production form later this year," he added. "The core appeal of Jaguar's cars is their sporting heart, and that heart will beat stronger than ever before in the F-TYPE. Its development is a vivid representation of the confidence and ambition of the Jaguar brand, and the desire amongst our engineers and design team to produce a world-leader in a market segment that we have been absent from for too long. But no longer – the F-TYPE is coming."

More details about Jaguar's new sports car, which will launch as a convertible, in the press release below.Continue reading...

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The Social Marketing Ninja Behind The Hunger Games Success

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 28, 2012 11:02 AM

As the appetite for all things Hunger Games seems insatiable, with its record-breaking $155m weekend opening and Fandango pre-sales for more than 1,200 showings, one key player that deserves credit for making the pre-release marketing a hit on social media is a relative newcomer: thismoment.

Simply put, “Lionsgate social media marketing is centered around thismoment’s social infrastructure,” writes Forbes. Entrepreneur-centric Inc. also acknowledged the thismoment-powered social media savvy of The Hunger Games pre-launch marketing. Their secret sauce?Continue reading...

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InterContinental's Hualuxe Hotel Brand Woos Chinese VIPs

Posted by Barry Silverstein on March 23, 2012 01:02 PM

It's nothing unusual for a hotel chain to concentrate on China as a growth market; InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) was the first international hotelier in the country and has operated there for thirty years. What is novel, however, is IHG's newest Chinese play: Hualuxe, which the company describes in a press release as "the first international brand designed specially for the Chinese traveller."

"Hua" translates into 'majestic China' and "Luxe," of course, stands for 'luxury.' IHG says it already tailors the hotels it operates in China to local tastes, but Hualuxe will take the concept one well-shod step further to attract the high-end traveler.Continue reading...

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