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In the News: Apple, Macy's, New York Times and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 09:33 AM

In the News

Apple taps Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts as retail head.

Macy's plans to open most stores on Thanksgiving at 8 p.m., breaking a 155-year tradition of being closed on the holiday. 

New York Times officially rebrands International Herald Tribune as the International New York Times

Alcatel-Lucent chief warns company may collapse. 

Allstate gives Mayhem the silent treatment on Twitter.

Amazon begins shipping goods from inside suppliers such as P&G.

Argos, a high-street brand, launches its own budget tablet. 

BlackBerry moves to reassure customers with open letter.

Chevy models get support for Siri's eyes-free mode. 

Coca-Cola profits rise on higher sales in North America.Continue reading...

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In the News: SAP, Coca-Cola, Disney and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2013 09:15 AM

In the News

SAP moves into cloud computing as brand projects $10B boost from banking software.

Coca-Cola plans to invest $2 billion in Florida orange groves.

Disney second quarter soars 32% on theme parks, ESPN ad sales as company withdraws trademark application for Dia de los Muertos.

Alibaba IPO anticipation grows on revenue surge.

American Airlines launches Klout-based promo.

AOL profits boosted by advertising.

AT&T presses case in lower bandwidth spectrum case.

Bitcoin startups begin to attract real cash.

Burger King makes bold move with delivery expansion.Continue reading...

sports in the spotlight

NBA Players Put Brands on Display in Playoff Fashion Wars

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 23, 2013 07:07 PM

While NBA fans who are lucky enough to get playoff tickets will file out of each game wearing pretty much anything that has their team’s branding on it, the players they worship will be making completely different choices—and every apparel brand out there would love for that choice to involve them.

In last year’s Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Miami Heat, the Thunder’s Russell Westbrook let the world know that he thought he was responsible for the hipster trend to wear funky lensless glasses, USA Today recalls.

The playoffs just started this past weekend but it’s already gotten off to a good jump on the fashion front as the Heat’s LeBron James dropped some jaws (and not in a good way) with his Tommy Bahama-esque shirt and James Harden of the Houston Rockets showed up for post-game interviews wearing a shirt that involved a whole lot of pleather. Los Angeles Clippers stars Blake Griffin and Chris Paul also got into the act. Russell Westbrook wore a sleeveless leather top and gold bedazzled high tops after his team’s game Sunday.Continue reading...


Li-Ning Has High Hopes for "Way of Wade" Campaign

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 4, 2013 01:13 PM

"It never hurts when people are talking about you relative to a guy whose every statement is picked up by a microphone."

That was the assessment of Brian Cupps, Brand Initiatives Director at Li-Ning, of the recent news that Dwayne Wade's new Li-Ning-inspired nickname "Way of Wade" (WoW) was called "corny" by MVP teammate LeBron James. "It's more tongue in cheek than anything," said Cupps. "It doesn't hurt."

Li-Ning's fledgling partnership with Wade has certainly not hurt either brand. Though hard numbers are yet to come, Cupps said anecdotally that "all of our indicators, be it social media or future sales, are up based on Wade." Cupps added, "Particularly in the US, where we had little to no real consumer following, we have a very strong pull right now and demand for our products because of Wade. Now we have to feed that demand."

Feeding the demand is going to be a huge challenge for Li-Ning for a number of reasons. For starters, it's a Chinese brand facing a mountain of existing consumer prejudice against China. Worse, negative China news outside of Li-Ning's control impacts this effort. Continue reading...

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Return to Space: Nike Launches a New Line Tied to Houston's NBA All-Star Game

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 23, 2013 01:45 PM

It's less than a month before the NBA All-Star Game tips off in Houston — which means it's time for Nike’s marketing department to begin leveraging as many sales as possible from basketball fans.

Today, the sportswear giant announced a series of shoes and sportswear tied to the event that use space as a theme since Houston is the home of NASA’s Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. 

Nike made a similar space tie-in during last year's All-Star Game in Orlando, Fla.Continue reading...

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Nike Introduces LeBron X Shoe With Global Launch and TV Campaign

Posted by Shirley Brady on October 4, 2012 11:44 AM

Nike's 10th signature shoe with LeBron James doesn't cost more than $300, as some sneakerheads feared, even though it's inspired by diamonds. At $270 for the high-end LeBron X+ motion sensor version of the shoe, it will still be Nike's among most expensive shoes to date, showing that Nike knows how to drive a premium and demand.

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In the News: Ford, Dr Pepper, LeBron X and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 14, 2012 09:03 AM

In the News

Acer postpones launch of Alibaba-powered phone.

Apple fights to keep iPhone cool in China as larger screen of iPhone 5 sparks developer rush and NFC omission puzzles observers.

Beef Products faces high hurdle in "pink slime" lawsuit against ABC News.

Brand USA tourism push sets sights on India.

Burger Lounge and Counter Burger offer non-traditional meats.

Disney takes film write-down.

Dr Pepper gets flack on Facebook after posting evolutionary graphic.Continue reading...

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Nike Continues to Lead Guerrilla Marketers With a Little Help From LeBron

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 12, 2012 10:04 AM

Long before the London Games kicked off in July, the International Olympic Committee made it very clear to big businesses and small that you don’t want to mess with them, that they would come after anybody who used the Olympic name or image or implied an affiliation with the Olympics.

The IOC- and LOCOG-empowered ambush marketing squad of branding police got busy, so a small café once called Olympic suddenly became the Lympic and a British florist and shopkeepers were made to take down the bras and window displays set up to look like the sainted Olympic rings.

Areas were designated around all Olympic sporting venues where only official sponsors of the Games, all of which had rolled out barrels of dough, were allowed to show off their logos.

Leave it to Nike, the supposed founder of guerrilla marketing, to break through, though, with not only a rules-testing "Find Your Greatness" TV campaign that featured everyday athletes going for the gusto in other Londons around the world as well as track shoes that were worn by a number of gold medalists and given a bright greenish-yellow chartreuse hue that “the human eye is most sensitive” to, according to NBC News.Continue reading...

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