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Now the World's Largest Toy Company, LEGO Sees Success in Product Diversity

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 5, 2014 04:22 PM

Brick by brick, business deal by business deal, LEGO built itself into a toy-manufacturing juggernaut this year so much that it now has passed Mattel to be the world's toy sales leader.  

The rise became official in the first half of the year as LEGO rode the success of The LEGO Movie to $468 million in sales at the box office and all of the related merchandise sales. In the first six months, its revenue rose 11 percent, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Conversely, the broad portfolios of Mattel and Hasbro have hurt the brands' overall standing, Bloomberg Businessweek reports. The former has taken a hit with its Barbie products while Hasbro’s board games are sliding. LEGO, meanwhile, is devoted to pretty much one product with many variations on the theme.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Apple, Home Depot, Lego and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 4, 2014 09:27 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple sees acolytes start lining up for iPhone 6 as Samsung reveals its latest futuristic devices.

Home Depot tries to reassure customers about possible data breach.

Lego becomes world's largest toy maker on The Lego Movie success.

Lincoln launches promised ad campaign starring Matthew McConaughey.

Neiman Marcus plans to open first NYC store.

MORE BRAND NEWS

About.com brings a fresh twist to native advertising.

Amazon launches streaming box in UK next month.

Baidu launches its own version of Google Glass (which Luxottica head disses) along with computer "brain" and indoor-mapping challenge to Alibaba.

Ben & Jerry's sponsors 9/21 global People's Climate March with 350.org.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Gannett, Xiaomi, Coca-Cola and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 5, 2014 09:16 AM

TOP STORIES

Gannett buys out Cars.com for $1.8 billion and separates broadcasting and publishing businesses via latest US media spinoff.

Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner.

Walgreens reportedly capitulates to critics and will remain US-based following $16 billion merger with Alliance Boots.

Xiaomi passes Samsung as China's top smartphone maker.

Vitaminwater struggles over use of stevia as Coca-Cola shifts formulas.

Samsung takes stance on child labor as it takes golf fans behind the tournament.

MORE BRAND NEWS

adidas boosts marketing spending especially in the west.

Aflac invents the downward duck:Continue reading...

brands under fire

LEGO Protests Go Global as Greenpeace Targets Shell Partnership

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 29, 2014 02:19 PM

As part of an ongoing effort by Greenpeace, more than 50 children protested today outside Shell’s London headquarters, building three massive LEGO Arctic animals while Greenpeace volunteers and parents looked on. The peaceful protest, which has spread to the US, is in response to LEGO's partnership with Shell on branded block sets that have been sold at gas stations in 33 countries—one of the largest promotional lines that LEGO has ever produced.

Since 2012, Shell's Arctic program has been under fire by environmental NGOs and regulators as its two drilling vessels, Noble Discoverer and Kulluk, both failed to meet pollution limits set by the US Clean Air Act. Nearly 700,000 people have signed a Greenpeace petition calling on the toy maker to end its deal with the oil brand. 

“Children are leading this playful protest because global warming, and what’s happening in the Arctic, is an enormous threat facing all children,” said Elena Polisano, Arctic campaigner at Greenpeace, in a press release. “LEGO is adored by kids, and it has a responsibility to look out for them. It’s unethical for LEGO to partner with any company that’s threatening kids’ future. LEGO’s endorsement of Shell is incredibly damaging because it helps Shell hide its role in the threat to the Arctic.”Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: Hate On Spirit, Gillette Shaves, BMW Sails and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 11, 2014 04:55 PM

DI-Cry: Chilean home improvement brand Sodimac punches you in the heart with its emotional ad about a dad and his daughter. But if after 10 seconds you feel your cold, cynical heart taking over again, we've got something perfect for you below.

Haterz 'Gonna Advertise: Give Spirit Air some credit for carrying around their brand's cajones in a dump truck. The airline's new campaign—found at hatethousandmiles.com—encourages exasperated travelers to "unleash the hate" on social media about Spirit Airlines. (The sub-text: "Or maybe you’re one of our fans—feel free to share some love, too.")Continue reading...

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Instagram is Ground Zero for Innovative Campaigns from IKEA, Marc Jacobs

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 11, 2014 11:52 AM

IKEA is pushing the edges of retailing innovation once again with an Instagram account that acts like a website.

Together with Moscow-based ad agency Instinct, the Swedish retailer built the IKEA PS 2014 account on Instagram to showcase 34 items in its latest designer collection, was created by 14 young designers to target a younger, urban, mobile-first crowd “always on the move.” The account has already garnered over 19,000 followers. 

By clicking on a picture, users are redirected to an Instagram account dedicated to that piece of furniture. Tagging capabilities let users explore the main site, specific items and add photos of PS 2014 items tagged with the Instagram product name.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Adidas, Apple, Big 12 and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 3, 2014 09:39 AM

TOP STORIES

USA soccer loss to Belgium (see McDonald's Fry Futbol highlights above) nets second-highest World Cup audience

Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle trademark dispute.

Apple sued for trademark infringement in China.

Big 12 conference unveils new logo.

BP loses bid to trademark the color green.

MORE BRAND NEWS

American Apparel ousted CEO strikes investment deal.

Campbell Soup Company focuses on creating "food memories."

Dell opens center for selfie improvement.

Fab launches Hem sub-brand for customizable home furnishings.

Globe & Mail journalists strike over advertorial push.Continue reading...

what girls want

Barbie Settles Into the Corner Office (and LinkedIn) with Help from Female Entrepreneurs

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 1, 2014 02:22 PM

With already more than 150 careers under her tiny belt, Barbie, the iconic—and sometimes controversial—doll from Mattel, has officially become an entrepreneur as the doll's 2014 career of the year. The launch puts her in the company of a growing tide of female leaders, including the one-in-five that are leading startups. 

Like any smart entrepreneur, Barbie is already hard at work building her network on LinkedIn, where she's pitching her new business, "Dream Incubator," in which she acts "as a consultant, helping girls around the world play out their imagination, try on different careers, and explore the world around them."  

Her page features a lengthy resume, because after all, "when anything is possible, a girl is tempted to try everything she can," and includes insights from a group of female entrepreneurs, inlcuding the founders of One Kings Lane, Plum Alley, Girls Who Code and more, “who all have inspiring stories for girls today and are truly #unapologetic about living their dream.”Continue reading...

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