Posted by Shirley Brady on July 3, 2014 09:39 AM
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.
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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
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...
what girls want
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 30, 2014 02:56 PM
For years, toy manufacturers have been padding their bottom lines with gender-specific play things, from action figures and race cars to princess gowns and kitchen sets. But now, UK politicians and activists hope to put an end to the pink-and-blue divide.
Toy manufacturers and toy shops have met with the UK's women's minister Jenny Willott who encouraged the brands and shops to sell more toys to girls that don't rely on pink and princesses, and instead focus on branding chemistry and building sets for girls.
The push by Willott is in reaction to less girls showing interest in STEM topics and related careers like engineering and science, which have long been dominated by males.
“Today was an important first step in looking at how well-made, well-marketed toys can encourage girls to take an interest in science and engineering— traditionally male-dominated territory,” said Willott, according to the Daily Mail. “Today we agreed to work together to look at customers' attitudes to toys and the choices they make in buying them.”Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 19, 2014 08:52 AM
Harley-Davidson unveils first electric motorcycle with Project LiveWire experience tour of America's fabled Route 66.
T-Mobile is offering free music streaming via Rhapsody, Spotify and Pandora, and loaner iPhones for a week to test its network.
Lego mixes bricks with clicks for Lego Fusion.
American Apparel ousts controversial CEO Dov Charney.
Yo one-word messaging app, designed in eight hours, raises $1 million in funding.
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AMC’s The Walking Dead producer accuses Game of Thrones network HBO of promoting piracy.
Bridgestone signs on as top Olympic sponsor.
Feed the Children has a new logo.
Google touts search ads for lifting brand awareness.
Haggar bets on vintage fashion to revitalize brand.Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 18, 2014 06:49 PM
Before the World Cup got underway, Beats by Dre said it wasn’t aiming to be the ambush marketer it had been in previous events, like when it caused quite the stir at the 2012 London Olympics.
But Beats couldn't stay out of the spotlight for long. Without much effort on its part, players from nearly every team at the Cup have been seen wearing the headphones in and around the World Cup venues, despite the fact that Sony, the official FIFA and World Cup sponsor, gifted all 736 players a set of its own high-tech headphones to wear whenever they pleased. This week, FIFA moved to actually ban Beats products from the field and at media events.
The move is similar to rumors that circulated during the Sochi Olympics about Samsung, the official sponsor, complaining that athletes were walking around displaying their Apple iPhones. Though Samsung denied that it demanded that the IOC's brand police make sure Apple logos were covered up, Olympic representatives were captured literally taping over Apple logos around the events.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 9, 2014 06:51 PM
Social media activity has become second nature for brands, albeit some are doing it better than others. Beyond Facebook, Twitter and Google+, brands are tapping into their creative genius with Instagram and Vine, both of which provide platforms ripe for viral content.
Lego recently launched its own Vine channel with the help of social agency 1000heads, posting two videos each week across the brand's social networks. “The Lego brand has been part of playtime for over 81 years and we see social video as a way of inspiring our next generation of builders and creators,” Ambreena Budaly, Lego’s social media marketing manager, told The Drum.
Indeed, brands are using the photo and video platforms to not only push their own products and services, but to shed light on important partnerships and outreach programs. MLB has produced nearly 150 Vines so far, three quarters of which were produced in advance. The association has deals with this summer's Godzilla and Guardians of the Galaxy films, and is developing a public personality by producing both humorous and promotional spots.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 6, 2014 02:54 PM
"The first step to recover from your brickdiction is to admit you are powerless over bricks." That's the opening sentence from the book Brickdiction: A Seven Step Recovery Guide for People Addicted to LEGO®
Of course the irony about the book Brickdiction is that it's just a gag gift for that Lego lover you know, another brick in the expanding Legonomy that is about to go to a brand new level with Friday's release of The Lego Movie. With a staggering 98 percent "fresh" rating so far on film rating site Rotten Tomatoes, The Lego Movie is winning praise from critics across the board. (The one stick-in-the-mud is the NY Post.) The movie is so successful, in fact, that a sequel is already being built before the film's official release date.
With brands falling over each other to get a piece of the Legonomy, the question is not if The Lego Movie will be a success for the Lego franchise but how much of a success.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on November 15, 2013 05:25 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Single's Day's billion dollar buyer's remorse… Lego boom… KFC less terrible… Moutai goes French… JPMorgan in hot water… stolen Rolls-Royces… GM going to Singapore… MomentCam app boom... Tesla sold a car… your garbage is gold… GOLD! and more.Continue reading...