Posted by Abe Sauer on May 13, 2014 02:39 PM
Every few years it seems, Godzilla pops up again to do what he's always done. No, not destroy metropolises. Pitch product.
While there is already speculation about whether or not this year's Godzilla reboot will flop badly enough to kill the movie franchise, one thing is for sure, Godzilla will always be back as the spokescreature for something. After all, the big guy has had a far more lurcrative career in advertising than in Hollywood.
Below, a look back at some of Godzilla's greatest hits, and a peek at the product placement in store for the new Godzilla movie.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 8, 2014 10:55 AM
Finland's Rovio, creator of the Angry Birds juggernaut, this week announced a surprising brand extension: education. The game-maker is now marketing early childhood curriculum worldwide based on the popular app which has seen billions of downloads worldwide.
Angry Birds Playground is based on the Finnish national curriculum for Kindergarten (ages 3 to 6). According to the Washington Post, it's a mash-up of free play, physical exercise and tech tools, “a reconfigured learning environment, as well as some of the popular Angry Birds characters, to maximize learning through engagement.”
Finland wants to corner the global market on fun learning. Decidedly different from Japan or South Korea (where students routinely get top-scores on international tests), compulsory education in Finland begins at seven, the school day is shorter than in most other countries and there are no nationalized tests.
"It's not just games we're talking about here: it's a full 360-degree approach to learning, where games are just one part of it. It's not learning by sitting down and playing with a digital device," Rovio VP of learning and book publishing Sanna Lukander commented to the Guardian. "There's a real substance to it, and a healthy balance between rest, play and work.”
"We have to think about the children," Angry Birds co-founder, "Mighty Eagle" and CMO Peter Vesterbacka commented on Twitter. "Let kids be kids longer. Learn through play #funlearning."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 12, 2014 02:33 PM
Hello, Kitty! Beloved Japanese children's icon Hello Kitty had officially teamed up with Playboy. Yes, you read that correctly. Not the most obvious brand collaboration, the two entertainment brands are being brought together by cutting-edge French fashion retailer Colette. The co-branded collection consists of everything from socks to lighters to cameras to sucettes (lollipops). Obviously not geared for kids—and you will never look at Kitty the same way again...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 26, 2014 10:57 AM
With the print business in survival mode, it's no surprise that Conde Nast, one of the world's largest publishers of magazines, is looking for new branding opportunities.
One print brand ripe for extension is SELF magazine, which just launched its own line of frozen meals in 2,900 stores in 37 US states, including Kroger, Stop & Shop and Whole Foods under the SELF Healthy Kitchen brand.
“It should be easy to be healthy, and that’s why we’ve created SELF Healthy Kitchen," said Lucy Danziger, SELF editor-in-chief in a press release. “Our point of difference is that these meals will be both delicious and good for your body. Health-minded consumers looking for convenient, economical ways to eat better will love every bite!”
SELF’s editors teamed up with award-winning Chef Calvin Harris’s Benevida Foods to create the new line that features eight entrées such as Southwest Style Chicken Enchilada with Rice and Sweet Potatoes, Three Cheese Lasagna with Beef and Marinara and Steak with Portobello Mushrooms in a Red Wine Sauce, with single-serving meals averaging $4.99.
“When you enjoy a SELF Healthy Kitchen meal, you can trust that you’re eating quality ingredients because I sourced them myself,” said Chef Calvin Harris in the press release. “This is food that will not only make you feel good, but you’ll feel great about feeding to your family.”Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 10, 2014 02:47 PM
Not since The North Face sued The South Butt has the world seen a case pitting the free speech right of parody against the rights of a trademark holder.
Dumb Iced Coffee, Dumb Frappuccinos and Dumb Brewed Coffee—with the option of picking up a disc of the latest Dumb Jazz Standards—are just a few of the products awaiting customers at the new Los Feliz, Calif. cafe, "Dumb Starbucks." Is it a real thing or an an artist's statement about Starbucks? And if it is the latter, does the artist know it's 2014 and not 2004?
Customers waited for hours over the weekend to sip on free Dumb Iced Coffee and Dumb Frappuccinos in the curious "Dumb Starbucks," its interior decorated to match a typical Starbucks, with a "Dumb" menu and all. But the new shop situated next to a laundromat in a Los Angeles neighborhood was sure to make clear that it is not in fact a Starbucks. According to a posted FAQ statement, the cafe-as-art says, "Dumb Starbucks is not affiliated in any way with Starbucks Corporation. We are simply using their name and logo for marketing purposes."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 28, 2014 07:36 PM
Puma has made a major move, signing a five-year "kit" deal with English Premier League powerhouse Arsenal, dealing a major blow to 20-year partner Nike.
The move is all part of a brand renewal strategy under new Puma CEO Bjoern Gulden that aims to re-establish the brand in the sports apparel market, which has taken a backseat to its lifestyle brand in recent years.
The new $249 million deal is the largest ever for "the Gunners," as the legendary football club is calld by fans, and Puma, and drops the apparel-maker's logo right back into the spotlight on the backs (and rear-ends and cleats) of one of the league's hottest clubs, Sports Business Daily notes.
Arsenal’s previously struck a sponsorship deal with Emirates Airlines in 2012 for five years and $248 million.
In addition, Puma has gained the rights to produce other Arsenal-related merchandise. Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger, who is also slated to sign a new contract with the club, will be given a large pool of cash to recruit free agents.Continue reading...
license to thrill
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 23, 2014 05:16 PM
When a major disaster strikes, AMC’s The Walking Dead wants to be sure fans can put to use all the savvy survival skills they saw enacted on the hit show. To do so, it has partnered with First My Family to sell $130 branded emergency survival kits.
The kits are good enough to keep two people alive for 72 hours, but don’t contain anything specific to battle zombies (though the waterproof matches that come in some kits could do the trick). What fans will find are emergency food rations and water, a first-aid kit, LED flashlight, two Mylar space blankets, two ponchos, leather-palm work gloves, and four procedural facemasks.
Just hope that you don't need one before the second half of season 4 starts on Feb. 9. According to the Los Angeles Times, kits won’t arrive until February or March.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 22, 2014 08:14 PM
In the three decades that Transformer toys have been on the market, they've inspired three big-budget Hollywood blockbusters and inspired hundreds of merchandising endeavors.
But the toys as they were orginally imagined—the ones that actually transformed from a vehicle to a robot with a few simple moves—aren’t around anymore. The transformation process, it seems, is now extremely complicated. Some may disagree, but the instruction booklets for today’s Transformers are much more involved than when it was first released.
So Hasbro CEO Brian D. Goldner has decided to restore the toy back to its simpler days in honor of its 30th anniversary.Continue reading...