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Nescafe Turns to Unified Front to Stave Off Competition from Fast-Growing Keurig

Posted by Dale Buss on June 16, 2014 05:23 PM

Keurig is aiming to compound its competitive edge in the single-cup home brewing market even as competitors such as Nespresso and generic imitators such as TreeHouse attempt to hold it back.

Meanwhile, Nestle is facing greater challenges in advancing its Nespresso single-cup brand while at the same time trying to revive the iconic Nescafe franchise that has flagged lately because single-serve home machines, and the likes of Starbucks cafes, have made instant coffees such as Nescafe outdated.

Maker of the market-creating K-Cup, Keurig Green Mountain will press its competitive edge in the years ahead using at least five distinctive advantages, CEO Brian Kelley told an industry conference last week, according to Food Business News.

They include Keurig’s business model, incorporating the expertise of a retail-beverage company with that of a high-tech appliance company, and its advantages in innovating the machines and the pods. The “smart” design of its machines is another, Kelley said. The fifth advantage is Keurig’s strong strategic partnerships, including with Coca-Cola, which recently took a minority stake in Keurig Green Mountain as the two companies perfect a cold beverage delivery system for the home.Continue reading...

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Hours Away from the World Cup, Brands Big and Small Turn Up Soccer Spirit

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 11, 2014 05:57 PM

With just hours until the World Cup kicks off in Brazil (with Jennifer Lopez, who finally confirmed she'll be performing the anthem in the opening ceremony), millions of fans and brands big and small are preparing to cheer on their favorite athletes and teams. And while much of the attention has been on the brand battle between Nike and adidas, there are plenty of local brands looking to get in on the action too. 

Over in Australia, local bookmaker Sportsbet.com sent a 151-foot hot air balloon shaped like Rio's Christ the Redeemer statue into the skies about Melbourne. The balloon, which wore an Australian soccer jersey with the words #KeepTheFaith on the back, was likely a reference to the national team's tough World Cup opponents, but spirit-lifting or not, the stunt didn't go over too well with local religious leaders and business owners. 

Meanwhile, British sportsbook Paddy Power caught its own share of flack after it posted an image showing the words "C'mon England PP" carved into a large swath of the Amazon rainforest. The company eventually had to clarify that the image was photoshopped and not real in order to avoid any further brand damage. 

Another local sponsor getting into the spirit is UK plumber Dyno, which is launching a campaign to keep everyone's toilets flowing freely during the World Cup. The brand will have "Rush to Flush" squads on-hand to handle emergency call-outs in hopes to avoid the same fate as four years ago, when there was a “25 percent increase in blocked toilets across the UK during the England vs France game.”Continue reading...

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Dead Celebrities are Big Business—But Should They Be?

Posted by Jacob Huval on June 3, 2014 11:02 AM

As with the reactions to Tupac Shakur’s 2012 appearance at Coachella, reactions to Michael Jackson’s recent holographic appearance at the Billboard Music Awards varied were a mixed bag, with some calling it more hollowgraphic than holographic and a “hollow tribute” at best. Whether you find it moving or morbid (and we'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments below), there's no question that it's big business. Jackson is the reigning top-earning late celebrity according to Forbes, which estimates his estate's earnings from June 2012 to June 2013 at $130 million.

There have been other such cases of digitally bringing celebrities back to life, of course: consider Audrey Hepburn in a Galaxy/Dove chocolate campaign, John Wayne in a Coors Light campaign, and Gene Kelly singing in the rain for Volkswagen. The controversy that such post-mortem celebrity-driven campaigns generate isn’t surprising—and may actually be part of the point since controversy generates more conversation about the ad and the brand that presented it.Continue reading...

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Beastie Boys Face Off Against Monster in Fight to Protect Brand

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 28, 2014 12:14 PM

The remaining two members of the Beastie Boys, the hip-hop icons of "Fight for your right" fame, are indeed doing just that this week in a Manhattan court for a trademark suit against Monster Energy Drinks. 

Before the group's third member, Adam "MCA" Yauch passed way just over two years ago, Yauch made it his will that the band's music or its likeness not be used in any form of advertising. But just a few days after Yauch's passing, Monster uploaded a video of excerpts of its recent snowboarding event set to the beat of five Beastie Boys tracks. The video ended with the words "RIP MCA" in Monster's brand typeface, according to Billboard

While Monster admits it made a mistake, the beverage brand is balking at paying out the reported $2 million settlement that the band and Yauch's estate are asking for in return for "damages for the song licenses and another $1 million for the 'implied endorsement.'"Continue reading...

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Pepsi Kicks the Ball Downfield with Soccer-Themed Clothing Collection

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 22, 2014 04:02 PM

In yet another timely play for soccer fever, Pepsi has launched a limited-edition clothing collection meant to capture the "art" and creativity behind soccer. 

The Live for Now Capsule Collection features clothing, accessories and electronics created by international designers including Original Penguin by Munsingwear, B&O PLAY, Gents, Goodlife, Del Toro and SHUT. 

The line, which overlaps Pepsi's "The Art of Football" initiative—celebrating soccer without being a FIFA World Cup sponsor—with its global Live for Now branding campaign, will be available at Bloomingdale's in the U.S., Colette in Paris, and Liberty in London.Continue reading...

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Disney's Maleficent Scares Up Some High-End Brand Extensions

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 22, 2014 01:56 PM

$75: That's how much you'll be set back after springing for the "Max t-shirt" from Stella McCartney's Maleficent collection. The shirt, mind you, is the least expensive item in the exclusive line. 

But $185 "Linda Glitter Sandals" are just the tip of the Disney castle turret when it comes to the tie-ins aiming to capitalize on the upcoming film. The House of Mouse is planning for Maleficent—the gritty retelling of Disney's saccharine tale of Sleeping Beauty—to be a huge summer hit. Starring Angelina Jolie (as an approximation of how a lot of people think about her), the film is projected to pull in hundreds of millions at the box office.

While it's no surprise to see Disney's merchandising machine fire on all the usual cylinders (the Disney Store is already well stocked), Maleficent does boast some unusual—and upscale—marketing partners.Continue reading...

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Rail Services Take on New Life with Investments in the Arts, Luxury

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 14, 2014 05:02 PM

Arts programs are generally on the chopping block when it comes to government funding, but one U.S.-owned organization is going the extra mile to push the arts forward: Amtrak.

The national train service, which launched a writer-residency program back in March, is helping fund a mural project in Philadelphia that will span several buildings along the rail line.

"There are some things that we can do better than other competing modes of transport, and that is to provide the traveler with a deeper engagement with the diverse landscape," Stephen Gardner, an Amtrak vice president told the Wall Street Journal. "One of our taglines is, 'Enjoy the Journey.'"Continue reading...

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Brandcameo: Watch Godzilla Eat, Crush and Terrorize 16 Brands

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...

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