Posted by Shirley Brady on October 19, 2012 12:01 PM
MetLife is taking its buddies in the Peanuts gang to Walmart, as it pitches a whole new way to buy insurance — in a box, with Snoopy on the cover, which can be picked up in the baby or pharmacy section:Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 19, 2012 11:14 AM
There’s a huge difference between a 13-year-old and a 30-year-old, but there is one thing that brings them together: sharing the role of bookends to the demographic group known as the Millennials.
Now two years into its run with Madonna's Material Girl collection, repped by her blogging daughter Lourdes and Mick Jagger's model daughter Georgia May, Macy’s knows that this big swath of humanity is where the money is, and it's working hard to get more of them in the store. That's why the retailer is launching 13 new brands and expanding 10 other existing labels that it believes will resonate with millennials, as AP reports.
Molly Langenstein, group merchandise manager for Millennials for Macy's, told WWD that "We're serious about this and we're aggressively going after this consumer. This is not a test."
This youthful focus has been going on since March when the retailer’s merchandise team was restructured to pay or more attention to that age group. Ch-ch-changes are expected to continue over the next three years that include integrating tablets and other user-friendly tech into the shopping experience as well putting different displays on the shopping floor more often.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2012 04:08 PM
Albert Einstein has been dead since 1955 but that doesn’t mean the fuzzy-haired genius isn’t still causing controversies.
Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a beneficiary of Einstein’s will, was not happy back in 2009 when General Motors Photoshopped the well-known face onto the body of a buff bodybuilder in an ad that ran in People magazine for its GMC Terrain SUV. On “Einstein’s” arm was an “e=mc2” tattoo and the ad carried the tagline of “Ideas Are Sexy Too.”
Ideas may be sexy, but Hebrew University was not amused. It sued GM in 2010 and finally got its answer from a judge this week. Judge A. Howard Matz of U.S. District Court found that the use of Einstein’s image was “tasteless,” but not illegal, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. In addition, the judge noted that, even if the action had been illegal at some point, the University had no right to claim Einstein’s image as their own since it had been more than 50 years since Einstein’s death.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 18, 2012 01:50 PM
She just slapped her personal brand on a perfume bottle, but Lady Gaga clearly thinks she’s making enough money. The performer, on the hot seat who has unleashed such tunes as “Poker Face,” “Born This Way,” and “Bad Romance” onto the cultural landscape in the last four years is getting into the business of not just selling her art, but selling her name.
Last month, the 26-year-old launched her Fame perfume line with a memorable piece of performance art: sleeping in a giant perfume bottle and possibly peeing in a champagne bucket. Now, the word from New York's Daily News is that Gaga and her creative team are working on producing a “healthy drinking water brand” so she can rake in some more bucks while helping the world stay hydrated.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 17, 2012 02:53 PM
The redesigned website for the Disney Store is an enhanced e-commerce channel for the brand’s toys, clothes, entertainment and packaged media. “The new DisneyStore.com delivers a magical shopping experience that guests can only receive from Disney,” stated Disney EVP Paul Gainer.
Part of that magic is the ability for shoppers to record and customize a “Disney Magical Message” video to send along with any DisneyStore.com gift purchase. Recipients receive email notification of a special delivery and when the gift arrives, a card provides a site URL and a personal ID where they can view their personal video.
Enhanced tools for sharing on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter and e-mail, via desktop, tablet or mobile have amped up the social shopping experience while an animation feature lets users interact with favorite characters and classic Disney films.Continue reading...
license to thrill
Posted by Barry Silverstein on October 17, 2012 02:11 PM
In an all-out assault on Europe for the 2012 holiday shopping season, American toy-maker Hasbro is re-launching a number of its classic toy lines and making a big licensing push at Brand Licensing Europe in London from October 16-18.
In the US, Hasbro recently re-launched its classic Furby brand, the quirky mechanical creature "with a mind of its own" that caused a sensation some fifteen years ago. The updated version uses a blend of robotic engineering and digital programming "that brings a whole new way to play to kids," said Samantha Lomow, Hasbro's SVP, New Brand Franchises and Global Brand Leader. "The personality of each Furby appears to evolve by the way children play with it, and every unpredictable action and reaction helps make each Furby seem unique."
Now Hasbro bringing Furby to Europe with a wide-ranging licensing program. Get ready for all things Furby, including apparel and accessories, back-to-school supplies, food and beverages, home decor, paper and party goods, and sporting goods. Furby-licensed merchandise will begin arriving this fall in retail outlets in France, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Turkey and the UK. Hasbro has aggressive re-launch and licensing plans for other toy lines, too.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 15, 2012 05:43 PM
"Death to tyranny" reads one of the t-shirts offered from right wing radio host Glenn Beck's new denim and clothing brand, 1791. The tyranny shirt is sold, online only, alongside jeans and other message shirts with shallow, jingoistic messages of Americana including cherry trees and Native Americans. All products are, of course, made in America.
The 1791 brand, which launched as a charity clothing line 11 months ago, is the latest extension of a dwindling Beck empire. It is also the latest brand line from a right wing radio host looking to leverage popularity to fill his own pockets. The problem for Beck's particular endeavor is that the market is currently filled with a glut of Tea Party-focused products.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 12, 2012 02:39 PM
Taylor Swift may only be 22 years old, but she knows a thing or two about self-promotion. Her fourth album, Red, is coming out on Oct. 22, but it's already making waves (the title track zoomed to #1 on iTunes). Now she's finding plenty of quirky ways to get the word out and drive album sales.
One is to sign a three-year deal with shoemaker Keds that includes the production of limited-edition red sneakers that hit stores on the same day as the record. And it's not just because the brand rhymes with her new album title. “I think they add something casual and cool to your look, and the new colors and patterns are so eclectic,” Swift told Women’s Wear Daily.
While cross-promoting with (RED) might be a tad too obvious, there's also a cross-marketing tie-in with Papa John’s for a Taylor Swift Pizza Party. Hungry fans (who call themselves Swifties, by the way) can purchase a Red combo: CD and a large pizza combo with one topping for $22. The album will also be sold at U.S. Papa John's stores.Continue reading...