tech in the spotlight

London Tackles Its Tech Exploit Problem with New Unilever-Backed Launchpad

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 23, 2014 05:01 PM

Not wanting to be left behind, London hosted its first Technology Week event last week, showcasing some of the most promising startups and technology products from across the pond. 

But many of the products and concepts seen and heard at the event won't make it out of the city's limits thanks to a clogged pipeline of business development. 

"The old adage is that it gets invented in the U.K. and exploited in the US," serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist Hermann Hauser said, according to Bloomberg. "We are getting better but a lot more needs to be done."

To help combat that problem, some of the UK and Europe's biggest brands, including Unilever, John Lewis and EE are collaborating with Tech City UK to give life to The Internet of Things Launchpad Competition, which will award a total of £1 million ($1.7 million) in grants to winners who are aiming to take on projects that are “too risky for companies to take forward without support” and hope to “take companies into new innovative areas,” PopsOp reports.Continue reading...

brand news

Brand News: Twitter/Omnicom, Google's New Car, Microsoft and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 28, 2014 08:21 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Twitter, on track for 400 million users by 2018, signs $230 million partnership with Omnicom, shares real-time music stats with Billboard, and releases all tweets to science.

Google unveils internally built self-driving car (above) with no brakes or steering wheel.

Microsoft CEO Nadella lays out "post-post-PC" leadership vision and demonstrates real-time translation for Skype.

Massimo Vignelli, acclaimed for American Airlines logo and other iconic designs, has died at 83.

Nasdaq nears 13-year high as tech stocks soar.

MORE BRAND NEWS

A+E reveals Bio cable network rebrand as FYI.

Accenture finds that 72 percent of Americans would bank with Walmart, Google or T-Mobile.

American Express launches digital push for 14th Unstaged concert, featuring Pharrell Williams.

AP/Equilar study finds that median CEO pay passed $10 million in 2013.

Apple and Google vie for control of the Internet of Things.Continue reading...

Samsung's Galaxy S5 Soars on London Heathrow Takeover

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 19, 2014 10:37 AM

Samsung elevated its marketing game today as it took over the world's busiest airpost terminal at London's Heathrow Airport. For the next two weeks, the airport's Terminal 5 will be known as Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5, the brand's latest stunt to push its flagship smartphone. 

“We are always looking for ways to maximize brand impact and this activity is testament to that. The partnership with Heathrow Airport and JCDecaux Airport was a one-off opportunity to push the boundaries like no other brand has been allowed to do before,” said Russell Taylor, Samsung Electronics U.K. and Ireland’s Vice President of Corporate Marketing, according to BGR.

Indeed, travelers won't be able to escape the Samsung promotion, which has taken over all signage and digital ad space in the terminal. Curious consumers will be directed to the Dixons Travel store inside the terminal, where they can try out and buy the handset, 11 million of which have already been sold since the S5 hit the market.Continue reading...

place branding

From New York to London to Berlin, the Race is on For City Dotbranding

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 15, 2014 02:27 PM

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the first “sunrise” phase of the roll-out of the .nyc domain name prior to a full-scale public launch in October 2014. 

Part of a new class of generic top-level domains (gTLDs — although in this case they're also called geoTLDs) from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the Big Apple is the first city in the U.S. with a top-level domain catering to local businesses, organizations and residents.

“The launch of the .nyc domain is one of the most anticipated arrivals for the city and the Internet at large,” stated Hizzoner. “There is no shortage of New Yorkers ready to claim their exclusive .nyc identities online, and this is their chance to reserve their piece of this city’s valuable digital real estate.”

Jessie Pressman, CEO of tech education startup Bite Size Learning, was one of those New Yorkers who seized the opportunity.

“Acquiring a .nyc domain is a chance to align Bite Size Learning's brand with NYC,” Pressman, recently featured in Crain's New York, told brandchannel. “As an emerging start-up the .nyc domain will lend credibility to our site while at the same time promoting our belief in supporting local business.”Continue reading...

fashion week

Marc Jacobs' NYFW Pop-Up Employs Power of Social Currency

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 7, 2014 02:47 PM

Pop-up shops are nothing new, but Marc Jacobs‘ fragrance division is using Fashion Week to launch its Daisy Marc Jacobs Tweet Shop with a twist—social currency only, please.

Located in New York’s SoHo neighborhood, a tweet, Instagram or Facebook post tagged #MJDaisyChain can be exchanged for goods including fragrances and accessories at the store, while the best Instagram photo of the day wins a coveted handbag.

"Over the years, the Daisy brand has built a considerable following in social media, and to us, the whole undertaking is a way to say a big thank you to the people who love Daisy and are constantly finding creative ways to show their affection for the brand," said Lori Singer, VP marketing for Marc Jacobs. 

"Marc Jacobs is really active on social media and Daisy is one of the fragrance brands that triggers the highest engagement among fans," she added. "We have seen people creating drawings and stage mood shots featuring the iconic bottle, so engagement of the fans is already there."Continue reading...

sporting brands

Adidas Celebrates 50 Years of Iconic Stan Smith Sneaker with Pop-Up, 3D Printing

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 20, 2014 12:41 PM

Despite the fact that many people may not know who Stan Smith actually is, they likely know his shoe. Smith himself says his own son once asked him if the shoe had been named for him or if he had been named for the shoe.

The shoes, in fact, were named for the American tennis icon 50 years ago—a date Adidas is celebrating by introducing two new Stan Smith collections. After all, more than 40 million pairs have already been sold, making it the top-selling brand in the history of Adidas.

The big anniversary celebration included a Stan Smith-themed pop-up store at the Old Truman Brewery in East London that featured “an interactive floor, a digital 'Stan Yourself' station, and a 3D printing post” that allows consumers to print out “trefoil lace locks,” according to Dexigner.com. What's "Stan Yourself," you may ask?Continue reading...

luxury watch

Burberry Gifts London with Its First-Ever Beauty Store, Complete with Digital Makeup

Posted by Brittany Waterson on December 16, 2013 08:02 PM

Luxury goods purveyor Burberry has granted the holiday wishes of UK style mavens with the debut of its first-ever stand-alone beauty store, Burberry Beauty Box, located in London’s Covent Garden. 

The boutique, which features the brand’s make-up collection, fragrances and exclusive accessories including sunglasses, scarves and select handbags, joins luxury competitor Chanel, which opened a wildly successful pop-up beauty shop that has since become permanent. But Burberry is sure to set itself apart with its limitless views on customer experience

“The Burberry Beauty Box brings together our fashion and beauty worlds, merging physical and digital experiences that allow people to explore and combine Burberry make-up, fragrance and accessories in new, playful and exciting ways,” said Christopher Bailey, Burberry Chief Creative Officer, in a statement.Continue reading...

traveling brands

British Airways Gets Interactive with New Plane-Spotting Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 21, 2013 04:52 PM

Planes flying overhead often inspire the question of just where passengers on board are off to. Anyone near one of British Airways’ new digital billboards in London need not wonder anymore. 

The airline is breaking new advertising ground by having its digital billboards interact with planes in the sky. When a British Airways flight is overhead, a visual of a child pointing up appears along with personalized text, such as, “Look, it’s flight BA430 Amsterdam.” It’s all part of the company’s “Magic of Flying” campaign.

“We've all had conversations with friends and family wondering where the planes are going and dream of an amazing holiday or warm destination, and this clever technology taps in to that and reminds people how accessible the world can be,” Richard Tams, the head of British Airways sales for the UK and Ireland, said, according to MediaPost.Continue reading...

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