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...

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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...

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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...

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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 What's "Stan Yourself," you may ask?Continue reading...

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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...


Eager to Drive Sustainable Innovation? Follow Us at Sustainable Brands London

Posted by Brandchannel Staff on November 11, 2013 05:12 PM

Brandchannel is a proud media sponsor of Sustainable Brands London 2013, taking place Nov. 18-19. The following is a guest post from Paula Oliveira, director of brand valuation and analytics for Interbrand London, who will once again be participating in the conference. Follow her on Twitter at @PaulaOliveiraBV and follow the conversations at #SBLondon

This time next week, brand leaders will once again convene at Sustainable Brands London to discuss, debate, analyze and leverage the role of brands in creating a better future for all. Guided by the insights of MC Jo Confino, editorial director of The Guardian's Sustainable Business channel, the program this year will have a great focus on sustainable innovation.

As noted in our white paper on sustainable innovation, we here at Interbrand firmly believe that sustainability should not be an add-on to business strategy. Rather, it should be part of it, so embedded in the way you do business that you cannot separate one from the other. We've also learned that consumers will not buy your products or services "just" because they are sustainable. Products and services exist to address a need, and if the table stakes are not there, consumers might like you for your values, but they will not spend their money with you.Continue reading...


J.Crew Crosses the Pond in Search of Brits with Fat Wallets

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 8, 2013 05:37 PM

J.Crew has crossed the pond to bring its own brand of preppy duds to London's Regent Street, opening its first flagship outside North America today. The 17,000-square-foot store houses separate men's and women's shops, as well as Crewcuts, the retailer's children's boutique. The London expansion will also include two other retail locations, one women's and one men's store. 

Combatting an increasingly "promotional" retail environment in the US, the retailer hopes that greater brand awareness through physical locations in the UK will provide a needed boost. J.Crew has also opened 3 new retail locations in Canada recently, as well. 

"London was an easy decision,” said chairman and CEO Mickey Drexler. “It is a place where people understand and respect the integrity of great style and design."

Indeed, finding a place among London's High Street stores may be a better fit for the increasingly upscale J.Crew brand, whose prices are in stark contrast to its fellow shopping mall tenants in the US, such as growing fast fashion brands like H&M. But with some product prices in the UK bumped up almost 40 percent, the retailer runs the risk of creating sticker-shock in Europe. "I've heard rumblings about it," Creative Director Jenna Lyons said, regarding additional taxes and duties associated with having an international location, "and we're doing everything we possibly can to keep the quality of the product as good as it can be and maintain the tightest possible price."Continue reading...

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