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Soda Wars: Let 'Happiness' Reign as Chief Execs 'Live For Now'

Posted by Dale Buss on August 1, 2012 10:45 AM

Coca-Cola is busy spreading "Happiness" around the world as an Olympics sponsor, while Pepsi is counting on new cultural relevance through its music-based "Live for Now" campaign and by sponsoring the next Super Bowl halftime show.

But back at the home offices in Atlanta and in Purchase, N.Y., executives of each company are dealing with real-world strains including the increasing opposition of nutrition activists (including New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg), more competition, consumers' fading interest in soft drinks — and with each other. And those factors are contributing to important new dynamics for PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

In Atlanta, Coca-Cola has just reorganized its C-suite and expanded the responsibilities of two senior executives, Steve Cahillane and Ahmet Bozer, creating an early horse race to succeed Kent in a few years. The move also is part of a consolidation of executive authority beneath Kent, who has been widely praised for his leadership of the company, boosting profits and swiping market share from PepsiCo since he became CEO in 2008.Continue reading...

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Adidas Releases New Nicki Minaj Commercial [VIDEO]

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 31, 2012 11:57 PM

Hot on the high heels of her recent Pepsi campaign, Nicki Minaj is starring in her first commercial for the Adidas brand — the release of which took her by surprise, according to her tweets Wednesday evening. Watch the new spot, for Adidas Originals, below.Continue reading...

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London 2012: Olympians vs Brand Police and a James Bond Experience

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 31, 2012 05:31 PM

Today's Brandlympics round-up kicks off with Google's homepage salute to the artistic gymnastics men's rings.

Olympians Take On Brand Police

Plenty of brands that haven’t signed on to sponsor the Olympics are plenty annoyed with the heavy-handed methods of the London Organizing Committee to seemingly keep anyone from saying the word Olympics or doodling the famous five rings on their notebooks without heavy fines and public embarrassment coming their way. But it’s not just corporations and brands that are annoyed. It’s also the Olympians themselves. Olympic athletes are forbidden from mentioning any brand names in the lead up to the Games and then during the Olympics themselves. Now a few of them are speaking out, particularly on the Olympics' favored platform of Twitter. A few tweeted protest messages Sunday against the regulation that keeps them from mentioning the brand name whose dimes and dollars have helped them get to the Games. According to the New York Times, American high jumper Jamie Nieto was probably the most brash, tweeting, “I am honored 2 be an Olympian, but #WeDemandChange #rule40 @NBCOlympics It’s time for Olympians 2 be compensated! I am a PRO Track & Field Ath!”Continue reading...

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London 2012: Coca-Cola Expands Olympics Music Push to will.i.am, Dr. Dre

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 31, 2012 12:55 PM

Coca-Cola  the Olympic Games. After all, the soda maker has been lapping up the Olympics for every bit of marketing goodwill it can get for more than 80 years.

Now this year’s Olympics are in full swing and Coca-Cola can see the light at the end of the tunnel of its Move to the Beat campaign with singer Katy B and producer Mark Ronson that kicked off ahead of its sponsorship of the 8,000-mile Olympic torch relay. It's been a busy year with a variety of London 2012 marketing tie-ins.

And now Coca-Cola is extending its musical chops in a just-announced partnership with will.i.am to launch a sustainability-collaboration platform for brands dubbed EKOCYCLE, which is partnering to produce greener Beats by Dr Dre headphones — a brand that isn't music to the London Olympics organizers' ears.Continue reading...

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London 2012: BMW Driving Performance With Olympians, Green Fleet and Art Cars

Posted by Dale Buss on July 30, 2012 07:07 PM

BMW may be a German car company, but it's also the best-selling luxury brand in America. And that's ample reason for the brand to have signed on as a major sponsor of the U.S. Olympic Committee and Team USA athletes participating in the London Olympics.

Certainly any American watching the pre-Olympics news leading up to Friday's opening of the games, and now watching telecasts on NBC and its sister networks, is by now well familiar with BMW ads that extrapolate the "performance" requirements of elite athletes and the supreme "performance" characteristics of BMW's "ultimate driving machine."Continue reading...

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London 2012 Watch: McDonald's All-Star Olympics Crew Includes Mayor McCheese

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 30, 2012 05:42 PM

We've noted how McDonald's, as one of the TOP sponsors of the London 2012 Olympics, is promoting its new lower-calorie menu and Team USA contest in the US, and encouraging kids (and adults) in the UK to get active and check out its revamped Happy Meal, among other local marketing efforts ahead of the games.

The company brought its top executives to London for the Games opening last week, where the big message was "McDonald's Takes Olympic Stage to Announce Advances in Children's Well-Being, Menu Innovation and Access to Nutrition Information."

Now the Summer Games have started, the fast-food giant is rolling out digital and social content that aims to "match the fun, competitive spirit of the Olympics," according to a spokesperson.Continue reading...

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London 2012 Watch: GE Brings London Olympics to Life

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 30, 2012 04:29 PM

Olympics sponsor GE is using data visualization to engage the public in the gargantuan logistical underpinning involved in mounting and hosting the Olympic Games.

"What (g)oes into building an Olympic city? GE's chief marketing officer Beth Comstock tweeted from a panel discussion Monday on the future of cities at the London Olympics. "Lots of technology and big machines hidden in plain sight." Her tweet linked to GE's Building the Games interactive map, which (powered by Bing search) features GE's infrastructure work behind the scenes of London 2012.Continue reading...

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American Brand Project Waves Flag for US Products, Jobs and Loyalty

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 30, 2012 03:03 PM

The outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries has been a constant presence for U.S. politicians, pundits, and the H.R. departments as they lay off Americans in recent years. The perception among consumers is that pretty much nothing is made in America anymore. And anything that is, isn’t totally high-quality.

This, of course, is completely bogus. While plenty of jobs have been shipped out of the country, there many companies that do all they can to make quality products and proudly hoist the "Made in America" banner. Those companies now have a major cheerleader in the American Brand Project, a patriotic social startup that rates just how American different companies are in order to help consumers make informed decisions on what to buy.Continue reading...

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