Posted by Shirley Brady on January 5, 2012 06:01 PM
Google TV adds LG to the fold with Samsung, Sony and Vizio ahead of CES, and 2012 global rollout.
Louis Vuitton finally expands brand into perfume.
Apple pays $5M to settle patent lawsuit.
Barnes & Noble eyes Nook spin-off with eye to global markets.
BMW brings MINI to India.
Deloitte finds 9M U.S. cable homes have cut the cord.
Discovery urges investors to be patient with Oprah Winfrey's network.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 23, 2011 08:55 AM
Gap, J.Crew and other retailers slash prices, as stores try to thwart price apps, and tweak websites to spur sales.
A&W is sold by Yum! Brands to A Great American Brand.
Absolut celebrates 30 years of gay ads.
Adidas pursues church for trademark infringement; church asks Derrick Rose to intercede.
Akamai purchases cloud rival.
Apple isn't expected to produce a smaller iPad, although fuel-cell MacBooks are rumored. Apple's online sales also exceed Walmart.com results.
AT&T's $1.93 billion deal for Qualcomm's airwaves approved.
Bebe expands with wedding collection.
Best Buy criticized for not fulfilling some holiday online orders.
BT's long-running family campaign in the UK ends its run.
Burberry, Forever 21 and Zara score on Facebook.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on December 22, 2011 02:02 PM
Most consumer retail brands may have been battered by an economy in which said consumers are increasingly stingy with their money, but luxury brands have continued to make headway. While luxury products are not completely immune to an economic downturn, they have certainly weathered the storm better than most. That's because these are the brands that appeal to the upper echelon consumer who recognizes quality and is willing to pay for it.
But even in the luxury category, there are winners and losers, relatively speaking, which is something the Luxury Institute, a global research and CRM consulting company, studies quite carefully. The Luxury Institute analyzed more than five years of data from its surveys on dozens of luxury goods and services categories in an effort to identify "best practitioners" that have consistently scored above their competitors.
In handbags, a leading luxury category, the Institute found that "one brand stood alone in owning several critical metrics for brand vibrancy five years in a row." That brand is Coach.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 15, 2011 09:01 AM
Amazon projects 5M Kindle sales by year-end.
American Airlines makes long-awaited proposal to pilot union.
American Express expands Small Business Saturday.
Apple strikes up iTunes Match as Google prepares music launch.
AstraZeneca sees that its anti-cholesterol drug Crestor fails to beat Lipitor, by Pfizer, in new study.
AT&T and Verizon expand via cloud services.
BMW launches on-demand music service with MOG.
Cracker Barrel finally targets local customers.
Ford partners with Zynga for Escape launch.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 13, 2011 12:03 PM
Since the start of the global recession, plenty of companies have shut down, entered bankruptcy, or laid off a good chunk of their workforce. Yet, as the Financial Times points out, some corporations manage to continue funding large museums and exhibitions, such as Deutsche Bank’s sponsorship of England’s Frieze Art Fair.
Deutsche Bank is so steady that it didn’t seem to bat an eye earlier this year when Frieze decided to also throw a fair in New York and another one alongside the one that already sprouts up in London, the FT notes: Deutsche went ahead and sponsored both of them, too.
UBS sponsors Art Basel and Miami Basel; Unilever’s dollars are tied up in an annual commission at the Tate Modern. Other such brands as Converse, JP Morgan, Louis Vuitton, and Agnès B give as well. But despite these instances of corporate generosity, overall support for the arts by corporations has fallen 20 percent, according to a report cited by the FT.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 14, 2011 06:20 PM
Chipotle soft-launches ShopHouse Kitchen, a Southeast Asian fast casual restaurant concept, in Washington, D.C. (prompting Seattle's Shophouse eatery to rebrand to Little Uncle).
Yahoo and AOL may be planning an ad sales partnership.
Kenmore may be next brand 'farmed out' by Sears.
Bing introduces "adaptive search" to personalize results.
Eterniti teases luxury 'supercar' at Frankfurt Auto Show.
Facebook expands social ads push, delays IPO to late 2012.
Google buys more than 1,000 patents from IBM.
Louis Vuitton names next CEO, opens first airport store.
Marni and Estee Lauder partner on perfume collection.
Solyndra bankruptcy and loan become a bigger embarrassment for the Obama administration.
Toyota steps up research to make driving safer.
& Advertisers and retailers move up Halloween promotions earlier this year (on both sides of the pond).
Posted by Shirley Brady on July 26, 2011 06:30 PM
Amazon results beat Wall Street estimates as ad-supported Kindle tops e-reader sales.
American Apparel partners with eBay.
Comcast and NBC launch TV's "holy grail" — dynamic VOD advertising.
Dunkin' Brands prices IPO at $19/share for $2.4 billion valuation; but can it grow coffee biz?
Facebook launches new portal to help brands better target their marketing.
FOX narrows window on free streaming of network programming, with Dish Network first to sign on.
Google targets small business ad market, while interest in Hulu raises speculation.
Kraft begins global pitch for Trident.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on July 15, 2011 06:00 PM
While Washington DC continues to fight over the nation's finances, the Harry Potter franchise has voted unanimously to increase its profit ceiling.
The total budget for the eight films was $1.15 billion, which has turned into $6.34 billion in profits, without the last film's take even added in yet. Deathly Hallows Part 2 had already earned $43 million overseas before even opening in America, where it's expected to break midnight show records. But the films aren't the only endeavors conjuring up cash.Continue reading...