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In the News: Facebook, Walmart, Hertz and more

Posted by Dale Buss on August 15, 2013 09:28 AM

In the News

Facebook to test its own PayPal competitor. 

Walmart cuts earnings guidance for rest of year.

Hertz remakes car rental as a retail experience.

AMC gets advertising bonanza as Breaking Bad winds down.

American Airlines and US Airways preview merger defense.

Cadillac plans to reveal new Escalade this fall.

Cisco cuts 4,000 jobs, blaming weak economic recovery.

Ford plans to boost capital spending as expectations boom.

Hooters blackballs embattled mayor of San Diego as brand dives into social media.

Macy's notes troubling slowdown in store traffic.Continue reading...

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In the News: Hudson's Bay, BMW, Omnicom and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on July 29, 2013 09:45 AM

In the News

Hudson's Bay to buy Saks for $2.4 billion. 

BMW debuts battery-powered i3 in charge to take on Tesla

Omnicom, Publicis Groupe to merge, creating the world's largest advertising agency. 

Amazon plans to hire 7,000 workers for its US operations. 

Boeing asks jet operators to inspect Honeywell beacons over malfunction concerns.

CBS, Time Warner Cable smear campaigns could damage brands as new deadline looms. 

Rebranded International New York Times will put a strong emphasis on digital. 

Land Rover, Adidas make positive impressions on African Americans, while L'Oreal loses ground. 

Liquid-Plumr tests dirty ads to sell drain cleaner. 

Mazda expected to post huge leap in Q1 operating profit.Continue reading...

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In the News: Detroit, CBS, Google and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 19, 2013 09:12 AM

In the News

City of Detroit files largest municipal bankruptcy in US history.

CBS warns of possible Time Warner cable blackout.

Google suffers from continued ad-price declines as search goes mobile.

Dell races to sway investors on buyout.

Dove finds new way to probe women's self-image in new campaign.

Electrolux sees higher US demand.

Fiat sees orange become most popular color of its new EV.

GM delays next Chevrolet Cruze.

Honda wagers on new Fit hybrid variants in US.

Instagram seeks to become destination for political content.Continue reading...

Daimler Makes a Smart Move with Introduction of Electric Scooter in Europe

Posted by Dale Buss on July 10, 2013 01:42 PM

"Urban mobility" is all the rage with auto makers these days, and none more so than Daimler. Combining this paradigm with the need to goose sales globally for its Smart minicar brand, the company has announced plans to introduce a Smart electric-powered scooter next year in Europe.

Daimler, also parent of Mercedes-Benz, has had trouble getting Smart onto a smooth plateau. The company killed a roadster in 2005 and a four-seater version of Smart in 2006 and has racked up 1.5 billion euros in losses since the brand's launch in 1998.

Even while other brands such as rival BMW, with Mini, and Fiat have figured out how to make and market tiny cars for global masses, Daimler just keeps misfiring with Smart. But the company says it plans to keep trying.Continue reading...

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In the News: Netflix, Amazon, Ford and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 23, 2013 09:28 AM

In the News

Netflix reports strong subscriber growth.

Amazon may be planning to open a store in London, reports say.

Ford is reaching record profit on growing sales of Fusion, as company extends programmatic ad buying to online video.

Twitter reportedly reaches deal with Publicis' Starcom MediaVest Group for hundreds of millions over several years.

Airbus strategy for big A350 is being vindicated.

Apple grapples with hardware-software identity crisis.

Burger King tests delivery in Los Angeles.

Cadillac eyes smaller cities for Chinese luxury share.

Del Taco debuts revamped menu.

DuPont more than doubles profit.

Fisker loses $21 million to US seizure.

Google CEO Eric Schmidt belittles importance of UK taxes.Continue reading...

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In the News: BlackBerry Z10, Pepsi, PPR and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2013 09:02 AM

In the News

BlackBerry launches new Z10 smartphone in US today, as CEO says Apple's iPhone is outdated.

Pepsi introduces first new package design since 1997.

PPR, French owner of Gucci and Saint Laurent, announces rebrand to "caringKering with new owl logo.

Nike surges on China rebound, North American results in latest quarterly earnings report.

Asda pulls private-label corned beef from UK shelves over horsemeat discovery as new report finds consumer concern fading. 

Chrysler looks to Nike and Starbucks for inspiration.

Coca-Cola tops British grocery brands ranking as Walkers rises to #2.

Facebook tests yet another timeline design.Continue reading...

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Stark Contrast: Iron Man 3's Audi Deal Complicates Product Placement

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 12, 2013 10:31 AM

"Whenever Stark hangs up his suit, the technically-adept billionaire can be seen in the film behind the wheel of the all-electric R8 e-tron sports car prototype," reads the Audi press release announcing the brand's partnership with the upcoming Iron Man 3.

Iron Man's alter ego, Tony Stark, was last seen driving an Acura NSX roadster in 2012's The Avengers. In Iron Man (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010), Stark drove Audi R8s. A spokesman at Acura's parent company, Honda, told Bloomberg that its role as the official vehicle of SHIELD (and the brand's relationship with Marvel) remain "unchanged."

"This is a strategic collaboration for us," said Loren Angelo, a marketing executive with Audi of America. "Similar to the position of the R8 as an innovation leader, Iron Man's character consistently evolved throughout the trilogy as he masterminds new trends."

In addition to swapping Stark's Acura for an Audi S7 in the third installment, Audi's Iron Man 3 deal will go beyond the R8 e-tron.Continue reading...

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Poland Spring's #SOTU Social Flop: Rubio Response a Missed "Oreo Moment"

Posted by Abe Sauer on February 12, 2013 11:39 PM

It is now an expectation of any live event that some unforeseen detailed quirk will become the hot meme of the night's social media. Think Oreo during the Super Bowl blackout or "binders full of women."

On Tuesday, during the "opposition response" to President Obama's State of the Union address, one beverage brand got its opportunity when Republican golden boy senator Marco Rubio awkwardly reached for, and drank from, a small Poland Spring bottle.

But neither of the brand's two Twitter accounts had a reply. In fact, both accounts have had dry mouth for years.Continue reading...

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