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Heroes Among Us: Amid Superhero Frenzy, Brands Elevate the Ordinary

Posted by Jennifer Vasilache on August 20, 2014 06:47 PM

Superheroes are among us, and it's never been more apparent than it is now, with what seems like a new superhero film in theaters every six months. Why this resurgence? As varied as they are, it’s a fact that their main superpower is to instantaneously convey the absolute morality, justice, enhanced physical abilities, as well as a very distinctive sense of fashion that we all crave. 

Over the past decade, the film industry has borrowed heavily from Marvel and DC Comics' catalogues to produce dozens upon dozens of superhero flicks, from the blockbuster Iron Man franchise to the return of Ninja Turtles. But traditional clean-cut superheroes with slicked-back hair like Superman, Captain America or Spiderman need to make room for a new type of character who challenges the conventions of the genre: they are imperfect, struggling with anxiety and violent instincts, without superpowers, and sometimes hardly likeable.

After all, associating superheroes with perfection is outdated. Having once ruled the rarefied reaches of the star-studded sky, their fall to earth means being more human, more like us. Or is it the other way around?Continue reading...

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Brand News: McDonald's, Amazon, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 30, 2014 09:22 AM

TOP STORIES

McDonald's told that it must address workers' complaints regarding protest discipline in ruling considered major victory for fast food workers.

Amazon plans to invest $2 billion in India as it calls for Hachette to lower e-book prices in their dispute.

Burger King follows Yum! Brands in cutting ties with China meat supplier.

Johnson & Johnson turns to social media to lure Millennial moms to baby products after cutting out controversial ingredients. 

Apple's iWatch patent approved, but launch may be pushed back

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Best Buy CEO sees tablet sales "crashing."

Boys & Girls Clubs turns to fear in new campaign.

C-SPAN is headed behind the cable TV paywall

Chrysler is sued over Jeep ignition-switch failures.

Dunkin' Donuts partners with Discovery for Shark Week promo.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Bose, Volkswagen, Virgin America and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 28, 2014 09:14 AM

TOP STORIES

Bose sues Beats as Apple buyout sees approval in Europe. 

McDonald’s sees China food supplier order full recall.

Volkswagen marketing chief quits as company eliminates position. 

Zillow acquires Trulia for $3.5 billion.

Virgin America files for IPO.

MORE BRAND NEWS

21st Century Fox would invite Time Warner representation on board in a takeover.

Aston Martin revives Lagonda badge for powerful new sedan.

Audi cuts prices of spare parts in China and plans plug-in hybrid diesel to help cut CO2 emissions.

Blue Moon sales are falling as craft brews take hold.

Burger King depends on young CEO to keep brand fresh.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Microsoft, Fiat, Time Warner and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2014 09:15 AM

TOP STORIES

Microsoft announces global layoffs affecting 18,000 positions.

Fiat Chrysler's biggest shareholder denies VW takeover rumor.

Murdoch’s surprise Time Warner play detailed as Liberty Media acquires BSkyB's ITV stake.

GM is expected to reveal more details about recall process in Senate hearings today.

Toyota is bringing back the Sienna "Swagger Wagon" campaign for automaker's first online reveal.

MORE BRAND NEWS:

Airbnb logo reveal sparks social media backlash.

Apple agrees to pay $450 million in e-book price fixing case as IBM deal dings BlackBerry.

BMW recalls 1.6 million cars worldwide.

Chrysler boosts production to fix recalled Jeeps.

Clear Channel brings outdoor ads to life on smartphones.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Time Warner, Comcast, Samsung and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2014 08:53 AM

TOP STORIES

Airbnb prepares brand refresh and woos New York.

Samsung concludes 10-month World Cup soccer campaign with finale to "The Match" (above).

Tech "odd couple" Apple and IBM team up for enterprise mobility.

Time Warner shares soar after reportedly rejecting $80 billion Murdoch bid.

Comcast apologizes for customer service call embarrassment.

MORE BRAND NEWS:

AOL patents web-like response ads for TV.

Archie comics kills off namesake character as Marvel makes Thor a her.

Facebook brand stories perform better than traditional ads.

GE tests Snapchat marketing.Continue reading...

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Brand News: World Cup, Alibaba, Citigroup, Lindt and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 14, 2014 08:33 AM

TOP STORIES

Alibaba files highly anticipated US IPO.

Citigroup agrees to announce $7 billion settlement with US Justice Department.

GM faces federal criminal case over alleged misleading statements.

Lindt makes biggest acquisition ever with Russell Stover purchase.

Germany's 1-0 World Cup win makes star of "Super Mario" Gotze (Google's nod, above).

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AARP woos marketers with spending power of Americans 50+.

Apple denies China security allegations, may be seeking fresh ad direction.

Brand USA comes under fire by conservatives.

Burberry shareholders revolt over CEO Christopher Bailey's pay.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Cannes Day 2, GM Passes 20M Recalls and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 17, 2014 08:52 AM

In day two of Cannes Lions festival, Yahoo pitches Tumblr to creatives in pitch as Pinterest unveils first ad.

GM blames engineer for faulty ignition switches as recalls pass 20 million vehicles with latest round.

American Express ramps up pursuit of the masses.

Apple settles e-book price-fixing suit, prepares to unleash more emojis.

AT&T will exclusively carry Amazon's smartphone, according to WSJ.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Coldwell Banker partners with near-billionaire BuzzFeed for native advertising.

Delta apologizes for World Cup USA win tweet.

Dr. Oz scolded at hearing over ties to weight loss scams.

Facebook challenges brand marketers as Slingshot app takes on Snapchat.Continue reading...

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Samsung Brings Its A-Game with Content-Heavy Galaxy Tab S

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 13, 2014 11:02 AM

The latest tablet from Samsung just put the Apple iPad on notice. 

The super-thin, super-light Samsung Galaxy Tab S was unveiled Thursday in New York, and is bound to make a big splash in the consumer electronics market that has arguably taken a bit of downturn. Combining the best and latest technology that the mobile phone leader has to offer, the tablet boasts an adaptive display that's geared towards those who watch tons of videos.

With its focus on making great content easier to digest on-the-go, Samsung also revealed a line up of new content partnerships that will make interacting with other brands incredibly easy.Continue reading...

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