Posted by Abe Sauer on May 7, 2012 02:28 PM
Film: The Avengers
Brands/Products Spotted: 18
Standout Placement: Acura's NSX concept car
Most Memorable Placement (positive): Acura
Most Memorable Placement (negative): Oracle
Overall Product Placement Integration Grade (1-10): 6
Comments: Acura is the big winner in Hollywood's new record-smashing #1 movie, produced by Marvel Studios with Paramount Pictures. In one scene, the heroic team runs off camera and the audience is left, for a moment, with the camera lingering, close up, on the backside of an Acura SUV (a militarized MDX). The big question is, will Iron Man 3 go back to his Audi A8? (Or maybe something more.... Chinese?)Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2012 09:01 AM
ABC News and Univision team up to launch 24-hour English-language news channel for Hispanic viewers.
American Airlines seeks more overseas flights amid US Airways bid, Bloomberg says.
Amtrak enlists iPhone as service tool.
Apple may be ready to settle iPad China trademark dispute.
AT&T CEO regrets unlimited data iPhone plan.
Barclays enters U.S. banking fray with online service.
Budweiser sees boycott by NYT's Nick Kristof, while Bud Light tries to manage line extensions.
CBS steers younger viewers to 60 Minutes.
Chinese consumers are rejecting "Made in China."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 30, 2012 08:59 AM
AB InBev goes upbeat as profits and sales rise.
Adidas raises forecast after profit beats estimates.
Air Lease nears $5.5 billion purchase of 737 Max jetliners from Boeing as aircraft maker produces first 787 Dreamliner.
Amazon and Texas reach sales tax deal.
Apple sidesteps billions of dollars in taxes worldwide.
Cadbury shows the way on Google+.
Chrysler overruns magazine covers with new Viper.
Disney's Marvel's The Avengers aims to kick off summer box office bonanza.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 27, 2012 06:10 PM
While The Five-Year Engagement with Jason Segal and Emily Blunt is poised to take top spot at the box office this weekend, the real fan/brand frenzy is a week away.
Prepare yourselves for Hype Overload: Marvel’s The Avengers movie is opening on May 4th and the plan is for the company to have more than 600 (!) pieces of merchandise tied to the film at Walmart alone. You can be sure every character — Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Hulk, Hawkeye and Black Widow — will get his or her toys, gear, and apparel as part of the merchandising blitz.
A great deal, if not all, of these products will be found in the aisles of Walmart, where fans of the film will also be able to use a nifty augmented-reality app tied to the film in order to locate the Marvel-ous merchandise (and not just on a T-Mobile phone, as shown in Walmart's video above).Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on April 6, 2012 11:44 AM
Kicking off this week's Brand Bites, model Bar Refaeli's new under.me lingerie line campaign channels an iconic cheeky tennis poster.
PETA take note: the Sierra Club's new "Coal Will Say Anything" campaign shows how it's done.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on March 13, 2012 08:45 AM
Apple balks at Proview's iPad trademark demands; held cross-licensing talks with Motorola, EU reveals.
AT&T expands 4G LTE rollout.
Audi said to be in talks to buy Ducati.
BabyBjorn gets a boost from Beyonce, while New York Times logo gets boosted by Jay-Z in Amex-sponsored show at SXSW.
Bob Lutz defends the Chevy Volt.
China promotes its homegrown brands.
Coca-Cola lobbyists spend millions to defeat soda taxes, hires Jean-Paul Gaultier as Diet Coke's European creative director.
Facebook sued by Yahoo for allegedly infringing patents, while Timeline apps inspire developers.
Friendly's ice cream chain expands ordering and loyalty online.
Intel reportedly eyes web TV service.
Jeremy Lin may endorse Volvo in China.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 12, 2012 05:14 PM
So what else is buzzing at South by Southwest Interactive, apart from the Homeless Hotspots blow-up? A few tidbits:
• Rumors that CNN will buy Scottish social media pin-up Pete Cashmore's website Mashable for more than $200 million.
• Highlight has proved a highlight of the festival, is an iPhone app that informs you when you’re near someone else with even a remote social media connection, redefining the burgeoning people discovery market. "You learn about new people you're about to meet before you meet them," says founder Paul Davison. "It's about life's connections. We've given the world a new sixth sense."Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 20, 2012 12:05 PM
A lot of HOGs may think of a different "Captain America" when they think of Harley-Davidson and super heroes, but the motorcycle brand is looking to change that for a new generation. Harley-Davidson has launched the Assemble Your Freedom contest in cooperation with Marvel comics. The winner will "become a character in an Avengers comic."
The partnership comes in anticipation of Marvel's upcoming summer movie, The Avengers. The film, starring a team of core Marvel characters, includes Captain America, a hero with whom Harley-Davidson already had a deal in 2011. But one Marvel hero, a motorcycle hero, is missing from the Harley-Marvel team — the title character in the just-opened Ghost-Rider: Spirit of Vengeance movie starring Nicolas Cage..Continue reading...