How Chrysler is Diluting 'Imported from Detroit' With Dark Knight Tie-In

Posted by Abe Sauer on June 25, 2012 07:07 PM

For a series of Batman movies that takes itself so seriously, it's a surprise to see it right there so prominent as one of only five menu items on the official The Dark Knight Rises website: "Imported From Gotham City."

The Dark Knight Rises has a number of other official partners. There is Nokia (remember them?) and No Fear (remember them?) and Mountain Dew, which features at the core of its tie-in "Sad Batman." But none of these brands even get a mention on the film's official website, let alone being featured on the site navigation.

It seems that the heavyweight "Imported from Detroit" campaign, which debuted with Eminem at the 2011 Super Bowl and was reborn with Clint Eastwood at the 2012 Super Bowl, is now so ingrained in the American psyche that it's worth lampooning. But the first rule of auto product placement is "be serious." Be so, so serious.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, Iron Man 3, Rihanna for Vita Coco and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 4, 2012 12:34 PM

Microsoft takes the stage at E3 to talk up Xbox.

Marvel starts production on Iron Man 3.

Vita Coco unveils new campaign with Rihanna (right).

Aon Hewitt finds positive shift in internal brand engagement.

Black & Decker coffee machines recalled following 1,300 complaints.

BlackBerry parent RIM shares drop below $10.

Celsius mobile phone with embedded Swiss timepiece retails for $312K.

Coca-Cola and McDonald's hit back at Mike Bloomberg's NYC big soda ban.

Corning expands on Gorilla Glass with thinner Willow Glass.

Facebook shares tumble to new low on Sanford Bernstein questions.

Ford crowdsources Focus ST commercial.

Google's Project Glass codename? Wingman.

Got Milk? and California Dairy Council partner for consumer education campaign.Continue reading...


Acura: The Least Inspiring Avenger

Posted by Abe Sauer on May 7, 2012 09:08 PM

Without a doubt, audiences walking out of The Avengers are going to remember seeing one brand among the many that pop up throughout the movie: Acura.

The automaker filled the film, literally start to finish, with its models. And it capped it all off with at the end with Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony "Iron Man" Stark hopping into a new, attention-grabbing Acura NSX roadster — and straight onto the carpet at the movie's premiere.

In the product placement world, The Avengers tie-in is a bit of a coup for Acura, with Stark having preferred Audi R8s in both previous Iron Man films. But by providing only a concept car for its most high profile role ever, has Acura dropped the product placement ball?Continue reading...


The Avengers Product Placement Brandcameo Scorecard

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...

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In the News: Barclays, Harley-Davidson, Made in China and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

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...

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In the News: Barnes & Noble, Pepsi, Nokia and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 30, 2012 08:59 AM

In the News

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...


Get Ready for Marvel's The Avengers Overload

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...

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Brand Bites: Bar, Barbie, Beyonce, Benetton, and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on April 6, 2012 11:44 AM

Kicking off this week's Brand Bites, model Bar Refaeli's new 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...

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