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Men, Be a Pepper! Be a Slimmer, More Manly Pepper!

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 11, 2011 01:01 PM

Want to get your brand some notice? Start a gender war. That'll get you noticed.

That seems to be the tactic Dr Pepper Snapple Group is taking with its latest product, Dr Pepper Ten. The idea behind the drink, revealed earlier this year, is that men don’t generally like to be seen drinking “diet” sodas so this sugared drink will go over the top to showcase just how manly it is in order to show men that even though it has only 10 calories, that doesn’t mean they have become girly men.

The company has gone so far as to create a Facebook app (dubbed Ten Man'ments) for the soda that invites "men only" to check out content such as a shooting-gallery game in which players aim at lipstick and high heels. It Facebook tab is being promoted with the tagline, "Gendergated, just for guys." You can imagine how that's gone down.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Facebook Messenger, Samsung, Wendy's & more

Posted by Chana Mayefsky on August 9, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Apple edges past Exxon to become the biggest public company in the world (while AOL has a bad day); and stops Samsung's Galaxy Tab in Europe with legal ruling.

Barney's NY hires former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld as model and consultant.

Disney profits from sales of Cars 2 and Marvel merchandise, and ESPN revenues.

Facebook rolls out mobile Messenger feature.

Ford manages expectations of eager Focus electric car buyers.

Hero MotorCorp unveils brand identity.

J&J reaches agreement with U.S. on Risperdal charge.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Goldman Sachs, Marvel, Amazon & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 28, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to Watch

Goldman, Citigroup bond sale spiked by S&P while JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and other Wall Street CEOs pressure politicians to stopstalling on a debt ceiling deal.

Amazon cuts movie streaming deal with NBCUniversal's Universal Studios.

Facebook sues 25 online "typosquatters."

Google challenged on AdMeld acquisition by DOJ, while Senate schedules antitrust hearing.

Google Maps heads to the London Underground.

H&M signs David Beckham to create underwear "bodywear" collection.

Marvel wins suit brought by artist Jack Kirby's heirs.

Motorola Mobility beats Wall Street estimates.

Twitter pushes promoted tweets to top of users' timelines.

Yelp hires IPO-savvy CFO.

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In the News: Walmart, Disney, Dunkin' & more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 27, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

Aetna rises despite drop in demand for medical care.

Boeing beats estimates, boosts outlook.

Borders woes parsed in post-mortems.

Delta Airlines cuts capacity on rising fuel costs.

Disney and Marvel team for Captain America game, while Disney looks to shore up Bollywood business with UTV ownership.

Dow Chemical quarterly profit up 74%.

Dunkin' Brands CEO says IPO a byproduct of "unbelievable buzz."Continue reading...


When it Comes to Product Placement, Captain America Has Friends With Benefits

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 22, 2011 06:00 PM

Our loyal readers (Hi Mom!) know all about Captain America's tie-ins with Dunkin' Donuts and Norton Anti-Virus. They've been riveted by the search for Captain America's leather jackets. They've ridden along on Captain America's Harley-Davidson deal.

Now, as Captain America: The First Avenger heads into its opening weekend — poised, it seems, to unseat the mighty Harry Potter juggernaut — we bring you more news of how Marvel has powered up brands for the Captain's Comic-Con timed big-screen debut ... and a little somethin' somethin' about who's been cozying up to Friends with Benefits on its first weekend date with moviegoers. Continue reading...


Captain America, Captain of American Industry at Comic-Con and Beyond

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 21, 2011 09:00 PM

Dunkin' Donuts is leaving no bear claw unturned in its quest to wring every last bit of promotion out of its partnership with Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger, which opens Friday.

The commercial Dunkin' has been running to call attention to its line of Captain-inspired products is creative and fun. Then there is pressuring Captain America star Chris Evans into admitting that producers have told him just how that shield gets buttered.

But that's not all for Dunkin' Donuts' tie-ins, nor Captain America's. Bring on Comic-Con, Harley-Davidson and... Norton Anti-Virus?Continue reading...

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Brewhaha: Starbucks Steamed by Acronym Challenger

Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 21, 2011 12:00 PM

Starbucks is suing a South Dakota communications company to protect three letters it holds dear: SDN.

The acronym for Starbucks Digital Network, which provides free web access and exclusive content to in-store users and via a smartphone app, is being challenged by broadband service provider South Dakota Network, which operates as SDN Communications, over rights to use the acronym trademark.Continue reading...

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Harley-Davidson Roars Into Captain America, and Into the Black

Posted by Abe Sauer on July 8, 2011 03:30 PM

When Harley-Davidson went from a way of life brand to a lifestyle one in the 1990s, it put itself in the perfect position to suffer severely from the 2008 economic meltdown in which its best customers saw layoffs and massive drops in their retirement accounts and home values — while at the same time those offering to loan money for purchase of, say, an $18,000 motorcycle, all but disappeared.

From a 2008 profit of $654 million, Harley saw a $55 million loss a year later, and duly dropped to #98 (from #73 a year earlier) on Interbrand's 2010 Best Global Brands ranking.

Now, a just over a year after threatening to leave its longtime headquarters in Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Business Journal reports that Harley has "begun delivering all 14 models in next year's Touring and Sportster lines to dealers in the United States and Europe, which will allow dealers to sell 2012 models throughout the peak summer selling season." But it's not open road for the iconic brand just yet.Continue reading...

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