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Brand News: Apple iWatch, Bezos Defends Amazon Fire Phone and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 20, 2014 07:30 AM

TOP STORIES

At Cannes Lions, Unilever CMO Keith Weed bans word “consumer” in people-first focus; Beats CMO explains Apple acquisition; Facebook’s Sandberg promises no ads in messaging; Microsoft launches suite of ad targeting tools; and Google, Publicis and Conde Nast announce “La Maison” content partnership.

Sprint moves closer to $40 billion T-Mobile financing, as T-Mobile CEO apologizes for insulting rivals.

Apple's looming smartwatch will reportedly include 10 sensors to track health and fitness.

American Apparel CEO ouster could trigger loan defaults.

Amazon Fire Phone described as "chocolate ice cream" to WSJ by Jeff Bezos, who also defends move to New York Times.

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Adobe turns iPad into drafting board with smart stylus.

Ben & Jerry’s is releasing Saturday Night Live-themed flavors.

BMW aims to make the MINI more masculine in China.

Cadbury customizes chocolates based on Facebook preferences.

Cheerios considers reviving 1980’s campaign to promote new dayparts.Continue reading...

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Spirit Airlines Has a Novel Marketing Platform for You

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 12, 2014 12:51 PM

If you need to vomit while flying Spirit Airlines, be sure to take a moment before you let loose and check out the bag. It may have the logo of some enterprising brand on there. 

Spirit is going after every dollar it can and has opened the doors for brands to advertise on pretty much everything on its planes. Skift.com reports that for just $30,000, a message can be placed on 150,000 “air-sickness bags” for a three-month run. 

The low-cost Spirit already has one of the highest profit margins in the industry, according to Skift, and was the first to charge passengers for bringing on carry-on bags. It also charges them for snacks, drinks, pillows, and blankets and “Spirit flight attendants even make an on-board pitch to sign passengers up for Spirit co-branded MasterCard credit cards.

Skift reports that the Spirit ad rate card offers brands the opportunity to put their logo on window panels, bulkheads, overhead bins, tray tables, in-flight menus, flight attendants’ aprons, and Styrofoam cups. Brands can even wrap a complete Spirit plane in its messaging for a full year for $400,000.Continue reading...

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Visa, MasterCard Team Up to Push for Better Credit Data Protections

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 10, 2014 06:42 PM

As more information and new reports of data hacks continue to pour in, striking major retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and others, the US is becoming increasingly aware of the many dangers associated with using debit and credit cards

MasterCard and Visa, whose businesses are eroded every time a consumer’s information is stolen, have decided to take action and are leading an effort to form a “cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press US retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic,” Reuters reports.

Other members of the group include credit unions, banks, retailers, and industry trade associations, which are initially pushing for the implementation of technology already used in Europe and Asia—EMV cards—which “store information on computer chips rather than on traditional magnetic strips, making them harder to counterfeit,” according to the wire service.Continue reading...

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In the News: Google, Instagram, MasterCard and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 10, 2014 09:32 AM

In the News

Google looks to repeat Android success with wearable devices.

Instagram inks ad deal with Omnicom worth up to $100 million. 

MasterCard and Visa form payment-security group.

AT&T and T-Mobile rejigger wireless prices.

American Airlines and JetBlue end sales partnership.

Biomet files for IPO.

Boeing inspects undelivered Dreamliners for cracks and braces for any tarnish from Malaysian Airlines disaster.

Buffalo Wild Wings ramps up tablet rollout.

Cars.com goes on block for $3 billion.

Caterpillar and Sany argue over which is No. 1 in China excavator market.

Chipotle is asked to do sustainability reporting.

Chiquita buys Fyffes to create world's largest banana company.Continue reading...

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Target, Neiman Marcus Invest in Payments Tech as Retailers, Banks Point Fingers

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 5, 2014 12:57 PM

The hits just keep coming for Target. The retailer's massive security breach over the Thanksgiving and Black Friday shopping holidays affected some 110 million shoppers, and it was just revealed that the breach actually took place over a longer amount of time—3 days longer—than the company originally thought

Target CFO John Mulligan revealed this information yesterday in hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee that are exploring options to better safe-guard consumers' personal information.

The malicious software stole credit and debit card data from Nov. 27 to Dec. 15 and was subsequently found on 25 additional checkout systems that continued to collect shoppers' information for three days after Target's initial scrub of its POS system. 

The PR nightmare wasn't reserved for Target, though, as luxury retailer Neiman Marcus disclosed in early January that over 1 million customers had their payment data breached, and that the hack had been in effect since as early as July in some stores, creating more hostility towards the brand for seemingly withholding such information from consumers for months.

"The public notification is always vague," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein. "You really don't know, and then you find out kind of brutally in other ways" like the media.Continue reading...

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Justin Timberlake Sounds Out Surprises for MasterCard in New Grammys Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on January 24, 2014 03:39 PM

Justin Timberlake has been around the endorsement block a few times, but MasterCard believes the singer-cum-actor can be an effective face for the new "Priceless Surprises" multichannel advertising campaign that the brand is launching Sunday during the 56th Annual Grammy Awards.

New ads will feature Timberlake himself involved in what MasterCard called an "unscripted surprise," while a social media and checkout-connected campaign will shower card customers with surprises right on up to a trip to see Timberlake perform anywhere on his world tour.

"He's very creative; he understands the pulse of his fans so well," Raja Rajamannar, CMO of MasterCard Worldwide, told brandchannel. "He brings insights about his fans with him. And when we created this concept, it was a delightful surprise in how it evolved with him."Continue reading...

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In the News: Boeing, Coca-Cola, Ford and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 13, 2013 09:19 AM

In the News

Boeing sees collapse of its renewed talks with machinists for 777X work.

Coca-Cola shakes up Americas management.

Ford plans to add 5,000 US jobs in 2014, hatches three new plants globally, and announces driverless-car initiative.

Bolthouse Farms leverages innovative Instagram tech.

DaVinci Wines debuts Facebook promo.

DirecTV explores online-video service and counts on addressable ads for future growth.

Google mulls designing its own server chips in threat to Intel.

Hilton explores creating new hotel brand aimed at affluent Millennials.

Hyundai plans to tout Genesis, Elantra in Super Bowl.Continue reading...

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Amazon is Tops in Consumer Experience, While Facebook Hits a New Low

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 6, 2013 06:03 PM

Amazon remains on top of ForeSee's Experience Index, which forms a comprehensive picture of customer experience across the 100 best global brands across seven industries, as ranked by Interbrand.  in four key consumer categories, Satisfaction, Retention, Upsell and Recommend, 

Amazon, which ranked highest in Satisfaction, Retention, Upsell and Recommend, leads its biggest competitor, Walmart, by 15 points. 

Predictive of business success, the report features data for American Express, Apple, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Cisco, Facebook, Gillette, Honda, Google, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle and more. 

Top findings include:Continue reading...

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