Posted by Dale Buss on October 21, 2013 09:27 AM
Netflix poised to pass HBO in paid US subscribers.
Chipotle raises menu prices for '14 due to higher costs, GMO shift as it moves East with tofu burrito.
Under Armour opens store in Shanghai and seeks the next big thing with inventor competition.
AT&T receives $4.9 billion in cell-tower deal.
Amazon bets on "betas" to turn web viewers into shoppers.
Apple adjusts tablet strategy to protect lead.
Art Van Furniture extends Michigan based into Chicago market.
Associated Press plans to enable sponsored content.
BlackBerry raises Canadian security concerns with potential deal abroad.
Bon Appetit is magazine of the year for Advertising Age.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 18, 2013 01:39 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Apple vs. Xiaomi… iOS7 pinyin… Zhuhai Android Store… the New York Times' new China venture… NBA's Yao Ming school… Lenovo woos BlackBerry… Beijing's "tourism loans"… Beijing's RV park… "Jaguar Beer"… Under Armor… Psy's "tourist police" outfits... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 18, 2013 09:22 AM
7-Eleven rebrands to target Millennials.
Nestle pledges zero waste in Europe by 2020.
Sperry Top-Sider unveils clothing line.
AT&T unveils $5 day-pass for tablet users.
Audi sees profit margin halving on investments in new models, report says.
Benjamin Moore stages "haunted hotel" stunt for painters.
Burger King names new CMO.
CVS unveils personalized circulars.
Dr Martens boots brand to be acquired by Permira.
eBay acquires Apple e-commerce exec.
Ford plans sneak peak for new Mustang.
Al Gore once tried to buy Twitter.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 16, 2013 12:57 PM
When the Chicago Bulls take on the champion Miami Heat on Oct. 29 for the NBA season opener, viewers can be sure to have a hankering for a beefy, crunchy burrito or a sweet churro before the final buzzer sounds.
Taco Bell has been the official QSR partner of the league for the last four years and now the pair have announced an extension of that deal that includes prominent placement during telecasts and online through all of the NBA, WNBA, and D-League platforms.
The multiyear deal will also include a new digital/social media program on NBA.com and other platforms dubbed "Buzzer Beaters" that will aggregate video of game-winning shots, according to Ad Age.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 14, 2013 09:27 AM
Nespresso sees coffee pod patent revoked by European regulators.
Procter & Gamble goes high-brow in fashion collaboration.
Ford teams with University of Michigan for new battery lab.
Alibaba plans to blow out infrastructure spending on Chinese "e-conomy."
Alitalia set for vote that may bring Italian government back in as an owner.
California Pizza Kitchen rolls out gluten-free pizza effort.
Daytona International Speedway fires up campaign.
Foursquare opens ads to all businesses.
GM opens new stamping plant in Texas.
Google+ users may see themselves crop up in new ad campaign.
HTC eyes China for survival.
Huawei innovates with rotating CEO system.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 2, 2013 11:12 AM
Time Out Shanghai openly calls it the "best market for picking up fakes."
The four-story department store on the city's bustling Nanjing Road is filled with small independent stalls selling counterfeit goods: Belstaff jackets and bags, Scotch and Soda khaki pants, Jones boots, Beats by Dre headphones, DVDs, Super Dry goods, Ray-Ban sunglasses, adidas gear, and a laundry list of others. But surprisingly the aisles here aren't filled with Chinese locals. Instead, foreign tourists and expats are the ones perusing the stalls on holidays and weekends.
But there's been an unsettling addition to the counterfeits on offer: TOMS.
Numerous shoe stalls in the Nanjing Road fakes building now sell TOMS, the shoe brand founded on the Buy One Give One (BOGO) model, wherein the company matches a consumer purchase with a shoe donation to someone in need. Sure, TOMS and its business model have plenty of critics, but one thing is for sure, a TOMS One for One pledge is better than the 'One for Me Only' model at work in the counterfeit TOMS market.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 30, 2013 01:53 PM
NBA teams are generally not lacking in celeb star power, but the Toronto Raptors haven’t elicited a lot of excitement in the team’s 18-year history. That all is about to change today as the team announced that rapper Drake will assume the multi-faceted role of brand ambassador, consultant, and business partner for the ball club, according to the Toronto Star.
The news comes just as the NBA announced that Toronto will host the 2016 NBA All-Star Game—the first time that the game will be played outside of the Lower 48. And Toronto could use the publicity.
Toronto was the worst team in its division last season, though certainly not the worst in the league (we’re looking at you, Orlando). While it made some personnel changes this summer, as Sports Illustrated notes, it doesn't seem as if any new talent has been brought in. So despite the excitement generated around the All-Star game and the addition of Drake, the brand boost won't go very far if the team can't get some W's.Continue reading...
the revolution will be televised
Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 19, 2013 07:07 PM
When the NBA season ended last spring, it seemed inevitable that the Sacramento Kings, a team that had been rumored to be skipping town for years, would finally be sold and moved to Seattle or Virginia Beach or some other place, but Mayor Kevin Johnson—a former NBA player himself—shepherded the team through a sale and a promise for a new arena.
Sacramento Kings fans—however many there actually are—rejoiced. And to thank them, the team will broadcast its first game on October 30 against the Denver Nuggets on ABC with absolutely no commercials, according to ProBasketballTalk.com. The game coming from Sleep Train Arena won’t have one single shout-out for any product, except of course, Sleep Train Mattress Centers.Continue reading...