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More Barrymore: Actress Launches Her Own Wine Label and Cosmetics Brand

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 17, 2013 01:20 PM

Meet Drew Barrymore, the expanding solo retail brand.

The 37-year-old actress, who has spent her lifetime performing, announced this week that she has undertaken lines of wine and cosmetics.

"I just want to do the things that you actually do in life, which is drink wine and play with makeup," she told OK! magazine in an interview posted Thursday. "It took years... to make both of these brands."

Barrymore Wine, which launched itself with a Pinot Grigio, was created to honor her family, she said on the label's website.  In promotional copy highlighted by Buzzfeed, she pokes fun at "Real Housewives of New York" star Ramona Singer, who has also launched a Pinot Grigio: “Move over Ramona Singer, you’re so yesterday’s news… let the “Real” Stars, not reality stars, show you how to drink Pinot Grigio!”Continue reading...

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McDonald's Appeals to Aussie Pride With Macca's Rebrand in Australia

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2013 11:55 AM

Mickey D’s, the Golden Arches, McD's, McDonaldos, Macca's. McDonald’s has plenty of nicknames worldwide, but you’ll never roll up to a franchise of the 72-year-old brand and find any of them on the restaurant’s official sign.

After all, the company has entered into plenty of trademark suits in attempts to protect its name. It lost a fight against Malaysia’s McCurry in 2009, but won its battle against the Philippines’ MacJoy. In the ’90s, thanks to the work of the McDonald’s legal team, San Francisco coffee shop owner Kathleen McCaughey had to change the name McCoffee even though it had existed with that name for 17 years. But McDonald’s is still thwarted in the Cayman Islands, thanks to a local entrepreneur's MacDonald's Family Restaurant there.

Even while its lawyers are busy protecting the brand name and trademarks, the corporation is letting its Australian team have a bit of fun with the name. The brand is affectionately called Macca’s Down Under, and the company has decided to adopt the nickname officially on signs at 13 outlets, on social media and in its advertising for a limited promotion that kicks off today and runs through Feb. 4th.Continue reading...

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Lincoln Brand Relaunch Paying Early Dividends for Ford

Posted by Dale Buss on January 4, 2013 05:06 PM

You may have read (or red — see above) Ford's attempts so far to reposition Lincoln as a saddle without a horse. But at least one key indicator of brand equity shows that Lincoln already has been able to boost perceptions with a branding and advertising campaign even before much is available in the way of new vehicles that are planned under its revival.

Reintroducing the brand with its full-page "Hello Again" newspaper ads, a series of five TV spots, the renaming of the brand as "Lincoln Motor Company," and persuading talk show host Jimmy Fallon to rally his 7.3 million Twitter followers to crowdsource Super Bowl ad ideas has helped Lincoln quintuple its impression levels since early November, YouGov BrandIndex research indicates.Continue reading...

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Air Canada Applies Rouge in Bid to Bolster Biz With Lower-Cost Airline

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 21, 2012 10:17 AM

It hasn’t been easy for Air Canada in recent years with plenty of quarterly reports filled with losses. So what's an airline in the red to do? Launch a new sub-brand called "Rouge," of course.

Starting in July, Canadians can start using the new low-cost airline, which will initially fly out of Toronto and Montreal to such destinations as Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica, and Costa Rica as well as Venice, Italy; Edinburgh, Scotland; and Athens. Consumers could start buying tickets Tuesday. 

Later next year, Rouge plans to add more Canadian cities to fly out of as well as international destinations – and not just the ones that Air Canada flies to. "The creation of this carrier is to assist us in serving many destinations that our existing model does not work on a competitive basis," said Ben Smith, Air Canada's chief commercial officer, to the CBC.

According to Yahoo! Finance, Air Canada plans to hire 200 people for Rouge, but those employees shouldn’t expect to be rolling in dough. “Cost savings are expected to come from paying lower wages,” the report notes, “and putting more seats in planes in a so-called new ‘multi-tier seating’ structure.” And we’re not talking just a few more seats. The CBC hears it could be as much as 20 percent more. Prepare to not only fasten your seatbelts but suck in your gut, Canada.Continue reading...

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Apple Battles iPhoney Imitators in Brazil and Mexico

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 20, 2012 01:20 PM

You think Apple was the first to think of the iPhone? Well, OK, maybe they thought up the iPhone, but there was somebody in front of them who cooked up the IPHONE. And now the smartphone-buying public of Brazil will get to be confused by them.

An earlier incarnation of IGB Eletronica SA, a Brazilian consumer electronics manufacturer, applied for exclusive rights in Brazil to register its products under the name IPHONE way back in 2000. Apple’s iPhone didn’t launch until seven years later. There was no confusion for more than a decade since IGB hasn’t released any products under that name. But that is all about to change.

IGB will start selling its $290 Android-based IPHONE in Brazil with the first model called Neo One, Reuters reports. This news comes only a week after Apple started selling its iPhone 5 in the country.

It doesn’t appear that Apple will take IGB to court, particularly after losing a battle last month with a Mexican telecommunications company that is selling the – wait for it — iFone. In fact, the Wall Street Journal reports that IGB may end up filing suit against Apple: "The two brands can't coexist in the market," said Eugenio Staub, president of IGB’s Gradiente. "It's up to Apple to make a move."Continue reading...


Mind Your Qs: Will Infiniti's New Naming Strategy Cause Initial Confusion?

Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2012 10:55 AM

If there's anything that Johan de Nysschen would like to do in his new post as global head of the Infiniti brand, it would be to emulate and then surpass Audi's success. The Volkswagen-owned luxury brand has achieved huge gains in sales, market share and brand equity worldwide over the last several years, and those things are exactly de Nysschen's goals at Infiniti.

Of course, he might know something about how to mimic Audi. De Nysschen led Audi of America's renaissance over the previous five years until Infiniti snatched him away early this year. One of his new ideas for Infiniti is to rename its product line, designating every sedan as a "Q"-something and every SUV as a "QX"-something. Infiniti — once a U.S.-only brand owned by Nissan — previously used "Q" and "QX" for vehicles, but now its model names comprise an alphabet soup of everything from G to M to JX.Continue reading...


Ford Introduces the "Lincoln Motor Company" in New Branding Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on December 3, 2012 08:34 AM

Ford steps up its reinvention of the Lincoln brand today with the unveiling of a new advertising campaign that "introduces" a revived entity it's calling the Lincoln Motor Company. Ford CEO Alan Mulally and other top executives will announce the new campaign in (where else?) New York's Lincoln Center Plaza Monday, with supporting events on tap in Miami and Los Angeles as well.

"Today we are announcing a new beginning for a brand that has been part of our company and the American fabric for more than 90 years," stated Ford Motor Company CEO Alan Mulally. "The new Lincoln brand will be defined by great new luxury vehicles, such as the new MKZ, that feature quality, unique style with substance and innovative technology. These elements, coupled with a new level of warm, personal and surprising experiences, will enable Lincoln to appeal to today’s new luxury customer."

The first phase of Lincoln's brand relaunch was unveiled during Ford's appearance at the Los Angeles Auto Show, and will culminate in a Super Bowl TV ad on February 3. Interestingly, Ford has shunned advertising during the big game for the last few years.

Lincoln originally was called the Lincoln Motor Company in 1922 when Edsel Ford signed the agrreement purchasing the company from its founder, Henry Leland. By dusting off the old moniker, Ford hopes to begin to re-educate American luxury buyers about a brand in which it is only now investing significant resources gdain, after essentially neglecting it for the last few years.

"The campaign captures the founding principles of the [Lincoln Motor] company and brings them forward to a new generation of progressive luxury buyers," Ford said in its press release. It also noted that back in the day, Edsel Ford made Lincoln "one of the most distinctive luxury brands in the industry, with motorcars that were urbane, sleek and elegant — the epitome of understated luxury."Continue reading...

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What's in a Name? For Gilda's Club at 17, Confusion and Uproar Over Branding [Updated]

Posted by Shirley Brady on November 28, 2012 06:55 PM

Gilda Radner's Saturday Night Live character, Roseanne Rosannadanna, was famous for saying, "Well, it just goes to show — it's always something." Today, that something was a misleading headline on gossip site Gawker.com, which picked up a slightly misleading story from the Madison State Journal.

That story recounts the rebranding of a Gilda's Club chapter in Madison, Wisconsin, dropping the name of the cancer support organization established by Radner's husband, Gene Wilder, following her death from ovarian cancer in 1989. That chapter will adopt the name of Cancer Support Community, an organization that was founded by the merger of Gilda's Club Worldwide with the Wellness Community in November 2009, which became official in June 2011. That part is accurate; what's inaccurate is that the original story states that all Gilda's Club chapters will be adopting the CSC moniker "and the Gilda name will slowly go away."

The pioneering actress and comic, whose five-year run on SNL from 1975 to 1980 made her the Tina Fey/Sarah Silverman of her time, is an enduring icon to comedy-lovers worldwide. But Radner is also beloved for having inspired Gilda's Club. The original Gilda's Club location, a cozy brownstone with a cheery red door on Houston Street West in New York's Greenwich Village, is still active, as is the organization's mandate to provide free support and services to cancer patients and their supporters.

The CEO of Gilda's Club NYC told us they just celebrated their 17th anniversary and "would never change" their name, while CSC's EVP of external affairs also addressed the confusion and (see our update below) shared the organization's official statement on the matter.Continue reading...

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