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Brand News: #ChevyGuy, LeBron, Honda and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 31, 2014 09:16 AM

TOP STORIES

Chevrolet rolls big with #ChevyGuy tongue-tied World Series fumble with #technologyandstuff hashtag as GM halts deliveries of Colorado pickup for air-bag problem.

Honda and Takata are sued over air bag defects as US officials also home in.

Nestle commissions empathetic robot to sell Nescafe machines in Japan as the New Yorker profiles Lowe's robot.

Starbucks slates e-commerce delivery for 2015.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland with a loss to the Knicks but a stunning Nike ad among sponsor tributes. Continue reading...

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Brand News: Fiat Chrysler, JCPenney, McDonald's and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 13, 2014 09:02 AM

TOP STORIES

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) debuts on NYSE today as Marchionne begins last lap at helm.

JCPenney taps next CEO, Marv Ellison, from The Home Depot.

Kmart is dragging down parent Sears and gives free credit monitoring after credit-card data was stolen.

Katy Perry will headline Super Bowl halftime show.

McDonald's tests customized build-your-own burger kiosks in Australia.Continue reading...

cause marketing

Nestle Fitness Tops Tweeting Bra With Bra Cam Breast Cancer Campaign

Posted by Shirley Brady on September 30, 2014 03:05 PM

Nestlé Fitness cereal (not available in North America) is made with whole grain and a drop of cheekiness—but it's all for a good cause.

The brand that brought you the "tweeting bra" last year is back for this October's Breast Cancer Awareness month with a bra cam, and a hashtag (#CheckYourSelfie) promoted by the Keep A Breast foundation urging women to check their breasts monthly to promote early detection of breast cancer.

After all, "You might be surprised how many times your breasts are checked out every day. But when was the last time you checked your own?" More in the videos below.Continue reading...

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Branded Content Watch: BMW, Volvo, Nissan and more

Posted by Abe Sauer on September 26, 2014 01:04 PM

The Pitch: #BMWiCanDoThat for BMW

The Plot: BMW's Twitter account went berserk this week with Vines featuring BMW's i3 "doing that," including everything from "Can the #BMWi3 avoid this wrecking ball?" to "what happens when we attach spray paint to the back of a #BMWi3."

The Verdict: Move over yuppies, BMW is now the ride of hipster Millennials. And speaking of hipster Millennials, BMW's "can do it" campaign is cannily like Honda Fit's new "can it fit" campaign. Meanwhile, don't fret for the yuppies. BMW has a different, much more expensive "i" vehicle just for them. Continue reading...

sustainability

Business, World Leaders Urged to Walk Their Talk at UN Climate Summit

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 23, 2014 06:15 PM

During the kick-off to the United Nations Climate Summit on Tuesday, business leaders and political leaders vowed to action plans on behalf of their companies or countries. Commitments made to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the General Assembly included, on the corporate side:

IKEA announced it's expanding the availability of residential solar panels from the UK to the Netherlands and Switzerland and six additional countries and also unveiled "a new commitment for all plastic material used in its home furnishing products to be 100% renewable and/or recycled by 2020."

Mondelez International Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld "joined world leaders at the UN Climate Summit to announce the first global timeline to slow and then end forest loss. The New York Declaration on Forests strives to cut forest loss in half by 2020, and end it by 2030—and also calls for restoring at least 350 million hectares of degraded forest lands by 2030, an area greater than the size of India." She also pledged "new support for the UNDP Indonesia Sustainable Palm Oil Platform."

• In all, 39 major companies (incuding Walmart, Unilever and McDonald's) and 32 countries (but not, alarmingly, Brazil) signed the Declaration on Forests, including Asia Pulp and Paper, whose longtime foe Greenpeace welcomed the Declaration but also urged that voluntary action not replace government action.Continue reading...

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Brands Unite Around Climate Change Ahead of UN Summit

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 22, 2014 02:01 PM

A tipping point has been reached vis-à-vis climate change. Sunday's People’s Climate March (supported by Ben & Jerry's and a host of organizations) drew an estimated 400,000 people in New York alone, making it the largest climate march in history. And it's not just private citizens, but corporate citizens that are taking a stand in response to customer demands ahead of Tuesday’s opening of the UN Climate Summit in New York.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has identified the issue as a top priority and is using NYC's Climate Week to set the stage for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change taking place in Paris in December 2015.

On the eve of this week's Climate Summit, companies are speaking out and aligning their brands with popular sentiment by making pledges to help fight global warming, with the Climate Group announcing commitments by "100 of the world's largest companies" to adopt renewable power by 2020.

Case in point: Apple CEO Tim Cook, barely catching his breath from a record opening weekend for iPhone 6 sales, flew from California to attend a Climate Week kick-off event in New York, where he commented that "Apple has a very core value of leaving the world better than we found it."

In addition to calling Apple's new HQ the "greenest building on the planet," Cook announced that the company's 2013 goal to get its data centers fully powered by renewable energy sources is six percent shy of that goal.Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Alibaba, Climate Change and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 22, 2014 09:14 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple sets new record with 10 million iPhone 6 sales its first weekend, dispatching Tim Cook to Palo Alto and Angela Ahrendts to Sydney to meet fans, while pre-scheduled Joan Rivers endorsement backfires on social media. The music industry, meanwhile, is watching Apple's Beats acquisition closely amid rumors it may fold the service.

Alibaba's next step, following world's largest IPO: helping US small businesses.

Jaguar taps Stella McCartney for XE launch at Paris auto show, where MINI will show new five-door hatchback among other auto brand reveals.

Coca-Cola, McDonald's, Nestle, PepsiCo and other food and CGP giants sign landmark agreement on children's marketing rules.

NFL changes player-conduct policy and names a female CMO in PepsiCo veteran Dawn Hudson, as P&G cancels breast-cancer awareness tie-in with league and '47 brand stands by league.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Air France pilots vote to extend strike.

Applebee's sees social lift from "food porn."

AT&T and other brand publishers find their relationship with Facebook "complicated."

BlackBerry makeover starts to take shape and show results.

Chipotle's "brilliant" hiring process featured on LinkedIn.

Citi sees New York audit of troubled Citi Bike program.Continue reading...

trademark wars

Trademark Watch: Honey Badger Don't Care, Fish Sauce Wars and more

Posted by brandchannel staff on September 16, 2014 06:02 PM

Creator of "Honey Badger Don't Care" Brand Sues for Trademark Infringement (UPI)

"Defendants not only sold infringing merchandise, but strategically chose to advertise their infringing merchandise by using plaintiff's video, which was generating millions of views. Defendants even provided a website link to plaintiff's video, right alongside their advertisements of infringing merchandise, causing customer confusion and ramping up unlawful sales in the process."  

In Court, a Trademark Battle Turns Personal for Two Fish Sauce Makers (Los Angeles Times)

"Last week's federal trademark trial between the two fish sauce companies pitted a family-owned, three-decade behemoth in the Asian food industry that sells five lines of fish sauce against a newcomer that prides itself on making a premium, artisan version that has become the darling of celebrity chefs. The testimony ventured beyond the legal technicalities of trademark law into the personal stories behind the making of the odoriferous sauce."Continue reading...

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