Posted by Dale Buss on May 8, 2014 09:11 AM
TOP 5 STORIES
Barclays slashes 19,000 jobs and reins in Wall Street ambitions.
FedEx jolts e-commerce with charging by package size.
McDonald's same-store sales rise in China as company braces for global strike.
Tesla plans to break ground on gigafactory but disappoints with quarterly performance.
Toyota sees earnings hit by US recall settlement while performing well overall.
TOP 5 STORIES
Abercrombie & Fitch and Old Navy try to sell their brands in China.
Costco steps up presence in beauty trade.
DirecTV weighs possible deal with AT&T.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 7, 2014 09:12 AM
TOP 5 STORIES
Alibaba files for U.S. IPO that is expected to be record-breaking.
Airbnb hires Coca-Cola's Jonathan Mildenhall as CMO.
Fiat Chrysler five-year plan elevates Chrysler brand, downplays Dodge.
HP invests $1 billion in cloud computing.
Twitter stockholders sold massively as lockup expired; stock price plunges.
MORE BRAND NEWS:
AOL acquires consumer-tracking platform.
Coca-Cola lifts lid on agency bonuses for cutting-edge work and drops "You're On..." tagline for Diet Coke.Continue reading...
sip on this
Posted by Dale Buss on February 19, 2014 01:26 PM
Nestle believes it's finally got the hardware to mount a serious drive at becoming the same kind of major presence in the US single-cup coffee market that it is in Europe.
The new $299 VertuoLine from Nestle's Nespresso brand will produce American-style large cups of coffee as well as Nespresso's traditional espresso blends. Nestle hopes the 8-ounce offerings will better appeal to US tastes than its European-influenced emphasis on espresso, which has kept Nespresso from getting much of a foothold in the United States against Green Mountain's K-Cups.
Jean-Marc Duvoisin, CEO of Nestle Nespresso, described VertuoLine as a "game changer" that would revolutionize the most successful segment of the North American coffee market and change home brewing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 19, 2014 09:24 AM
Kellogg's struggles to stay relevant as cereal sales fall.
Netflix sees video slowdown in conflict with broadband providers.
Target CEO is working to regain shoppers' trust.
Capital One causes backlash with policy about home visits.
Cinnabon thrives on licensing and co-branding.
Coke is warned over sub-standard Sprite in Nigeria.
Facebook copes with attention drift by users.
GM plans shift toward aluminum pickup trucks too, report says.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 10, 2014 09:12 AM
McDonald's US sales feel January chill.
Nike's Kanye West surprise sale sees red hot shoe sell out in 10 minutes.
Deutsche Telekom buys rest of T-Mobile Czech arm as Vodafone bids for Spain’s Ono.
Tesla bumps Mercedes-Benz in Consumer Reports survey.
AMC misfires with Walking Dead zombie stunt.
AOL CEO takes back "distressed babies" comment after mother speaks out.
Apple sees Carl Icahn drop buyback demand.
Asiana Airlines seeks "cockpit culture changer" after US crash.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 4, 2014 09:08 AM
Microsoft confirms rumored frontrunner Satya Nadella as new CEO. Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman but remaining on the board.
Facebook celebrates 10 years by thanking its 1.23 billion members as rumored "teen problem" may be overblown.
AT&T hails Olympians with new app.
Lenovo and Sony reportedly eye PC business alliance.
Nestle sells PowerBar, Musashi brands to Post.
Alfa Romeo names new rear-wheel drive platform “Giorgio.”
Apple, Microsoft join carriers in $750M pledge to education.
Apple is reportedly building out its own content delivery network.Continue reading...
The Big Game
Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2014 06:50 PM
No doubt Scarlett Johansson's ad for Sodastream will be among the most-anticipated of the the big game on Sunday. Cheerios' reprise of its mixed-race family will strike some of the most emotional cords. And a Budweiser spot featuring a puppy and a Clydesdale might convert a lot of snack-table napkins into makeshift hankies.
But more impressive than all of those things individually is the likelihood that food and beverage brands finally will rival automakers as the highest-impact vertical choosing to advertise in the Super Bowl this year. (Watch some of the Big Game spots that have already released below.)
One brand in particular, Pepsi, has a lot riding on the Super Bowl—so much in fact that the brand launched a seperate lead-in campaign to build up excitement for the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show.
"The heart and soul of our brand is pop culture and sports and music," Simon Lowden, CMO of Pepsi Beverages North America, told brandchannel. "And there's no better event than the Super Bowl to bring that to life."
The Big Game will be a major platform for Pepsi's tack to what it is calling a "master brand" strategy in which it treats the variety of Pepsi products as a single brand rather than calling out individual products as has been its tendency.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 27, 2014 09:14 AM
Microsoft posts record sales as Ballmer prepares exit; competes with Amazon on cloud storage prices; admits to Syrian Electric Army email breach; and releases global study on power of technology.
Google pushes back against data localization, faces protest in San Francisco, buys artificial intelligence startup DeepMind and announces global patent agreement with Samsung.
Apple reportedly eyes mobile payments service, as hopes are high for Q1 earnings release on Monday.
AIG says it’s on offense as corp rep restored.
AT&T quashes rumors of Vodafone bid.
Accenture tries to grab STEM graduates early.
Ally Financial readies pre-IPO roadshow.Continue reading...