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In the News: McDonald's, Starbucks, Google Wallet and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 22, 2012 08:50 AM

In the News

Alexander McQueen brand expands to bespoke tailor on London's Savile Row.

American Airlines parent AMR reportedly eyeing bankruptcy court to void union contracts.

Angry Birds Space lands.

Apple antitrust suit would impact Amazon book monopoly.

Associated Press picks CEO successor.

AT&T reinvents the steering wheel.

Benihaha becomes target of takeover bids.

China factory activity shrinks in March.

Datsun revival seen as Nissan strategy not to devalue Infiniti.Continue reading...

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In the News: Audi, PepsiCo, Limbaugh, Pinterest & more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 13, 2012 08:45 AM

In the News

Apple balks at Proview's iPad trademark demands; held cross-licensing talks with Motorola, EU reveals.

AT&T expands 4G LTE rollout.

Audi said to be in talks to buy Ducati.

BabyBjorn gets a boost from Beyonce, while New York Times logo gets boosted by Jay-Z in Amex-sponsored show at SXSW.

Bob Lutz defends the Chevy Volt.

China promotes its homegrown brands.

Coca-Cola lobbyists spend millions to defeat soda taxes, hires Jean-Paul Gaultier as Diet Coke's European creative director.

Facebook sued by Yahoo for allegedly infringing patents, while Timeline apps inspire developers.

Friendly's ice cream chain expands ordering and loyalty online.

Intel reportedly eyes web TV service.

Jeremy Lin may endorse Volvo in China.Continue reading...

personal brands

Should Oprah Winfrey Regret Striking Out on Her OWN?

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 14, 2012 02:04 PM

Oprah Winfrey made a major faux pas during Sunday's Grammy Award broadcast on Sunday night by tweeting: “Every 1 who can please turn to OWN especially if u have a Neilsen box,” as OWN debuted the latest episode of Winfrey's flagship series, Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Not only did Oprah violate Nielsen rules, (and misspell its name as "Neilsen"), she surprised and offended many. In fact, social media experts like Ian Schafer, CEO of Deep Focus, Gary Vaynerchuk and New York Times media reporter Brian Stelter all questioned if the tweet really came from Oprah.

Indeed it did. She also defended the action after a Twitter follower called the request "desperate" by responding: "'desperate' not ever part of my vocab." Is this what Brand Oprah has come to?Continue reading...

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In the News: Apple, Saab, Oprah and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 14, 2012 08:55 AM

In the News

Amazon expands into original programming for web and TV, while Senate bill may close Virginia's "Amazon loophole."

Angry Birds lands on Facebook.

Apple shares close above $500, breaking more records, while brand announces iPad 3 release for March 7, testing "iPad Mini" tablet with smaller screen.

Burt's Bees launches spinoff aimed at Gen Y.

Chipotle steals buzz at Grammy's with Willie Nelson/Coldplay commercial.

Ford may have last laugh over Chevrolet with Super Bowl truck ad.

Google sees Motorola Mobility acquisition approved by EU and US.Continue reading...

ad watch

Super Bowl Ad Tracker: The Fans Have Spoken

Posted by Michael Waltzer on February 8, 2012 08:02 PM

And the votes are in... This past Super Bowl was one heck of a showdown, and not just involving the teams. The highly anticipated and heavily judged commercials have been hotly debated all week. As rated by ad-trackers including Hulu, USA Today and Nielsen, the outcome of votes have made it clear which ads reign supreme. Check out the winners below.Continue reading...

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Nielsen's Most-Liked New Ads of 2011

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 23, 2011 04:05 PM

Nielsen this week released its list of the top advertisements of the year.

“The lists demonstrate that reality and scripted shows continued to find innovative ways to integrate brands into their broadcast primetime programming. The best liked ads reflect the enduring value of traditional ad elements that have withstood the test of time – strong creative, simple and engaging messaging, and a solid emotional connection,” says Nielsen in a blog post.

The commercials must have aired in U.S. primetime on a broadcast channel any time from Jan. 1 to Nov. 30, 2011. The Likeability Score is the percentage of TV viewers who report to like “a lot” an ad they were exposed to during the normal course of viewing TV, with these scores indexed against the mean score for all new ads during the period (Likeability Index). (100) equals average.

The #1 best-liked ad is Volkswagen's Star Wars nod of a Super Bowl ad ("The Force," or as many called it, "Little Darth Vader") for its new Passat, at top, which scored 231 on Nielsen's Likeability Index. Read about the rest of the top 10 below.Continue reading...


Nielsen's Year-End Product Placement List Proves Little About Product Placement

Posted by Abe Sauer on December 22, 2011 06:05 PM

It's the time for end of the year lists and Nielsen’s "Tops of 2011: Advertising" collection is certainly worth a look.

The media tracking firm covers everything from Volkswagen’s Little Darth Vader Super Bowl phenomenon to product placement. Nielsen says these "best-liked ads reflect the enduring value of traditional ad elements that have withstood the test of time – strong creative, simple and engaging messaging, and a solid emotional connection."

The Nielsen charts that caught our eye were the two pertaining to product placement, because both tell us almost nothing about measuring product placement except to underscore how nobody can properly measure product placement.Continue reading...

social media watch

comScore and Buddy Media Partner on Social Marketing Optimization

Posted by Sheila Shayon on December 8, 2011 01:17 PM

A strategic partnership to maximize social marketing ROI was just announced between comScore, Inc. and Buddy Media.

It’s a strategic alliance that leverages the outfits' respective digital skills: Buddy Media, known for its all-in-one social media management system for Facebook campaigns, and comScore, a global Internet information provider about consumer behavior driving successful marketing and sales strategies.

Clients using Buddy Media’s social marketing suite and comScore Social Essentials measurement service can now optimize social communications via owned media and quantify the impact of earned media with metrics including reach/frequency, demographics, online behavior and competitive benchmarking of brands.

“comScore’s partnership with Buddy Media provides ‘behind the wall’ access to exposure and engagement via their 2 million-strong opt-in panel, and opens up insights that then can be easily activated via Buddy Media’s tools,” wrote CEO Michael Lazerow on the Buddy Media blog.Continue reading...

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