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In the News: Apple, Starbucks, Voya and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 5, 2014 09:36 AM

TOP STORIES

Apple beefs up security (as BlackBerry touts its own) after celebrity hacking, amid plans for new smartwatch and larger iPhones and appeal in hiring ruling.

Starbucks plans smaller, express-style stores.

US Postal Service cuts e-commerce delivery rates in pre-holiday move and delivers Amazon groceries in test.

Visa teams with NFL to push new online-payments service.

Voya completes metamorphosis from ING US.

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Barclays tests finger vein scanners.

Boeing closes in on $10 billion Ryanair order.

BP is exposed to civil liabilities following $50 billion fine in Gulf Oil disaster.

Burberry leverages social media for new fragrance.Continue reading...

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Nadella's Strategy for Streamlining, Reharmonizing Microsoft

Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2014 04:42 PM

Satya Nadella has finally made clear how he would like to re-program Microsoft: simplifying its infrastructure and streamlining the employee base as part of repositioning the company around the growth of mobile computing and applications and the cloud.

In the second of two major memos to Microsoft employees, the new CEO today relayed the painful news that the company will be cutting up to 18,000 jobs over the next year, including about 12,500 professional and factory positions that are related to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s handset business.

“My promise to you is that we will go through this process in the most thoughtful and transparent way possible,” Nadella wrote in his memo.

The layoffs are Microsoft’s largest ever. But adding the Nokia business in April padded Microsoft’s payroll of 100,000 by another 25,000 people. Daniel Ives, an analyst with FBR Capital Markets, believes that the “larger than expected” layoffs hinted at Nadella’s plans to simplify Microsoft’s infrastructure.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Adidas, Apple, Big 12 and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on July 3, 2014 09:39 AM

TOP STORIES

USA soccer loss to Belgium (see McDonald's Fry Futbol highlights above) nets second-highest World Cup audience

Adidas and Walmart shoe designer settle trademark dispute.

Apple sued for trademark infringement in China.

Big 12 conference unveils new logo.

BP loses bid to trademark the color green.

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American Apparel ousted CEO strikes investment deal.

Campbell Soup Company focuses on creating "food memories."

Dell opens center for selfie improvement.

Fab launches Hem sub-brand for customizable home furnishings.

Globe & Mail journalists strike over advertorial push.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Samsung, POM, Priceline and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 13, 2014 09:09 AM

TOP STORIES

Samsung Galaxy Tab S, revealed last night in New York, puts Apple's iPad on notice with more colorful displays.

POM given go-ahead by US Supreme Court to sue Coca-Cola in false advertising case.

Priceline to buy OpenTable for $2.6 billion.

Tesla opens patents, meets with BMW to discuss electric vehicles.

Google reportedly preps Google Fit health data service.

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Alibaba's Tmall extends luxury offerings with L'Occitane virtual store.

Apple recalls European iPhone power adapters.

Bonnaroo festival extends brand beyond music.

Campbell's challenged on V8 juice marketing.

Cannes Lions festival gets ready with first Lions Health summit.Continue reading...

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Coca-Cola's World Cup Ad: How Sonic Branding Can Fuse Utility and Emotion

Posted by Craig Stout on June 6, 2014 04:32 PM

No one argues with music’s power to elicit an emotional response. Yet brands so often fail to use audio to emotionally connect with customers. And as the Internet of Things becomes a reality and machines need to communicate with their human counterparts, sonic branding is more important than ever. 

As a part of being the brand's FIFA World Cup sponsorship, Coke released the “Happy Beep” video, using the brand's iconic five-note audio mnemonic to turn everyday beeps of a Brazilian grocery store's checkout barcode scanner into a moment of surprise and delight. It’s difficult not to smile as the familiar Coke musical notes, which also played a role in its 2010 World Cup campaign, materialize.

But sonic branding goes beyond audio equivalent of visual logos and advertising. It’s not just the NBC chimes, Justin Timberlake’s  “I’m Lovin' It” jingle for McDonald's, or the MGM lion’s roar. It is about managing the ecosystem of sonic elements that a brand has at its disposal—which is only going to increase as everything gets connected. These sonic elements can make experiences more intuitive, navigable and aid awareness of a brand’s presence. To see something, we need to be looking where as we don’t need to be actively listening to hear.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Red Lobster, Comcast, Pinterest and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 16, 2014 09:13 AM

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Brands to Watch

As contentious net neutrality proposal gets FCC greenlightComcast tightens data limits and firms up new "SpinCo" unit.

Red Lobster is sold by Darden for $2.1 billion.

Pinterest funding round brings valuation to $5 billion.

GM agrees to pay "substantial fine" over switch recall.

Microsoft celebrates Nokia acquisition with stylish brand book, and gets ready to reveal new Surface tablet.

ALSO IN THE NEWS:

Abbot Labs to buy CFR Pharmaceuticals for $2.9 billion.

Barclays stars in London Pride event's first ad campaign.

Cadbury's Dairy Milk touts ice cream in the UK with #freezethejoy push.

CBS unveils plans for 24-hour digital news channel.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Target, Coca-Cola, Apple, Fiat Chrysler and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 5, 2014 09:36 AM

TOP 5 STORIES

Brands to Watch

Target chairman and CEO resigns in wake of data breach.

Coca-Cola shakes up marketing ranks, and drops controversial ingredient from Powerade.

Apple faces legal challenge by Swatch over iWatch name.

Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne readies five-year plan.

P&G takes legal action in drive to protect Crest Whitestrips.

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Amazon launches #AmazonCart so users can shop via Twitter.

AOL revives Moviefone brand with new tech features and marketing push.Continue reading...

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In the News: GM, Delta, Fitbit and more

Posted by Dale Buss on February 26, 2014 09:33 AM

In the News

GM expands number of deaths linked to ignition recall.

Delta revamps frequent-flyer plan based on amount of ticket purchase rather than miles.

Fitbit recalls Force activity tracker after dermititis claims. 

AB InBev wants to steal "share of throat" from liquor and wine.

Beats By Dre lets YouTube users do their own sound mixing

Bitcoin faces existential questions.

Budweiser promotes idea of MLB Opening Day as national holiday.

Diageo gets UK slapdown for "aggressive" Captain Morgan ad.

Domino's delivers growth with digital.

Google faces driving bans on Glass.

Honda gives up on original hybrid, Insight.Continue reading...

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