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Brand News: Apple, GM, Publicis/Omnicom and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 9, 2014 09:33 AM


Brands to Watch

Apple is in talks to buy Beats Electronics for $3.2 billion, report says.

GM recalls 8,500 new vehicles and hires its former PR head to help with recall crisis.

Publicis and Omnicom call off agency mega-merger.

Alibaba starts a clock for CEO Marissa Mayer at Yahoo.

Fiat Chrysler plans to move headquarters to London.



Airbnb releases first global campaign.

Audi mulls largest SUV.

Barclays reins in ambitions with massive job cuts.

Beverly Hills Hotel becomes cause celebre over Sultan of Brunei's ownership.

CNN ratings rise with smarter data strategy.

Google sends moving Mother's Day message via Glass.

Kellogg agrees to change "all-natural" labeling on Kashi and Bear Naked lines.Continue reading...

social media watch

Omnicom Strikes a Deal with Instagram in First Major Ad Partnership

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 10, 2014 05:37 PM

Ads on Instagram are about to get much more invovled thanks to a reported $40 million deal inked between Instagram and ad agency Omnicom (brandchannel's parent company) whose clients include Nissan, AT&T, Pepsi, Bud Light and more.

The agreement, which is essentially a "volume inventory buy that will include Instagram's current static promos as well as other emerging products," throws open the door for Omnicom brands to show promotional videos and pictures to Instagram users, part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s push to garner increased revenue from its mobile users who now comprise more than half of the social network’s ad revenue, according to Adweek

Omnicom, which is awaiting regulatory approval for its merger with Publicis Groupe, forming the largest agency in the world, is set to fully exploit the mobile-social platform's growing ad business, which it introduced late last year with brands including Michael Kors, Ben & Jerry's and General Electric.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Kraft, FAA, AT&T and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 1, 2013 09:29 AM

In the News

Kraft and McDonald's team to sell McCafe packaged coffee.

FAA lifts most rules against use of electronic devices on flights. 

AT&T explores acquiring Vodafone, reports say, but European outcry over NSA involvement hurts brand.

Air France seeks deep overhaul of Alitalia.

Amazon produces two original drama pilots.

Apple launches iPad Air.

Bonobos expands with new women's brand.

Buffalo Wild Wings' new pricing and service model builds confidence.

Century 21 handles "haunted houses" in campaign.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Hudson's Bay, BMW, Omnicom and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on July 29, 2013 09:45 AM

In the News

Hudson's Bay to buy Saks for $2.4 billion. 

BMW debuts battery-powered i3 in charge to take on Tesla

Omnicom, Publicis Groupe to merge, creating the world's largest advertising agency. 

Amazon plans to hire 7,000 workers for its US operations. 

Boeing asks jet operators to inspect Honeywell beacons over malfunction concerns.

CBS, Time Warner Cable smear campaigns could damage brands as new deadline looms. 

Rebranded International New York Times will put a strong emphasis on digital. 

Land Rover, Adidas make positive impressions on African Americans, while L'Oreal loses ground. 

Liquid-Plumr tests dirty ads to sell drain cleaner. 

Mazda expected to post huge leap in Q1 operating profit.Continue reading...

branded entertainment

The Secret Behind Pepsi's Branded Content Success

Posted by Abe Sauer on March 26, 2013 11:24 AM

At 30 million views, does it matter if it's real? Pepsi MAX's branded viral hit "Test Drive" is set to pass the 30 million mark on YouTube and the brand is beginning to roll out edited versions of the video for TV that will drive back to the longer original online. But at 30 million views, how many who would want to see a disguised Jeff Gordon take a used car salesman for a spin haven't yet seen it?

"Test Drive"—created by the TBWA\Chiat\Day LA agency—is Pepsi MAX's second branded viral to surpass 20 million views on YouTube. Two of the brands other videos are well over 10 million combined—an astonishing record of branded content success. branchannel spoke with the brand and the creator behind Pepsi's other viral hit, Uncle Drew, about branded content and their (secret) next project.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

Cisco Replaces "The Human Network" With "Tomorrow Starts Here"

Posted by Shirley Brady on December 10, 2012 04:29 PM

Cisco wants to be more than the largest manufacturer of computer networking equipment. It wants to guide customers through the myriad possibilities of the Internet of Everything, a phrase it's co-opting in service of its new brand positioning.

The tech brand has shut down its six-year-old tagline, "The Human Network." Its new tagline, unveiled today in a $100 million campaign — "Tomorrow Starts Here," a phrase you'll find, fittingly, all over the Internet and beyond: on its homepage and on social media as a promoted hashtag on Twitter, on its Facebook page, in a new TV campaign, in an infographic, in a series of blog posts, and in a new print campaign that comes to life via augmented reality and Cisco's mobile app.

The brand's chief marketing officer, Blair Christie, told TheStreet.com that it's more than just a campaign and new tagline.Continue reading...

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Twitter Hopes Tweets Will Out-Roar Facebook at #CannesLions

Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 19, 2012 05:09 PM

At the Cannes Lions "festival of creativity" (advertising, and marketing) in France this week, Facebook and Twitter are jousting for the spotlight. With festival attendance at an all-time high, up from 9,000 delegates in 2011 to almost 11,000 this year, the exposure to marketers and creatives makes it well worth elbowing the rosé-imbibing crowds on the Croisette.

Twitter, which has been promoting the #CannesLions hashtag on a special page, hoisted its newly spiffed up blue bird logo at the entrance to the Palais de Festivals welcoming attendees and none too subtly reminding them to keep tweeting. 

Cofounder Jack Dorsey, at Cannes for the first time, tweeted the photo at top. He will receive the Cannes Lions “media person of the year” award (previously bestowed on Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's Steve Ballmer), while Twitter CEO Dick Costolo is set to give the keynote on Wednesday.Continue reading...

viral buzz

Pepsi Max Takes Uncle Drew Viral Video to TV and the NBA Finals

Posted by Dale Buss on June 14, 2012 05:53 PM

Pepsi appears to be maxing out with a clever five-minute YouTube video sensation that has been re-cut into a 30-second commercial this week on the hottest ticket on television: the NBA Finals.

The original video (produced by Omnicom branded entertainment agency Davie Brown Entertainment) depicts what seems to be an aged gym rat named "Uncle Drew" who wows a pickup basketball game with crossover dribbles, slam dunks and other exploits unheard-of for such a grizzled veteran. And it turns out, in a sort of Candid Camera moment, that Uncle Drew of course isn't who he seems to be. He's NBA Rookie of the Year and Cleveland Cavaliers breakout star Kyrie Irving.Continue reading...

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