Posted by Dale Buss on August 16, 2013 11:48 AM
When Mini was the only adorable little car around, it was easier to stand out. But Fiat, Smart and even Chevrolet lately have been taking their own runs at getting Americans interested in squeezing themselves into tiny automotive contraptions, and so it's time for Mini to step up its game.
The BMW-owned brand has responded with new executions of its "Not normal" marketing campaign and by teasing its fans and automotive cognoscenti with hints about what may be in store when Mini unveils a new version of its original and most important model, the Mini Cooper, this fall for 2014.
Americans are still in love with Minis. Sales of Mini Cooper rose by 15 percent to a record 66,000 units last year, after a 26 percent jump in 2011, and Mini has been able to fill out its lineup with a handful of other models including the bigger 4-door Countryman with all-wheel drive. Mini typically scores high in third-party evaluations of quality and customer satisfaction such as those by J.D. Power & Associates.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 27, 2013 02:26 PM
Art met industry at SXSW where the proverbial contenders: content versus technology and art versus industry got bundled and branded by #FEED—to everyone’s benefit.
The #FEED, powered by Twitter, spanned five days as 16 top interactive media artists plied their wares telling the SXSW story in art installations curated by Learned Evolution and The Meta Agency. A nightly party, named @NIGHT brought DJs onto projection-mapped stages with interactive walls at the Austin Museum of Art at the Jones Center.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 24, 2013 09:03 PM
Pepsi is redesigning its 16 and 20-ounce bottles for the first time since 1977 — one in a series of recent moves (see: the recent Super Bowl halftime show sponsorship and related landmark partnership with superstar Beyonce) as PepsiCo attempts to revitalize its flagship brand after a few mis-steps that led to the brand losing market share to rival Coca-Cola's Diet Coke brand in 2011.
The new design features a swirled grip on the bottom portion of the bottle, a shorter label edged in a "cola-colored" border and an enlarged version of its current globe logo and applies to Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Pepsi Max and Pepsi Next.
"This new bottle is the next milestone in Pepsi's Live For Now marketing campaign," stated Angelique Krembs, VP of marketing for the Pepsi trademark. "Our single serve bottle is the most visible and tangible connection point we have with our consumers, and we love how the new bottle expresses our brand DNA."
"We started with single serve, because it is the package you're seen drinking and holding," Krembs told Ad Age. "The longer-term view is this new design system would eventually hit all touch points beyond packaging, to be honest, but certainly all other package types, as it applies."
According to PepsiCo's press release, "The new bottle's bold swirl and elevated profile reflect the brand's attributes and youthful spirit, capturing the excitement of now for Pepsi consumers. The etched, grip-able bottom allows consumers to have a more stimulating, tactile interaction with the bottle itself."Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 15, 2013 04:22 PM
In the never-ending quest to find good talent, more and more companies are taking to social media and implementing interesting tactics to discover their next great employee.
Most recently, MasterCard has launched a search for five eager beaver interns. Hopefulls must apply via LinkedIn with an idea of how to facilitate a cashless future. Applicants must then follow MasterCard's Twitter, since that's how they're planning on notfying the chosen applicants. The company even created an animated short to advertise the opportunity.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 15, 2013 02:28 PM
You want to make Reddit sensation Grumpy Cat really grumpy? Try using her name on a product without prior authorization.
The owners of the cat that took social media by storm five months ago have filed for a trademark for the name "Grumpy Cat" as well as the cat’s likeness. After all, their little kitty, whose name is actually Tardar Sauce, has since gotten her own website, Facebook fan page, retail space, an appearance on the Today Show and her own commercial for Friskies cat food, according to SmallBizTrends.com.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 12, 2013 02:59 PM
Of all the big brands making a marketing push at SXSW, Google may be the most popular. The internet giant is happily showing off the many capabilities of Google Glass, and has revealed the first set of app integrations available for the futuristic glasses (which are even adding prescription lenses).
At the Project Glass SXSW developer panel, Google has revealed some of the technology behind the unified "Timeline cards" interface, which displays bursts of information in a user's peripheral vision in combination with Google's Mirror API, which allows users to pull down the data.
News headlines, photos and text can be delivered hourly to the Glass headset accessed via the "look up" head gesture. At the panel, Google developer advocate Timothy Jordan demonstrated an application that pulls in headlines and short news clips from various New York Times articles. Glass allows postings to Skitch, Evernote and Path, as well as Gmail, letting users respond to emails right from the headset. "You can still have access to the technology that you love, but it doesn't take you out of the moment," said Jordan, adding, "We want to choose services that improve your life."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 11, 2013 03:30 PM
SXSW epitomizes how the cutting-edge becomes the status quo and eventually (but not yet) borders on the edge of passé. This year, “the event has a different feel, nearly as much a marketing event as it is about tech,” notes Digiday.
The week-long festival in Austin, Texas is ever more a breeding ground for flashy campaigns, giveaways and concerts, a far cry from the festival's roots as a geeky tech meet-up. Brian Solis, principal analyst at Altimeter Group told CNET, "The original posse is probably aghast at what [SXSW] has turned into." While there is still plenty of tech and start up presence, the event is now, more than ever, a joint digital venture between the marketing teams of the biggest brands and emerging tech stars peddling cool products and innovations.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 8, 2013 11:36 AM
Google’s latest project, Art, Copy & Code, is an experiment in creativity and technology to re-imagine advertising with some of "today's most iconic brands and innovative marketers,” such as Volkswagen, Burberry and Adidas.
In addition to well-known brands, the project will also collaborate with filmmakers, creative directors and technologists, leveraging the full range of digital tools from ads and mobile apps to social experiences.Continue reading...