Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 15, 2011 10:01 AM
Scripps Networks owns some of the most powerful brands on cable television with HGTV, Food Network, Travel Channel and DIY. All of the cooking shows on these networks have thus far avoided the temptation of dabbling in product placement. After all, in the first half of the year, Food Network pulled in $283.2 million in advertising while HGTV earned $300.2 million in the same time period, according to Kantar Media.
However, the company’s Cooking Channel, which launched last year, is still trying to figure out how to make dough on the scale of its sister networks. Kantar reports that the channel brought in $12.3 million in the first half of the year. Enter product placement.
Ad Age reports that the network's business side sees a plum opportunity with a series titled From the Kitchens Of, which doesn’t have a set air time and is broadcast sporadically, not only visits the kitchens of corporations including Pillsbury but also features each company’s products within its show and recipes. For that right, the advertiser foots half the costs of producing the episode, Ad Age reports.
"We wanted to be able to offer advertisers something different than" Food Network, stated Jeff Stettin, VP of ad sales for Cooking Channel. "We feel that with a network that was just starting out, we could take a little bit more risk."
Other brands that have been involved the first season’s 10 episodes include Clorox, Sara Lee, Kellogg, and Sears’ Kenmore, Ad Age notes, with all series one sponsors already signing on for a 13-episode second season run.
brands with balls
Posted by Dale Buss on November 11, 2011 01:14 PM
Only in America, as they say. Or in this case, on an American ship -- a big one, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to be exact.
The ultimate in cross-promotional sports events will unfold this evening as the NCAA takes a cue from the NFL and makes a much bigger deal out of its "opening day" than has been its previous custom. In a 7 p.m. game on ESPN that will pit Michigan State versus No. 1-ranked North Carolina on the custom-made court, there also will be lots of other key tilts and branding opportunities: Former Spartan Magic Johnson vs. former Tar Heel James Worthy. Coaches Izzo vs. Williams. Sponsors Coke Zero vs. Miller High Life. Obama vs. Osama. And Brooklyn Decker vs. -- well, there might not be a match.
The NCAA is really good at ginning up Americans' enthusiasm for basketball in the spring, with March Madness and all. But this represents the college game's biggest attempt yet to turn up the marketing booster rockets beneath a part of the hoops season that typically is pretty limp.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 4, 2011 08:55 AM
Groupon prices IPO as executives see hope in parallels to Amazon.
DeBeers now controlled by Anglo American.
MF Global Holdings CEO Jon Corzine resigns amid firm's implosion.
AMD to cut 1,400 jobs.
Apple fights discounts tooth and nail.
Church's Chicken focuses on family in new ads.
Columbia Sportswear uses outerwear "anti-spokesperson."
FOX to push envelope (and advertisers' buttons) with Glee episode featuring sex between gay teens.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on October 26, 2011 05:05 PM
The week before Halloween is always zombie week. This time last year, retailer Sears hit it big with a successful zombification campaign that turned the Sears website into a zombie-infiltrated .com of the walking undead, including the "Blue Zombie Crew, your trusty undead experts."
Emboldened, the retailer is back this year with an even bigger zombie Halloween campaign, this time enlisting its Craftsman tools brand. And, of course, braaaiiiiinnnnnssssss!Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 26, 2011 10:01 AM
It used to be that Sears’ in-house brands – Craftsman, Kenmore, and DieHard – could only be found at Sears-owned stores and acted as magnets to consumers, bringing them in so they’d check out other products.
But those days are over. Following in the footsteps of a deal to sell Craftsman at Costco and agreement to DieHard products at Meijer, Sears is reportedly prepping to sell its Kenmore goods elsewhere as well, marking the first time that Kenmore goods would be sold elsewhere in the brand's 98-year history.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2011 09:02 AM
Apple tries to leverage lower prices.
Cars.com sets up custom channels on Pandora.
Chipotle finds customers tolerate higher prices.
Dove asks women, "Who inspired you?" in new campaign.
Kia asks NBA star Blake Griffin to soar again.
Kraft keeps investors and advertisers hopping with its "leaping" strategy aimed at hitting home runs.
Mattel to buy preschool brands.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on September 29, 2011 06:03 PM
All Nippon Airways triggers security jitters with near-overturn.
AOL kills off Seed news service.
Apple's iPhone 5 rumored to feature deep Twitter integration, as Twitter's valuation soars and Blockbuster CMO falls in love with Twitter.
Friendly's ice cream chain prepares to file for bankruptcy protection.
Gamestop and Coke partner on largest Scvngr game to date.
Google shakes up web analytics with $150K paid service.
Microsoft is adding Comcast and Verizon pay TV to Xbox Live.
Netflix stock tumbles to new low.
RIM denies it's killing the BlackBerry PlayBook.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 23, 2011 09:02 AM
Major economies try to reassure investors with joint statement, but markets continue to swoon.
HP defends hasty hiring of Meg Whitman as CEO, as Whitman hits the ground running.
Chanel files sweeping Internet trademark suit in Nevada.
Boeing plans a celebration for long-delayed delivery of Dreamliner.
Alibaba gets major investment from abroad.
Apple opens fifth (and largest) China store, in Shanghai.
Borders name and IP sale to Barnes & Noble blocked by judge.Continue reading...