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Big Brands Take Over SXSW to Mixed Fanfare

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...

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Taco Bell Recovers from Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos Pre-Launch Snafu

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 07:03 PM

Taco Bell is relying on marketing media both tiny and humongous to build on the momentum of its launch of Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos this week.

On the one hand, the Yum!-owned QSR staple is trying to tamp down scattered grumblings from social media mavens who got notice of the early availability of the new flavor on Wednesday—a day before the product's official launch—only to find that their local Taco Bell hadn't gotten the memo.

"I've been waiting for this taco for a long time and heard the announcement via Facebook and Twitter," one disappointed fan, Brian Terwilliger of Kissimmee, Fla., said in an e-mail to Nation's Restaurant News. "Driving around to be denied [at three Taco Bells] is outrageous considering the advertisement you guys [Taco Bell] released on this taco."

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In the News: JCPenney, McDonald's, Disney and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 09:03 AM

In the News

JCPenney cuts an additional 2,200 jobs and delays stocking Martha Stewart products as judge suggests mediation with Macy's.

McDonald's U.S. sales slip, but less than anticipated.

Disney welcomes new movie-studio chief and big plans for Star Wars franchise.

Adidas is hot on heels of Nike in sportswear in China.

Amazon logs rising revenue from servicing cloud's server needs.

Arby's targets "modern day traditionalists."

Cablevision claims coercion led to deal with Viacom.

Caribou Coffee launches new branding campaign.

Citi passes stress tests.Continue reading...

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Doritos Crashes the Stage with SXSW, Taco Bell and Global Branding Trifecta

Posted by Dale Buss on March 7, 2013 05:08 PM

Emboldened by the performance of its ads during the Super Bowl, riding the wave of the massive marketing push for its Doritos Locos Tacos partnership with Taco Bell and bolstered by PepsiCo's increasing moves toward global brand platforms, Doritos is adopting a new, more consistent look across the 37 countries where the chips are sold and is launching a new worldwide marketing campaign.

Doritos is planning to punctuate its new plans with a four-story-high, Twitter-controlled rap concert (hashtag: #boldstage) on its boldly branded vending-machine stage at SXSW next week.

"For the Bold" is the tagline for Doritos' first global marketing campaign. It'll start with the U.S. launch of a new ad on cable TV networks beginning in mid-month.

Called "Best Summer Job," the commercial will tell the story of a "college-aged valet making bold choices which lead to an epic joyride, inspired by Doritos chips," as Ram Krishnan, VP of marketing for PepsiCo's Frito-Lay North America, told Ad Age.Continue reading...

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In the News: Facebook, Taco Bell, Time Warner and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 7, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Facebook plans to announce facelift of its News Feed.

Taco Bell officially releases its Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos today. 

Time Warner to spin off Time Inc. as CEO Laura Lang exits.

Adidas posts weaker earnings on Reebok.

Baskin-Robbins plans to triple franchise size in Australia with new partnership.

Birds Eye commended for healthy eating campaign.

Boeing needs to provide more answers on Dreamliner firest to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Costco backs minimum-wage increase.

Cracker Barrel adds lower-calorie items.

Dell sees buyout deal threatened by activist investor Carl Icahn.

DirecTV bemoans rising program costs.

Google expands Street View in Europe.

Jamba Juice looks to fresh juice to boost sales.

Lego eyes tie-up with "The Simpsons" on Fox.

Moe's Southwest Grill readies first national ad campaign. Continue reading...

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Hot For Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos, Some Early Fans Come Up Empty

Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2013 06:14 PM

Last month, Taco Bell gave away the fact that its next flavor of Doritos Locos Tacos would be Cool Ranch and tweeted that the secret was "out of the bag." The problem is that today, when the chain actually began dispensing the new product to QSR cognoscenti, some Taco Bell outlets couldn't put enough Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos in the bag to satisfy early adopters.

Taco Bell has said that the widely anticipated next variety in the Doritos Locos Tacos phenomenon would be introduced nationwide tomorrow in its biggest marketing campaign ever. However, it wanted to add to the advance buzz created by its announcement on February 13, stoked by the product's appearance in a TV ad during the Oscars and further fed by a variety of social media-savvy teaser videos online.

So the brand let fans know via Twitter and Facebook this week that they would be rewarded today with "a special 'Fan Day' in which they can visit their local Taco Bell and buy a Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Taco the day before it officially launches on March 7. All they have to do is ask." It was a way, a brand spokeswoman told brandchannel, "of giving back."Continue reading...

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In the News: Taco Bell, Fox, Best Buy and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2013 08:56 AM

In the News

Taco Bell makes new Cool Ranch Doritos Locos Tacos available a day early.

Fox reveals details of new planned national sports network to compete with ESPN.

Best Buy ends work-at-home program for corporate employees as Yahoo! policy continues to be debated.

Alfa Romeo says its performance numbers make 4C an ideal car for U.S. market.

Doritos launches first global campaign.

Fiat chief Sergio Marchionne presses full merger with Chrysler.

Groupon CFO says company's business model will stay.

JCPenney board's patience said to be wearing thin with CEO Ron Johnson, as Martha Stewart dished from the witness stand and rehashes her testimony on NBC's Today Show.Continue reading...

tech in the spotlight

SXSW 2013: How Sponsors and Attendees are Adjusting to the Festival's Changing Landscape

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 5, 2013 04:23 PM

As this year’s South by Southwest—running March 8-17 in Austin, Tex.—gears up, brands and agencies are pulling out all the stops to catch the attention of thousands of trendsetters that attend the yearly event. Nearly 25,000 people, about 7 percent more than in 2012, are expected to register for the interactive part of the festival alone. 

Some SXSW pioneers question the growing popularity as lessening the value of the event, which started out mainly as a music festival. “What was once an under-the-radar affair has become a trendy, mainstream gala, raising concerns that going may no longer be worthwhile for entrepreneurs looking to meet investors, potential co-founders or others who could potentially have a significant impact on their businesses," the Wall Street Journal reports

John Frankel, partner at ff Venture Capital in New York, which backs two to three startups a year disagrees. “If you just stick with companies recommended to you, you can miss out on some amazing [investment opportunities]. I’m a great believer in happenstance.”

For brands looking to make a connection with tech-savvy millennials, (who isn't?) SXSW is a feeding ground for viral campaigns and unique marketing stunts. Here's a sampling of what some sponsors and participants have in store for attendees: Continue reading...

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