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NESCAFE Refreshes Dolce Gusto Brand With "Live With Gusto" Campaign

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 11, 2013 11:26 AM

Celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, NESCAFÉ has something to crow about indeed as it’s the most popular coffee brand in the world, with more than 4,500 cups consumed every second.

The Nestle-owned brand has "regained momentum" this year and in Europe is outperforming the market, according to CEO Paul Bulcke, commenting on on sales over the last nine months. It's now turning to NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto with a refreshed visual identity and new tagline, “Live With Gusto,” to celebrate its line of single-serve coffee machines now sold in more than 60 countries.

The multimillion-dollar campaign includes print and online ads, an infomercial with new ambassador, Mario Lopez, a website refresh, and social media engagement on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google Plus, all showcasing "#DolceGusto" as a lifestyle choice.Continue reading...

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Beef Checkoff Hopes to Leave Behind 'Pink Slime' with New Social-Driven Marketing

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 8, 2013 02:01 PM

Beef Checkoff, the promotional arm of the National Cattlemen's Beef Association, is best known for its tagline, "Beef: It's What's for Dinner." While retaining the tagline, the US beef industry group that represents farmers and ranchers is parting ways with the agency that created the slogan.

It's been a rough couple years for the marketing initiative, which was established as part of the 1985 US Farm Bill. Between last year's 'pink slime' standoff and recalls for listeria contamination, selling a red meat patty these days isn't as easy as it looks.

But with America the second-largest beef consuming nation in the world, getting beef on the dinner table is still of paramount concern. So after 21 years at Leo Burnett, creator of the famous tagline, Beef Checkoff's agency duties are now falling on R/GA, which plans (for now) to keep the tagline.Continue reading...

what girls want

Girl Scouts Taps Into American Girls' Hopes and Dreams with New Campaign

Posted by Dale Buss on October 15, 2013 01:47 PM

No doubt Girl Scouts of the USA and other longtime organizations for kids have been hit hard by societal and cultural trends including the lure of other afterschool activities, a generational de-emphasis of some traditional community touchpoints, and a dwindling availability of stay-at-home parental volunteers.

Now the Girl Scouts are leveraging at least one of those same factors—social media—to attempt to turn the tables on a recent decline in new members and "troop" leaders with a new advertising campaign under the tag line, "I can't wait to ..."

Leading brand consultancy (and brandchannel parent) Interbrand re-imagined the brand's iconic Girl Scout Trefoil symbol and used it as the visual starting point for the new campaign by transforming it into a dynamic "Kaleidoscope" storytelling device that serves as a metaphor for the ever-changing experiences girls can have in the Scouts, according to a press release.Continue reading...

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United Reverts to Old Slogan as It Looks to Elevate Customer Experience

Posted by Mark J. Miller on September 20, 2013 02:49 PM

It’s been 17 years since United Airlines urged prospective passengers to “Fly the Friendly Skies.” But the airliner is bringing back the tagline in a new campaign that is also one of its largest. 

It isn’t just the skies that are friendly in the new United ads, either. The airline touts itself as “legroom friendly,” “online friendly,” “shut-eye friendly,” and even “EWR friendly,” in reference to the call letters for Newark Liberty International Airport, the hub of Continental Airlines, which United merged with back in 2010.

The new campaign will kick off this wekeend during NFL games, the PGA Tour championship, Sunday's Emmy Awards telecast and the season premiere of 60 Minutes on CBS, according to the New York Times. The ads also feature the iconic George Gershwin tune, “Rhapsody in Blue,” part of the brand’s campaigns since 1987.Continue reading...

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P&G Relies on 'Everyday Effect' to Boost Brands, Products as Earnings Wheeze

Posted by Dale Buss on July 11, 2013 06:33 PM

Procter & Gamble's financial realities aren't very encouraging these days, so the Cincinnati-based CPG giant is doing what it can in another important arena: branding and marketing.

The company is expanding its new corporate campaign called "The Everyday Effect" that highlights the practical yet spirit-lifting values of its products and brands. It launched in January and has been taking in every exercise and outlet from online video ads to TV spots; a big sampling day in New York City last month; and even an online, three-minute documentary called "Swiffer Effect" (watch below) about how the brand's products make life easier for the elderly.

"We're featuring how each of our individual brands has a positive effect on people every day, whether that be a great night of overnight sleep for Pampers or helping their kids brush their teeth so they have a great day at school," Marc Pritchard, global brand building officer, told Ad Age. One major goal of the effort is to promote cross-brand trial.Continue reading...


Making Good: Nike Looks to Make a Better World with New Sustainability App

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 9, 2013 11:39 AM

With a commitment to making a "Better World," Nike is determined to produce more environmentally conscious, and sustainably innovative, products. And it's not just looking at its own branded products, either. The sports apparel giant has released a new mobile app (now available for Apple's iOS devices) called Making with the lofty goal of helping designers and the fashion industry (as well as consumers) decide what source materials are the most environmentally responsible.

Using information from the students at London College of Fashion’s Centre for Sustainable Fashion as well as the Nike Materials Sustainability Index, the app “ranks materials used in apparel manufacturing in terms of the use of water, types of chemistry, amount of energy and the levels of waste required during production,” Sustainable Business Oregon reports.

"Innovation is in Nike's DNA, and sustainability is an integral part of Nike's design process," said Lee Holman, Nike apparel design VP, in a press release. "We've created the Making app to empower any designer around the world to make better materials choices in the initial stages of the innovation process to ultimately create products that are better for consumers and better for the planet."Continue reading...

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Volkswagen Wants Brands, Plants to 'Think Blue' for Sustainability Leadership

Posted by Dale Buss on July 4, 2013 01:28 PM

Volkswagen finished last of the global automakers that occupied five of the top seven spots in Interbrand's recently released Best Global Green Brands 2013 report. That was a pretty good showing, but the German giant seems determined to hoist itself even higher in terms of the effectiveness of its sustainability efforts—and regard for them—around the globe.

In fact, according to Automotive News, Volkswagen is determined to "become the world's greenest automaker" as well as, by 2018, its highest-selling. "VW has set ambitious targets for CO2 reduction and more efficient energy use."

The impetus for this strategic priority, of course, is coming from the top, from Germany, where sustainability initiatives have been grouped into a global initiative called "Think Blue." (The nod to VW's iconic "Think Small" ad tagline uses blue instead of the green typically associated with eco-efforts because, VW executives explain, mostly what you see of Earth from space is... blue.)

What's more, its corporate executives are committed to expanding the Think Blue campaign across all VW-owned brands, which is still making inroads in the US.Continue reading...

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RadioShack Debuts Youthful New Store Concept, Logo

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 2, 2013 02:53 PM

Now that RadioShack is presumably done with its executive shuffle, the electronics retailer's new CEO, CMO and VP of store concepts are wasting no time in trying to get the company back into the minds of younger, hipper consumers. This week, the chain debuted a new logo and opened its first concept store in New York (above), a first-of-its-kind customer experience for the brand that it's billing as an "interactive technology playground."

According to the Dallas Business Journal, the Fort Worth, Texas-based chain plans to open several other concept stores in New York, New Jersey and Texas in the coming weeks before deciding on a new design to roll out to its entire footprint of 4,300 stores. The move comes at a critical juncture, as The Shack is in need of a serious revamp. It lost $63 million in the fourth quarter last year and $43.3 million in the first quarter of this year.Continue reading...

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