Posted by Shirley Brady on May 28, 2012 08:59 AM
BlackBerry-maker RIM plans to slash staff.
P&G will change candy-resembling Tide Pods on child safety concerns.
Formula One wins court challenge overturning 'F1' trademark.
Amazon will sell pre-paid wireless service in Japan.
Apple applies for patents on advanced stylus.
Two years after BP oil spill, tourists return to US Gulf.
Cisco pulls the plug on its Cius tablet.
ExxonMobil to vote on gay protections.
Facebook is reportedly developing a smartphone (with ex-Apple engineers).Continue reading...
sports in the spotlight
Posted by Dale Buss on April 26, 2012 05:04 PM
Are you ready for some football? Tonight the NFL draft begins, on ESPN, seasonally ushering in the source of America's most popular TV programming — and one of its biggest branding vehicles —back into the cultural discourse.
As we noted earlier, Nike is running with its "Fast is Faster" campaign touting its new NFL uniforms during the 2012 draft. PepsiCo's Quaker Oats brand also kicked off its new status as the "Official Hot Cereal Sponsor" of the NFL yesterday with a Play 60 Youth Football Festival that starred Andrew Luck, the fortuitously-named Stanford University quarterback who is the presumptive No. 1 choice in tonight's draft.
And Google, not missing a chance to promote its social networking platform, is inviting fans to join the top two draft picks (Luck and Robert Griffin III) virtually via Google+ hangouts. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 20, 2012 03:59 PM
The last Summer Olympics were in 2008. That’s seven katrillion years in technology years. Much has changed since then and marketers are planning to put extra emphasis on an area that has grown exponentially in the last four human years: social media.
Brand marketers are particularly interested in using Facebook to boost their brands this summer. After all, you fish where the fish are — and Facebook had 794 million people visiting it each month of last year, spending an average (per comScore) of six hours per visit.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 4, 2012 01:01 PM
Because it owned the house, it was predictable that Ford's new reality-TV show on NBC, Escape Routes, would find every angle to tout the automaker's new 2013 Ford Escape — the namesake inspiration for the show. And it did.
But what viewers of the first installment of the show might not have expected was to see a number of other blue-chip brands — including McDonald's, J.C. Penney, several Procter & Gamble marques, even Ford rival Volkswagen — go along for the ride.
The six-week Escape Routes series, which debuted on March 31st, is the latest way for Ford to push the envelope with new-era marketing formats, where it has demonstrated industry leadership.
And while the first installment was hardly Emmy-worthy appointment viewing, Ford executives tell brandchannel they're pleased with the social TV meets branded entertainment experiment.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on March 14, 2012 01:01 PM
For decades, Procter & Gamble has been pitching laundry detergents, promoting a dizzying array of different brands that all basically do the same thing — get clothes clean. Typically, detergent advertising concentrates on the features of the product and the benefits the consumer derives from using it.
So how does a niche detergent brand break through, especially when it doesn't have the luxury of the ginormous promotional budgets of a Procter & Gamble? For Method, the answer is simple: Be quirky.
Method, a pioneer in earth-friendly detergents and cleaning products, has fought against the Tides of the world since its founding 12 years ago. But it is only in recent years that the brand has faced its toughest competition.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 7, 2012 09:03 AM
Amazon's original programming plans draws speculation.
Apple prepares for iPad (HD?) reveal frenzy today while new device also could be boon for Verizon Wireless; and company receives key patent for iWallet.
Arby's uses holistic approach to social media to boost Klout score.
Bank of America is bullish on girl power.
Bentley's 'ugly' SUV the talk of the Geneva Motor Show.
Boeing forms alliance with Chinese jet maker.
Carbonite sees stock price drop after withdrawing advertising from Rush Limbaugh, as radio host sees 30+ advertisers leave, including Netflix.
Chevron faces criticism after gas-rig fire off Nigeria.
Cosmopolitan reaches 100K paid digital subscriptions.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 6, 2012 09:04 AM
Apple stock price looms large as iPad 3 (aka iPad HD) debut nears, and the company is sued by a firm that has a patent deal with Microsoft.
Boston Beer expands beyond Sam Adams.
BT and TalkTalk lose case against UK's anti-piracy legislation.
Chevy Volt woes may take solace from Toyota Prius.
Dunkin' Donuts brings pork doughnuts and LeBron James to China.
GM and Peugeot cement alliance.
Geneva International Auto Show opens amid slump in European car sales as Volkswagen shows off a Bentley concept SUV.
Jack Daniels opens "drinking school" with Zac Brown Band.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 27, 2012 01:31 PM
Stagnation is a dirty word at Procter & Gamble, one of the world's most successful CPG companies. So P&G is making some strategic steps to re-accelerate growth, heighten profitability and combat what at least are perceptions that the company has slowed down as one of the industry's engines of innovation.
P&G CEO Bob McDonald told analysts last week at the annual CAGNY conference that the company will cut costs totaling more than $10 billion over the next five years, including $1 billion in external marketing spending and reduction of more than 4,000 additional jobs in non-manufacturing areas including marketing.
In his presentation, McDonald said the cuts also are meant to address a mismatch between where the company spends much of its money in developed markets such as the United States vs. emerging markets where sales are growing fastest. P&G also has been hit by rising commodities costs and consumer resistance to resulting price increases in some markets.
Appreciative investors immediately bid up P&G stock by more than $2 a share, to close at $66.71 a share on Friday. Among the sources of savings, McDonald said, will be having consolidating its marketing operation and using more lower-cost digital marketing, as well as launching more multibrand marketing initiatives such as a 30-brand P&G effort built around the 2012 Summer Olympics. Even so, McDonald stressed that he expects 2012 marketing spending to be "roughly" in line with the total last year.Continue reading...