media meltdown

In Return to Print, Newsweek Captures Global Attention with Bitcoin Claims

Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 7, 2014 12:01 PM

Back on the newsstand after a near two-year hiatus during which it went digital-only, Newsweek made quite the splash this week with its Bitcoin cover story, which claimed a massive scoop: that the now IBT-owned media title had uncovered the true identity of the founder of the controversial digital currency.

Unfortunately, Newsweek’s big scoop may be a complete bust. The man who was fingered, Satoshi Nakamoto, a 64-year-old Japanese-American father of six who owns a single-family home in Southern California, claims he never even heard of Bitcoin unitl Newsweek contacted his son three weeks ago, the Associated Press reports. Newsweek stands by its story, which also says Nakamoto is worth about $400 million.

Since Bitcoin was first launched in 2009, fans, critics and curious consumers have been trying to uncover the true identity of supposed found Satoshi Nakamoto is, but to no avail. The man Newsweek has named, who was born Satoshi Nakamoto but later changed his name to Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto, now has reporters—and police—at his doorstep.Continue reading...

digital moves

Food & Wine Goes After Trendy, Hungry Millennials with New FWx Online Hub

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 28, 2014 01:58 PM

Foodies and Millennials—could there be two more trendy consumer groups? Time Inc. doesn't think so, so its Food & Wine magazine has launched a new digital brand, FWx, geared toward the generation that loves to eat, drink and be merry.

The mobile-first consumers now have a didicated website that will play host to the usual fare of cocktail recipes and trending canapés, but also brief posts and 15-second FWx videos on topics like a quick rebound from a late night out, how to assess your date’s sexual persona from his eating habits and "cheat sheets" before your next cocktail party to appear au courant. 

"We feel like it’s a totally untapped market for lifestyle content," Alex Vallis, editor of FWx, told Adweek. "This demo, they’re omni-saturated,” Vallis added. “They want to read about food in these other contexts. You want to go to this party and have a really good time, but you want to look informed."Continue reading...

media brands

Time Inc., MLB, NHL and More Throw Support Behind New 120 Sports Network

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 21, 2014 01:44 PM

ESPN may consider itself the “World Wide Leader in Sports,” but Sports Illustrated’s owner, Time Inc., and a few major sports leagues are looking to take a big piece of its action with a big investment in online sports network startup, 120 Sports.

Online video is growing exponentially, Time Inc. will join Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, NASCAR, and college sports conferences to create content for the network that will “include content such as game highlights and commentary in two-minute segments,” according to the Wall Street Journal. No live games will be featured.

The NFL is not currently part of the 120 Sports package since it announced last month that it will have its own online video app, NFL Now, “that will tailor programming according to each user's interests, part of an independent effort by the league to extend its reach on digital platforms,” the Journal reports.

The 120 Sports site will launch later in the spring and have its own app, but the content may also appear on third-party sites. It won’t require viewers to authenticate their cable providers, such as how NBC won't allow online viewers to watch live streams of Olympics coverage without entering such information.Continue reading...

Sports Illustrated Throws Caution to the Wind for 50th Anniversary Barbie Issue

Posted by Dale Buss on February 12, 2014 04:04 PM

In a brand collaboration that could be described as the "Anti-Dove" campaign, Barbie and Sports Illustrated are getting together to celebrate the 50th anniversary edition of the magazine's swimsuit issue. And not surprisingly, social media has been atwitter over the implications.

The half-century edition of Sports Illlustrated's biggest issue of each year will hit newsstands and the internet next week, and it presents Barbie as a doll-size version of some of the magazine's supermodels, clad in a new version of the black-and-white swimsuit the Mattel doll wore when she was introduced in 1959.

It's a surprising partnership, to be sure, starting with the the fact that Barbie is aimed (mostly) at girls and Sports Illustrated is aimed (mostly) at men, which raises uncomfortable questions about why they're getting together. (Yes, Barbie is for adult collectors, too—that's why there will be a limited edition Sports Illustrated Barbie at Target).

The co-branded special issue is launching with a campaign called "Unapologetic", as both brands' owners clearly anticipated the hullaballoo that would ensue when two icons of hyperphotogenic femininity got together to get even more in the faces of their long-time foes.Continue reading...

media brands

Print Success Finds Some, Not Others as Battle for Circulation, Ad Dollars Continues

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 3, 2013 07:22 PM

Tina Brown, once the editor of venerable print brands like Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Talk, and Newsweek, doesn’t even read magazines anymore. “The habit has gone,” she told reporters in India last month.

The “habit” is apparently gone for a lot of other folks, too. Everywhere you turn, consumers are looking deeply into their screens rather than into the pages of a magazine or newspaper. Advertisers have noticed and are moving more of their dollars into the digital world. New York magazine’s ad pages are down 9.2 percent so far this year, according to Ad Age

That’s part of the reason the title announced Monday that it would be printing half as many issues next year—ramping down from 42 issues to 29—printing every two weeks while its website, nymag.com, will start publishing more content. The move will save the company $3.5 million in manufacturing costs—savings that will be recycled back into the magazine and website to product better content.

The announcement came fittingly on Cyber Monday.Continue reading...

tech innovation

New York's Major Media Players Seek Startups Through SwitchPitch Event

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 2, 2013 04:45 PM

Goliaths aren’t generally looking for help from Davids, but the New York Daily News, HBO, Time Inc., TiVo, Meredith, and nine other major media companies turned things upside down Tuesday when they asked more than 200 startups for help. 

The SwitchPitch event, which specializes in pairing startups with in-need companies, allows such companies to pitch funded innovation projects to startups looking for partners. After a bidding process, the selected startups will begin working with their supporting companies.

In this case, the Daily News will provide its startup of choice with a six-month stay in the paper's offices and a large testing ground for their concepts on NYDailyNews.com and the rest of the paper’s digital properties, which reach 17 million people monthly.Continue reading...

brand news

In the News: Starbucks, Hanes, Time Inc. and more

Posted by Dale Buss on July 24, 2013 09:21 AM

In the News

Starbucks teams with Groupe Danone to market new yogurt line.

HanesBrands buys Maidenform.

Time Inc. may look to further spinoffs.

Aereo targets 25 percent of TV users.

Apple is boosted by strong iPhone sales despite profit dip.

Boeing sees profit rise on strong aircraft sales as it awaits EU directive on Dreamliner safety.

Cadillac plans to rest its laurels in logo redesign, report says.

Carl's Jr. rolls out Pop Tarts ice-cream sandwich system-wide.

Caterpillar cuts outlook.

Daimler eyes recovery in Europe.Continue reading...

brand extensions

Cooking Light Debuts Packaged Food Brand

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 21, 2013 12:51 PM

Magazines are searching for any way they can to get their brands in front of consumer’s faces while simultaneously diversifying revenue streams. Time Inc.’s Cooking Light seems to have covered itself in both departments with a new line of prepared foods that it is turning out exclusively at BJ’s Wholesale Clubs for the next year, AdWeek reports.

Fellow Time Inc. pub Real Simple has apparently been having success with some of its brand extensions so Cooking Light felt inspired, CL Editor-in-Chief Scott Mowbray told AdWeek. "We went in a little skeptical about how good the food would be, but been really, really delighted with the results," he said. “If you don’t deliver a great tasting product in the food market, you’re gone.”Continue reading...

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