masters of their domains
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 16, 2014 03:58 PM
A bunch of bright, shiny, new toll booths may soon be erected on the information superhighway and it doesn’t appear there is much consumers can do about it. A federal court ruling on Tuesday that struck down "net neutrality" rules would allow companies like Verizon, Time Warner Cable, AT&T and other internet service providers to change the way they treat different websites.
The ruling, in favor of Verizon, means that one site may be allowed to load content faster while another's is slowed down. Such a situation means that consumers and companies may be paying more to get what they have now: the ability to travel to any site and expect it to download high-quality content at the same speed, the so-called “open Internet.”
What’s been called “net neutrality” may soon be disappearing, which isn’t a good sign for brands like YouTube and Netflix, whose businesses are built upon serving up high-quality video content at fast download rates for little to no cost to consumers. It is good for the aforementioned web-service providers, though, who can surely find new ways to pad the growing amount of consumers who pulled the plug on their cable providers so they could do all their TV watching online.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 16, 2014 09:22 AM
Apple settles FTC complaint over app charges on kids with deal to refund $32.5 million, while China Mobile eyes iPhone sales bonanza, with more than 1 million pre-orders ahead of Friday's launch.
Microsoft may pay $2.6 billion to Samsung and others to make Windows phones as rumors cite Ericsson CEO to replace Steve Ballmer.
JCPenney plans to close 33 stores and slash 2,000 jobs.
AOL unloads most of Patch to private equity firm.
AT&T ends long-running American Idol sponsorship.
Axe features Kim Jong-Un lookalike in Super Bowl spot.
Best Buy reports holiday sales decline.
Charter is talking with Comcast about new bid for Time Warner Cable, report says.
Citi replaces debit cards after Target data breach.
Facebook revamps ads to compete with Google.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 15, 2014 09:21 AM
HP sets to announce two large smartphones today.
China Mobile receives 1.2 million iPhone pre-orders.
Cadillac updates its crest.
Axe strikes a more earnest tone in advertising.
Bud Light challenges football fans with digital gaming ad and prepares new tag line for A-B InBev's reduced Super Bowl effort.
Charter woos Time Warner Cable shareholders.
Coca-Cola releases interactive mini-bottles to honor World Cup.
Daimler wins as US Supreme Court throws out Argentine human-rights suit.
Dunkin' Donuts focuses on expansion and one-to-one marketing.
Facebook CEO calls Snapchat a "super interesting privacy phenomenon," and it makes inroads in Russia.
Fiat will give first batch of new Alfa Romeos to top-selling US dealers.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 14, 2014 09:19 AM
Google buys Nest Labs for $3.2 billion to enter smart-home derby.
Nike plans to open Jordan brand stores.
Cadillac says new ATS Coupe will be first vehicle to wear updated crest.
AstraZeneca forecasts quicker return to growth.
Black & Decker refreshes its image.
Michael Bloomberg returns to his company.
DirecTV attacks Weather Channel fees.
Facebook expands conversations group and acquires link-sharing service Branch.
Fiat begins to rethink brand architecture.
Fox opts out of TV's traditional pilot season.
GE Capital gets into loyalty-program business.Continue reading...
brand and bottle
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 13, 2014 05:22 PM
Liquor giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard can start looking over their shoulders. Japan’s Suntory Holdings, which produces some of Japan’s oldest whiskeys, has just agreed to pay $16 billion for Beam Inc., the American producer of Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Sauza, and Gilbey’s, Ad Age reports. The deal makes Suntory the third-largest liquor company in the world.
As a result of the deal, Suntory, which also bottles Pepsi in Japan and owns the Orangina brand, will have greater distribution in the US and Beam, whose portfolio includes the lucrative Skinnygirl line, will have much stronger exposure in the Asian marketplace. That’s a pretty good deal for Suntory, which currently sources 90 percent of its business from Japan.
“Suntory has virtually no U.S. presence,” Mark Swartzberg, an analyst at Stifel Financial Corp., said in a research note today, according to Bloomberg. “This will take their share from less than 1 percent to 11 percent. Meanwhile, Beam stockholders will head to the bank with $83.50 for each share owned instead of the $66.97 share price that it last closed at." The two companies previously had a distribution deal in which Suntory distributed Beam products in Japan, and Beam distributed Suntory products in Singapore and greater Asia.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 19, 2013 09:31 AM
JCPenney launches first holiday campaign under new CMO.
P&G and other detergent makers face new federal alarm over pod safety and kids.
Apple is probed for alleged tax evasion in Italy.
3M still searches for growth.
Best Buy warns of promotional pressures.
Buick could use a flagship model, GM CEO says.
Campbell Soup sees earnings slashed.
Daimler open to selling stake to Chinese partner.
Discovery Communications allows streaming via Time Warner Cable.
Dropbox seeks $8 billion valuation.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on November 1, 2013 09:29 AM
Kraft and McDonald's team to sell McCafe packaged coffee.
FAA lifts most rules against use of electronic devices on flights.
AT&T explores acquiring Vodafone, reports say, but European outcry over NSA involvement hurts brand.
Air France seeks deep overhaul of Alitalia.
Amazon produces two original drama pilots.
Apple launches iPad Air.
Bonobos expands with new women's brand.
Buffalo Wild Wings' new pricing and service model builds confidence.
Century 21 handles "haunted houses" in campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2013 09:22 AM
Conde Nast ends internship program that had been criticized.
Coca-Cola sees more than 300,000 sign petition against Russia's anti-gay laws.
Chili's rolls out delivery and overhauls menu.
AT&T subscriber gains trail Verizon.
Altria gains on rise in smokeless-product sales.
Bank of America loses jury decision over Countrywide.
Blue Diamond swings from Vine for Almond Breeze promo.
Boeing boosts output of 787 Dreamliner.
Chuck E. Cheese makes comeback with kids focus.
Dr Pepper Snapple blames aspartame fears for diet-soda slump.
Dunkin' Brands profit surges on US growth.
FedEx points to December 2 as big shipping day.Continue reading...