Posted by Dale Buss on March 8, 2013 09:03 AM
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...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 5, 2013 09:01 AM
Apple value dips as Google soars.
Facebook sued over bungled IPO.
HSBC, now Europe's biggest bank, sheds personal loan assets.
Carmakers at Geneva Auto Show express fears on European recovery.
AARP ramps up YouTube marketing.
Ally Financial says U.S. is probing its retail-financing practices.
Amazon launches first TV effort, for fashion unit; leads mobile retail sales.
American Suzuki gets OK of bankruptcy plan by U.S. court.
Baileys slims down its bottle.
BBC Worldwide reportedly in talks to sell Lonely Planet stake.
Best Buy and Facebook focus on next-generation mobile marketing.
Boeing expects to move fast to get Dreamliner back into the air after FAA approval of fixes.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 27, 2013 09:09 AM
AB InBev fiercely denies allegations that it waters down Budweiser, as its earnings are boosted by U.S.
Twitter sees potential valuation soar as it mulls IPO.
Cablevision sues Viacom for making it run second-tier channels.
AMC is propelled by "The Walking Dead."
Apple is expected to address cash horde at annual meeting as it tries to crack India market with iPhone.
Asus plans aggressive push in U.S. PC market.
Boeing encounters lack of battery expertise as probe of Dreamliner drags on.
Facebook opens up its ad exchange to sell everything but Google.
GM CEO Dan Akerson requests no pay raise for second year in a row.
Huawei kicks off branding campaign at Mobile World Congress.
In-N-Out Burger is kept on track by heiress.
Kraft debuts theme of Velveeta as "liquid gold."
Macy's plans to intensify digital efforts and issues upbeat outlook.
Milwaukee Brewers renew deal with long-time sponsor Miller Lite. Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 13, 2013 04:01 PM
Since MTV aired “Video Killed the Radio Star” back in August of 1981, the company has gotten into plenty of things that haven’t involved music at all, from asking its viewers to “Rock the Vote” to exposing the world to the somehow fascinating mundane dramas of young adults on the Jersey shore.
Now, Viacom’s MTV Networks International is getting into another business: selling branded tablets in India. Or, as the Telecom Tiger puts it, fablets (presumably, a more fab version of phablets). MTV has announced a partnership with Swipe Telecom to produce a co-branded fablet, MTV Volt.
The 6-inch smartphone features a television screen so people can get their MTV wherever they are. The youth-centric device will also serve as, “a fully functional high-definition Android tablet with Wi-Fi, dual cameras, FM player and GPS functionality,” that weighs half a pound and retails for around 12,999 Rupees or $240, Telecom Tiger reports. And, of course, built-in apps allow users to get right onto Facebook and LinkedIn.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 8, 2013 05:42 PM
When VH1 got started way back in 1985, the cable TV network followed right in the footsteps of its sibling MTV, although focused its efforts at an older demo. While MTV (short for Music Television) scored big with tunes for adolescents and young adults (Men at Work, anyone?), VH1 (an acronym for Video Hits One) was going for the slightly older crowd, playing music videos featuring the likes of Elton John, Donna Summer, and Rod Stewart.
The thirst for an endless stream of music videos on both Viacom-owned channels came to a halt only a few years into their collective existence and shows with varying levels of quality were cranked out. VH1 scored hits with the annotated Pop-Up Video series, the gossipy tell-all bio series Behind the Music, and the artist-centric VH1 Storytellers. The music in both brands has consistently been drowned out since then with a slew of other programming, inspiring the perennial plea by boomers to bring back the music to MTV and VH1 (season three of IFC's Portlandia kicked off with a plotline to take back MTV from tween with its original VJs and news anchor, Kurt Loder.)
VH1, for one, has decided to indicate that shift with a change in its logo (or as the company likes to call it, "tagmark").
As announced at the TCA TV Critics Association press tour, VH1 is kicking off the new year by adding a plus sign to the end of its logo, to reflect the changes in the digital world — meshing together the network’s music, pop culture and nostalgia content together — in tandem with adopting a black-and-white look and feel to its visual identity and on-air promos. It's promoting the new look with, naturally, a #plussed hashtag on Twitter.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 4, 2012 12:55 PM
More and more TV viewers are turning to the web for their audio-visual pleasures, streaming shows and movies from such places as Hulu, Netflix, and AppleTV, among a growing list of others.
YouTube, of course, is the grandpa of the online video-entertainment biz and is refusing to take a backseat to all the Johnny-come-latelys that are making their moves now. In the past year, YouTube owner Google has invested more than $100 million in 100 original channels to invite brands and professional producers create original high-quality content for the site. Even though viewership numbers weren’t particularly high, the site is shelling out some big bucks again, but this time to only 30 or 40 of those content creators, according to AllThingsD.com.
The metric of most interest to YouTube (and parent Google) execs is “the total ‘watch time’ a channel has generated” as well as cost, AllThingsD reports. The site’s top 25 channels averaged more than a million views a week, Ad Age reports, and “the top 33 have more than 100,000 subscribers, a key indicator of repeat viewing.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 29, 2012 09:04 AM
Google Nexus NYC tablet launch delayed by Hurricane Sandy, sells out online.
Pearson and Bertelsmann strike deal to combine Penguin and Random House publishing houses, thwarting News Corp.
Honda cuts full-year outlook over anti-Japan sentiment in China.
Audi repeats goal to match 2011 operating profit in 2012.
British Airways launches customer recognition program.
Burger King third-quarter net income falls, still beats estimates.
Burt's Bees "deflakes" with billboard and video campaign.
Cadillac raises prices in bid for luxury credibility.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on October 3, 2012 06:53 PM
Collaborating with startups is becoming popular these days. GE funds a startup incubator program; PepsiCo is expanding its PepsiCo10 initiative, which pairs startups with brands such as Quaker; BMW's iVentures arm is a $100 million venture capital fund that's investing in mobile innovation; and Lexus is getting into the startup funding business. Now you can add Mondelēz International to that list.
With a tagline of "The Future in 90 Days," the two-day old company's new Mobile Futures program was announced at the Mobile Marketing Association's Advertising Week conference in New York. The program is structured in two phases: scaling startup innovation, and creating entirely new mobile ventures by partnering entrepreneurs in the mobile space with "up to 10" Mondelez brands, as Mondelēz VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement Bonin Bough told Ad Age.
Bough is bringing a solid track record to the task. He oversaw digital and consumer engagement at PepsiCo, including the now wrapped Pepsi Refresh Project crowdsourced community project-funding platform, before joining Kraft Foods in February. He's tapping that experience to spur mobile innovation at Mondelēz, the just-launched global corporate identity for Kraft Foods following Monday's spin-off of Kraft's North American consumer packaged brands.Continue reading...