Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 27, 2012 06:20 PM
The Google I/O three-day annual developer event in San Francisco today kicked off with a slew of product news.
Google is expanding its Nexus sub-brand of smart products from an Android phone (with Samsung, unveiled in October) to a streaming media player and the product that garnered the most buzz today: its first tablet, Nexus 7, a 7-inch device co-developed with Asus.
Nexus 7 is a bigger challenge to Amazon's 7-inch Kindle Fire than it is to Apple's iPad. The tablet costs $199 (8GB) or $249 (16GB) and is available to purchase now, with shipping starting in July.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 22, 2012 05:05 PM
The United Nations on Friday wrapped up the Rio+20 Earth Summit, a once-a-decade conference on sustainable development, with the message that the world needs to clean up its act. Some major-league companies signed on to put some financial muscle and their brands' influence behind the effort. PepsiCo and Coca-Cola have found something they can agree on as both have put cash behind the UN’s goals. Others involved include Microsoft, and Bank of America, according to Bloomberg.
The pledges are worth billions of dollars and will help to “curb the use of fossil fuels, conserve water and encourage wider use of renewable energy,” Bloomberg reports. There are at least 517 commitments from different companies and at minimum $2 billion will be coming from the U.S. “We won’t save the world alone, but we’ll get half of it done, and we’ll get some momentum,” said Bank of America Chairman Chad Holliday at Rio+20.
For its part, Coca-Cola is allocating $3.5 million to help create more sustainable water access in some African countries. "Access to safe water is essential for our company and our world,” stated Bea Perez, the company's Chief Sustainability Officer. “The sustainability of water resources is a top priority."Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 18, 2012 11:03 AM
Richard Branson’s diary was stolen last week. Promoted on Twitter and Facebook, the so-called "crimson bandit" behind the theft posted three videos on YouTube with this comment: "As willing as I am to play this game with you and your fans in Australia, South Africa, the UK and the US, you must know there's no way for you to catch me Richard!”
The game: “Solve the puzzles left behind on the participating Virgin Company pages and you could win amazing prizes.” It shouldn't come as a huge surprise that the bandit was no other than Branson himself, as he revealed in a tweet and on his blog.
The graphics are fun, but as social media teaser campaigns go, Virgin could do a bit better than this — Americans, for instance, wouldn't know that "diary" refers to his planner or schedule.
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 18, 2012 08:50 AM
Microsoft will announce Monday a plan to sell tablets under its own brand, in a challenge to Apple's iPad, while Amazon reportedly plans to launch cloud music service in July to rival iTunes.
Kirin Holdings agreed to pay $200.9 million Australian dollars (US$203.4 million) for the shares it doesn't already own in Australian boutique brewer Little World Beverages, as Japanese companies expand offshore to combat flagging domestic demand.
Dr Martens owners seeks up to £200m from potential buyers.
AirAsia plans to follow Virgin model with brand extensions.
Android relaunches user interface.Continue reading...
brand vs. brand
Posted by Sheila Shayon on June 11, 2012 01:57 PM
Being dropped by the second biggest satellite TV operator in the U.S. (after DirecTV) is no laughing matter. Still, IFC is leveraging its award-winning original comedy series Portlandia also with its two new comedy series, Comedy Bang! Bang! and Bunk, to help convince viewers to lobby Dish Network to not drop the AMC Networks-owned channel as part of Dish's legal threat to drop IFC and its sister networks under the AMC Networks banner.
Visitors to IFC.com are greeted with a pop-up that reads: "DISH Customers - DISH is dropping IFC. If you are a DISH customer, you won't be able to watch our films and shows like Portlandia, Comedy Bang! Bang!, Bunk, and Whisker wars. Tell DISH to put IFC back on the air. Call toll free 855-8-KEEP-ON or go to KEEPIFC.com." Once they click through the "don't let IFC go black on DISH" pop-up and enter the site, visitors will see on of the banners above in rotation across the site.
If, however, they click through to KeepIFC.com to find out what all the fuss is about, they'll be redirected to KeepAMCNetworks.com, and discover that it's not just IFC but also Sundance Channel, AMC (home to Mad Men and Breaking Bad), and the female-skewing WE TV. Once there, they can click on "get the facts" to learn more about the background to the legal spat, which stems from a prior lawsuit between Dish and AMC Network's now defunct VOOM HD Networks, a high-definition suite of channels that existed back when AMC Networks was known as Rainbow Media and HD TV sets weren't as ubiquitous as they are today.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 4, 2012 08:55 AM
GM pressures TV networks for discounts in upfront.
Ducati is booming in North America.
Facebook sees future in India, and explores access for under-13-year-olds as fallout from botched IPO continues.
Adidas sues Merrell over three-stripe design.
Apple/Motorola patent trial will feature Steve Jobs 'testimony.'
Big Tobacco goes to war in California.
BlackBerry-maker RIM victim of own 'identity crisis' (at least it's still cool with South African youths).Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on June 1, 2012 08:59 AM
Apple strikes pre-paid iPhone deal with Cricket as Foxconn woes continue.
BMW creates department-store feel at concept showroom in Paris.
BP reveals internal discord over oil spill estimates, and plans to sell stake in Russian venture.
Chrysler misses May sales target despite U.S. sales bump.
Corona invests in major outdoor and digital campaign for summer.
Disney names new film studio chairman.
Exxon Mobil plans major U.S. chemical plant.
Facebook sells "likes" in promoted posts move, and adds admin functions and post scheduling.
Formula One IPO may be delayed.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on May 30, 2012 05:42 PM
BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion saw its shares slump today after warning Wall Street that it's forecasting an operating loss for the first quarter. With the company hiring bankers at JPMorgan and RBC to explore a sale, investors worried and layoffs looming, the Canadian government dismissed rumors of a possible takeover.
Other brand news:
Best Buy store closures spur Walmart ads.
NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg bans sale of large sodas and sugary drinks.
GM is shifting Chevrolet ad budget from Super Bowl to sponsoring the popular Manchester United soccer team.
Disney Channel joins the TV Everywhere brigade.
Exxon Mobil shareholders approve executive pay.Continue reading...