sports in the spotlight
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 9, 2014 11:02 AM
The 2014 World Cup hasn't even gotten underway yet, but major sponsors of the event are already criticizing FIFA for its pick for the 2022 tournament host nation: Qatar.
The selection of Qatar in December of 2010 immediately raised major concerns for a number of factors, including the punishing heat that the country suffers through during the traditional World Cup months of June and July; the country’s poor human-rights track record; the fact that Qatar doesn’t have much of a history with soccer; and that all of the stadiums for the event needed to be constructed (and will be white elephants after), among other issues that comedian John Oliver can explain for you.
Besides former US President Bill Clinton's total disappointment with the decision to skip the US and head to Qatar, investigators have now revealed that there were likely millions of dollars in bribes exchanged in order for Qatar to win the bid, The Guardian reports. The country has also come under fire for supposedly using "slaves" to help build the needed infrastructure for the event.
On top of everything else, the news of the illegal transactions now has official sponsors including adidas, Sony, Coca-Cola and Visa concerned about their association with the event. "Our expectation remains that all of our partners maintain strong ethical standards and operate with transparency,” Visa said, according to Associated Press.Continue reading...
World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 5, 2014 04:11 PM
The World Cup starts next week, but the amount of advertising related to it is already overwhelming. Marketers have piled on to this World Cup more than any World Cup in the past, the New York Times reports, thanks to the expanding Hispanic population in the US, the ability to reach more consumers with social media and better technology, and the growing love for event TV that viewers actually watch as it happens rather than later, when they can skip through the ads.
“World Cup soccer has the power to be the most talked about subject in social media, ever,” commented Gail Horwood, VP for worldwide digital strategy at Listerine’s parent company, Johnson & Johnson, to the Times. “We’re going to tell the story of the matches through the mouths of the fans using two 24-hour newsrooms, in New York and London, with support on the ground in Brazil.”
Another sign that this World Cup has entered into a new realm for marketers, the Times notes, is how, like at the Olympics or Super Bowl, official sponsors are being "dogged by rivals also seeking to ride the World Cup’s coattails" as so-called ambush marketing gets more sophisticated (and digital). So more than ever this World Cup, FIFA partners such as Coke and adidas are seeing a lot of marketing pushback from rivals Pepsi and Nike.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 4, 2014 09:28 AM
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World Cup Daily
Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 29, 2014 02:19 PM
Nike and Samsung may not be official sponsors of this summer's World Cup in Brazil, but that's not stopping them from taking full advantage of the event. The pair top a new list from Unruly Media of the most-shared football/footie/futbol-related videos. In fact, non-sponsors are responsible for 54 percent of total shares.
FIFA's official brand partners that made it into the top 11 ranking include Castrol and its "Footkhana" video; Coca-Cola, which has turned out a slew of soccer-related campaigns; Emirates Airlines; and Visa. Non-sponsor Pepsi, attempting to give its rival a run, was ranked at No. 14. Sponsors that didn't make it into the top 10 include Budweiser (16), Sony (18), McDonald’s (20), Johnson & Johnson (24), and Kia (26).
Part of the opportunity and challenge of being a World Cup official sponsor is the event's global appeal. According to Ad Age, 175 of Coca-Cola's 207 markets have adapted Coke's central campaign (see more below) for the 2014 World Cup. In comparison, only 100 markets bought into the brand's London 2012 campaign. The higher buy-in this year is partially due to making the campaign creative relevant locally with a customizable logo.Continue reading...
Posted by Mark J. Miller on March 10, 2014 06:42 PM
As more information and new reports of data hacks continue to pour in, striking major retailers like Target, Neiman Marcus and others, the US is becoming increasingly aware of the many dangers associated with using debit and credit cards
MasterCard and Visa, whose businesses are eroded every time a consumer’s information is stolen, have decided to take action and are leading an effort to form a “cross-industry group to improve security for card transactions and press US retailers and banks to meet a 2015 deadline to adopt technology that would make it safer to pay with plastic,” Reuters reports.
Other members of the group include credit unions, banks, retailers, and industry trade associations, which are initially pushing for the implementation of technology already used in Europe and Asia—EMV cards—which “store information on computer chips rather than on traditional magnetic strips, making them harder to counterfeit,” according to the wire service.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 10, 2014 09:32 AM
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Posted by Dale Buss on February 24, 2014 09:14 AM
Mobile World Congress gets underway in Barcelona, as Nokia unveils its first Android phone, Samsung drops Android for its new smartwatch, Mozilla promises to deliver a $25 smartphone and Sony tries to crack smartphone market.
Honda appoints first woman to its board and starts making Fit cars in Mexico.
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Brahma finds unique way to merge soccer and beer in Brazil.
Budweiser launches special-edition World Cup bottle.
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Posted by Dale Buss on February 18, 2014 09:05 AM
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