Posted by Dale Buss on July 18, 2014 09:06 AM
Amazon launches unlimited books for Kindle and first ad for the Amazon Phone with AT&T.
AbbVie to acquire Shire with $55 billion pharma deal.
Coca-Cola pours billions into Mexico and sees growth in Brazil.
LVMH moves Givenchy CEO to run Marc Jacobs.
Malaysia Airlines plane takedown over Ukraine shocks the world, the aviation industry and AIDS research community.
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AB InBev shuffles exec ranks, affecting media and digital.
Adidas North America president remains optimistic.
Bitcoins can’t shake bubble image in poll after 45 percent drop in value.
BlackBerry CMO discusses challenges.
Calvin Klein taps Lara Stone for global #MyCalvins campaign.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2014 09:15 AM
Microsoft announces global layoffs affecting 18,000 positions.
Fiat Chrysler's biggest shareholder denies VW takeover rumor.
Murdoch’s surprise Time Warner play detailed as Liberty Media acquires BSkyB's ITV stake.
GM is expected to reveal more details about recall process in Senate hearings today.
Toyota is bringing back the Sienna "Swagger Wagon" campaign for automaker's first online reveal.
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Airbnb logo reveal sparks social media backlash.
Apple agrees to pay $450 million in e-book price fixing case as IBM deal dings BlackBerry.
BMW recalls 1.6 million cars worldwide.
Chrysler boosts production to fix recalled Jeeps.
Clear Channel brings outdoor ads to life on smartphones.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 5, 2014 09:36 AM
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Target chairman and CEO resigns in wake of data breach.
Coca-Cola shakes up marketing ranks, and drops controversial ingredient from Powerade.
Apple faces legal challenge by Swatch over iWatch name.
Fiat Chrysler's Sergio Marchionne readies five-year plan.
P&G takes legal action in drive to protect Crest Whitestrips.
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Amazon launches #AmazonCart so users can shop via Twitter.
AOL revives Moviefone brand with new tech features and marketing push.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 2, 2014 01:01 PM
Taco Bell wasn't done trying to shake things up in the fast-food business with its launch of those cheeky breakfast ads starring real-life citizens named Ronald McDonald.
Now the Yum!-owned brand is redoubling efforts behind its new breakfast menu, planning another Doritos Locos Tacos rollout—and even testing a fast-casual concept meant at unsettlling Chipotle.
After an initial push that finally gave real-life Ronalds a comeback to years of bad jokes—while underscoring Taco Bell's seriousness about taking on the McDonald's breakfast juggernaut—the brand is back with new ads that tweak the Golden Arches in a different way.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 4, 2014 09:08 AM
Microsoft confirms rumored frontrunner Satya Nadella as new CEO. Bill Gates is stepping down as chairman but remaining on the board.
Facebook celebrates 10 years by thanking its 1.23 billion members as rumored "teen problem" may be overblown.
AT&T hails Olympians with new app.
Lenovo and Sony reportedly eye PC business alliance.
Nestle sells PowerBar, Musashi brands to Post.
Alfa Romeo names new rear-wheel drive platform “Giorgio.”
Apple, Microsoft join carriers in $750M pledge to education.
Apple is reportedly building out its own content delivery network.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...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 13, 2014 09:33 AM
GM nears reinstatement of dividend as Chevrolet won both Car of the Year honors for the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Truck/Utiilty of the Year for the Silverado at the North American International Auto Show.
Target publishes apology letter in national newspapers, offers credit reports, fraud protection to affected customers.
Darden Restaurants sees 20,000 join work-underpayment suit.
AB InBev puts more marketing muscle behind blue-collar brews such as Busch.
Accenture tapped to take over Healthcare.gov fixes.
Airbus posts record jet orders.
BP vows to fight "fictitous" compensation claims in Gulf of Mexico.
Denny's tries to move beyond breakfast.
Discovery ends talks to buy Scripps.
Dunkin' Donuts expands in US west.
Ford introduces aluminum-frame F150.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on December 10, 2013 03:49 PM
A quarter century ago, Chinese consumers hungry for a taste of America formed hours-long lines in Beijing's Tiananmen Square outside a KFC, the nation's first. A year later, the opening of KFC's first restaurant in Shanghai was one of that famous city's most remarkable and memorable events of the year. More than a decade later, KFC was maybe America's most successful experiment in the new, open China; a China case study taught to MBA students in programs both prestigious and not. Investors hailed KFC's deft menu localization and aggressive locally-flavored marketing, tactics that had made it more successful in China than in its native land, a jewel in the Yum! Brands crown.
Then came 2012. KFC has never recovered. Continue reading...