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In the News: Sears, Nike, Spotify and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 6, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Sears files to spin off Lands' End as company's struggles disenchant investors.

Nike features Man-U's Wayne Rooney in ads for new soccer ball as spokesman LeBron James hinders efforts to market his own new shoe.

Spotify introduces free mobile music service.

Dell offers employee buyouts to cut costs.

Electronic Arts refocuses to fix Battlefield bugs.

Ford pulls off lavish global launch of new Mustang and promises a convertible too, while company scion says CEO Alan Mulally isn't leaving next year.

GM may pull production out of Australia soon.

Hershey introduces Jolly Rancher in India.

Honda uses dealer cash incentives to push for better December than last year.

JCPenney discloses SEC peek into its finances.

Jaguar Land Rover plans Brazil output beginning in 2016.

NBC surveys feedback on The Sound of Music live telecast that featured tight integration with Walmart ads.

Nestle continues streamlining with sale of 10-percent stake in Givaudan flavor house.

Nissan crafts promotional car-design experience based on digital goggles.

Quiznos slows into a financial crisis.

Tesla dodges bullet aimed at its plan to sell in Ohio.

Unilever plans to cut SKUs by up to 30 percent and slash marketing headcount by 12 percent.

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In the News: Ford, Apple, GM and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 5, 2013 09:22 AM

In the News

Ford introduces new Mustang today as global vehicle.

Apple and China Mobile sign deal to sell iPhone as Carl Icahn softens stance on Apple's cash.

GM drops Chevrolet from mainstream European market and sells remaining stake in Ally.

AT&T and T-Mobile weigh bids for Verizon wireless spectrum.

Facebook admits organic reach is falling short and urges marketers to buy ads.

Fox says Super Bowl ad inventory is sold out.

FTC is perplexed after native-ad workshop.

General Mills is pouring Cheerios into the Super Bowl.

JCPenney sacrifices profit in volume push.Continue reading...

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JCPenney Posts Notable Comp-Store Increase, Leaving November No Turkey

Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2013 03:58 PM

Maybe November wasn't such a turkey after all—for JCPenney, at least. The still-beleaguered retailer reported a 10 percent increase in comparable-store sales for the month, thanks to a strong Black Friday and, presumably, the conclusion by American consumers that the brand isn't dead just yet.

While most retailers have bemoaned the overall results of Thanksgiving weekend and aren't sure their promotional aggressiveness will serve them much better this month, JCPenney reported that its online sales were strong. Notably, it was the second consecutive month for which the retailer reported comparable-store sales, according to TheStreet.com, after dropping monthly reports two years ago.

And JCPenney CEO Myron Ullman took a minute to crow, sort of. "We are pleased with our performance over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, particularly in light of the continued spending pressures on consumers," he said in a press release. "The combination of our great merchandise and compelling promotions put us in a position to succeed in a highly competitive environment, and our teams executed very well."Continue reading...

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In the News: Snapchat, Mercedes-Benz, Newsweek and more

Posted by Dale Buss on December 4, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Snapchat hires away Emily White, Instagram's ad exec, to be company COO. 

Mercedes-Benz CLA comes through and cements US sales lead over BMW.

Newsweek plans return to print.

Applebee's rolls out tablets nationwide.

Benetton rises above Levi's to become India's top international fashion brand. 

BJ's Wholesale Club owners express interest in buying Hess gas stations.

Boeing tantalizes states with 777x production.

China issues 4G mobile licenses to country's three main telecom companies. 

Drake announces partnership with Nike's Jordan brand. 

Greenpeace makes Christmas a downer with Santa reporting from melting Arctic.

JCPenney finally reports comp-sales increase.Continue reading...

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Brands Set Off on All Out Marketing Blitz in Race for Black Friday Sales

Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 27, 2013 07:02 PM

Thanksgiving is a time to share with loved ones, express gratitude, and take stock of the ad frenzy that is holiday shopping. And with brands turning the clock forward on Black Friday promos, marketing teams are in an all-out race to grab the attention of savings-hungry consumers. 

According to research from Shareablee, of the top 25 retailers on Facebook in the first half of November, Walmart accounted for 27 percent of the total shares by fans, followed by QVC with 9 percent, and Macy’s and Nordstrom at 8 percent. On Twitter, BestBuy is dominant with 30 percent of retweets in the category, followed by Nordstrom at 9 percent, Ebay and Target at 8 percent respectively and Walmart at 6 percent.

Target has outpaced all retail competition with six times more Black Friday posts than any other brand, while JCPenney’s one Black Friday post earned the highest level of engagement with over 54,000 likes, comments and shares.  

Are you planning on braving the crowds? If so, here's some offers to keep an eye out for:Continue reading...

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JCPenney Heads Into Holiday Shopping Season with Sales Gain, Cheapest Pants in Town

Posted by Dale Buss on November 20, 2013 05:07 PM

JCPenney finally reported seeing a silver lining in its financial results. Which is only appropriate, considering that the brand also released its new, glittery holiday advertising campaign, the first national effort under new CMO Debra Berman.

The beleaguered chain reported a wider third-quarter loss than a year ago, but investors cheered the results nonetheless, sending JCPenney stock higher on Wednesday. That was because, while the company nearly quadrupled its quarterly losses, part of it was the toll necessary for JCPenney to continue to reverse many of the huge changes to its marketing, merchandising, product and promotion policies and programs under former CEO Ron Johnson, who was ousted last spring.

Besides, JCPenney's first monthly same-store sales gain in nearly two years came in October. That meant the brand finally may be stanching the bleeding of the last two years. Quarterly revenues still dipped by nearly 5 percent for the retailer, but executives were able to report that the defection of customers and loyalty to the brand may finally have bottomed out during the period.Continue reading...

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In the News: Verizon, Panera Bread, Johnson & Johnson and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 20, 2013 09:18 AM

In the News

Verizon unveils big-box superstores in bid to reinvent wireless.

Panera enters single-serve home-coffee market.

Johnson & Johnson agrees to artificial-hip settlement of at least $2.5 billion.

Bitcoin regulation is argued.

Burger King enters India via joint venture.

Dodge tests coattails of Ron Burgundy.

Ford plans to reveal all-new Mustang on Dec. 5 and said Edge concept at LA Auto Show provides glimpse of global SUV ambitions.

Home Depot registers 50 percent rise in digital sales and Lowe's net profit surges.

JCPenney loss widens but turnaround firms up.Continue reading...

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In the News: JCPenney, P&G, Apple and more

Posted by Dale Buss on November 19, 2013 09:31 AM

In the News

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...

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