brands with balls
Posted by Dale Buss on November 11, 2011 01:14 PM
Only in America, as they say. Or in this case, on an American ship -- a big one, the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, to be exact.
The ultimate in cross-promotional sports events will unfold this evening as the NCAA takes a cue from the NFL and makes a much bigger deal out of its "opening day" than has been its previous custom. In a 7 p.m. game on ESPN that will pit Michigan State versus No. 1-ranked North Carolina on the custom-made court, there also will be lots of other key tilts and branding opportunities: Former Spartan Magic Johnson vs. former Tar Heel James Worthy. Coaches Izzo vs. Williams. Sponsors Coke Zero vs. Miller High Life. Obama vs. Osama. And Brooklyn Decker vs. -- well, there might not be a match.
The NCAA is really good at ginning up Americans' enthusiasm for basketball in the spring, with March Madness and all. But this represents the college game's biggest attempt yet to turn up the marketing booster rockets beneath a part of the hoops season that typically is pretty limp.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 21, 2011 01:00 PM
Selling books got a whole lot sexier this week as Barnes & Noble hosts a virtual Brooklyn Decker. It's all an augmented reality stunt for Esquire magazine, whose readers voted her the sexiest woman alive, prompting a February cover that is now on newsstands.
The model/actress is virtually appearing in 700 Barnes & Noble stores via GPS-enabled technology that allows iPhone users to have their picture taken with her virtual image. It's also a clever digital marketing coup for all concerned.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 19, 2011 06:30 PM
Amazon's one-day deal with LivingSocial blows Gap's Groupon deal out of the water.
AOL (whose content strategy is profiled in this week's New Yorker) launches iPad-exclusive Editions digital magazine.
Esquire promotion with struggling Barnes & Noble brings model Brooklyn Decker virtually (via an iPhone app) to stores.
Goldman Sachs quarterly profit drops 53%.
Jimmy Choo to launch men's line (online only) in July.
McDonald's signs on as lead sponsor of the NHL.
Michael Jackson to be immortalized as French perfume.Continue reading...