Posted by Dale Buss on August 6, 2013 01:54 PM
While Walmart's right hand is parrying "living-wage" proponents over its plan to pull out of its efforts to open stores in Washington, D.C., the company's left hand is feeding a favorite progressive cause: green-ness.
Walmart has joined Twentieth Century Fox in an integrated campaign to promote "green" CPG products such as Burt's Bees, Brita water-filtering systems and Green Works wipes along with the studio's home-video launch of Epic, an environmentally themed kids' movie that was released in theaters in May and has grossed $245 million worldwide.
In what is believed to be Walmart's biggest push for a home-video title ever, beginning today the chain is promoting availability of the digital version of the toon. Walmart already introduced its "Epic Green Warriors" marketing campaign at 2,800 stores to help boost pre-orders for the animated film and DVD and Blu-ray versions of Epic when it becomes available on August 20. The whole effort will run through October 1.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 2, 2013 03:36 PM
As Kermit the Frog taught an entire generation, “It's not easy being green.”
Clorox’s Green Works is a case study in the steep learning curve of green branding. The line of environmentally friendly housecleaning products launched in 2008 with an endorsement from the Sierra Club, which helped boost its market penetration and credibility.
That $1.3 million contract ends in December and the brand chose Earth Day to announce a strategic marketing revamp, including a new tone of voice (embodied by its new manifesto, posted on Facebook and its website) and the removal of the Sierra Club logo from all Green Works packaging, a clear sign of the times as green cleaning products have been forced to reduce their premium prices and re-position the sell to deflect declining sales.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on April 22, 2013 09:31 AM
Dirce Navarro de Camargo, Brazil's richest woman and owner of Havaianas, dies at 100.
Apple faces criticism over Siri's long memory as market expects it to report profit drop.
Nutrisystem joins forces with Walmart in retail push.
Amazon asks viewers for help in selecting which pilots to turn into original TV series.
Ahold donates a half-million dollars to Boston fund.
Boeing will see timeline of Dreamliner return to skies vary widely around globe.
Chipotle sees expansion of US investigation into its hiring.
Clorox aims to expand market for Green Works beyond niche.
Coach fights to keep its cachet as competition rises.
Comedy Central plans to use Twitter to host comedy festival.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on April 1, 2012 12:01 PM
In a bid to outdo last year's April Fool's Day jokes, a few April Foolin' Around branded fake gags today include:
• Richard Branson's next adventure, Virgin Volcanic, will take the intrepid billionaire to the center of the earth with Tom Hanks;
• in addition to really advanced search and Google TV Click, perennial prankster Google brings its self-driving car to NASCAR racing (above) and, below, announces Morse Code-based Gmail Tap (double your typing speed!) with LL Cool J, plus 8-bit Google Maps for the neglected Nintendo Entertainment System, and more:Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on March 14, 2012 01:01 PM
For decades, Procter & Gamble has been pitching laundry detergents, promoting a dizzying array of different brands that all basically do the same thing — get clothes clean. Typically, detergent advertising concentrates on the features of the product and the benefits the consumer derives from using it.
So how does a niche detergent brand break through, especially when it doesn't have the luxury of the ginormous promotional budgets of a Procter & Gamble? For Method, the answer is simple: Be quirky.
Method, a pioneer in earth-friendly detergents and cleaning products, has fought against the Tides of the world since its founding 12 years ago. But it is only in recent years that the brand has faced its toughest competition.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on April 13, 2011 05:30 PM
There's a battle being waged in laundry rooms throughout the world and it's all about environmentally friendly laundry products. This product category has seen significant growth recently, and the fight among brands isn't always friendly.
Witness the dispute last year over the use of a yellow daisy — that's right, a daisy — in product packaging. Clorox, maker of Green Works, took legal action against Method, the manufacturer of non-toxic laundry and personal care products, because Green Works wanted the exclusive right to use the yellow daisy in its product packaging. Method, it seems, was displaying a yellow daisy in some of its promotional material, claiming that a yellow daisy couldn't be owned by anyone, since it was a product of nature.
That's old dirty laundry. This month, Method sprouted a new campaign called "Laundry Love" that has nothing to do with flowers.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 11, 2010 05:00 PM
Global sustainable packaging market will exceed $142 billion by 2015 according to new projections.
P&G releases study (under news, here) showing gap between businesses' green intentions and actions.
Apple's iPhone 3G leads the 10 most recycled phones in the UK.
Boeing's vision of its future aircraft includes hypothetical SUGAR Volt that will use less fuel, reduce noise and take off from short distances.
Chevrolet's 2011 Cruze Eco is billed as a "shape-shifter" that can become more fuel-efficient on the fly.
Clorox is aiming to make its Green Works line "all-natural," new products director Michael Ott tells the SF Chronicle.
Dreft detergent highlights recycled fashion in print campaign.
Green Mountain Coffee Roasters' K-Cups raise questions about packaging waste.
Greenpeace shifts focus from BP to nuclear power industry with new logo redesign contest.
HBO and Planet Green star Adrian Grenier is lobbying to get plastic bags banned in the state of California.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 26, 2010 04:00 PM
Seventh Generation Inc. co-founder Jeffrey Hollender has been quoted as saying "hell would freeze over" before his environmentally friendly household products would be sold in Wal-Mart's stores.
Good thing his words are non-toxic, as he's now eating them. Starting in August, Seventh Generation's eco-friendly laundry detergent, dish soap, all-purpose sprays and disinfectant wipes will be available in 1,500 Walmart-branded stores. And by September, additional cleaning products, diapers and baby wipes will be available on walmart.com.
Why the sudden change of mind?Continue reading...