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IKEA: A Brand That Knows How to Connect with Content

Posted by Tori Miner on July 24, 2014 05:06 PM

At its core, the IKEA brand is all about experience. From showrooms to social media, the brand conveys a deep understanding of how people live and a commitment to helping them better their everyday life. Ever the retail innovator, IKEA brings its creativity to life through original content and branded experiences designed to build stronger connections with their consumers around the world.

Its flagship content effort is available online today—its iconic catalog. The 2015 catalog is available in 32 languages, 67 printed editions, and 46 countries and territories, and its most sustainable publication to date. According to a press release, it's the largest print production ever to be printed on 100 percent FSC-certified paper, "from forest to printer."

With the theme of “Where the Everyday Begins and Ends,” the 2015 catalog app for iOS and Android devices includes extended content such as shareable DIY videos, 360° views of entire rooms, and a “Place in Your Room” feature where users can select from over 300 IKEA products and virtually place them in their own homes.Continue reading...

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Live Nation Moves Forward with Commitment to Local, Humane Concessions

Posted by Dale Buss on July 29, 2013 11:12 AM

The source of ingredients for food concessions may be the furthest thing from the mind of most American concert-goers, but what the heck: Live Nation is going to give you only local produce and humanely raised meats along with the Justin Bieber hologram and Kenny Chesney guitar riff that you are really going to see.

The continent's biggest live-entertainment company, which operates 38 venues across North America, is revamping its foodservice program with commitments to use local produce and meat from humanely raised animals, according to Nation's Restaurant News. Live Nation is working with the Humane Society of the United States and has committed to serving hamburgers, hot dogs, Italian sausages and chicken tenders made with meat that carries Certified Humane, Global Animal Partnership or Animal Welfare Approved certification, the publication said.

Live Nation is working with a celebrity chef, Hugh Acheson, to develop its first vegetarian options for concert menus.Continue reading...

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Personal Care Brands Get Ready for European Ban on Animal Testing

Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 6, 2013 12:26 PM

In just one week, the EU’s sweeping ban on animal testing for cosmetics and personal care products goes into effect.

"All personal care products, from high-end to drugstore brands, will be subject to the rules," and "final products cannot be tested on animals and nor can any of a given products’ ingredients."

The European ban starting March 11th is a hard-won victory impacting companies and brands worldwide, and follows two decades of campaigning by organizations such as PETA, public protests, phone calls, and more than 20,000 e-mails.

“It’s enormously important because it started out as an ethical stand—animals should not die for shampoo—and brought about a whole new era of non-animal science,” Kathy Guillermo, SVP Laboratory Investigations at PETA, told brandchannel. “This ban shows that once an animal test is rejected, scientists can and will come up with a new and better way. We need to put the same limitations on household chemicals, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.”Continue reading...

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Lush Cosmetics: Cruelty-Free, Not Controversy-Free

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 11, 2012 09:55 AM

A tough-to-watch, controversy-stirring videotaped event by Lush Cosmetics in the U.K. involved a performance artist undergoing animal laboratory tests in the window of Lush Regent Street London in April to raise awareness of their fight against animal testing in cosmetics.

Jacqueline Traides, 24, spent ten hours in the store window and was subjected to force-feeding, injections, hair shaving and other extreme discomfort while restrained. She later blogged, "It was somewhere after the fourth hour of this live act that I found my self asking the question ‘why exactly am i here?’. I realised then that it was not to Lush, nor to the onlookers but to the beings, animals and humans alike, that endure such suffering without choice."

Intended to shock, thousands of passerby signed the brand's petition on the spot, while the performance was also streamed live on a website where viewers could sign. "I hope it will plant the seed of a new awareness in people to really start thinking about what they go out and buy and what goes into producing it," said Traides.Continue reading...

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Burger King Commits to Free-Range Chickens and Pigs

Posted by Mark J. Miller on April 25, 2012 03:50 PM

Fast-food brands aren't going to get out of the meat business any time soon. But Burger King wants to be the first big U.S. fast-food chain to at least do that with chicken and pigs that don’t spend their lives caged up.

The plan is for the 7,200 Burger Kings across America to be using 100 percent cage-free eggs by 2017 and also only buy pork from “suppliers that can demonstrate documented plans to end their use of gestation crates for breeding pigs,” according to a press release

The animal welfare announcement comes as the chain is promoting the chicken strips on its new U.S. menu in a celeb-laden (now adding Steven Tyler? Update: yes, Tyler) advertising campaign.Continue reading...

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Vicktory Lap: Michael Vick Endorses Legislation, More Brands

Posted by Mark J. Miller on July 21, 2011 11:30 AM

America loves a winner with a redemption story. Well, at least marketers think they do. That would explain how Philadelphia Eagles star quarterback Michael Vick, who spent nearly two years in prison for his part in an interstate dog-fighting ring, has managed to get another endorsement deal.

His hometown Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Vick, treated like a complete pariah when he was released from jail two years ago, has added to his post-prison endorsement deals by signing a new contract this week with a nutritional-supplement company, Fuse Science.

As part of the deal, the parent company of Fuse, Double Eagle Holdings Ltd., has a new equity partner. You guessed it: Vick.

"He's a changed man," Fuse Science CEO Adam Adler told the Associated Press.Continue reading...

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Animal Shelters Adopt New Branding Strategy

Posted by Barry Silverstein on September 25, 2009 05:23 PM

Shelter cats and dogs have a branding problem. Can loathing for financial arch-villain Bernard Madoff help fix it?

While animal welfare organizations and pet products manufacturers promote shelter adoption, sad images of animals in cages depict shelters as holding areas for undesirable pets. Not exactly the best branding strategy.

To dispel this depressing public image, a new campaign called The Shelter Pet Project aims to rebrand shelters by giving shelter animals a voice—a human voice.Continue reading...

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