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Brand News: iPhone 6, Alibaba, Oracle and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 19, 2014 09:44 AM

TOP STORIES

Alibaba goes public in record-breaking IPO at $92.70/share, overtaking Amazon as most valued online retailer as Yahoo sees a windfall.

Apple’s bigger iPhone 6 series attracts worldwide long lines (and McDonald's) and black market sales in China as iOS 8 update frustrates users and Apple TV updates UI. A Reuters/Ipsos poll, meanwhile, finds that Android edges out Apple for "cool" factr.

Home Depot says data breach outstrips Target's after it received security warnings for months.

Oracle see Larry Ellison move from CEO to chairman and CTO as JetBlue and Clorox also confirm CEO exits.

UK government and businesses rejoice as Scotland votes to stay in the UK.

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Bill Blass brand prepares for a comeback under new leadership.

BlackBerry reveals $2,127 Porsche-designed smartphone.

Cadillac plans to build unnamed "top end" car at Detroit plant.

Coca-Cola Life London pop-up opens with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

Cracker Barrel cooks up growth.

Crumbs Bake Shop pushes ahead with relaunch.Continue reading...

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Brand News: A&E/Vice, Nike, Apple and more

Posted by Alicia Ciccone on September 1, 2014 09:53 AM

TOP STORIES

A&E buys 10 percent of Vice for $250 million. 

Apple blocks developers from selling users' health data to marketers; bans hazardous chemicals following China investigation; reportedly strikes payments deal to make next iPhone a mobile wallet with American Express, Visa and MasterCard; sees iBeacon struggle with retailers; and grapples with possible iCloud (via “Find my iPhone”) hack that led to massive nude photo leak affecting Jennifer Lawrence and other actresses.

Nike re-signs (Under Armour-wooed) NBA star Kevin Durant to sneaker deal rumored to be worth $350 million.

Disney files patents for drone-controlled puppets as Google drones find better reception than Amazon tests.

P&G's Tide brand honors uniformed workers on Labor Day (above).

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Alibaba faces stiffer homegrown competition ahead of upcoming IPO.

Art Everywhere partnership brings culture to outdoor advertising.

Bayer brings “world’s hangover cureBerocca to US.

BMW sees bomb-proof fleet get big buy-in from Australian government for G20 Summit. 

Comcast acquisition of Time Warner Cable protested by entertainment giants.Continue reading...

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Summer's Here and the Time is Right for Branding of Your Beats

Posted by Claire Falloon on July 21, 2014 01:03 PM

As concert and festival-goers don their denim cut-offs and band t-shirts this summer, they should also get ready for the usual barrage from brands clamoring for their money and attention.

This year fans will encounter everything from advertising and promotions to carefully integrated digital and live experiences from brands including Jim Beam, HondaBudweiser, Vans and even Staples, which is sponsoring Katy Perry’s Prismatic World Tour (seriously, office supplies? What happened to sex, drugs and rock & roll?)

Old school purists may not like it, but concert sponsorship is nothing new and the presence of big corporate brands in music is a reality we may all have to get used to. 

As Lady Gaga noted at SXSW back in March, “without sponsorships we won’t have any more artists in Austin, because record companies don’t have any f*cking money.” And as music labels recede, the big brands are marching in.Continue reading...

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Mila Kunis Makes History with Jim Beam in New Global Campaign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 20, 2014 12:07 PM

It's not often you see a woman shilling for a hard liquor brand, but that's because they aren't Mila Kunis.

The red-hot Hollywood actress, who has starred in films like Black Swan and Forgetting Sarah Marshall and voices the character of Meg Griffin on Family Guy, is the new front-woman for Jim Beam in what is the company's largest global marketing campaign in its 219-year history. 

It's also a landmark deal for Kunis, who had never pitched for any other brand in the US. But it turns out that putting up a friendly, female face to promote your brand isn't such a bad idea now that 30 percent of bourbon drinkers are female, up 10 percent from years past. Flavored bourbon, which continues to grow, is consumed evenly across women and men, Ad Age notes.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Bacardi Goes Green, Crackdown on Gluten-Free Booze Claims and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on February 14, 2014 06:34 PM

Bacardi Gets Green

Bacardi Limited may be 152 years old, but it is thinking like a youngster. The world’s largest privately held spirits company has set its sights on obtaining “40 percent of the sugarcane-derived products used to make its rums from certified, sustainable sources by 2017 and 100 percent by 2022—an industry first—as part of a new global sustainability campaign,” according to Sustainable Brands.

“Protecting the natural resources we use to create our brands, at every step along the value chain, is central to our corporate responsibility,” said Ed Shirley, Bacardi's president and CEO, according to the site. “We’ve always set the bar high. Now, we’re taking our solid, sustainable foundation to the next level.”

The sustainability campaign doesn't just extend to its supply chain, but also to its corporate offices. As part of the new campaign being launched across 75 offices, Bacardi employees will be able to track just how environmentally-friendly they are being both at home and in the office.Continue reading...

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$16 Billion Beam Inc. Acquisition Will See Greater Distribution of Whiskey Brands

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 13, 2014 05:22 PM

Liquor giants Diageo and Pernod Ricard can start looking over their shoulders. Japan’s Suntory Holdings, which produces some of Japan’s oldest whiskeys, has just agreed to pay $16 billion for Beam Inc., the American producer of Maker’s Mark, Jim Beam, Sauza, and Gilbey’s, Ad Age reports. The deal makes Suntory the third-largest liquor company in the world. 

As a result of the deal, Suntory, which also bottles Pepsi in Japan and owns the Orangina brand, will have greater distribution in the US and Beam, whose portfolio includes the lucrative Skinnygirl line, will have much stronger exposure in the Asian marketplace. That’s a pretty good deal for Suntory, which currently sources 90 percent of its business from Japan. 

“Suntory has virtually no U.S. presence,” Mark Swartzberg, an analyst at Stifel Financial Corp., said in a research note today, according to Bloomberg. “This will take their share from less than 1 percent to 11 percent. Meanwhile, Beam stockholders will head to the bank with $83.50 for each share owned instead of the $66.97 share price that it last closed at." The two companies previously had a distribution deal in which Suntory distributed Beam products in Japan, and Beam distributed Suntory products in Singapore and greater Asia.Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Maple Madness, Belvedere Know-How, Wine Shortage and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on November 1, 2013 07:05 PM

Beam Goes Sweet for Maple

Beam scored a hit earlier this year with its honey-flavored bourbon, so the company is turning out a few more—Jim Beam Maple and Knob Creek Smoked Maple—to help boost its hurting bottom line.

Rob Nelson, the brand manager of small-batch bourbon at Beam, told BeverageDaily.com that the growing popularity of such spirits can be partially attributed to the popularity of Prohibition-era TV shows such as HBO's Boardwalk Empire. The sweeter taste also seems to be attracting the sweeter sex. 

“We think females are now participating in flavored bourbon at twice the rate they are in the unflavored bourbon,” Beam Chief Executive Matthew Shattock said in a conference call, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. As the magazine points out, though, that success may be at the expense of its Skinnygirl wine, which is “down by almost one-third this year.”Continue reading...

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In the News: Kodak, Petco, Toyota and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 4, 2013 09:14 AM

In the News

Kodak officially ends bankruptcy.

Petco launches transformation effort.

Toyota announces hybrids recall.

Amazon unveils new Kindle, Matchbook service. 

Bank of America exits China bank stake.

Bison Council pushes acceptance of the meat.

Chick-fil-A offers free breakfast, with reservation.

Chrysler posts 12 percent sales gain in August as all brands ready for US sales reports today.

Google partners with Nestle to name new operating system.

Hershey boosts ad spending and sales have followed.

Johnson & Johnson adds red warning label on Tylenol over dosage concerns.

JCPenney finds love from other hedge funds.Continue reading...

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