Posted by Dale Buss on May 21, 2013 01:49 PM
After nearly a quarter century under American and then Indian ownership, the Jaguar brand is making a concerted effort to reassert its fundamental Britishness. Jaguar is going from dealer to dealer in the United States discussing new corporate-identity standards meant to wear the English origins and sensibilities—and production—of the cars on their hoods, as it were.
At least in part, the branding moves are meant to contrast Jaguar from its German rivals as Jaguar scraps anew for share in the crowded part of the luxury market around $70,000, with its new F-Type sports car.
The new standards—including a canopy for the service drive, a "heritage wall" and a performance center for the latest models—will "bring out the Britishness and aspects of our heritage," Andy Goss, CEO of Jaguar Land Rover North America, told Automotive News Europe. "We want to convey the message that we are not a Teutonic brand. We will appeal more to the senses. The biggest difference is a lot more color." Cranberry will accent the traditional British racing green in the new standards.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 13, 2013 07:22 PM
Jaguar is trying to emerge from its musty past and zoom into direct competition with Porsche with a new advertising campaign to back its all-new F-Type sports car. Utilizing outlets from digital media to TV spots, and featuring partners ranging from San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to Playboy, the brand is pulling out all the stops in its "Your Turn" campaign to attempt to get America's young and upscale car buyers to embrace a marque that hasn't been especially relevant in the US market for several years.
"It's not creating a brand from scratch; it has a storied history," Rob Filipovic, general manager of product planning for Jaguar North America, told brandchannel. "It's more about reconnecting with the performance and design attributes that Jaguar used to stand for, and bringing them to the forefront for a new generation that isn't necessarily familiar with our brand or cars."
Even in launching the new effort behind an all-new vehicle, Jaguar has reached a high-water mark under its ownership by Tata, the India-based industrial conglomerate that bought Jaguar and Land Rover brands nearly five years ago from Ford, which was battening down the hatches for the tough global economy at the time. Since that purchase, Tata has brought the brands through the subsequent financial collapse and Great Recession, fought through its own unfamiliarity with luxury auto brands and suffered from the continuing recession in Europe.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on May 3, 2013 12:44 PM
China is the second largest economy in the world and every significant brand's future is impacted by its growth (or collapse)—but who's got the time?! Here's the week's reads that will make you look like a keen China observer in case you find yourself immersed in a cultural conversation.
This week: Iron Man 3 inaccuracies... BMW... Casino frugality... Wanglaoji trademarks... Heinz baby food... Hugo Boss mini-movies... Sunning manga... China's first lady for Pehchaolin... Ashley Furniture... L’Oreal... Ad spends... Iron Man 3 product placement... and more.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on May 3, 2013 09:15 AM
Apple dodges $9 billion in US taxes with bond deal.
Google named Advertiser of the Year.
Volkswagen makes $10 million donation to the National Mall.
Adidas sales drop on weakening Reebok brand.
Barnes & Noble begins support of Google apps on Nook.
Beam sales rise because of "formula run" on Maker's Mark.
Diet Coke slims down its vending machines.
Ford adds jobs and raises capacity to make pick-up trucks.
Geritol seeks new life with younger consumers.
Huffington Post brings rapid-response "native" ads to its home page.Continue reading...
Posted by Alicia Ciccone on March 27, 2013 09:38 AM
Walmart will test in-store lockers for online deliveries a la Amazon.
CBS aquires 50 percent of TV Guide Network for $100 million.
Southwest Airlines becomes the official airline of golf.
California shoe company sues Under Armour for trademark infringement.
Facebook and TiVo continue to battle over thumbs-up symbol.
After weeks of rumors and potential leaks, the Miami Dolphins will unveil their new logo on April 25.
Doritos officially launches new global campaign and redesigned packaging.
Human Rights Campaign's red equal sign logo for gay marriage goes viral on social media.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on March 21, 2013 10:16 AM
Luxury is back at the forefront of fashion and lifestyle despite the still shaky worldwide economy.
Findings from the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend, show gains in brand equity across 155 categories from auto makers to department stores across three key criteria: Familiarity, Quality and Purchase Consideration.
"This may show that after a number of years spent tightening their belts, consumers are looking to the quality and value they feel these brands provide,” said Aron Galonsky, SVP Brand and Communication Consulting at Harris Interactive.
Mercedes-Benz took top honors in the Luxury Automotive brand category for the third consecutive year, with Acura (which takes on uber-luxury in its latest US TV commercial, below), Audi, BMW, Infiniti and Land Rover receiving their highest scores ever. Harley-Davidson got its highest score in the study's 25-year history regaining top spot as Motorcycle Brand of the Year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 15, 2013 04:43 PM
General Motors brands and Lexus were the big winners when J.D. Power & Associates announced its highly regarded annual awards for dealership-customer satisfaction based on its survey of thousands of American automotive consumers.
Three GM brands—led by GMC, and also including No. 3 Buick and No. 4 Chevrolet—placed in the top five in Power's prestigious designation. No. 2 Mini and No. 5 Volkswagen rounded out the top five. Three Chrysler Group brands—Jeep, Ram and Dodge—finished at the bottom.
In the luxury arena, Lexus once again won the day—for the fifth straight year—followed by yet another GM brand, Cadillac; Jaguar; Acura; and Infiniti. BMW and Mercedes-Benz placed below average, while Land Rover gained the most of any luxury brand from last year.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on March 11, 2013 06:47 PM
From the Detroit auto show in a working person's town in January to the high-end distractions of this week's Geneva auto show, the focus of the auto industry next moves to an annual exhibition whose personality lands somewhere in between those two: the New York International Auto Show.
Scheduled for the Jacob Javits Center in New York from March 29 through April 27, with a press preview beforehand, the New York show mixes the glitz and accessibility of the world's most important media market with the fact that the event is a big and relied-upon marketing boost for Tri-State auto dealers just before the heavy annual selling season begins.Continue reading...