brand innovation

Marriott Opens Innovation with Content Studio, Co-Creation and MIT Partnership

Posted by Sheila Shayon on October 10, 2014 11:32 AM

Marriott's testing of Oculus Rift for virtual reality-enabled brand experiences is one part of a bigger move to make its brand a platform for customer experience and innovation.

The world's biggest hotel operator, with more than 4,087 properties in 80+ countries, is exploring new avenues, socially and digitally. It's using smart tech, customer co-creation and original content to engage next-generation travelers and drive new business in a great demonstration of what Interbrand calls "The Age of You." And it's getting a helping hand from MIT's Mobile Experience lab and a critical new hire from Disney.

Under the banner of "Travel Brilliantly," the hotelier is reinventing travel (and its brand) including opening a global content studio focused on publishing, distributing and sharing digital and filmed content. 

"The purpose is to create and establish original content as a key component of the company’s global marketing strategy," stated Karin Timpone, Marriott’s global marketing officer, in a press release. “The studio will consist of three groups: a Creative agency, Entertainment and Live – all focused on developing multi-platform content to engage consumers across all screens and formats worldwide.”Continue reading...

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In the News: HP, Samsung, American Airlines and more

Posted by Dale Buss on October 6, 2014 09:07 AM

TOP STORIES

HP confirms plans to split company, including more layoffs.

NBA reaches long-term rights deals with Time Warner and Disney, which is also busy bailing out Euro Disney.

Samsung spoofs Apple iPhone6 woes with bend testearmarks $15 billion on memory-chip production for new devices.

American Airlines and Cadillac partner to offer exclusive benefits to travelers.

Tesla prepares certified used-car plan.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Adobe expands its Creative Cloud sharing and syncing tools.

Audi sales boom prompts dealers to up investments.

BFGoodrich launches tire-toughness campaign.Continue reading...

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In the News: NFL, McDonald's, Sears and more

Posted by Dale Buss on September 16, 2014 09:07 AM

TOP STORIES

AB InBev explores financing to buy SABMiller.

Apple sets sights on TV as regulators set sights on Apple Pay and fans spot the iPhone 6's hidden bulge—while U2 iTunes freebie is defended despite backlash.

McDonald's gives away coffee for the next two weeks and brings McCafe to Canadian grocers as it considers expanding its build-your-own-burger test.

NFL faces crisis as domestic violence issue ambushes Cover Girl campaign and Radisson Hotels pulls Vikings sponsorship after Adrian Peterson allegations, but teams keep fans.

Sears secures $400-million lifeline via CEO Lampert's hedge fund.

MORE BRAND NEWS

Alibaba ups IPO share price to $66-to-$68 range.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos partners with Boeing and Lockheed on rocket engine.

America Movil said to seek AT&T bid for $17.5 billion of assets in Mexico.

AstraZeneca finds partner in Eli Lilly for experimental Alzheimer's drug.

Burger King notches North American same-store sales increase.Continue reading...

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Brand News You Can Use: Amazon, Ford, PayPal and more

Posted by Dale Buss on May 1, 2014 09:33 AM

TOP STORIES

Brands to Watch

Amazon expands same-day delivery.

AOL launches 16 web series.

AT&T is reportedly pondering acquiring DirecTV.

eBay reveals PayPal's simpler logo, 1st global brand campaign.

Energizer announces plan to split in two.

Facebook launches mobile ad network and privacy features.

Ford names a new CEO, Mark Fields, to replace retiring Alan Mulally.

Foursquare breaks into two, promotes "discovery" over check-ins.

Microsoft splits global ad business.

Below, news on brand innovation, culture, and more:Continue reading...

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Google Steps Into the Free Education Realm with edX Partnership

Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 11, 2013 04:50 PM

If it wasn’t clear before, MOOCs (massive open online courses) are becoming… massively popular as television networks, elite universities and search giants join the fray. 

AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead is now being used as the “primary text” for an eight-week online course from UC Irvine titled “Society, Science, Survival: Lessons from AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead." Now Google has thrown its hat in the ring by teaming up with not-for-profit edX to create an open-source learning platform, which will launch in 2014.  

“We support the development of a diverse education ecosystem, as learning expands in the online world,” Google wrote in a blog post. “Part of that means that educational institutions should easily be able to bring their content online and manage their relationships with their students. Our industry is in the early stages of MOOCs, and lots of experimentation is still needed to find the best way to meet the educational needs of the world.”Continue reading...

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All the News You Can Drink: Pabst Blue Ribbon, Diageo, DC United Brew and more

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 17, 2013 06:16 PM

Cheap Beer Disappearing Thanks to PBR

The main reason plenty of people have ever even tasted a Pabst Blue Ribbon is because they come cheap. However, its price has been rising in New York City thanks to the hipster population that has been consuming it, according to food and beverage sales analyst Restaurant Sciences.

The word is that PBR’s price increase has affected all the other “sub-premium” brands in the city and they’ve collectively gone up 9.4 percent in the last seven months, the New York Daily News reports. "I believe the single biggest driver in sub-premium beer price increases is indeed specifically PBR," said Chuck Ellis, the research company’s chief. "It has become quite fashionable."Continue reading...

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Jennifer Aniston Finds Living Proof as Brand Ambassador

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 11, 2012 11:14 AM

For those of you keeping score, Jennifer Aniston and her famous hair have found a fella to get married to again. But before they do, Aniston has also signed on for a different engagement, this one is with a beauty company that she’s now a part owner of as well as the clean-scrubbed, shining, big-smiling face of.

The brand, Living Proof, has announced that Aniston is now an investor and the hair-care spokesperson for the company, which was founded by a professor at MIT, Dr. Robert Langer, and venture capitalists Polaris Venture Partners.

According to a press release, “Living Proof has distinguished itself by attracting world class scientists and utilizing advanced scientific technologies that originated from MIT to solve women's toughest beauty problems.” In other words, they’re not fooling around.

"Jennifer embodies everything we stand for – a unique combination of beauty and brains,” Living Proof’s CEO, Jill Beraud, stated. “She not only has the most fabulous hair but is an amazing creative talent, and has shown she is a savvy businesswoman with a serious interest in developing small, innovative companies.”

If nothing else, you can be sure you’ll be seeing more of Aniston’s hair in the near future.Continue reading...

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Harvard and MIT EdX Venture Fosters Video Education Boom

Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 4, 2012 11:01 AM

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University are joining the ranks of elite universities jumping into the burgeoning MOOCs — massively open online courses — business. The schools' new partnership, dubbed edX, is also spurring the boom in online video education.

Stanford, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Michigan recently partnered in Coursera, a commercial company with $16 million in venture capital. 

Beyond academia, the just announced TED-ED website offers customizable tools for educators, while Khan Academy has helped countless students, teachers and parents with its free treasure trove of online videos, offering more than 3,000 tuturials on everything from math to physics.Continue reading...

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