Posted by Dale Buss on March 21, 2012 09:04 AM
Adobe gets more social.
Amazon wrings profit from fulfillment.
AmLactin taps Olympic swimmer Dara Torres as brand ambassador.
Angry Birds to launch retail partnership
Apple iPad users find high video use can crunch data plans as Consumer Reports finds that the new version runs hotter than the old one.
Arby's readies brand relaunch.
Boeing gains 787 Dreamliner clearance by U.S. regulators.Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on March 5, 2012 11:55 AM
The catchphrase of The Lorax — "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing's going to get better" — can mean a lot of different things depending on one's perspective when it comes to the marketing of Universal's record-breaking new #1 movie.
To purists, it means that unless consumers speak up, Hollywood's commercialization of Dr. Seuss, including signing a cross-promotional sponsorship deal with an automaker, the movie's environmental message is for naught. To Mazda, the brand that's ponying up for The Lorax tie-in, it means that unless some consumers care an awful lot, sales numbers are not going to get better.
But is the outrage about Mazda's Lorax partnership making "perfect" the enemy of "good" — and overlooking ?Continue reading...
Posted by Abe Sauer on February 29, 2012 03:31 PM
100 likes, 857 dislikes. That's the YouTube tally for the Mazda tie-in commercial for Dr. Seuss' The Lorax movie, based on the animated version of the kids' classic environmental-themed book that's hitting cinemas on March 2nd.
The comment "I'm absolutely disgusted with this! The REAL Lorax would never work with the Onceler. Mazda, stop using Dr. Seuss's material, it's only going to make your company look bad and downright stupid" has been voted up 28 times. Another irate comment, "Consider the movie and car both boycotted. WTF were you thinking?" is par for the course.
The shame of it? It all could have been avoided.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 23, 2012 09:03 AM
Airbus and Boeing are building too many planes, plane-leasing exec warns.
Amazon pulls some independent titles from Kindle in dispute.
Campbell Soup counts on new products for turnaround.
Fuller Brush files for bankruptcy.
GM hopes Peugeot can help solve riddle of European market.
Google agrees to add "Do Not Track" button and support coalition of Internet companies.
HP continues struggles with PC business.
Hyundai prepares for its own show during Oscars.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 14, 2012 08:55 AM
Amazon expands into original programming for web and TV, while Senate bill may close Virginia's "Amazon loophole."
Angry Birds lands on Facebook.
Apple shares close above $500, breaking more records, while brand announces iPad 3 release for March 7, testing "iPad Mini" tablet with smaller screen.
Burt's Bees launches spinoff aimed at Gen Y.
Chipotle steals buzz at Grammy's with Willie Nelson/Coldplay commercial.
Ford may have last laugh over Chevrolet with Super Bowl truck ad.
Google sees Motorola Mobility acquisition approved by EU and US.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on February 6, 2012 08:58 AM
BMW faces snafu in Europe marketing a Mini cold front.
Boeing checks 787 Dreamliners for possible delamination.
Eli Manning's star rises with second Super Bowl win, edging personal brands of brother Peyton and rival Tom Brady.
Facebook is challenged by monetizing mobile.
Ford says majority of big-market dealers are on board for investments in Lincoln brand.
GM aims for $10 billion in annual profit.
Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein emerges as corporate spokesman for same-sex marriage.
HP nods toward activist investors.
Honda pulls forward major changes to struggling Civic this fall.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on January 31, 2012 09:03 AM
Apple hires Dixons CEO as new retail chief, while iPad sales propel Apple to top of PC market over HP. Apple patent challenger Samsung, meanwhile, faces EU inquiry.
AT&T names new strategy officer in management shuffle.
Bang & Olufsen debuts cheaper line of high-tech gadgets.
Belstaff brings luxury leather jackets to London and New York with dual flagships.
BSKyB to start movie service rivaling Netflix.
BlackBerry-maker RIM posts corporate governance report indicating why co-CEO role was scrapped.
Carrefour names yet another CEO in turnaround struggle.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on January 24, 2012 07:15 PM
The triumphant sub-headline on Apple's quarterly earnings report press release says it all: "Highest Quarterly Revenue and Earnings Ever All-Time Record iPhone, iPad and Mac Sales."
Its profits more than doubled, with record quarterly revenue of $46.33 billion and record quarterly net profit of $13.06 billion, and it now boasts a whopping $97.6 billion in the bank — more than the market capitalization of all but 52 companies. “We’re thrilled with our outstanding results and record-breaking sales of iPhones, iPads and Macs,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Apple’s momentum is incredibly strong, and we have some amazing new products in the pipeline.”
Covering the all-important holiday selling period through Dec. 31st, 2011, the company reported that international sales "accounted for 58 percent of the quarter’s revenue. The Company sold 37.04 million iPhones in the quarter, representing 128 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter. Apple sold 15.43 million iPads during the quarter — beatimg the number of PC's that HP sold in the quarter, and a 111 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter — xxx. The Company sold 5.2 million Macs during the quarter, a 26 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter."
The only flat note: Apple sold 15.4 million iPods in the quarter, "a 21 percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter" — as the Los Angeles Times commented, "which is not terrible, because Apple did not upgrade most of the iPods available last Christmas."Continue reading...