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A-Rod Cuckoo for Coconut Water (with Madonna's Blessing)

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 15, 2011 05:00 PM

When a person invests heavily in something, they generally are expecting to make their money back — and then some. But New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez seems to be working some new business angle that hasn’t been discovered before: investing in one product while endorsing its competitor.

Coconut water has been "the next big thing" for a while now, with ABC News and other trend-watchers picking up on the trend more than a year ago, as consumers started ditching their sports drinks and vitamin-infused water for a more "natural" thirst-quencher.

Rodriguez has been a longtime investor in coconut-water maker Zico. But Zico’s main competitor for the top spot in what CNBC calls a $200 million industry, Vita Coco, just announced that Rodriguez was endorsing their product, which brought in $0 million in 2010.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Walmart, Delicious, PayPal and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 27, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

After Apple and Google were called to US Senate hearing on mobile privacy, Apple agrees to curb collection of user location data, which CEO Steve Jobs attributes to tech error.

Comcast says it's the first cable provider to offer TV VOD from all 4 major US networks.

eBay posts profit with PayPal help. 

HBO casting photo of Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin surfaces.

Madonna strikes back at lawsuit involving her Malawi charity.Continue reading...

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In the News: BP, BA, Myspace and more

Posted by Dale Buss on March 29, 2011 09:00 AM

In the News

BP reviewed by US prosecutors for potential manslaughter charges.

British Airways cable crew vote for new round of strikes.

News Corp. and Vevo are in talks about the future of Myspace.

AT&T/T-Mobile merger "hurdle must be high," writes the New York Times in an op-ed.

Eminem lawsuit could change how digital revenues get shared with artists.

Grameen Bank head Muhammad Yunus fights move to get him to step down.Continue reading...

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Lady Gaga Goes Country

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 25, 2011 09:30 AM

Taking yet another page from Madonna, who flirted with country, Lady Gaga today released this countryfied version of her single Born This Way.  

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Celebranding: Sheen, Bono, Emma Watson and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 1, 2011 06:00 PM

Charlie Sheen attracts 500 new followers per second as he gets ready to bring the crazy to Twitter. Update: he tweeted! And uploaded a twitpic in his first tweet, no less. No word on how Naked Juice and Broguiere's Farm Fresh Dairy chocolate milk feel about being Sheen's "choose your vice" stand-ins.

In other celebranding news:

Bono swoops in to address Spider-Man on Broadway woes.

Bristol Palin is writing a book.

Christina Hendricks pitches Vivienne Westwood.

Emma Watson used as lure for Facebook "clickjacking" scam.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: Amazon, JCPenney, Taco Bell and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 25, 2011 06:00 PM

Brands to WatchAmazon launches this-side-of-spam simple email service.

American Apparel files $5 million suit over 'exploding' nail polish bottles.

Blackwater (now Xe) suit tossed 7 years after "grisly deaths."

Goldman Sachs: better at marketing than managing assets?

Horizon Air retires brand in favor of Alaska Air.

JCPenney is closing 25 stores and select operations.

Madonna's Material Girl juniors collection for Macy's replaces Taylor Momsen with Kelly Osbourne.

Neutrogena hires Kristen Bell to endorse brand.

North Face backs U.S. Freeskiing brand with the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association.

Taco Bell refutes "where's the beef?" lawsuit.

Twitter is blocked during protests in Egypt.

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H&M's Next Fashion Collaboration is With a Blogger

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 10, 2011 10:30 AM

Swedish fashion retailer H&M's next fashion collaborator won't be a designer on the scale of Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, whose capsule collection was highly anticipated and quickly sold out — or a designer at all, for that matter.

It's producing a limited collection by fellow Swede Elin Kling, who started blogging in 2007 and previewed the autumn/winter 2010 collections on H&M's website (above). She's now considered "Sweden's leading fashionista," according to The Telegraph.Continue reading...

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Brands to Watch: ESPN, Hermes, Snooki and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 6, 2011 06:30 PM

Brands to Watch

Altria, R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard face tougher tobacco marketing rules in US.

Apple launches app store for Mac software.

Bank of America categorizes clients, adds fees.

Boeing loses major 747 order due to delays.

BP spill inquiry to report that disaster "likely" to recur; and hears that microbes may have mitigated methane damage in the Gulf.

CNN books Oprah as first guest for Piers Morgan's post-Larry King debut on Jan. 17; Madonna still banned as "boring."Continue reading...

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