chew on this
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 11, 2013 11:06 AM
The Four Seasons luxury hotel chain is taking its high-end cuisine to the street with a novel FS Taste Food Truck.
In a bid to reach a wider audience, the truck will set off on an eight-stop West Coast tour on Sept. 16 from Palo Alto, Calif., covering 1,000 miles through three states. The tour stops coincide with Four Seasons locations, with the adventure ended on Nov. 10 in Santa Fe, NM.
"Food is a passion for us at Four Seasons and we are always seeking to share that in inspiring and exciting ways, whether it’s through a Michelin-star dining experience or the perfect beer and burger pairing at one of our gastropubs,” said Guy Rigby, VP food and beverage in the Americas, in a press release.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on September 5, 2013 04:58 PM
Front row seats at New York Fashion Week may be in less demand now that the world-famous fashion displays have been turned into a second-screen experience of sorts as more brands take their collections digital.
Designer Rebecca Minkoff is setting the pace with plans to debut photos of her new looks on social photo app Snapchat moments before the models strut their stuff on the runway at Lincoln Center in New York City. Given the 10-second life of the app, users must request to connect to Minkoff for the brief preview.
"There's been a lot of debate this year about fashion shows and the circus around it; some people are cutting back," said Uri Minkoff, CEO of Rebecca Minkoff and Ms. Minkoff’s brother, according to Mashable. "We believe in a different approach. We believe the consumer is part of [fashion week], and that their inclusion is going to grow. The consumer has a voice and say in [our] brand, they should get special perks even if they can't attend the show."
This year's shows will be live-streamed online on Mercedes-Benz's dedicated Fashion Week website, making it even less necessary for fashionistas to attend the shows in-person.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 30, 2013 06:03 PM
Tumblr is blowing out its previous New York Fashion Week promotions this year by pairing 20 fashion bloggers with 18 top designers and two "secret" organizations for two-week long apprenticeships prior to the famous runway shows.
The result will be a visually-appealing—and offline—gallery meant to elevate "their art and collaborations into something that's physical," said Valentine Uhovski, Tumblr's fashion evangelist, according to Mashable.
While Tumblr says it wants to keep the list of partnerships secret, the blogosphere has revealed thus far that blogger Miguel Yatco of Living in the Stills is partnered with Oscar de la Renta, Sara Zucker with Anna Sui, and Jamie Beck of Ann Street Studio with Donna Karan.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 28, 2013 06:43 PM
Pinterest plans to take its photo-centric platform to the next level with its dedicated hub for New York's upcoming Fashion Week.
In partnership with over 100 influencers, Pinterest will provide a landing page which will be continuously updated with news on the latest shows, looks and inspiration behind designs with the help of high-profile brands such as Michael Kors, the Style Network, Kate Spade, Lucky Magazine, Elle, Garance Doré, Huffington Post Style, Into the Gloss, Man Repeller, Nordstrom, Oscar de la Renta, 3.1 Phillip Lim, PopSugar, Refinery29, Style.com and Song of Style.
Katie Garlinghouse, Pinterest's head of community marketing, said Pinterest’s role in Fashion Week is “less about the real-time photos of the event, and more around the backstory of the event.” For example, "For Kate Spade, we'll see what inspired the collection, versus actual [live] images of the collection."Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 21, 2013 09:16 AM
Amazon and Conde Nast create new "all-access" magazine subscriptions across platforms.
Al Jazeera sues AT&T for dropping US channel and makes limited US debut.
Facebook leads project to connect whole world through the internet.
Apple loses iPad market share in China to Samsung and plans to launch iTunes Radio in September with big advertisers.
BMW is making customers wait for repairs due to global supply-chain hiccups.
Barnes & Noble abandons plans to split company.
Bob Evans opens Express prototype.
CBS turns to its stars in battle with Time Warner Cable.
Coca-Cola sees "very positive" prospects in Indonesia.
Cummins diesel deal with Nissan for Titan could vex Chrysler's Ram truck.
Diageo fights off latest legal challenge to its Parrot Bay cocktails.Continue reading...
social media watch
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 19, 2013 12:32 PM
Despite being a late-comer to social media, J.Crew is adapting quite quickly. In fact, the retail brand is behind a social media first: debuting its Fall 2013 catalog on Pinterest.
The brand has posted a sampling of its fall offerings to the site, with the added ability to pre-order the posted looks through the company's personal stylists. The effort adds a whole new dimension to the retailer's more traditional sales approach and in turn may garner the brand more fans—and subscribers.
While J.Crew may be the first brand to pull off such a feat on Pinterest—which has 70 million users, 80 percent of which are women—it's not the first fashion brand to use social media to give fans exclusive access.Continue reading...
Posted by Barry Silverstein on August 14, 2013 02:22 PM
Gap is launching the biggest marketing campaign in its history—dubbed "Back to Blue"—this fall with a global media push that includes the brand's return to TV after a hiatus since 2009, as well as print and outdoor advertising, social media, in-store promotions and digital marketing. In fact, Gap will be the first brand to take over all mobile ads on Tumblr for one day, August 29.
"Pop culture doesn't really start on TV anymore," Rachel Tipograph, Gap's global director of digital and social media, told Mashable. "Pop culture starts on the Internet. When you think about what community is creating pop culture on the Internet, it's Tumblr."
The Tumblr campaign includes a content creation contest, where the winning work will earn a spot on Gap's Tumblr and be turned into Tumblr mobile ads. There are also nearly 10 "Back to Blue Moments" videos on its YouTube page.
The impetus for "Back to Blue" is two-fold, according to Seth Farbman, Global Chief Marketing Officer for Gap.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 9, 2013 11:48 AM
David Karp's Tumblr, which once swore off advertising, saying it "turns our stomachs," is rolling out new tools to help marketers manage the impact and reach of their Tumblr accounts.
Following its $1.1 billion acquisition by Yahoo, Tumblr has taken steps to shed its iconoclastic youthful image, primarily with more advertising. In late May, the site unveiled sponsored brand posts in users' homepage feeds. Now, the company announced a handful of new analytics tools developed with Simply Measured on its marketing blog, which allow brands to compare thier Tumblr data to other social media accounts, and compare their posts with those of competitors. The site also has a Tumblr A-List, which includes a select group of creative agencies that serve to help brands create a better Tumblr experience for consumers.Continue reading...