Posted by Dale Buss on October 24, 2011 09:02 AM
Apple tries to leverage lower prices.
Cars.com sets up custom channels on Pandora.
Chipotle finds customers tolerate higher prices.
Dove asks women, "Who inspired you?" in new campaign.
Kia asks NBA star Blake Griffin to soar again.
Kraft keeps investors and advertisers hopping with its "leaping" strategy aimed at hitting home runs.
Mattel to buy preschool brands.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 20, 2011 04:54 PM
Saab's saga of financial disarray has gotten so long and complicated that it has become as thick as one of those classic European novels, perhaps from its homeland of Sweden — or an airport potboiler you pick up to pass the time. But it's not an epic that Saab owners, wanna-be buyers or fans of the tattered Saab brand are enjoying.
Latest chapter: On Thursday, Saab both acknowledged a fresh infusion of capital from a U.S.-based equity partner (hopes rise again as you turn the page) and another move by nasties in Sweden to just halt the whole thing (you're crestfallen once again) and finally send Saab to the trash bin of Nordic automotive history.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 10, 2011 08:59 AM
Netflix abruptly abandons plans to rent DVDs and kills Qwikster brand before it launches.
Disney CEO Bob Iger announces he will step down in 2015.
American Apparel finds new fans in Europe.
Apple iPhone pre-sale orders sell out, while overall iPhone sales may not be so rosy.
Chrysler plans to pare minivan offerings as part of brand rationalization and product-portfolio streamlining as the company winds up talks with UAW.
Conde Nast to develop video and online content.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 7, 2011 07:07 AM
Apple pre-orders for iPhone 4S will test brand loyalty and new CEO, while Steve Jobs coverage gets special treatment by newsweeklies and Simon & Schuster moves up publication of biography that will reveals his private side.
Alfa Romeo remains on uncertain road.
BMW and other luxury makers offer huge discounts in China, while Mini brand seeks to enlarge market with coupe.
ESPN and Hank Williams Jr. part ways over his "Hitler" remark concerning President Obama.
GE aims to expand lending in Europe as region's banks retrench.
Geely denies interest in Saab though it already owns Volvo.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on October 6, 2011 09:02 AM
Steve Jobs is eulogized worldwide as Apple CEO Tim Cook figures out how to carry on.
BBC to cut 2,000 jobs.
Costco raises membership fees.
Friendly's finally files for bankruptcy protection.
Groupon may have to settle for smaller IPO.
HP to forego any more big software acquisitions.
NBC shows rare weakness in the mornings as Today battles Good Morning America on ABC.
Oracle's Ellison embraces the cloud.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on September 20, 2011 08:59 AM
Amazon launches YoYo portal for kids toys.
American Express buys virtual currency monetization platform for $30 million.
Angry Birds is poised to expand as Rovio works with Starbucks and other brands to expand footprint.
Apple's stock closes at all-time high.
Braun announces theme for 2012 BraunPrize.
CNN opens first CNN Cafe, in Seoul.Continue reading...
week in review
Posted by Michael Waltzer on September 16, 2011 04:30 PM
Our most-read blog posts of the past week include The NIKE MAG, Saab, .xxx Domains, and more:
#1 NIKE MAG eBay Auction Goes Live - and Back to the Future [Video]
#2 Social Marketing: The Latest Research on Boosting Facebook Engagement
#3 State Farm has Best 9/11 'Tribute,' Hooters has Best 9/11 'Ad'
#4 Chrysler Unveils Jennifer Lopez Fiat 500 Commercial During Monday Night Football
#5 Saab Story Heads for Crash Endingy
#6 Angry Birds Fever Hits China Moon Festival, Wonderful Pistachios
#7 Prints Charming: Must-See Posters for Nike MAG Back for the Future, Star Wars, Transformers
#8 Snobs Like Us: Audi's 'Unrecognized' Ads are Unrecognizably Audi [Video]
#9 Walmart Brings Layaway Out of Layaway
#10 Brands Block Their Names From .xxx Domain Use
Posted by Dale Buss on September 13, 2011 09:00 AM
Alibaba takes on Baidu for dominance in China.
Android rises to #2 smartphone platform in Europe.
Apple ponders disposition of its cash horde.
California Pizza Kitchen plans brand revival.
Cochlear recalls line of ear implants.
Deutsche Bank launches Autobahn App Market.
Ford unveils new three-cylinder EcoBoost engine at Frankfurt auto show.
GameStop to sell branded gaming tablet.Continue reading...