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Brand Decision 2012: Dems Are From Starbucks, Republicans Are From Dunkin'

Posted by Mark J. Miller on June 14, 2012 02:02 PM

America is settling in for a long summer of campaigning between the Democratic candidate President Obama and the Grand Old Party’s Mitt Romney. News of minor flubs by candidates and those who work for them will come up at bars, barbecues, and ice-cream joints across the land (or be completely avoided, for everyone’s safety).

Americans will likely hear a constant media drumbeat about red states vs. blue states that will be so loud, it will seem that the country is about to burst into a Civil War.

Just in time for this comes a new study from Buyology that members of the two political parties don’t just disagree on their candidates. They also mostly disagree on the brands they love, though there are three that help bring them together. Next time a president wants to have a bipartisan summit of some sort, he or she might want to involve Coke, Apple, and Visa. Those three names were named by both parties as brands they love.Continue reading...

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In the News: Starbucks Buys a Bakery for $100M and More

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 4, 2012 06:08 PM

Brands to Watch

Starbucks acquires San Francisco's La Boulange Bakery for $100M to improve food menu and build out national premium brand.

Amazon acquires Avalon Books.

Bank of America execs explain how they hid Merrill Lynch losses. 

China embraces robot labor.

FedEx retires jets to cut costs.

Foursquare teases new app.

Google appears poised to buy Meebo as social agency M&A continues.

Marriott looks to expand through acquisitions.

Microsoft unveils Xbox Music as replacement for Zune.Continue reading...

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In the News: Microsoft, Iron Man 3, Rihanna for Vita Coco and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on June 4, 2012 12:34 PM

Microsoft takes the stage at E3 to talk up Xbox.

Marvel starts production on Iron Man 3.

Vita Coco unveils new campaign with Rihanna (right).

Aon Hewitt finds positive shift in internal brand engagement.

Black & Decker coffee machines recalled following 1,300 complaints.

BlackBerry parent RIM shares drop below $10.

Celsius mobile phone with embedded Swiss timepiece retails for $312K.

Coca-Cola and McDonald's hit back at Mike Bloomberg's NYC big soda ban.

Corning expands on Gorilla Glass with thinner Willow Glass.

Facebook shares tumble to new low on Sanford Bernstein questions.

Ford crowdsources Focus ST commercial.

Google's Project Glass codename? Wingman.

Got Milk? and California Dairy Council partner for consumer education campaign.Continue reading...

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Brand R.I.P.: Chrysler, Microsoft and Sprint Axe Underperforming Sub-Brands

Posted by Shirley Brady on May 29, 2012 05:29 PM

Three companies that announced they're culling their brands today:

Chrysler is killing off the Jeep Compass and its Town and Country minivan, formerly the bestselling minivan in America.

Microsoft is phasing out the Zune brand in favor of Xbox-branded media and apps‎.

Sprint is shutting down Nextel iDEN network next year‎.

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In the News: Apple, Burger King, Groupon and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on April 25, 2012 09:01 AM

In the News

Apple profit rises 94% on global iPhone demand, while iPhone also boosts Sprint.

Benetton founder hands reins to son.

bmi airline future hangs in the balance.

BMW stretches 3-Series for China.

Burger King makes commitment to animal welfare standards, expands Whopper Bar in Canada.

Citigroup takes over ATP World Tour tennis sponsorship from Legg Mason.

Facebook may be developing a smartphone with HTC.

Ford faces UK strike action.Continue reading...

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In the News; AT&T, Facebook, Netflix and more

Posted by Dale Buss on April 24, 2012 08:55 AM

In the News

Adobe pivots to target marketing departments.

Amazon adds lab and industrial goods to offerings.

American Airlines cites progress in labor talks.

Apple may be losing to Proview in China iPad trademark battle.

AT&T earnings rise as new wireless subscriptions stall.

Facebook sees revenue soar and passes 900M active monthly users, though growth slows right before IPO.Continue reading...

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May the Force Tag With You: Brisk Connects Star Wars Fans to Xbox Kinect

Posted by Sheila Shayon on April 4, 2012 06:01 PM

Chris Pratt has the Force behind him in the above video promoting the new Kinect Star Wars game for Xbox 360.

The timing also inspired Pepsi's Brisk Iced Tea branding team to expand its recent Star Wars co-marketing push with a new promotion that gives players an Anakin Skywalker pod-racer as the new Kinect Star Wars game hits 7-Eleven stores this week, priced at $50.

Specially marked 1-liter bottles of Brisk now sport a Microsoft Tag bar code (or M-tag) that can be scanned with the Xbox 360's Kinect motion sensor. The partnership marks the first use of M-tags for a video game promotion, and the first test of the Microsoft mobile technology by a PepsiCo brand.Continue reading...

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Online Video Brands Reteam for NewFront Alternative to TV Advertising

Posted by Sheila Shayon on February 23, 2012 02:02 PM

America's online video portals — AOL, Google and YouTube, Hulu, Microsoft Advertising including MSN, and Yahoo! — are once again locking arms to muscle in on the U.S. TV upfront marketplace by touting their web video programming in a collaborative series of presentations orchestrated by Digitas.

The brands are taking turns in a roundrobin pitch to ad agencies, media buyers and brand marketers during the fourth annual Digital Content NewFronts, taking place in New York over two weeks, from April 19th to May 2nd.

The objective: woo a bigger slice of marketing dollars from TV to their respective online video and digital content hubs.Continue reading...

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