Monday, August 18, 2008
  • Microsoft Turns Virtual Concept Into Reality At Sheraton

    [Technology] "It's built to allow a brand like Sheraton to feature local attractions or deliver coupons," says Brian Povinelli, VP/marketing for the brand. "We're exploring ordering food and beverages from the table, and that would give us a chance to bring in brands like Pepsi that could advertise their products." ...Read the whole story

  • Bookbags, Footwear Vulnerable In Back-To-School Cutbacks

    [Retail] Yet, NPD points out that because most consumers aren't worried about losing their jobs, consumer spending should hold up. That "most directly reflects the state of the spending psyche of consumers," it says. "As long as they feel comfortable about their continued employment, they will continue to spend." ...Read the whole story

  • Benadryl Tops In Brand Buzz As Hay Fever Season Begins

    [Pharma] YouGovPolimetrix's BrandIndex attributes Benadryl's high rankings over the other products to several factors. Among them, the brand's history as an effective over-the-counter treatment, and the move by stores to move decongestant products such as Sudafed and Claritin-D behind the pharmacy counter to control illicit usage. ...Read the whole story

  • Ford's Diminutive Ka Gets Role In Newest James Bond Film

    [Automotive] It is a bit of a switch for Ford, which has relied on Bond films to promote "halo" cars like Mustang and premium vehicles, particularly those in what Ford used to call its Premier Automotive Group. The 2006 film "Casino Royale" featured a pair of Aston Martin cars and Land Rover's Range Rover Sport, Defender, and Jaguar cars. ...Read the whole story

  • With A Plan Like Smucker's, Sales Have To Be Good

    [Food] As for marketing once Folgers is in the fold, co-CEO Tim Smucker confirmed the company's intention to "continue to be the No. 1 spender" in its categories. He noted that existing brands are already being "marketed much closer together," and stressed the greatly expanded cross-marketing opportunities represented by Folgers. ...Read the whole story

  • Younger Hispanics Respond Better To Bilingual Online Marketing

    [Research] Bilingual Hispanic consumers' level of participation in forums was higher in bilingual and English-language forums than in Spanish-only forums, Communispace found. "That's a better reflection of their outside lives," says Katrina Lerman, "especially among the younger generation raised writing and speaking English in schools." The results were independent of participants' socioeconomic background. ...Read the whole story

  • Wendy Clark, Late Of AT&T, Now At Coke

    The former senior vice president of advertising at the telecom giant will lead integrated marketing, communications and capabilities at Coca-Cola beginning Sept. 15, reporting to Joe Tripodi, chief marketing and commercial officer, according to a report on Friday by Advertising Age. She succeeds Mark Greatrex, who is handing over the title to focus on his duties as senior vice president of still beverages at Coke, a role he took on at the start of 2008.--Nina M. Lentini ...Read the whole story

  • Hershey Raising Prices An Average 11%

    The company said on Friday that the move--the second of its kind this year--is intended to battle soaring commodities costs. The immediate increase was necessary to offset "significant increases" in the cost of raw materials such as sugar, cocoa and peanuts--up as much as 45% since the start of the year--as well as the growing cost of fuel, utilities and transportation, Hershey said.--Nina M. Lentini ...Read the whole story

  • While Penney's Profits Fall, New Brands Are A Bright Spot
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