Tuesday, August 19, 2008
  • Study: Downturn Gives Rise To New Consumer Beliefs

    While it's certainly not news that high prices and economic fears are causing consumers to cut back, a new study from Cramer-Krasselt finds that behaviors are shifting in ways few marketers may have expected. "This downturn is like no other in generations," the agency notes in its study, "not because of its severity, but because it has given rise to a new set of consumer beliefs." ...Read the whole story

  • Facecard Woos Students With Debt Message

    As college students gear up for the new year--and their new independence--Facecard, a purveyor of prepaid debit cards, is looking to sign them up with an on-campus marketing effort that will educate students and parents about the risks of racking up debt. To coincide with the kickoff of the NCAA football season, Facecard marketing teams will distribute informational packets on 50 college campuses around the country. ...Read the whole story

  • United Partners With Westin For Branded Flight Products

    United Airlines and Starwood's Westin Hotels have inked a cross-promotional deal to create an in-flight spa that puts Westin Heavenly Bed products in the airline's first and business class seats. Last month, the companies also unveiled Westin Renewal Lounges inside Red Carpet Clubs in New York (JFK), Los Angeles and San Francisco. ...Read the whole story

  • Maintaining Pet Health Still Big Priority

    Even as the financial squeeze is making it increasingly tough to cover living basics, pet owners are striving to do their best by their four-legged family members, according to a new survey conducted by Impact Research for The Goodlife Recipe Pet Care Company, a division of Mars, Inc. ...Read the whole story

  • Levi's Invites Consumers To 'Unbutton' Artists

    Levi's puts the focus on the 501 brand in its latest "Live Unbuttoned" digital campaign. The ads and microsites, featuring up-and-coming artists, offer a glimpse of the real person behind the celebrity, speaking to the hidden creativity in everyone. ...Read the whole story

  • Lowe's Posts Better-Than-Expected Results

    While the real-estate slump that is pressuring home-improvement retailers hasn't gotten better, Lowe's Cos. performance has perked up a bit: The company says its net earnings for the second quarter came in at $938 million--and while that's a 7.9% decline from the same period a year ago, it is still somewhat ahead of the company's forecast. Sales for the quarter gained 2.4% to $14.2 billion. Comparable-store sales fell 5.3% in the quarter, and 6.7% in the first half. The company says it saw "relative strength in our seasonal sales as homeowners welcomed back spring and restored lawns and outdoor landscaping ... ...Read the whole story

  • Grupo Salinas Taps Former Ford Exec

    Grupo Salinas, a Latin American holding company, has appointed former Ford Motor executive Kathleen Ligocki as CEO of its GS Motors division. Ligocki, former VP/marketing, and global VP/customer service for Ford Motor, and president and CEO, Ford Mexico, has also held several executive positions at General Motors and was director of operations for the U.S., Europe, Africa, Middle East and Russia at United Technologies Corp.--Karl Greenberg ...Read the whole story

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