Amidst cries that the dairy industry in the US in “in crisis,” Vermont Farmstead Cheese company has begun shipping in milk from surrounding dairy farms because the approximately 2400 pounds of milk its herds produce each day is not enough to supply its expanding operations. Part of this success can be attributed to its quality cheeses like Lillé Coulommiers and WindsorDale, but part of it comes from the brand cachet of the state of Vermont. Associated with pastoral images of “pristine” farms, Vermont is a growing market force among organic-loving, Whole Foods-shopping consumers.
While it may not be as dramatic as using facial-recognition to find Jason Bourne on grainy airport footage, startup GazeMetrix is doing some pretty cool things with image-recognition software.
GazeMetrix’s technology can recognize objects inside an image without relying on hashtags. They have put their tech to the test scouring Instagram for well-known logos like Starbucks (1818 Mentions), Coca-Cola (215 mentions) and Corona (44 mentions).
An institution in the south since 1917, Cheerwine is looking to raise brand awareness on a national scale while still maintaining its brand ethos. Towards that end, it recently sponsored a “Legendary Giveback” concert in Charlottsville, VA.
At face value the concert was pretty basic fare for a corporate charitable event: visiting celebrities, all proceeds go to charity. But the real attention-getter was the structure Cheerwine built around the concert: Fans were asked to pledge volunteer hours with one of Cheerwine’s chosen charities (Big Brothers Big Sisters, Operation Homefront and the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital) or a charity of their choice. There were rewards for pledges including free streaming for individual pledges and a concert viewing party for the town that pledged the most.
L’Oreal + Xbox = marketing innovation.
Let’s play a word association game: Xbox LIVE.
Did you just think of a 20-something year old male? If you did you’re not alone, but you are wrong. While there is a pervasive stereotype that gaming is a “guys” thing, more and more women are diving into the online game world. According to one statistic, women make up about 40% of Xbox LIVE users. And companies like L’Oreal are taking full advantage of that opportunity.
Did you know your phone may be powered by an Intel chip, just like your laptop? Probably not, because to date cell phone branding has been limited to the phone manufacturer and the plan carrier. But Intel is looking to change that. Already implemented in the UK, Russia, and India, Intel is pushing to get the Intel Inside logo added to cell phones in the US.