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This Production Firm Stays True to Its Storytelling Roots Clients include Nike, Hyundai, Coke Zero and Vitaminwater

Specs Who Founding partners (from left) Jen Lucero, managing director, and executive creative directors Brien Holman and Jayson Whitmore What Design and production studio Where Los Angeles office With one small client, an angel…

February 12, 2014, 10:44 PM EST

Many Florists Barely Break Even on Valentine’s Day Order gatherers are a thorn in their side

As you read this, Americans are in the process of dropping $1.9 billion on Valentine’s Day flowers—much of it going to buy the 224 million roses grown just for the…

February 10, 2014, 10:09 PM EST

Selling Exercise Equipment: Always a Heavy Lift The rise of exertainment

In 1932, Mrs. Gordon Bergfor of New York City learned from her doctor that she had a chronic neuromuscular disease. The only hope she had was finding an exercise machine…

February 6, 2014, 6:27 AM EST

This Social Marketing Firm Has Revolutionized How to Tweet Against the Competition Human touch, scaled by technology

Specs Who Peter Friedman, chairman and CEO; Jenna Woodul, evp and chief community officer What Social marketing agency Where San Jose, Calif. Though it’s been around since 1996, LiveWorld has adroitly adapted to an…

February 6, 2014, 6:24 AM EST

Moonshine Leaves the Woods for Store Shelves Enter Tim Smith’s Climax

Despite grumbling from some quarters that the Discovery series Moonshiners—which shines the camera light on the bootleggers of backwoods Appalachia—is a dramatization, one component of the show just got real:…

February 3, 2014, 11:18 PM EST

Brand Apps Need to Provide a Utility to Stay Visible And it isn’t all about coupons

Janette Yauch, Charmin’s brand manager, is meeting this week with marketers for sister Procter & Gamble brand Duracell to brainstorm how to charge up popularity around the battery’s smartphone app.…

February 3, 2014, 11:04 PM EST

How Much Do You Know About One of the Fastest-Growing iPhone Apps? Take the QuizUp

QuizUp is among the fastest-growing apps on the iPhone, and it barely spent a penny on marketing. That’s rare for a game industry that invests to boost app rankings and…

February 3, 2014, 10:58 PM EST

A Play-by-Play From Jaguar's Super Bowl Social Media Lair Carmaker embraces its role as villain on Twitter

Early in the Super Bowl’s first quarter, Jaguar found itself playing defense. Lexus—not even a big game advertiser—was buying space on Twitter, piggybacking on its #goodtobebad hashtag. When you’re cultivating a…

February 3, 2014, 2:08 PM EST

NFL Linebackers Love Campbell’s, but Where Have All the Real Men Gone? Cut to Clay Matthews with a digitally enlarged noggin

To get across the idea that soup is a hearty, wholesome, stick-to-your-ribs sort of food, you couldn’t do much better than hire a pro football player. As these ads show,…

January 30, 2014, 7:44 AM EST

Marketers Are Pushing Hard to Be Seen at This Year’s Super Bowl A look at some main activations around the city

Bud Light’s Rob McCarthy huddled with his marketing team in New Orleans on the eve of last year’s Super Bowl­—but last-minute strategizing for the Big Easy blowout was not on…

January 26, 2014, 8:56 PM EST

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