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Can Once-Famous Gaming Giant Atari Turn a New Generation on to Pong? Reboots classics for online and mobile

Brands come and brands go, but only rarely does one dig its own grave. That’s exactly what Atari did 31 years ago. It was 1983, and so poor were the sales…

July 6, 2014, 7:56 PM EDT

How the Fashionable Miss Dior Devolved Into a Mass-Market Perfume for Millennials The smell of branding gone bad

A green chypre laced with patchouli, Miss Dior was somehow both well-mannered and seductive. The Guerry Colas-designed bottle managed the same feat. A testament to Miss Dior’s enduring appeal, this ad required no messaging beyond the name…

July 1, 2014, 11:27 PM EDT

How Audi Created the World's Biggest World Cup Scoreboard Guerrilla marketing worth at least $2.1 million

Anyone who remembers when Ikea installed living rooms inside of bus kiosks or Red Bull’s Nascar racing team set up a pit stop in the middle of Times Square knows…

June 27, 2014, 11:47 AM EDT

How Banana Republic Moved From Skinny Models to Gay Guys Couple keeps the brand beautiful—and authentic

This 1992 ad marked the beginning of Banana Republic advertising’s black-and-white period, which would continue nearly to the end of the decade. While the hunky (and sometimes shirtless) male models tiptoed up to…

June 25, 2014, 9:27 PM EDT

Is the Airbus A380 This Generation's Concorde? The big plane that's a big flop

When Airbus loaded one of its super-jumbo A380s with Wall Street analysts and flew it over New York two weeks ago, it was only the latest piece of evidence that…

June 24, 2014, 6:13 AM EDT

5 Totally Drinkable High-Proof Liquors That Will Make You Look Cool Why brands are drunk on high-octane booze that's gone high-class

Imbibers who make high demands of their bourbon and vodka can’t help but have noticed the proliferation of boutique spirit brands lately. These are the liquids that differentiate themselves with…

June 23, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

Kicking the Figs out of Fig Newtons How Nabisco solved its fruit filling identity crisis

Did you know that Fig Newtons have been around for 123 years? Wait, scratch that. Fig Newtons were actually around for 121 years, and Newtons—just Newtons—have been around for two years.…

June 18, 2014, 7:57 PM EDT

Are Brands Better Than Sex? Of course they are—or so a bunch of survey-happy marketers would have us believe

Maybe we’re guilty of generalizing, but let’s just venture a guess and say that people like to have sex. Of course, people like to shop, too. Marketers have long understood the…

June 18, 2014, 8:09 AM EDT

This Long Island Iced Tea Won't Give You a Hangover Taking on the beverage titans

Mention a Long Island iced tea to most people, and they’ll probably remember falling off a bar stool (if they remember that much). But there’s another Long Island Iced Tea…

June 17, 2014, 6:15 AM EDT

Kiss and Sell: How a Glam Band Makes Millions From Hello Kitty to coffins, Kiss cashes in

Gene Simmons, the bassist and most recognizable member of 1970s rock band Kiss, was once asked what he learned from his first job delivering newspapers in Queens, New York. “If…

June 12, 2014, 7:32 AM EDT

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