This week Adam Howard from NBC News invited me to weigh in on the issue of celebrities and political conventions. Adam writes: As recently as July 5th, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump had been touting [...]
After nearly 15 years of building a huge brand asset, Subway’s brand ambassador is going to jail. In 2000, Jared Fogle, then a college student, lost 245 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches. He became a paid spokesperson and celebrity for the restaurant group. He made appearances, they printed his face and story everywhere, Jared was the consistent face of the brand. On July 7th 2015, the FBI raided Jared’s house in connection to allegations of child pornography. In April of this year, Russell Taylor, the executive director of Fogle’s Jared Foundation, was arrested after investigators found more than 400 illicit videos in his Indianapolis home.
Super Bowl: Branding trends for 2015You blink your eyes and another year buzzes by. Whew, I’m glad I’m aging backwards.
Branding tips from the road warrior. This past year I’ve been to over 50 airports in the US. I’ve seen and experienced the good, the bad and the most disappointing. For a long time airports have merely been geographic facilities that connect people to places, events or attractions that they were headed to.
It’s always been a dream of mine to attend Fashion Week in New York City. Thanks to a local charity auction, it became a reality a few weeks ago. In April, Wheels of Success, a nonprofit in Tampa that provides automobiles for people in need, held their annual fundraiser. Like many charity events, they had a live auction offering some very cool items. The package I bid on and won was two tickets to go to a show at the 2014 Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
Last week CVS/pharmacy stores announced they will stop selling cigarettes and other tobacco products by October 1. Congratulations! Hopefully this will start a national trend with other brands who preach wellness and healthy choices, it's time to walk the talk. Ending tobacco sales "is the right thing for us to do for our customers and our company to help people on their path to better health," Larry J. Merlo, president and CEO of CVS Caremark, said in a statement. The company also announced that it plans to launch a national smoking cessation program in the spring.