Archive | Branding/marketing

The People’s Choice

Licensees, and some licensors, turn to crowdfunding as a way to raise awareness for new products among their most loyal fans, test new products and features, and/or generate funding for new initiatives. Most recent campaigns have taken one of the following directions: • Using crowdfunding as an ongoing strategy for launching new products under an […]

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Acknowledging ASMR

Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) videos have become a big trend online, especially among viewers 18-24. ASMR is the scientifically unproven but increasingly popular idea that certain soft, slow, and/or repetitive sounds tend to make users happy and relaxed, sometimes to the point that they feel a tingling sensation starting at the back of the […]

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Corporate Culture

During and after the global recession that began in 2007, the trend in corporate licensing was for branded products to serve as key complements to the core business—true brand extension—rather than falling under the heading of awareness-generation. But the pendulum definitely seems to be swinging back these days, as marketers create merchandise that is primarily […]

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Revisiting the ‘90s

Licensing initiatives targeting the millennial market frequently highlight styles and themes from the 1990s. The strategy makes sense when you consider that millennials, born from 1981 to 1996 and currently between 22 and 37 years old, spent their childhood and/or teen years in that decade and often have fond memories. It follows that marketers’ inclination […]

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Personal Identity

Celebrities take different approaches when it comes to labeling their licensed product arrays, as they try to reach a balance between capitalizing on their fame and establishing a merchandise program that can thrive on its own merits. The first option is for fan-favorite personalities to conduct their licensing and collaboration activities under their own names, […]

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A Heartwarming Hook for Holiday Products

The debuts of the leading U.K. retailers’ moving and high-production-value Christmas-themed TV “adverts” have become an anticipated event in that country each year. Many spur exclusive, limited-time merchandise items or ranges that tend to sell strongly, with some of the proceeds typically contributing to charitable causes. For example: John Lewis’s merchandise tied to the star […]

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Sponsorship, Storytelling, and Self-Expression

Two trends have emerged on the emoji-related licensing front. First, IP owners with sponsored emoji sets are starting to launch outbound licensing programs based on their unique designs. Second, emoji-based properties are extending into children’s publishing as they try to build story and characterization to supplement their inherent value as symbols of self-expression. Sponsored emojis […]

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Regional Ties

Several recent collaborations have given rise to limited-edition products inspired primarily by the common regional roots of the two partners. In the craft beer industry, where local and limited are key tenets, Naragansett Beer teamed with Bananagrams in August for a banana-and-clove-infused Hefeweizen as part of its “Hi Neighbor” series of brews. Both companies are […]

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