Saturday, January 31, 2009

We're On Blogburst



BrandlandUSA.com is not only on our own site, but syndicated to a half dozen other websites and blog aggregators, increasing our exposure beyond our core readers. BrandlandUSA now appears on the BlogBurst syndication network, so you might be seeing our posts on the Reuters and Chicago Sun-Times websites. In addition, some of our posts dealing with publicly traded companies appear on the financial planning site Seeking Alpha.

Brands to Bring Back Game on Facebook


Visit our Facebook Application, Brands to Bring Back from BrandlandUSA.com; there you can vote on brands you miss, from F.W. Woolworth five and 10 cent stores to Tickle deodorant.

Tee Hee. Tons of fun.

If you like-ee, please visit us at BrandlandUSA.com

Google Bug; Did Google Get Hacked?


So this morning the Twitter site was flooded with folk saying that the Google search had been hijacked. Then, in about 10 minutes or so, the site was back up again.

A few of the posts from twitter, from around 10:15 to 10:30

  • JesseNewhart HAS GOOGLE SEARCH BEEN HACKED!!!??? http://bit.ly/78Vb 25 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  • linuxing Google got HACKED. If you search anything on google and visit that site it will inform it as malware 100s of people reporting it on reddit.. 32 minutes ago from TweetDeck
  • copelandcasati So RT RichmondWiki : Google is marking all sites in SERPs as "This site may harm your computer" for me as well. Super virus or super FAIL? 36 minutes ago from web
  • ValerieStevens Does anyone know why Google is now giving a this website may harm your computer warning on most search results and how do I get rid of it! 39 minutes ago from TweetDeck

Friday, January 30, 2009

Looking for Mr. Bubble

Yes, we found him at Dollar General, and we are sure he is a few more places. Read about it, and other former Ascendia Brands, at our main website, BrandlandUSA.com

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Tart and Tasty Kensington


This is some great marmalade. Tart and sweet. Visit kensingtonmarmalade.com/

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard.

We Like Electra 225


Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Thinking AH Robins, Wyeth and Pfizer


Above, some Cascara pills from A.H. Robins, one of the predecessor companies to Pfizer. Read about the history of Robins in our story on Branding tips from E. Claiborne Robins.

We also criticized Pfizer a few months ago, from moving the company from innocent Hai Karate cologne commercials in the 196os to sexual enhancement drugs.


BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com

Friday, January 23, 2009

New BrandlandUSA Forum Beta Test


We are trying out a new part of our BrandlandUSA site. It is the BrandlandUSA Forum, where readers can log under a pseudonym (or their own name, of course) and comment on brand names that they love.

Share questions, promote ideas and even post employment ads. Companies can create links to their products, and consumers can talk about whatever they please.

Register (think of a great pen name if you like) and post some stuff.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Silver & Edgington Airtight Cases


We just thought this was an amusing brand; we'd love a Silver & Co. airtight case, though we don't know what we'd use it for.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard.
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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Florida's McArthur Dairy


We say: McArthur Dairy is great.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard.
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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Bring Back International Scout


Certainly, it's a crappy time for SUVs. But this is America. We need them, especially ones made by the company, Navistar, founded by Cyrus McCormick. Read our piece called "Relaunch the International Scout in our post on BrandlandUSA.com.
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We like Buick


Here, the front of an early 1970s Buick Electra 225. Genius. What happened to this GM?
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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Macy's Department Store Brands

Read our post on the value of the department store names that make up what is now Macy's (NYSE: M).

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com

Friday, January 16, 2009

P.T. Barnum

They brought Barnum to the stage at the Asolo Rep in Sarasota, Florida last fall. Why not bring spin-off Barnum and bring it back as a carnival sideshow? Want to read more about circus brands? See our post on our main BrandlandUSA.com website.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard.
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Read about Circus Brands

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Read about "circus brands" in his post called, QUITE AMAZINGLY, Circus Brands! You'll do flips.

We Are Thinking Zetov

A great Brooklyn brand, and a cool package from Graphic Explosions.

Zetov is King of the Kosher Snacks, and Matamin is one of their brands.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com

Alexander-Beegle In Virginia Beach

Wooden clothes hanger from the Alexander-Beegle store in Virginia Beach, Virginia. It's an old brand we dredged up just for the fun of it.

Radio Clyde 261


Read about the shirt Randy Jackson wore on American Idol this week; the Zappa-inspired Radio Clyde 261 shirt. It's on our main BrandlandUSA website.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What To Do with Wedgwood




We've got advice on what to do with Wedgwood now that the company appears to have a saviour. See our post at Next Steps and Solutions for Wedgwood.


BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Latest Quantcast Demos on BrandlandUSA

Our latest demographics from Quantcast. We're not the most readers on the web, but we are the RIGHT ones if you want to reach opinion leaders in branding.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com

Sunday, January 11, 2009

GM's Garage Sale: 1955 Buick Century Bolero - BusinessWeek




Great slide show in Business Week on GM selling off its archives.

Friday, January 09, 2009

GM's Parts Brand


If General Motors has a hard time selling cars, at least they can sell some parts. Their AC Delco brand is gold. Use it.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Restore the Queens World's Fair Site



A year ago, we wrote a piece on the need to restore the World's Fair site in Queens. It needs work, and needs an identity that takes advantage of the history, but does not try to re-create what was.

Amazingly, pieces of the 1964 New York World’s Fair are still around, and draw interest. Not only is the park there, with all its pieces (museum, marina) but pieces of the fair are scattered about the United States, still drawing attendance. This is proof that the idea of the park still has legs.

* It’s a Small World lives at Walt Disney World and Disneyland.
* Carousel of Progress is at Walt Disney World’s Tomorrowland.
* The Sinclair Dinosaur Uncle Beazley is displayed at the National Zoo, lovingly restored by Smithsonian officials who recognized how much these dino-gas figures are loved.
* Dinosaur Valley State Park preserves other Sinclair dinosaurs.
* The Uniroyal World’s Largest Tire lives in Michigan.

So have some fun. Go back and read our 2008 post on bringing back the World's Fair site in Queens.

AMF Does Bowling Right

Here, a little AMF Bowling pre-Christmas promotion, connected to DreamWorks' Madagascar. The reverse gives a free bowling game for 10, as well as a promo for the Madagascar Bowling Club. Keeping bowling fresh, and making it a great family activity, are exactly what the brand needs to do.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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A1, Lea & Perrins


Tasty stuff, this A1 and Lea & Perrins. They are classic brands that don't change a thing. EVER. That is rule one of branding. When you have something classic, don't mess it up.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

We Like A Chrysler Interior


Above, an interior of a Chrysler Newport Royal; the date is uncertain but it is CERTAINLY 1970s.

Read our stories on Chrysler motorcars in these below BrandlandUSA posts. We've got credibility on the issue of Chrysler, having lived with FIVE wonderful and quite durable Chrysler cars, listed below for no particular reason other than to list them:
  • Dodge Neon
  • Dodge Caravan
  • Plymouth Volare
  • Plymouth Cricket (the old Hillman Avenger)
  • Plymouth Fury
Read more about our affection for cars at the following posts on our main BrandlandUSA site.

Automobile Club of America

 


We love this sign of the old Automobile Club of America. It is on a farm in Charles City County, Virginia. Good stuff.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

We Love Pan Am

 


Read all about Pan American World Airways in our many, many stories about this storied airline. Click here on the word PanAm to see all the fun. While it many not be flying 747s to Europe, there still are lots of fun. Read our story Pan Am Lives On and On, for info on all things named Pan Am.


BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Wedgwood Solutions

 


We've posted solutions for Waterford Wedgwood PLC, which has gone to receivers.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Monday, January 05, 2009

We're on BlogBurst

 


Check us out on the BlogBurst network, which syndicates BrandlandUSA to wire services, newspapers and websites.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com
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Friday, January 02, 2009

Cuban Brand Names



The brands of Havana, Cuba are detailed at BrandlandUSA. See Great Cuban Pre-Castro Brands.

BrandlandUSA.com is the website of business and travel writer and editor Garland Pollard. Contact him about freelance writing and editing; his personal website is at GarlandPollard.com

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Anderson-Little Returns



The venerable menswear retailer Anderson-Little has returned. Above, a 1980s WRAL television news clip from Raleigh, N.C. with an old advertisement.