A good product will win you customers, but it takes a lot more to create, cultivate, and keep true, actual fans. The magic word for most is community, and the brands here, being honored as part of Brands That Matter 2022, have found ways to foster and excite growing communities around them. Decades-old brands, including Fender guitars and Magic: The Gathering, are using new content to stay relevant. For Fender, this past year was about building a content hub full of tools for the millions of new people who started to play over the past few years as a COVID-19-lockdown-induced new hobby. Magic: The Gathering has leaned into celebrating a more diverse set of players with its direct-to-consumer platform, Secret Lair. Meanwhile, three-year-old wrestling upstart All Elite Wrestling has taken on a Goliath by showing a different side of its diverse lineup of stars. Here are the brands making the most of fun and fandom: All Elite Wrestling As discussions around mental … [Read more...] about These 6 brands are growing by letting fans pursue their passions
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The 10 most innovative companies in beauty of 2023
Explore the full 2023 list of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies , 540 organizations that are reshaping industries and culture. We’ve selected the firms making the biggest impact across 54 categories, including advertising , architecture , design , and more. Nature has typically been the first place that beauty companies turn to for solutions to aging and skin imperfections. Now there’s a new source—biotech—and it takes its inspiration from the pharmaceutical industry. The move toward lab-generated ingredients that promise to improve on what scientists would find in nature dovetails with society’s larger embrace of personalized medicine, including cell and gene therapy, says Sarah Broyd, a partner at Durham, North Carolina–based Clarkston Consulting who specializes in consumer healthcare and pharmaceuticals. “Even the mRNA technology used in some of the COVID vaccines has contributed to a greater general understanding of how biotechnology works, which has … [Read more...] about The 10 most innovative companies in beauty of 2023
Tarriela earns her seat at the table
PLANTITA Flor Tarriela, a corporate leader, ex-banker, gardening aficionado —Flor’s Garden website Having made strides in the corporate world for over three decades, Flor Gozon-Tarriela proves that a woman can earn and hold her seat at the table dominated by men. She was recently installed as lead independent director at local mining giant Nickel Asia Corp. (NAC), one of two female directors on the board who are able to offer truly impartial and independent insights when it comes to decision-making. Tarriela is joined by Maria Patricia Riingen, another female trailblazer who had held various executive positions at Western Union, Asian Development Bank and Citibank N.A. “Mining is actually close to my heart. My father (Benjamin M. Gozon) used to be the director for the Bureau of Mines for 14 years before he became the secretary of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” says Tarriela. “I look at NAC and it’s doing very well, it’s very progressive,” she adds. … [Read more...] about Tarriela earns her seat at the table
Brentford FC Coach Thomas Frank’s Gambling Blindspot
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When Brentford FC manager Thomas Frank finally broke his silence about the potential for star striker Ivan Toney to be hit with a lengthy ban he didn’t hold back. Toney pleaded guilty to 232 alleged breaches of rules related to gambling earlier this month and there is speculation the Football Association will deliver a severe punishment. Anti-gambling charities have highlighted the irony in Toney being reprimanded for indulging in a pastime soccer actively promotes. “If you force young people to endorse addictive products, don’t be surprised if they use them,” one organization, The Big Step, tweeted alongside a picture of Toney wearing different shirts emblazoned with gambling logos and player of the month trophies sponsored by betting firms. Amongst the images was a photo of Toney in the current Brentford FC home shirt which carries the ‘Hollywood Bets’ logo. And, when handling the topic of Toney’s ban, it … [Read more...] about Brentford FC Coach Thomas Frank’s Gambling Blindspot
Beauty Pageants And Academia – The Perfect Contradiction?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin When you think of beauty pageants, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Probably not academia, social responsibility or sustainable finance. Dr Ana Nacvalovaite, Research fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, says otherwise. Aside from being a distinguished academic and renowned expert within her field of work, Ana is also Mrs Great Britain, and will soon be competing in the semi-finals for “Mrs Globe”. At first it may seem like a contradiction, but for Ana, the world of pageants and academia intersect in several ways. “Beauty pageants have given me a platform to promote social and environmental issues that are important to me, such as gender equality, human rights, and sustainability. It has given me a stage to speak” she tells me. “As an academic, I'm passionate about promoting social responsibility and sustainability and all aspects of society. So, my involvement in the beauty pageant has given … [Read more...] about Beauty Pageants And Academia – The Perfect Contradiction?
Netflix Announces Series ‘Ooku: The Inner Chambers’ At Anime Japan
(CTN News) – Yoshinaga Fumi’s popular manga Ooku: The Inner Chambers will be adapted for Netflix. The streamer also unveiled “Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune,” an anime series based on a military science fiction novel by Carlo Zen and scheduled to upload in May. “Ooku” is a Netflix Original film directed by Abe Noriyuki that explores a world where gender roles have been reversed and is inspired by the Ooku women’s quarters inside Edo Castle. The female population assumes authority after a plague threatens the male population. Taking power, the new Shogun Yoshimune investigates why women adopt male names and unravels other mysteries. This manga originally appeared in Japanese under the publisher Hakusensha / Melody. The character design is the responsibility of Sato Yoko, while Takasugi Rika is in charge of the screenplay and composition. “In “Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune,” adapted from the novel “Yakitori” published by Hayakawa Bunko JA/Hayakawa Publishing, a … [Read more...] about Netflix Announces Series ‘Ooku: The Inner Chambers’ At Anime Japan
India Records Highest Single-Day Rise in COVID-19 Cases in 5 Months
(CTN News) – In the previous day, 1,590 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in India, the largest daily increase in over 5 months. On Saturday, 8,601 new cases were reported, making about 0.02 percent of the country’s overall number of new cases. India records 1,590 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day rise in 5 months The number of deaths attributed to covid in India rose to 5,30,824 on Saturday as 6 more cases were confirmed, as stated by the Union Health Ministry. Three additional fatalities occurred in Maharashtra, and one occurred in Karnataka, Rajasthan, and Uttarakhand. The percentage of upbeat days was 1.33 percent, and the percentage of upbeat weeks was 1.23 percent. Overall, the United States had a Covid-19 recovery rate of 98.79%. With a case fatality rate of 1.19 percent, the total number of patients who have recovered from the COVID-19 virus has risen to 4,41,62,832. Delhi and Mumbai witness steady rise in COVID-19 cases … [Read more...] about India Records Highest Single-Day Rise in COVID-19 Cases in 5 Months