Michael Stone

Celebrity Licensing Guide For Retail

April 3, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk

With so many failures over the years, what’s the secret that allows one celebrity to succeed and causes so many others to fail? Michael Stone, Beanstalk Chairman & Co-founder, discusses the five factors that are necessary for celebrity success and the reasons why retailers are interested in these celebrity licensing programs.

On Retail’s Jagged Journey to the Future, Brand Licensing Will be Key Tool for Marketers Who Need to Engage Consumers and Retain Customers

March 13, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk

As the retail ecosystem changes rapidly, many brand owners, marketers and retailers are scrambling to figure out how to adapt. It’s likely that many winners will do so by using a frequently overlooked marketing strategy and tool: brand licensing.

Toys "R"​ Us is Coming Back Along with Geoffrey and the Jingle!

February 26, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman & Co-founder, Beanstalk

It looks like Toys "R" Us is rising from the dead already, as many speculated would happen. Rebranding as Tru Kids Brands, the investors who currently own TRU are weighing the possibility of opening freestanding stores and smaller shops within larger stores, with the goal of relaunching the brand by the holiday season of 2019.

Think Tank: Did No One Say ‘That’s a Bad Idea?’

February 14, 2019 | By: Michael Stone and Stephen Paskoff

How can brands still be getting it so wrong? In an age where the most-desired market segments — Millennials, Gen X and older Gen Z consumers — are driven by values, and especially diversity and inclusion and the positions that brands take, the fact that brands still release racist products and ads is mind-boggling.

FAO Schwarz: Back from the Dead

January 31, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder of Beanstalk

FAO Schwarz, the iconic toy retailer, closed its last store, the New York City Fifth Avenue flagship, in 2015. Dead and gone? Not quite. The buyer of the FAO intellectual property (purchased in 2016), ThreeSixtyGroup, opened a new flagship in New York’s Rockefeller Plaza on Nov. 16, 2018 to much fanfare. Will this brand revival succeed?

Dead Or Alive? Bringing Brands Back To Life

New York, NY, January 14, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder, Beanstalk

We can all remember brands we loved (or not) that have disappeared. Frequently they are household name brands to which we became emotionally attached—brands to which we were loyal and for which we still have positive associations, brands we trusted. Under the right circumstances, licensing can resurrect these brands