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Beanstalk Chairman and Co-founder Michael Stone has authored a new book titled
The Power of Licensing: Harnessing Brand Equity
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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.
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.
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.
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?
January 28, 2019 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk
We are living in a time of radical transformation as the retail ecosystem continues to change at an accelerated pace (that shouldn’t surprise anyone). Where, when and how consumers buy goods is changing and we all need to keep up with the trends that are already having an impact if we want to succeed. So, what macro trends already affecting brand marketing and consumer behavior should we be paying even more attention to in the new year?
New York, NY, January 24, 2019 | By: Martin Cribbs
Most celebrities aren't brands. Legendary icons are. In this month’s Proust Questionnaire for Personality Brands, we're focusing on Mahatma Gandhi this month. Martin Cribbs, Vice President of Icon Representation at Beanstalk, discusses representing the Mahatma Gandhi estate and his legacy today.
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
New York, NY, January 14, 2019 | By: Oliver Herzfeld
The publisher of the popular Choose Your Own Adventure series of books, Choosco LLC, has commenced a lawsuit against Netflix. Essentially, Choosco claims Netflix’s new film "Black Mirror: Bandersnatch" infringes several of Choosco’s trademarks that include the words "Choose Your Own Adventure".
New York, NY, January 2, 2019 | Congrats to Michael Stone, Chairman and Co-founder of Beanstalk - Brand Extension Licensing Agency, and Pam Lifford, President of Warner Bros. Entertainment Global Brands & Experiences, on their induction to the 2019 LIMA Licensing Hall of Fame! They will be honored at the LIMA Licensing Awards Ceremony on June 4 during Licensing Expo 2019 in Las Vegas.
New York, NY, December 20, 2018 | By: Michael Stone, Co-founder and Chairman, Beanstalk
Brand licensing is one of the most powerful ways to make the most out of an already strong brand because of its ability to extend brands to products outside the brand’s core business, reach new and existing consumer segments at new touch points and support and communicate brand equities