News & Social Media Updates

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Advertising Industry; Social Media Updates and Press Scan

Mastercard withdrew from Facebook's cryptocurrency project, politicians can reserve advertising space for the 2020 election on YouTube, and American Eagle wants to be carbon neutral. Complete details on the news and updates relevant to US advertising and neuromarketing for Anheuser-Busch, Harman International, Boehringer Ingelheim, Gap, Twitch, Mastercard, and American Eagle are presented below.


1. Anheuser-Busch, Brand Sponsorships, and Esports: Jump in, the Beer is Fine
  • The head of experiential marketing, Joe Barnes, didn't have enough data on if its light beer product 'mixed well' with esports.
  • But they find a way to solve this problem by putting activation on games like Overwatch.
  • This solution upped light beer social sharing during esports by 70%.

2. HARMAN and Spotify Collaborate to Usher In New Generation of Automotive Streaming Experience
  • On September 26, 2019, HARMAN and Spotify announced their collaboration with integrating the Spotify app for the HARMAN Ignite automotive cloud platform.
  • Spotify members can now access audio services with HARMAN Ignite digital ecosystem leveraged by automotive manufacturers.
  • This collaboration also marked the extension of the partnership between the two companies.

3. Boehringer Ingelheim Completes Plant Expansion After $76 Million Georgia Investment
  • $76 million was invested in the second-largest animal health business in the world at its site in Georgia.
  • This resulted in expanding Boehringer's contribution to the global pet vaccine industry.

4. Gap's CEO Says the Retailer Wants to Shift Banana Republic from a 'Historically Skinny Brand' to One That's More 'Inviting'
  • The Gap acquired Banana Republic in 1983.
  • According to Bloomberg, Gap CEO, Art Peck, said that Banana Republic has a long-time reputation for being a 'skinny brand.'
  • Peck said Banana Republic is overdue for a new perspective and must provide plus-sized options for its items.

5. Donald Trump Is Now on Amazon’s Twitch Streaming Service
  • Donald Trump joined Twitch, an Amazon-owned company.
  • His first broadcast was about his campaign rally.
  • He also talked about refugees, celebrities and a political representative.

6. Facebook's Cryptocurrency Project Suffers Massive Blow as Mastercard, Visa, eBay, and Others Withdraw From Libra
  • Along with Visa, eBay, Stripe, and Mercado Pago, Mastercard will no longer be a member of the Libra Association.
  • Libra is a cryptocurrency project of Facebook.
  • No Mastercard spokesperson provided any comment regarding this issue.
  • A recent report from The Wall Street Journal suggested both Visa and Mastercard would withdraw.

7. American Eagle Sets Out Goal to Be Carbon Neutral
  • American Eagle is currently aiming to become a carbon-neutral company by 2030.
  • Compared to its last year's manufacturing operations, the company is working to reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by 2030 and 60% by 2040.
  • The company has other plans to recycle and reduce throughout its manufacturing/retail flow to include its offices and stores.


1. YouTube is Letting Politicians Reserve Advertising Space for 2020 Election
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, YouTube allows politicians to purchase ad space for their platforms.
  • By November, politicians can start to purchase ad spaces for the 2020 election.
  • The reservation purchases can be accessed through Instant Reserve, a new tool of Google Ads.

2. Twitter Admits It Provided Security Phone Numbers and Emails for Advertising
  • Twitter enabled two-factor security for advertising purposes by using their users' contact information.
  • Advertisers got the list of potential customers based on the Tailored Audiences system of Twitter which provided the list of its users' information.
  • Twitter doesn't know how many of its users were affected by this issue.
  • Twitter promised that no data was shared externally.

3. Instagram is Rolling Out New Ad Units in its Explore Tab
  • For upcoming months, the Explore Tab on Instagram will be adding ads as a part of browsing.
  • This experience will be the same as the main feed of the app.
  • Instagram said this will be a help for advertisers "be part of what’s culturally relevant and trending, while reaching new audiences who are looking to discover something new."

4. Marketing Neuroscience Needs Deeper Rigor
  • According to the Journal of Advertising Research, researchers must be more strict whenever the neuromarketing discipline reaches its full potential in marketing.
  • Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, CEO/Founder at Neurons, claimed that neuromarketing still has problems.
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Neuromarketing Industry; Social Media Updates and Press Scan

News and social media posts during the past two weeks (October 1-15, 2019) have been very slow. Four news articles related to neuromarketing and the neuro market research industry within the United States have been isolated and covered below. No trending social media posts could be found during the same period.


Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Fallacy

  • October 14, 2019
  • Matt Johnson, a Ph.D. professor of neuroscience and founder of the neuromarketing blog PopNeuro, examines the current viral shoe color perception. He simply states that the idea of left-brain vs. right-brain telling us something about our personality is fantasy.
  • Johnson reveals that the differences in visual perception come down to individual differences in visual processing, not the usage of a portion of the brain.

IKEA's Success Lays in Neuromarketing

  • October 5, 2019
  • IKEA knows there are areas where they can improve their "neuro design." The company recognizes that they are lacking in stimulating audio sensations within their stores.
  • The company uses the smells of their food to enhance the customer's perception of their in-store experience. The article discusses this topic, as well as several others in relation to what Ikea is doing to continue to draw customers in and encourage them to make purchases.

Market Report — Neuromarketing Technology Cost Revenue 2019

  • October 10, 2019
  • This market report provides an update on the trends of neuromarketing and a forecast through 2025. The report includes comprehensive market research data as well as a SWOT Analysis, investment return analysis, and investment feasibility analysis in the field of neuromarketing. The report includes segments such as "Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (FMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), Eye Tracking, Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Magnetoencephalography (MEG)."
  • This market report is significant because it reveals analysis that was previously unreleased or researched and holds significance for neuromarketers looking to gauge their competition both in the United States and globally.

Deeper Rigor Required in Neuromarketing

  • October 11, 2019
  • Fragmentation and sub-par publication in academic research has been adversely effecting neuro marketing. Neuroscience itself has suffered from over-promising and hype.
  • The article states that "organizational leverage" is needed by industrial bodies to drive progress and improve standards for creating valid neuromarketing.


Surprisingly few news articles related to neuromarketing and the neuro market research industry were found published within the past two weeks with a focus on the United States. We utilized general news aggregators, specific news websites such as Forbes, CNN, and NBC, and specialized websites for neuroscience to find the above four news articles. In order to ensure that only credible sources were utilized, we avoided using blog articles such as this one comparing campaign fundraising and neuromarketing debate scores. There were other reports available outside of the United States, such as this one from Australia discussing the inability to trust what a consumer says they want.

As for social media posts and updates, there is nothing of note occurring from the past two weeks. We have carefully examined Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube for trending topics on the industry. The following are a few items we found along with an explanation of why they were not included with the main body of research.

Rebel and Soul, who claim to be the world’s first neuroexperience agency, have been tweeting about the importance of sonic branding. Unfortunately, this brand is based in Shanghai, Singapore, and London and therefore, we did not include their posts above.

George Campbell actively tweets about neuromarketing, but only has one or two responses on his tweets, which can hardly be considered trending. Even though his tweets are recent and on-topic these did not meet the criteria for inclusion.

We were also able to locate the Neuromarketing World Forum which posts on Instagram. However, with only 243 followers and a maximum of 25 likes on their posts, they do not meet the criteria of trending on social media.
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Twitch, Anheuser-Busch & Boehringer Ingelheim; News and Social Media Updates

Twitch recently struck a partnership with Endel while Anheuser-Busch acquired Markstein Beverage. Boehringer Ingelheim, on the other hand, completed its expansion in Georgia.


"Trump Gets on Twitch"

  • The most discussed news about Twitch is the fact that Donald Trump joined the platform. On October 11, 2019, Tech Crunch announced that Donald Trump joined Twitch, an Amazon-owned "live-streaming platform." Although Twitch is mainly known for its game-related content, other genres of videos can be live streamed on it.
  • So far, the verified Donald Trump Twitch account only has one video, a "live stream of a Trump rally that took place in Minneapolis" on October 9th.
  • Ahead of the presidential election in 2020, Trump is not the only US politician on the platform, others include Bernie Sanders, who has over 80,000 followers compared to Donald Trump's under 40,000 followers.

"Twitch And Music Startup Endel Partner On ‘Insomnia’ — A Channel That Uses AI To Put Viewers To Sleep "

  • On October 3, 2019, Tube Filter announced a partnership between Twitch and Endel, a music startup. The main reason this deal was done is to appeal to more people, other than gamers.
  • The 24/7 channel launched through this partnership is powered by "Endel’s generative engine, an artificial intelligence program that endlessly creates new music." This music, paired with relaxing visuals, is soothing, thus sending the listeners to sleep.
  • An executive at Twitch stated that the company is actively seeking out unique ways to add content to the community. More importantly, the relaxing sounds and visuals from this channel also appeal to the ASMR community, a growing community on social media.
  • In addition, studies have revealed that "listening to relaxing sounds can reduce anxiety and help people spend more time in deep stages of sleep."

"Why Ninja Really Left Twitch For Mixer"

  • In August, Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, one of the most followed and popular gaming influencers on Twitch, announced that he was leaving Twitch for Mixer.
  • Until October, there was no exact reason provided for why he left Twitch. On October 3rd, Screen Rant published an article stating that Ninja asked for certain things in his contract that Twitch did not grant.
  • Ninja was supposedly interested in expanding his brand outside of gaming but Twitch was not allowing him to grow.
  • As described by his manager, "we were like, we've worked so, so hard to grow the Ninja brand to license things and get his name out there. We can't go backwards with it. So that's where that deal just really started not making sense."


Community Meetups

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  • Twitch has posted a lot about TwitchCon on its social media pages. The event took place on September 27th in San Diego.
  • On September 29th, Twitch summarized what went on at the event. The company unveiled major features such as "Twitch Studio, Channel Points, and updates to the Ads experience."
  • There were also sessions that allowed viewers and streamers to ask questions and share feedback on the features they want in the future.


"Anheuser-Busch to Launch Largest Electric Class 8 Truck Fleet in North America"

  • According to EcoWatch, Anheuser-Busch announced on October 1, 2019, that it was launching the "largest fleet of Class 8 electric trucks in North America."
  • In the October 3rd article by EcoWatch, it was mentioned that Anheuser-Busch will purchase over 20 truck from BYD, an electric vehicle company.
  • This purchase is an initiative by the company, to increase the sustainability in its warehouse and distribution centers. As described by a sustainability executive at Anheuser-Busch, the company is "committed to leading [its] industry towards a more sustainable future by reducing [its] carbon emissions across our value chain by 25% by 2025."

"Anheuser-Busch Family Drama ‘Under The Influence’ Based On Book In Works By 101 Studios"

  • According to an article written by Deadline on October 2nd, 101 Studios is developing a series called Under the Influence.
  • Based on the book titled, "The Unauthorized Story of the Anheuser-Busch Dynasty," this series will look at the "dramatic rise and fall of the Anheuser-Busch family."
  • The article reports that if this series is produced, it will tell the story of "one of America’s most fascinating and influential families."

"Anheuser-Busch Acquires Markstein Beverage Co. in San Marcos"

  • According to an article by Brewbound published on September 30, 2019, Anheuser-Busch will be acquiring key assets from Markstein Beverage, a beer company in California.
  • Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed, however, the deal is expected to be a seamless and easy transition for Markstein Beverage.
  • According to the chief sales officer of Anheuser-Busch, "Markstein Beverage Co. has been a long-time partner." He later stated that Anheuser-Busch believes the deal will help the company expand its California operations.


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National Forest Foundation Partnership

  • Anheuser-Busch announced on October 8 that it partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help "protect the national forests that restore all of us."
  • This partnership will also reward individuals that protect the environment.
  • The National Forest Foundation, a non-profit organization, pledged to plant 50 million trees in national forests in the US by 2024. To support this pledge, Anheuser-Busch promised to donate "$200,000 toward the effort, which should cover the cost of at least 200,000 trees by 2020."

Best Employer

  • On October 7, Anheuser-Busch tweeted that it was ranked as the 8th "Best Employer for New Graduates in America" according to Forbes.
  • The company supposedly empowers its employees to "lead real change and grow at the pace of their own talent, giving them the opportunity to leave a legacy."
  • Forbes partnered with Statista to compile the list, based on the most loved companies among new workforce entrants.


"Boehringer Ingelheim's Ofev cuts rate of decline by 57% in range of rare lung diseases"

  • An article published by FiercePharma on October 1 revealed that Ofev by Boehringer Ingelheim is finally surpassing its expected sales after being released in 2018.
  • In a phase 3 study by Boehringer Ingelheim, Ofev "significantly slowed the rate of lung function decline in patients with a range of progressive, non-IPF interstitial lung diseases (ILD) by a whopping 57% over placebo after 52 weeks."
  • Ofev's sales skyrocketed to almost $750 million dollars, a 21.8% increase from the same quarter in 2018.

"Boehringer Ingelheim Completes Plant Expansion After $76 Million Georgia Investment"

  • An October 9th article stated that Boehringer Ingelheim "marked the completion of work Wednesday after a $76 million investment in its site in Athens, Georgia."
  • The investment in the site will double Boehringer Ingelheim's capacity to "produce vaccines for pets in the United States and around the world."
  • In 2017, Boehringer Ingelheim committed to investing over $124 million and creating more than 200 jobs in Georgia. The company has been actively delivering on this promise

"Global Bronchitis Treatment Market 2019"

  • In a report published on October 4 by News Adopt, Boehringer Ingelheim was listed as a dominant player in the global bronchitis treatment market.
  • The report mentioned other pharmaceutical companies like Sanofi, Pfizer, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, and GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited.
  • Boehringer Ingelheim has several bronchitis products including an inhalation spray called STIOLTOTM RESPIMAT.


Investment in Georgia

  • On October 9, Boehringer Ingelheim mentioned that after investing more than $75 million, it was expanding its Athens, Georgia plant.
  • According to Boehringer Ingelheim, it produces millions of vaccine doses annually got animals in almost 100 countries.
  • David Perdue, a US senator, toured the plant. He stated that Boehringer Ingelheim's investment "continues to be a strong contributor to the economy."

Partnership with Massachusetts Life Sciences Center

World Animal Day

  • Boehringer Ingelheim has several posts about World Animal Day.
  • On October 4, the company posted a video of several animals with a breakdown of how World Animal Day came about.
  • It wrote that over "100 countries are standing together to raise the status of animals and advocate for better welfare standards around the globe."
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Gap Inc. & Mastercard; News and Social Media Updates

Over the past two weeks, Gap Inc has mentioned that it will hire 30,000 seasonal employees by the end of 2019. It has also highlighted its initiatives for World Water Week. MasterCard, on the other hand, has announced its partnership with Samsung for Samsung Pay Cash and has introduced a new product for cyber attacks.


News Updates

Gap's Hill City:

  • An article published by Fortune on October 1st mentioned that Hill City, Gap's active wear brand for men will be moving into a temporary physical location.
  • Titled "Gap Inc.’s Hill City Set to Pop Up Offline into Physical Retail," the article stated that although Hill City began as an online-only brand, Gap believes the brand is fully ready to embrace the retail realm.
  • It is also mentioned that for growth, Hill City will wholesale some of its clothing to retailers.

Supply Chain Sustainability:

GAP hiring 30,000 new seasonal associates

  • On October 2nd 2019, Market Watch published an article titled "Gap to hire 30,000 seasonal associates this year, fewer than half the number in 2018."
  • The article stated that by the end of 2019, Gap will hire up to 30,000 seasonal associates.
  • As to why this is down from the 65,000 seasonal associates it hired in 2018, Gap stated that it is currently investing in its full time employee base and "offering them the opportunity to pick up more hours during the holiday season."

Social Media Updates

Best Customer Service Companies:

  • On October 9th, Gap tweeted that one of its arms, Banana Republic, was ranked by Newsweek as one of the top customer-service companies in the US.
  • Newsweek worked with Statista to analyze several retail categories.
  • They found that Banana Republic had a customer service score of 8.78 out of 10.

WW Week:

  • For World Water Week, Gap tweeted on October 4th that its "sustainability team was front and center discussing [its] commitment to reduce overall water usage."
  • The brand mentioned that by "building the capacity of women’s skills through Gap Inc.'s P.A.C.E. program, women will be better equipped to voice their water, sanitation and hygiene needs."

Breast Cancer Awareness:

  • In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Gap featured one of its employees, Mackenzie Dougherty, on its Instagram page on the 1st of October.
  • Dougherty was diagnosed with breast cancer. Gap stated that it was proud to "celebrate Mackenzie and all breast cancer warriors this #breastcancerawarenessmonth."


News Updates


  • A Forbes article published on October 3, 2019, titled "MasterCard’s Recent Acquisitions Key To Future Revenue Growth In Fiercely Competitive Payment Industry" revealed the company's investment and acquisition strategy.
  • Forbes mentioned that MasterCard has been acquiring a lot of companies in different categories.
  • MasterCard acquired Ethoca, a tech solutions company in March, Vyze, a "point-of-sale financing company" in April, and Transactis more recently.
  • MasterCard supposedly acquires companies that help broaden its product offerings.

New Product:

Samsung Pay Cash:

  • On October 3rd, Mobile Payments announced in an article titled "MasterCard, Samsung launch prepaid Samsung Pay Cash" that the company was collaborating with Netspend and Samsung.
  • This partnership was struck to launch Samsung Pay Cash, a service that combines "prepaid debit card with tokenized security.
  • Samsung Pay Cash will work anywhere and be accepted using both magnetic strip and contactless payments.

Social Media Updates

Day of the Girl:

  • On October 11, MasterCard tweeted its initiatives for girls in honor of Day of the Girl.
  • The company mentioned its Girl4Tech program, a STEM program that has supposedly inspired almost half a million girls in over 20 countries to pursue STEM careers.
  • MasterCard mentioned that in the fall of October, its Girls4Tech, AI & Cybersecurity program will debut.

Self Made:

  • On October 1st, MasterCard announced that it partnered with Square to bring the Self Made Event Series to New York and Los Angeles.
  • Self Made is an event that brings local small business and community experts together to discuss entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation.
  • The self-made event series included topics like "How and When to Start Your Dream Business" and "How to Use Digital Marketing Tactics to Increase Web Traffic and Sales."

Le Fooding:

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American Eagle & Harman International; News and Social Media Updates

The main updates related to American Eagle include the release of its new CBD-infused personal care collection and its sustainability initiatives. Harman International was mentioned in news articles as a leader in several industries.


News Updates

  • One of the most talked-about topics related to American Eagle in the past two weeks is its release of a genderless CBD skincare collection. An article published on October 3rd and titled "American Eagle rolls out its CBD beauty collection," mentioned that the brand released "Mood" at the beginning of October 2019. Mood is a collection of skin care and personal care products, including body lotion, lip balm, sugar scrub, face oil, and pillow mist, among others.
  • An article by Yahoo News titled "American Eagle Announces Sustainability Measures," mentioned that the company announced its plans to incorporate sustainability measures over the next few years. The company plans to "achieve carbon neutrality" in all its facilities by 2030. It also pledged to "reduce its carbon emissions by 40% by the year 2030, and by 60% by 2040." The article was published on September 27, 2019.
  • American Eagle's financials have also a hot topic over the past two weeks. According to an article by Basdaq Live News, the company "has shown a weekly performance of -6.88% and monthly performance stands at -8.6%." Its quarterly performance is -13.08%, with its half-year performance being -34.97% and its return on investment standing at 19.7%. The article was published on October 7th, 2019.
  • An article published on October 1st, 2019 mentioned American Eagle as one of the favorite clothing brands among teens. Titled "Teens reveal their favorite clothing brands," it revealed that a survey by Piper Jaffray involving 9,500 teens in the US highlighted American Eagle as one of the most loved clothing brands of teenagers. The brand supposedly attracts teen shoppers with its "trendy collaborations and buzzy pop-ups."

Social Media Updates

  • Across all its social media channels, American Eagle recently released tees that empower girls to share their voice. The company claims than 100% of proceeds from this collection of tees go to Head Count, a non-profit organization that promotes voting participation with the help of musicians. The tees include statements like Be Honestly You, Fearless Feminist, Love Yourself, and "Bloom Where You Are." The announcement was made on October 11, 2019, in honor of the International Day of the Girl Child.
  • American Eagle recently released its curvy jeans collection and has been posting pictures of customers wearing these jeans in the past two weeks. In an Instagram post published on October 10, 2019, it reposted a picture of a curvy lady in the jeans. The caption was "plz enjoy my rolls & cellulite & stretch marks & makeupless face inspired by a company that’s celebrating authenticity and body positivity!! PSA: @americaneagle curvy jeans are the best thing to happen to me this fall."
  • American Eagle has been posting a lot about its CBD infused personal care collection called Mood. In an October 3rd post, the brand mentioned that "mood is about being real with how you’re feeling and what you can do about it." It also posted a video of several people posing with the Mood products. To show that the product can be used by anyone, it featured diverse people including an African American and two male teens.


News Updates

  • An article titled "Harman teams with Spotify on automotive streaming partnership" revealed that Harman International recently partnered with Spotify to enable the "integration of the Spotify app into its Harman Ignite automotive cloud platform." Drivers will supposedly be able to download Spotify tailored to an "automotive interior setting via the Harman Ignite cloud platform used by original equipment manufacturers." The article was published on October 1st, 2019.
  • Over the last two weeks, Harman International has been mentioned in several market research reports as a leader in different industries. In an October 7th article by the Chicago Sentinel titled "Speaker Market 2019: Size, Status, and Industry Outlook," Harman International is one of the companies dominating the global speaker market.
  • In another article titled "Bluetooth Speaker Market 2018-2023," Harman International was listed as a key player in the global bluetooth speaker market. The company was listed alongside Bose, Beats Electronics. Xiaomi, Sony, LG, Phillips, Panasonics, and Zebronics.
  • An executive at Harman International was mentioned as a mentor for the 1,000 Dreams Fund (1DF) event titled "MentorHER Day." 1,000 Dreams fund is a "nonprofit that provides micro-grants to support the dreams of talented young women in need." The event took place on October 9th and 10th. It will also take place in other cities in November. The article was published on October 4, 2019.

Social Media Updates

  • On October 10th, Harman tweeted that it was partnering with SBD Automotive, a company that specializes in automotive technology, to "create the Experiences Per Mile Advisory Council." This council encourages partnerships among an "exclusive group of automotive and technology executives, analysts and industry insiders." It was formed to solve complex issues that the industry is facing.
  • On October 2nd, Harman posted about its collaboration with Samsung for the latest iteration of its innovative Digital Cockpit platform. A model was displayed in Samsung's Showroom. It allowed users to experience local culture and innovation. The Digital Cockpit itself is a "platform that comes with the latest digital technology which takes the overall in-vehicle system to the next level."
  • On October 4th, Harman announced the JBL Fest which occurred from October 9th to 11th. Organized by Harman International, JBL Fest is a "three-day, immersive experience that pulls the curtain back on the world of JBL." It featured live performances by artists like Khalid, Shaq, and Bebe Rexha. Harman posted a video across all its social channels showing what the event would be like.

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