New York, NY (PRWEB) May 28, 2014
Brand Squared Licensing, the strategic licensing division at Peppercomm, an award-winning integrated communications and marketing firm, has added four new consumer clients to its roster including three from the food industry and one in children’s entertainment. They are Dippin’ Dots, Bit-O-Honey, We Are Busy Beavers and Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton. Brand Squared Licensing offers a unique suite of services as it helps these and other brands strategically extend into new product categories.
Because of its full integration with Peppercomm’s suite of resources, Brand Squared Licensing is able to complement strategic licensing services with creative and digital services, primary and secondary research, marketing of licensed product, and proprietary program measurement techniques.
The four new client wins include:
- Dippin’ Dots. The frozen miniature ice cream beads that put smiles on faces across specialty shopping mall outlets, fairs and festivals, U.S. theme parks, zoos, and museums, are known as the ice cream of the future. The brand will expand beyond its unique franchise and distribution network with non-ice cream products into many new traditional retail aisles in a more comprehensive way than in the past. This effort will be done through strategic licensing, so the overall consumer marketplace may feature Dippin’ Dots branded frozen treats, toys, cereal and other categories.
- Bit-O-Honey. Celebrating its 90th birthday this year, Bit-O-Honey is a bite-sized honey-flavored taffy delight, long recognized as an American candy icon. Bit-O-Honey’s new owner, Pearson’s, envisions honey-infused packaged goods differentiated by the Bit-O-Honey trademark.
- We Are Busy Beavers. This YouTube-based animated series, developed for toddlers, combines fun and learning with a loveable character, easy-to-hum music, and simple lessons to educate children. The brand has had 500 million views on YouTube to date (100 million since the beginning of 2014) and is one of the fastest growing animated franchises on the planet. Brand Squared Licensing is representing We Are Busy Beavers both in the U.S. and internationally in merchandise, digital, content and music licensing.
- Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton. A proudly Canadian brand started in 1985 and known for its delicious cookies, an oven-baked storefront experience, and loyal fan base. They are found in over 500 grocery stores in Canada and will leverage the services of Brand Squared Licensing to expand into new retail channels, restaurant experiences, new geographies and, ready to eat product categories such as ice creams, frozen desserts, and pies.
“We chose Brand Squared Licensing because of their strategic acumen in identifying the opportunities the Bit-O-Honey brand can have across so many products at retail,” said Michael Keller, CEO of Pearson’s Candy. “Brand Squared Licensing has helped outline our vision to strengthen the trademark, create a new revenue stream, and establish a licensed marketing vehicle for the candy itself.”
Added Dave Martin, Founder and CEO of We Are Busy Beavers, “Brand Squared Licensing has direct experience in the children’s entertainment space, as well as the merchandise that makes sense for my characters. Plus the agency brings so many other areas of expertise given its integration with a larger marketing services firm. Brand Squared Licensing is helping to make the next step in our brand’s evolution quite easy for my team to embrace.”
Brand Squared Licensing recently received a vendor excellence award from BJ’s Wholesale Club, resulting from the agency’s launch of Crumbs Bake Shop licensed products to every BJ’s club location in the United States. A twelve SKU program including cupcakes, crumb cakes, ice cream cakes and Crumb Nuts is now featured at the chain.
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About Brand Squared Licensing
Peppercomm launched Brand Squared Licensing to reinvent full service for both brands and licensed manufacturers wishing to expand their business and grow profit through monetized and strategic partnerships. Many agencies negotiate and manage license agreements. Brand Squared Licensing provides these tasks with depth of expertise. But, for clients that want long-term partners in addition to contracts, marketing vehicles in addition to licenses, and product concepts in addition to decks, Brand Squared Licensing offers extended resources (e.g., research, graphic design, marketing of licensed product, and measurement beyond royalties) to ensure that the client’s potential is properly cultivated. More information about the agency may be found at http://www.brandsquaredlicensing.com.
Peppercomm, Inc., an award-winning strategic, integrated communications and marketing firm headquartered in New York City with offices in San Francisco and London, prides itself on listening first, last and always. The firm’s tagline: “Listen. Engage. Repeat.” emphasizes the unique approach Peppercomm takes in understanding exactly how a client can engage in authentic conversations with its audience. Peppercomm was ranked No. 1 in Crain’s New York Business Best Places to Work 2012 and in 2013, was honored with two Silver Anvils and the PR News campaign of the year. More information about the agency may be found at http://www.peppercomm.com.