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• China-based e-commerce giant Alibaba said it set a sales record on Singles Day, 11-11 — aka  the Double 11 shopping festival, “the world’s largest 24-hour shopping event" — with sales across Alibaba’s shopping platforms at $38.3 billion involving more than 200,000 brands. That exceeded last year’s record of nearly $30.5 billion. Alibaba also said that in its first hour, it generated an estimated $13 billion in sales. By comparison, in 2018, Black Friday sales were $6.2 billion, and Cyber Monday sales reached $7.9 billion, according to Forbes.

• Volcom has signed a deal to become the official apparel sponsor for the U.S. Snowboard Team. Volcom, a part of Authentic Brands Group, replaces Burton, which had been the apparel supplier for the group for the past four Winter Olympics. Financial terms of the deal, which runs through the 2022 Beijing Winter Games, were not shared.

• NBC’s Sunday Night Football on Nov. 10 became the decade’s (2010-19) only primetime series to average 20 million-plus viewers for 100 different broadcasts. American Ido is second with 69. The Minnesota Vikings’ 28-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 23.5 million viewers across NBC TV, NBC Sports Digital and NFL Digital platforms.

• CBS Sports said its coverage of the SEC on CBS with No. 2 ranked LSU beating No. 3 ranked Alabama, 46-41, on Nov. 9  “delivered a massive audience, had an average of 16.636 million viewers and scoring a fast national household rating/share of a 9.7/24 . . . the  highest-rated regular-season college football game (excluding Conference Championships) on any network in eight years.

• Calling it the company’s biggest brand launch in more than a decade, Coca-Cola North America has unveiled Aha sparkling water, eyeing a March 2020 drop at retail. “As the largest and fastest-growing part of the water business, mainstream flavored sparkling water is a segment we know we must double-down on,” Celina Li, vp-water, Coca-Cola North America, said via the company. “Aha is our big-bet brand in this big-bet category.” Full story here.

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MLB 2019 Award Finalists

MANAGER OF THE YEAR

Nov. 12 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
American League finalists: Rocco Baldelli, Minnesota Twins; Aaron Boone, New York Yankees; Kevin Cash, Tampa Bay Rays

National League finalists: Craig Counsell, Brewers; Mike Shildt, Cardinals; Brian Snitker, Braves

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Nov. 13 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
AL Finalists: Gerrit Cole, RHP, Houston Astros; Charlie Morton, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays; Justin Verlander, RHP, Houston Astros

NL Finalists: Jacob deGrom, RHP, New York Mets; Hyun-Jin Ryu, LHP, Los Angeles Dodgers; Max Scherzer, RHP, Washington Nationals

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER

Nov. 14 MLB Network (6 PM ET)
AL Finalists: Alex Bregman, 3B, Houston Astros; Marcus Semien, SS, Oakland A’s; Mike Trout, OF, Los Angeles Angels

NL Finalists: Cody Bellinger, OF/1B, Los Angeles Dodgers; Anthony Rendon, 3B, Washington Nationals; Christian Yelich, OF, Milwaukee Brewers

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Topps All-Star Rookie Team 2019

One player at each position plus a DH and pitchers. Topps said each player’s 2020 Topps Series 1 or Series 2 card would include the Rookie Cup trophy logo. Topps has been naming MLB All-Star Rookie teams for 60 years.
• Pete Alonso 1B, New York Mets
• Yordan Alvarez  DH, Houston Astros
• Nick Anderson P, Tampa Bay Rays
• Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. 3B, Toronto Blue Jays
• Keston Hiura 2B, Milwaukee Brewers
• Eloy Jimenez OF, Chicago White Sox
• John Means P, Baltimore Orioles
• Bryan Reynolds OF, Pittsburgh Pirates
• Victor Robles OF, Washington Nationals
• Will Smith C, Los Angeles Dodgers
• Mike Soroka P, Atlanta Braves
• Fernando Tatis Jr.  SS, San Diego Padres

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Weekend Box Office Nov. 8-10
1, Midway $17.5M
2. Doctor Sleep $14.1M
3. Playing With Fire $12.8M
4. Last Christmas $11.6M
5. Terminator: Dark Fate $10.8M
6. Joker $9.2M
7. Maleficent: Mistress Of Evil $8M
8. Harriet $7.2M
9. Zombieland: Double Tap $4.3M
10. Addams Family $4.2M
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• Nov. 18 Kansas City  Chiefs vs. Los Angeles Chargers Mexico City Estadio Azteca ESPN (Monday Night Football) 8 PM (ET

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Super Goal: Valentine‚Äôs Day Record $20B Spend Will Outscore Big Game By $6B

By Barry Janoff

February 4, 2019: Now that Super Bowl LIII is history, people are looking toward the next big day of celebrating, spending, marketing, buying food and drink and being together — Valentine’s Day.

Fewer people in the U.S. will be sharing the love on Feb. 14, 2019 than in recent years, but those who are participating plan to spend a record $20.7 billion on jewelry, flowers, candy and other gifts to loved ones and friends.

They also will be spending a record $161.96 per person, good news for retailers, according to a new survey from the National Retail Federation, Washington, DC.

That is nearly $6 billion more than people spent on Super Bowl LIII — $14.8 billion — and some $5 billion more than the record spend during Super Bowl 50 in 2016, according to the NRF.

“Valentine’s Day means different things for different people,” Phil Rist, vp-strategy for Prosper Insights & Analytics, which conducted the survey for NRF, said via the group.

“Whether it’s a day of romance or one of making sure their children have enough cards in their backpacks for each of their classmates, it’s an important day for those who choose to participate.”

The $20.7 billion spend is an increase of 6% over last year’s $19.6 billion and breaks the previous record of $19.7 billion in 2016.

By comparison, people spent a record $23.1 billon for Mother’s Day in 2018 (an average of $180 per person); and during November-December 2018 spent upward of $720 billion.

The number of people who will be participating in Valentine’s Day, 51%, is down from 55% in 2018 and down 12% from the 63% in 2009.

However, the average $162 spend predicted this year in up 13% from last year’s $143.56 and an average of about $16 per person over the previous record of $146.84 in 2016.

It is also up some $60 over the $102.50 average spend ten years ago in 2009.

According to NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay, “Those who are participating are spending more than ever and that could be the result of the strong economy. With employment and income growing, consumers appear to be expanding the scope of who qualifies for a card or a box of candy.”

Shay said that  the vast majority of Valentine’s Day dollars are still spent on significant others, “but there’s a big increase this year in consumers spreading the love to children, parents, friends and coworkers.”

Among those celebrating, the most money will be spent on jewelry, $3.9 billion, which was cited by 18% of people surveyed.

That was followed by the $3.5 billion spend on an evening out, named by 34%.

The biggest category, though, is greeting cards, where 44% of people said they would spend $933 million.

Concurrently, people plans to spend $2.1 billion on clothing (18%), $1.9 billion on flowers (35%), $1.8 billion on candy (52%) and $1.3 billion on gift cards (15%).

Gifts for pets are popular — purchased by 20% — with spending expected to total $886 million. That would be up $519 million since NRF said it first asked in 2008.

Gifts that fall into the category of “experience” such as tickets to an event, a trip or a spa are wanted by 40% and planned to be given by 25%.

People said they would spend an average of $29.87 on other family members, $9.78 on friends, $8.63 on children’s classmates or teachers, $7.78 on co-workers, $6.94 on pets and $5.72 on others.

And people do not forget about themselves on Valentine’s Day, with 11% planning to treat themselves to such gifts as clothing and jewelry and 9% making time to get together with other single friends or family.

As in past surveys, men are the biggest spenders, an average of $229.54, which is up 20% from last year.

That’s more than double the $97.77 women said they would spend, which is actually down 1% (and is within the survey’s margin of error), per the NRF.

Among age groups, those 35-44 are the biggest Valentine spenders at $279.14, followed by those 25-34 at $239.07.

“Both groups typically have more people to buy for including children and children’s classmates or teachers,” according to the NRF.

As to where people get their gifts, department stores are the most popular Valentine’s Day shopping destination, visited by 35% of shoppers, followed by discount stores (32%), online (27%), specialty stores (18%) florists (16%), small or local businesses (14%), jewelry stores and specialty clothing stores ( 9% each).

“A 2017 flash poll conducted by NRF found the top reasons consumers chose not to celebrate Valentine’s Day were that they considered it over-commercialized, didn’t have anyone to celebrate with or simply weren’t interested anymore,” Katherine Cullen, director, industry and consumer insights for NFR, said via the group.

“While more consumers say they are not officially “celebrating” on Feb. 14, many will still mark the event in some way. In fact, a quarter who aren’t celebrating admit they still plan to treat themselves to something special, hold a get-together with other single friends or even purchase an “anti-Valentine’s Day” gift.”

Among brands that are preparing for Valentine’s Day consumers in unique ways:

Dunkin’ (formerly Dunkin’ Donuts) is going beyond heart-shaped donuts and other sweets with an exclusive one-day-only pop-up in Las Vegas “where couples can exchange their vows in Dunkin' style, bedecked with a hand-crafted donut bouquet.”

According to Dunkin’, on Feb. 9, (11 AM-3 PM local time), Dunkin' will be taking over Sure Thing, a Wedding Chapel by Flora Pop, in Las Vegas, “where the first 100 couples that stop by will be given an exclusive Dunkin' donut bouquet for their ceremony, or just as a unique Valentine's Day gift.

“The chapel will be decked out in Dunkin' decorations and bling complete with an official with Dunkin' pink hair available to preside over weddings and vow renewals.”

• Mars Wrigley Confectionery U.S. (Dove chocolate, M&M’s, Twix, Snickers, Skittles, Starburst) will have a candy-inspired pop-up salon, Sweet ReTREAT: Refresh Lounge (Feb. 13-14, in NY’s Soho Manhattan district) where people can “freshen up before a romantic date night, mix & mingle or just kick back and relax.”

Dove Chocolate also has a marketing push, including a TV spot, “Daisy,” from BBDO NY.

• Minor League Baseball team Pensacola (FL) Blue Wahoos are offering a Valentine’s Day Game Day Experience that includes delivery of balloons, candy, a Valentine’s gift, a Blue Wahoos hat, tickets to five games and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Blue Wahoos game.

California Pizza Kitchen (based in Los Angeles) and Jet’s Pizza (Sterling Heights, MI) are among those serving heart-shaped pizzas on Feb. 14 (participating locations while supplies last); Auntie Anne’s will have heart-shaped pretzels; Krispy Kreme is offering heart-shaped Valentine Conversation Doughnuts (“All the Feels,” “Be Mine,” “DM Me”).

• Hallmark is expanding its collection of Vinyl Record Cards with new cards featuring songs from such Warner Music Group artists as Bruno Mars, Michael Bublé and Kelly Clarkson. Each card includes an exclusive 7-inch vinyl record with two songs from each artist built into a sleeve on the card's cover. "Just remove the record, put it on any record player and enjoy the music."

Among other brands with dedicated Valentine’s Day marketing campaigns are Teleflora, anchored by a 90-second spot, “Love Out Loud, A Silent Film”; and Pro Flowers, with Pro Football Hall of Famer Troy Aikman (pictured above), “Order Like A Pro."

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