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Dove tops list of mothers' 10 favorite brands

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:22

Just in time for Mother's Day, research organization YouGov has found that American mothers perceive Dove as the best brand, according to their BrandIndex report. The soap and beauty product maker tops a list of mothers' favorite brands despite backlash to the company's "Real Beauty" ad campaign that went viral in the past few months.

In it's press release, YouGov even speculates that the "Real Beauty" campaign and its "highly-viral" nature is what propelled Dove into the top spot.

This is the second year YouGov has tracked brand perception among American mothers, and the first year Dove made it in to the top 10. Joining Dove on the list are brands like Johnson & Johnson, Amazon, Cheerios and Samsung.

YouGov also mentions that, while they didn't crack the top 10, brands like Facebook and Victoria's Secret saw the greatest gains in perception compared to last year. Pillsbury and Discovery Channel, on the other hand, fell out of the top brands.

YouGov on their survey methods:

YouGov BrandIndex filtered their entire 1,250+ brand universe for respondents who identified themselves as women over the age of 18 with children under 18 years old. The firm then ranked them using their flagship Index score, which measures brand health by averaging sub-scores on quality, satisfaction, impression, value, reputation and willingness to recommend. The scores reflect surveying over the past 30 days.

See the full list in the graphic below.

Keep your eyes on the ball: The NFL draft starts

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:19

From the Marketplace Datebook, here's a look at what's coming up Thursday, May 8:

In Washington, a Senate subcommittee on tourism discusses a plan to attract 100 million international visitors to the U.S. annually by the end of 2021.

In New York, the first round of the NFL draft takes place.

And across the country, are consumers shopping? Chain stores are scheduled to report April sales.

We spent a lot of time with her in "Little House on the Prairie." Actress Melissa Gilbert turns 50.

And it's the 69th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, commemorating the surrender of Germany to Allied forces.

Johansson wins Women's Tour stage

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:18
Sweden's Emma Johansson fights off Marianne Vos amid feverish crowds to win the first stage of the Women's Tour of Britain.

'On The Runs' linked to 295 murders

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:17
A senior NI police officer tells MPs that 95 of the 228 republicans who received controversial letters from the government have been linked to 295 murders.

Officer 'reckless' over riot deaths

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:16
A detective who investigated the deaths of three men in Birmingham during the 2011 riots would have had a case to answer for gross misconduct if he had not retired, the IPCC says.

Irish justice minister resigns

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:11
Ireland's Justice Minister Alan Shatter has resigned, Prime Minister Enda Kenny announces.

Fugitive 'Skull Cracker' in custody

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 08:07
A fugitive armed robber nicknamed the "Skull Cracker", who absconded from an open prison, is arrested in east London.

Virus prompts new pig blood rules

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:58
The EU Commission has agreed new rules to limit the spread of a deadly disease that has killed millions of piglets in the US.

'Nazi art' left to Swiss museum

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:57
German art hoarder Cornelius Gurlitt, who died on Tuesday, makes the Bern Art Museum in Switzerland his "sole heir".

VIDEO: Drone technology used in aircraft checks

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:55
Drone technology is helping engineers to carry out safety checks on aircraft.

Somali children 'at death's door'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:49
More than 50,000 malnourished children in Somalia are at "death's door" less than three years after a famine, a group of aid agencies warns.

Your pictures: On the road

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:46
Readers' photos on the theme of "on the road"

VIDEO: Alibaba eyes US share sale

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:43
Chinese internet giant Alibaba has filed documents for a public share sale in the US, which is widely expected to be one of the biggest in history.

Tillis wins N Carolina primary

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:40
A North Carolina Senate candidate backed by the Republican Party establishment wins the nomination to face Democratic Senator Kay Hagan in November.

Wednesday's gossip column

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:38
Real Madrid want Suarez, Rodgers agrees new contract, Chelsea and Man City target Sagna, Liverpool eye Cole, plus more.

Stanford University Says No To Coal Investments

NPR News - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:16

Reflecting students' wishes, the decision by Stanford's trustees to divest from coal-mining companies cites alternate energy sources that emit less greenhouse gases.

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Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:11

Alibaba, the online commerce giant of China, has filed the paperwork to trade its stock in the United States. Regulators will now comb through more than 2000 pages of Alibaba documents. If the IPO moves forward it could be valued at $100 billion, six times the value of Facebook when it hit the public market two years ago. The BBC's chief business correspondent Linda Yueh joined us to discuss.

So, how long does it take you to watch all those programs you DVR? You might not care if you wait a day or two, but you know who does? Network executives and advertisers. That's because ad deals are based on what's known as C3, a measurement of commercial minutes seen live and over the following three days. Advertisers don't pay for your eyeballs if you watch "Scandal" on day four.

It's just over a year since a clothing factory collapsed in Bangladesh, which caused the death of more than 1,000 people. The complex tragedy has brought some changes to safety conditions in places that may have manufactured many kinds of affordable clothing Americans buy and wear, but what has gotten less attention is a change in the law that lets employees form a union without the permission of their employer.


AUDIO: Dizzee and Brand: A-level material?

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 07:09
A-level students may be given the opportunity to study the language of Russell Brand and Dizzee Rascal.

Easyjet develops inspection drones

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 06:47
Easyjet is developing drones to inspect its fleet of Airbus aircraft, and may introduce the flying maintenance robots as early as next year.

Air polluted 'in majority of cities'

BBC - Wed, 2014-05-07 06:47
Air pollution in many cities around the world is breaching the World Health Organization's guidelines, a report suggests.
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