Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace

Brendan Menapace is the senior digital editor for Promo Marketing. While writing and editing stories come naturally to him, writing his own bio does not.

Pokemon Collaborates With Pop Stars for Co-Branded Music Videos and Tie-In Merch

Pokemon is celebrating its 25th anniversary and has brought in some musical stars to help make us feel very old. As part of the P25 project, pop star and “American Idol” judge Katy Perry just put out a Pokemon-themed music video for the song “Electric,” which came with a limited edition co-branded line of merchandise…

McDonald's Will Put Vaccine Info on Coffee Cups and Delivery Stickers

Starting in July, McDonald's coffee cups and stickers will feature the phrase “We Can Do This,” a slogan borrowed from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to encourage vaccine confidence in the U.S. The items will also include the vaccines.gov web address to schedule appointments and read safety information...

This Reversible T-shirt Heats or Cools Depending On Which Side Is Facing Out

A team of Chinese researchers just developed a new fabric they called Janus, demoing it in a T-shirt. One side of the shirt reflects the sun, keeping the wearer 11 degrees cooler than they’d be in a regular white shirt. Turn it inside out, and the other side traps solar radiation against your skin, keeping the wearer 14 degrees warmer than...

Ralph Lauren Releases MLB Apparel Collaboration With Four Teams

Ralph Lauren announced a partnership with multiple MLB teams to create co-branded apparel. In 2018, the company partnered with the New York Yankees for a collection that sold out fast. This new partnership will see Ralph Lauren collaborate with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and, once again, the Yankees...

New Balance Releases New York MTA-Branded Sneakers

New Balance is releasing a special edition 920 shoe with the New York Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) logo embroidered on the back. Inspired by the New York subway, the shoe has a gray and white color scheme, reminiscent of the metal trains and concrete platforms...

Unlikely Promotional Marketing Lessons From 'The Circle,' Netflix's Insane Reality Show

Have you guys watched “The Circle” on Netflix? If you haven’t, it is insane. Basically they put a handful of people into one-bedroom apartments, where they interact with other contestants via a social media platform called “The Circle” without ever actually seeing anyone’s face. From there, it’s basically like a combination of “Survivor” and the…

What Is 'Digital Merchandise' and Why Is This Rising YouTube Star Selling So Much of It?

YouTuber Sadie Aldis is doing now just hit 1 million subscribers. Aldis’ merchandise store is pretty much what you’d expect: There are beanies embroidered with her logo, branded smartphone cases and a (reasonably affordable) hoodie. But what really stands out is the “digital merchandise” Aldis is offering in addition to the physical products...

University of Arkansas Licenses Its Logo for Hog-Shaped Tortilla Chips

What’s even the point of a gameday party or tailgate if you don’t have chips and dip? If you’re a fan of the Razorbacks, prepare to take your snacking level to new heights, because the University of Arkansas just licensed its logo for the sake of hog-shaped tortilla chips...