2015 Year in Review

Victor B.

Three Companies that Marketed Themselves the Best

1. Nike advertised themselves extremely well. Right at the start of the year, they advertised with multiple athletes, such as LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Kyrie Irving. New editions of their shoes were released as well this year. Advertisements for these signature shoes with the athletes appearing on them were all over the place, on TV, YouTube, the internet, and social media. Nike also released signature shoes for different causes and cultures, like the BHM (Black History Month) and N7 (Native American foundation) shoe lines. Nike really worked to differentiate itself this year.

2. Under Armour made a HUGE comeback this year. With its main athlete, Stephen Curry, releasing two shoe editions, the Curry 1 and Curry 2, and tons of apparel after having a break out year, winning MVP and the NBA championship in the 2014-15 season and getting a 24 game winning streak and closing out 2015 as the NBA's top scoring in the 2015-16 season, business for Under Armour has boomed. Commercials for Under Armour have hit records for its amount of views on YouTube. With other breakout athlete endorsements, such as Jordan Speith, Tom Brady, Bryce Harper, Julio Jones, Michael Phelps, Under Armour is making a competitive run with Nike.

3. Apple marketed itself extremely well. With the release of the iPhone 6s, which set records for sales with 13 million sold, it had an extremely successful year. This is all because of its advertising and work to differentiate itself. It had ads all over the place, and especially on the Super Bowl, which was for its Music app, which was highly improved in 2015. Apple is doing great and had a great year in 2015.

Best Products of 2015

1. Beats by Dre Solo 2

2. Apple iPhone 6s

Worst Products of 2015

1. Hover Board

2. HTC One M9

Top Movies of 2015

1. Star Wars: The Force Awakens was extremely popular, breaking the U.S. box office record. Everyone knew about the new Star Wars movie because it was advertised literally everywhere, on TV, YouTube, the internet, social media, and even on mac and cheese boxes. Other things like Lego sets, toys, and video games were developed for Star Wars. Many companies teamed up with Disney to advertise Star Wars and run contests and sweepstakes, such as Motorola, Verizon, Fandango, and Gamestop. It was almost impossible to not know that a new Star Wars movie was coming out.

2. Furious 7 was a very emotional, being the finale of the Furious movies after the death of the great Paul Walker. Social media boomed after his death, and the movie became a tribute to Paul Walker. It spent a lot of money into advertising, as it has the all-time highest Weekly TV spend for movie commercials. A lot of companies teamed up with Furious 7, such as Xbox One, which released a game for the movie, GoPro, and Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep, which all supplied cars for the movie.

Top Musical Artists of 2015

1. Drake made a huge comeback in 2015, with his releases of albums If You're Reading This It's Too Late, What a Time To Be Alive, and extremely popular single Hotline Bling. Also, he was in a huge back and forth diss track battle against Meek Mill, which he won, and went viral on social media. He went on a huge tour in 2015, going to places across the world like Australia, which promoted him very well. He worked extremely hard in 2015, releasing 2 albums AND going on a world tour. Basically, Drake blew up all over the world in 2015, especially on social media.

2. Kendrick Lamar had a very successful year, releasing a top album, To Pimp a Butterfly. He was on a world tour year round. He appeared on The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live as well. On top of that, he directed videos and received a "Best Direction" award at the MTV VMA's. Kendrick Lamar has always been known for his poetic and inspiring songs, as they also inspired and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement in 2015. He was all over the place.

10 Highest Paid NBA Players For The 2015 Season

1.Kobe Bryant, SG, Los Angeles Lakers $25 million

2.Joe Johnson, SG, Brooklyn Nets $24.9 million

3.Carmelo Anthony, SF, New York Knicks $22.9 million

4.Dwight Howard, C, Houston Rockets $22.4 million

5.Chris Bosh, PF, Miami Heat $22.1 million

2016 New Year's Resolution

To make new friends, become even closer to my family and God, and become more outgoing and a nicer, kinder person to everybody.