Weekend Essentials – Feb. 7, 2014

Here’s what we learned this week… Some brands still don’t understand that social isn’t about sales According to Cloud AdAgent’s Peter Coish, treating social media like another one-way broadcast channel is just asking for trouble. In the marketing arms race, you have to understand your arsenal, and blasting a sales message on Facebook will always […]

Here’s what we learned this week…

Some brands still don’t understand that social isn’t about sales

According to Cloud AdAgent’s Peter Coish, treating social media like another one-way broadcast channel is just asking for trouble. In the marketing arms race, you have to understand your arsenal, and blasting a sales message on Facebook will always lead to a misfire.
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Bud’s red lights have wings

Budweiser is really pushing hard with its Red Lights program (developed by Anomaly), taking them from the home to the arena and now to the skies. It’s been nice to see people talking in more positive tones lately about Canadian beer advertising. Between Bud, Molson, Kokonee and a handful of others, the cynicism that dominated the last 10 years-worth of ads seems to be turning into appreciative applause.
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In the age of celebrity endorsement, don’t overlook the artist

Granted, there’s some overlap between Hollywood’s A-list and pure-play “artists,” but marketing history is rife with collaborations with the Warhols, Murakamis and Harings of the world. Mark Tungate explains that luxury brands – which often try to be a part of capital-c Culture – can especially benefit from such partnerships.
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Time to put CMOs at the fore

Marketing has always been lucky to get top-tier talent on its advisory boards. In keeping with our renewed focus on brand marketers, we’ve skewed our new board a bit and stacked it with the country’s top CMOs. Take a peek at who’s at the table.
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Advertising Articles

Dentsu Aegis acquires Spoke to bolster Isobar

Jeff Greenspoon and Kai Exos to lead merged agency

BCP and Publicis merge

Merger comes nearly two years after Yves Gougoux sells BCP to Publicis Worldwide

DS+P win Canadian agency of record status for Dulux

Agency will work with Headspace, which is tasked with strategy/creative for Quebec

Sid Lee gives a peek behind the curtain with Transform

Bi-monthly e-newsletter provides research-based industry insights and agency news

McDonald’s marketing misery

Markus Giesler on the chain's identity crisis and why it's becoming increasingly irrelevant

Toronto burger joint’s Allen Iverson parody a social hit

Restaurant owner talks about napkin shortage in low budget YouTube video

Toronto Star hires Rethink

Agency to focus on promoting the paper's print edition and tablet news products