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

Air Miles focuses on storytelling in new video

Campaign turns user-generated content into branded content

Final 2014 MIAs shortlist announced

Finalists in the Targeted Marketing, and Products and Services categories

Mr. Sub selects Tag Franchise for a brand refresh

The quick-serve submarine chain is ready for change

Cundari named top auto agency by WARC 100

Growing Toronto agency recognized for its work on BMW

Stanfield’s gets cheeky with #StreakWeek challenge

Underwear brand challenges Canada to streak in support of men’s health

Protinis asks Canadians if they’re #BusierThanHayley

Twitter campaign digs into consumer engagement

Argyle Communications launches branding and design consultancy

Creative strategist Jean-Pierre Veilleux to lead new company

PR’s creative expansion (Column)

Why are PR firms reinventing themselves with creative services?