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

Tide ad features gay couple as brand aims to be more ‘inclusive’

P&G is on a mission to reflect the diversity of its customer base in its advertising

Watch Molson reward die-hard hockey fans with NHL experience

“Anything For Hockey” marketing platform continues with documentary-style video

Louis-Philippe Gariépy joins Syrus Reputation Services

With new hire, two-year-old Montreal-based firm grows to 13 employees

Newspapers still key in automotive path to purchase

Three quarters of recent car buyers used papers during buying process, study says

Sport Chek heads to the mountains for new web series

#FirstTracks follows Winter Olympians Mark McMorris and Noah Bowman

Dean Blundell returning to radio with Sportsnet 590

Announcement comes one year after he was dismissed from The Edge

Andrew Keen on the dark, destructive side of disruption

And, why consumers need to take more responsibility for their actions online

RV industry urges Canadians to rediscover childhood fun

Campaign from DS+P demonstrates the value in the great outdoors, not gadgets