Weekend Essentials – May 23, 2014

What we learned this week

What we learned this week…

A lot can happen in 200 milliseconds
Many still believe that when you visit a web page, the decision about what ads to show you are pretty simple. All the website has to do is figure out who you are, and decide which ad best targets you. That’s pretty straightforward, right? Wrong.
Watch “The Life of a Programmatic RTB Ad Impression” now

Sapporo is trying a more even blend of the modern and the traditional
We’ve seen bigger production spots from Sapporo before, but it’s not a frequent event. The latest offering seems a more modern, adult message.
Watch Sapporo’s new ad now

Sears wants a bite of Lululemon’s pie
The struggling retailer has had some success with its Pure NRG Athletics line. So, with a quip about Lululemon’s price point, Sears CEO Douglas Campbell indicates where he sees a market opportunity.
Read More about Sears’ Q1 results

Why can’t Cadillac drop the smugness?
Also in this week’s Ads You Must See, Coke finds 40 teens to tell a tale of happiness, and Samsung tries two different approaches in two different markets.
Watch Ads You Must See now

Brands Articles

Bendgate: 5 things Apple will do next

Markus Giesler guesses at Apple's next iPhone play

Holt Renfrew readies menswear-only store in Toronto

Luxury store wants to grow retail footprint by 40%

Kraft Hockeyville competition expands to U.S.

Tentpole sponsorship expands south of the border with media/in-store campaign

Toys R Us celebrates 30 years in Canada with ‘Oath’

An anniversary message from Toronto creative shop Open

Canadian Tire’s new CEO talks online shopping

Michael Medline chats with CB about digital technology's role in customer service

Millennials are looking for brands to trust: Havas

Nearly half of surveyed millennials consider brands "essential" to their life

Three big obstacles to success for the BlackBerry Passport

Peter Nowak says differentiation is a smart play, but brings its own challenges

Dufour-Lapointe sisters sign back with Saputo

Press darlings launch another initiative, but where are the international brands?

Apple has lost its narrative

Once "brand of the people," it's now an entrenched power. Must we teach Apple's branding lessons back to it?