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

Canada’s Hottest Ads – The good and bad of Mother’s Day ads

Rain 43's John Farquhar finds mom spots both charming and predictable

Lasik MD campaign has its sights on millennials

Print, direct mail, OOH, radio touts financial benefits of laser vision correction

How to improve in-store signage

Signs alert shoppers to deals and promotions, but also express your brand

Managing Digital: Reckitt Benckiser’s VP marketing

VP to agencies: understand consumers' digital behaviour and deliver KPIs

On The Move: Changes at FCB, eBay, Defy and Hill + Knowlton

A weekly recap of who's headed where in Canadian marketing and communications

Gap’s 1Q profit falls as it attempts turnaround

Banana Republic and Gap banners continue to struggle, while Old Navy flourishes

Campaign for weight-loss firm gives the skinny on diet fads

Dr. Bernstein effort from Giants & Gentlemen includes TV, online and OOH

Best Buy revenue slips as it closes Future Shop

Electronics retailer cites "ongoing softness" in the local market as reason for decline