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

Indigo, CIBC and Scene react to loyalty program data

Canadian Loyalty Report suggests more programs per consumer, but less activity

Modern Family takes product placement to the next level

ABC works the National Association of Realtors into the plot of the popular sitcom

Three ways brands must evolve to engage female influencers

Marketers need to recognize the shift from bloggers to creators says agency president

Nintendo moves its PR account to Craft Public Relations

The consumer electronics and software company to shift its communications focus

4 reasons why Aeropostale lost its cool with shoppers

Teens returned to their favourite brands after the recession, Aeropostale couldn't compete

Boston Pizza drafts hockey fans for media photo ops

Chain uses Facebook and the NHL Draft Lottery to to connect with fans and media

Fairmont Hotels puts a focus on employees in new art exhibit

Luxury hotel chain uses staff from around the globe to help tell its brand story

President’s Choice connects haute cuisine and high chairs

Loblaw-owned brand launches Babylicious to provide parents the ultimate dinner date

Marketing Awards 2016: Design jury and shortlist

The final shortlist is revealed in the lead-up to the June gala