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

CMOs want the “brand” back in branded content

At IAB Engage, marketers for Molson, Kraft, Cara Foods talk branded content strategy

Airbnb signs deal to sponsor 2016 Rio Olympic Games

Online community is the Games' first alternative accommodations sponsor

Grey Canada gets a shot at Tequila Herradura

Brown-Forman brand awards digital CRM and below-the-line duties to WPP shop

Metro pairs fashion with food

Grocer partners with fashion magazine Flare on food-focused marketing campaign

Activia kicks off campaign with world record attempt

Yogurt brand positions itself as a "lifestyle partner" through Rogers Media partnership

HBO Canada gives fans a chance to sit on the Iron Throne

Selection of Game of Thrones products available at Toronto pop-up shop

Frank & Oak push pop-up competition in the U.S.

Montreal-based retailer is giving consumers the power to pick temporary locations

How to create an engaging flyer

Expert Patrick Rodmell shares five best practices that apply to all retail sectors

What the Heinz-Kraft merger could mean for Canada

Experts say deal will likely lead to layoffs as the two companies find ways to share costs