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#FFWD2015 Day 4: Mobile Moxie, Native Ad Savvy and more

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 29, 2015 06:12 PM

Day 4 at Advertising Week Canada in Toronto today covered topics ranging from native advertising to delighting mobile consumers, including speakers from Microsoft, Google and comScore. Enjoy some takeaways from the sessions, below, and don't miss our coverage from days 1-3—and get more via #FFWD2015 and @InterbrandCDNContinue reading...

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McDonald's Next CEO Suits Up for Super Bowl 'I'm Lovin' It' Reboot

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2015 04:14 PM

McDonald's I'm Lovin' It 2015

Major changes abound at McDonald's, as Global Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook was just tapped to replace retiring CEO Don Thompson and its "I'm Lovin' It" brand platform is suiting up for a refresh during Super Bowl 49.

Easterbrook was anointed by the McDonald's board this week to try to wrestle the brand back onto a growth trajectory after the iconic fast food leader fell on increasingly difficult times during Thompson's 31-month tenure at the top.

"Steve is a strong and experienced executive who successfully led our UK and European business units and the board is confident that he can effectively lead the company to improved financial and operational performance," Andrew McKenna, McDonald's non-executive chairman, stated in announcing the change.Continue reading...

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The Sundance Kid: 5 Questions with Chobani CMO Peter McGuinness

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2015 02:31 PM

Chobani Sundance Film Festival cafe

Chobani is busy these days. It's launching innovative products targeting new and existing consumers and eating occasions, including the first Greek yogurt pouches aimed at kids, and new flavors of its Greek Yogurt Oats blend line and Flip Creations mix-in products.

The long-time Greek-market leader is also turning to new marketing platforms and initiatives. It won't be running an ad in Super Bowl XLIX on Sunday, even though Chobani made its debut in Big Game commercials last year, opposite Dannon's Oikos brand—which also dropped out of Super Bowl advertising this time around after a two-year run.Continue reading...

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Apocalypse Wow: 5 Questions with Super Bowl Advertiser mophie

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2015 01:20 PM

Mophie Super Bowl 2015 commercial

First, let's dispense with the obvious question: mophie is a combination of "Molly" and "Sophie," the names of a previous owner's dogs. Second, what does mophie do? The very need for that question explains why the $220 million company is joining several other relative small-fry brands in fielding its first Super Bowl ad on Sunday.

mophie makes on-the-go chargers for smartphones and other connected devices, and has by far the leading share of the category that it helped create. But by mophie's own admission, many smartphone owners don't know about the availability of extra power packs they can take with them to avoid running out of juice.

"We're in a unique situation," Kevin Malinowski, marketing manager for the Tustin, California-based startup, told brandchannel. "The mobile power category is something a majority of users aren’t even aware of."Continue reading...


Selfridges Will Go Gender-Free in Latest Retail Experiment

Posted by Mark J. Miller on January 29, 2015 11:29 AM

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British high-end department store Selfridges is always willing to experiment. The British retailer, known for Jeremy Piven's portrayal of its founder (and less known for its current owner, Canada's Galen Weston), went brand-free for a spell two years ago to give its customers a breather and a zen-like shopping experience.

Now the 114-year-old  chain, which last year sought to shake up our notions of beauty and is currently featuring older creators in its third annual "Bright Old Things" collection, is aiming to reinvent the shopping experience—and shoppers' expectations—yet again, this time by going gender-free.Continue reading...

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Brand News: Snickers Brady Bunch Super Bowl Ad and More

Posted by Dale Buss on January 29, 2015 09:15 AM

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Facebook sees mobile revenue climb as ad prices soar.

McDonald's replaces CEO Don Thompson with Chief Brand Officer Steve Easterbrook as brand's struggles worsen.

Samsung sees the bottom in mobile as it battles with Apple for global dominance, as Apple aims to maintain record growth spurt.

Tim Hortons workers "blindsided" by Burger King-led layoffs.

Super Bowl pre-game activations continue, as Fiat Chrysler could still stage a surprise pull-out ... GM has presence even without ads ... GoDaddy insists its lost-puppy Super Bowl ad wasn't a stunt ... Nissan teases with "Cat's in the Cradle" and extends spot to 90 seconds ... Sprint releases teaser ... Pepsi creates crop circle near stadium in Phoenix … represents smaller pool of B2B advertisers … and Snickers releases full Brady Bunch spot: Continue reading...

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#FFWD2015 Day 3: From Passionate Brands to Passionate Fans

Posted by Shirley Brady on January 28, 2015 06:14 PM

Day 3 at Advertising Week Canada in Toronto today covered topics ranging from brand-building in a customer-centric world to building engagement and passionate communities, with speakers from the NHL and Twitter. Below, enjoy some key takeaways from participants; don't miss our coverage from days one and two; and follow the action at #FFWD2015: Continue reading...

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Snapchat Launches AT&T-Backed Series in Branded Content Push

Posted by Sheila Shayon on January 28, 2015 04:35 PM

Snapchat AT&T SnapperHero

A day after announcing it's no longer just an ephemeral messaging app where users can set a time-limit for photo, video, text or drawing ‘snaps’ before they disappear, Snapchat is officially in the original content business.

On Tuesday, Snapchat introduced its users to Discover, a platform giving brand marketers the ability to syndicate their videos via branded channels. Partners at launch include MTV Networks' Comedy Central, Scripps' Food Network, CNN, ESPN, National Geographic, Vice, Yahoo, and Warner Music Group. 

A day later, it has launched its first original series in SnapperHero, a shortform scripted series featuring YouTube and Vine stars with input from viewers. It's sponsored by AT&T and produced by Astronauts Wanted, a teen-skewing content studio headed by MTV Networks' former CEO Judy McGrath and backed by Sony, and Fullscreen Inc.Continue reading...

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