Brand Strategy


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    NBA takes a page from TikTok for app refresh

    Built with Microsoft, the app features a personalized “For You” page and vertical video and will be home to a plethora of exclusive game content. 

    By Aaron Baar • Sept. 29, 2022
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    State Farm CMO who brought back the Jake spokes-character retires

    Following a 12-year run, Rand Harbert will be replaced by Kristyn Cook, who has focused on emergent media channels like TikTok and gaming.

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Heinz recruits vegetarian vampire for return of Tomato Blood ketchup

    The brand tapped popular TikTok creator E.J. Marcus to play Toby, the 280-year-old vampire influencer that believes “humans are people too.”

    By Sept. 29, 2022
  • A pink biometric safe with the Starburst logo against a pink background surrounded by pink Starbursts.
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    Starburst’s biometric safe is filled exclusively with coveted pink flavor

    The “un-sharable” safe has the brand leaning heavily into meme and internet culture, playing off of the viral “You are a pink Starburst” consumer mantra. 

    By Sept. 29, 2022
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    Mtn Dew fuels next generation of Black gamers with esports tournament

    The beverage brand is partnering with the HBCU Esports League to put on a Call of Duty tournament that will stream live on Twitch.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
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    Opinion

    The realities of a unified CTV measurement tool may shock advertisers

    As advertisers increasingly pursue a unified, cross-platform measurement tool, questions remain around whether or not the concept is truly achievable.

    By Michele Madaris • Sept. 28, 2022
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    M&M’s introduces Purple candy mascot to celebrate acceptance, inclusivity

    The Mars brand extended its crew of characters for the first time in a decade as part of a controversial refresh that drove impressions and consumer sentiment.

    By Sept. 28, 2022
  • Four McDonald's figurines designed by Cactus Plant Flea Market encircle a Happy Meal placed on a red table against a sky-blue backdrop.
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    McDonald’s repackages Happy Meals for adults with cult streetwear label

    Meant to invoke nostalgia, the menu bundles come with unique art and collectible figurines as the chain tries to align with pop culture tastemakers.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
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    Peloton’s head of marketing is latest exec to bow out

    Dara Treseder heads to software company Autodesk where her experience in transformation and digital marketing will be key in her new role as CMO.

    By Sept. 27, 2022
  • A virtual Roblox space designed by Walmart shows a ferris wheel in the foreground a blimp flying against a blue sky in the background.
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    Walmart aims to shift Gen Z perceptions with expansive Roblox play

    Interactive virtual spaces going live ahead of the holidays cater to different product interests, with a beauty and cosmetics section among the first.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    Why Sonic drove away from in-car commercials for its latest campaign

    CMO Lori Abou Habib explains the food-focused change and how the QSR has benefited from parent Inspire Brands' bespoke media unit within Publicis.

    By Sept. 26, 2022
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    Apple Music to sponsor Super Bowl Halftime Show as services take spotlight

    The deal speaks to how business areas beyond the iPhone are becoming more important, with Apple reportedly also seeking an NFL streaming package.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Column

    Campaign Trail: Kraft wants mayo lovers to let their freak flags fly

    Kraft Heinz partnered with Wieden+Kennedy in its latest bid to be the "Mayo of Mayonnaise," celebrating the rituals some have with the divisive condiment.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Drizly offers another round of ad solutions for brands

    With the launch of Drizly Ads, the alcohol delivery service looks to expand an ad business that counts Diageo and Molson Coors among its clients.

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Clorox wipes the slate clean in new brand platform

    “Start Clean,” spearheaded by agencies FCB Chicago, Optimum Media Direction and Ketchum, emphasizes the role cleanliness plays in wellbeing. 

    By Sept. 23, 2022
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    Duracell calls on tech geeks to energize new TikTok page

    A paid program will see self-proclaimed nerds collaborate in a workshop space on battery-powered products and life hack content. 

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Dunkin’ promotes architect behind next-gen push to CMO

    Jill McVicar Nelson, who’s been with Dunkin’ since 2011, has spearheaded several menu offerings targeted at the “next generation of guests.”

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Hpnotiq liqueur appeals to Gen Z with blue-hued metaverse push

    Virtually hosted by rapper Guapdad 4000, #Hpnoverse includes an augmented reality camera, a scavenger hunt and 4,000 NFTs up for grabs.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
  • A selection of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's food with new branding
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    Carl’s Jr., Hardee’s refresh brand identity with flavor as inspiration

    The changes will debut in an ad campaign and come months after parent company CKE announced plans for a $500 million brand transformation.

    By Sept. 22, 2022
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    Tripadvisor pushes beyond banner ads with data-driven content studio

    San Diego Tourism Authority is the first external client for the shop that leverages the platform’s first-party insights to reach high-intent travelers.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Retail media makes up 11% of global ad spend, GroupM says

    Global advertising revenue for retail-based companies will grow from $88 billion in 2021 to $101 billion this year and to $160 billion in 2027.

    By Sept. 21, 2022
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    Crown Royal teams up with Uber Eats to reward delivery drivers

    While parent Diageo is a new official NFL sponsor, Crown Royal has been building a relationship with the league for years.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Walmart weds data to popular apps like TikTok in latest ad play

    A new Innovation Partners program that also features Snapchat and Roku seeks to help brands better understand what engages Gen Z.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
  • A view of Rockerfeller Center in the "Tonight at the Rock - Powered by Samsung Galaxy" Fortnite experience
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    Samsung, NBCUniversal bring Rockefeller Center to the metaverse

    "Tonight at the Rock - Powered by Samsung Galaxy" demonstrates how brands and publishers are collaborating in emerging channels like Fortnite.

    By Sept. 20, 2022
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    Deep Dive

    How an empowered creator economy is challenging marketers

    Likes no longer equal success, authenticity sells and TikTok’s highest paid contributors just launched their own enterprise, leaving marketers on a continuous pivoting loop.

    By Sept. 20, 2022