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Ford Launches Global Creative Review in Major Setback for WPP

WPP is facing another significant hurdle less than a week after the departure of CEO Martin Sorrell–one of its biggest clients, Ford, has launched a global creative review. A spokesperson for GTB, the Detroit division formerly known as Global Team Blue that’s dedicated to handling Ford’s marketing business, said GTB and WPP had been “informed…
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4/20 Roundup: How Brands Are Marking Marijuana’s Increasingly Mainstream Holiday

The origin story has gone from urban legend to the Oxford dictionary: A group of high school stoners in Northern California in the ’70s birthed the concept of 4/20, and their friendship with the Grateful Dead helped turn an afternoon burnout activity into a legitimate (though illicit at the time) movement. Now 4/20 is an…
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M&M’s Made a Magical, Interactive Pop-up Where Fans Vote for a New Crunchy Chocolate Flavor

M&M’s is ready to launch a brand new flavor, but instead of making the decision for consumers, the brand is giving candy lovers a chance to vote on their favorite crunchy flavor: crunchy raspberry, crunchy espresso or crunchy mint. While fans everywhere can vote for their personal favorite, those in the New York City area…
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Be in the Moment or Be Somewhere Else: How Brands Should Leverage Twitter

Regardless of what you’ve heard, Twitter is not dead nor dying. If you’ve watched the news or read a BuzzFeed article within the past 24 hours, you’ve seen screenshots or embedded tweets that helped tell that story. That’s because Twitter is the destination to discover what’s going on, right now, in your world. This story…
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It’s Time for Marketers to Start Thinking Like Media Companies

Much has been made of the fact that television ratings for this year’s Super Bowl, Oscars and Winter Olympics have decreased significantly compared to past years. These massive live tent pole events have typically been a ratings bonanza for the major networks, keeping viewers glued to the action and to the commercials that accompany them,…
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4A’s Accelerate Conference Highlighted the Optimistic Future of Agencies

In the Economist a couple weeks ago, Marc Pritchard of P&G described the current advertising business operation as “archaic.” He clarified his remarks at the 4A’s Accelerate conference to note that both the client and the agency are culpable in that description, but the fact remains that much of the press around our category portend…
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Adidas Originals Traded Pieces From Alexander Wang’s New Collection to Get to Coachella

When Alexander Wang drops a new collection for Adidas Originals, you know something completely wild and unexpected is going to happen. In the past, the designer has done everything from flipping the Adidas logo upside down to selling a collection out of garbage bags during New York Fashion Week as an ode to the resale…
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How Blockchain Will Disrupt the Future of Social Media Influencers

Are you ready to find out how blockchain, the emerging digital currency, is set to rock the world of social media influencers? Before we go any further, consider this: Influencers can shift a brand’s image from obscurity into the limelight. With the right tactics, they have the power to grow your brand and double or…
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Can Augmented Reality Breathe New Life Into Banner Ads?

The very first banner ad on the Internet–for AT&T on Wired in 1994–had a click-through rate (CTR) of 44 percent. Now that the novelty has worn off, that rate is more like 0.05 percent. Add augmented reality (AR), however, and it may be a different story. Taking a page from the leader of the free…
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Why the Rise of the Chief Change Officer Is a Business Imperative

Despite the current strength of the global economy, with record stock prices and low unemployment, we live in a time of deep discontent. Fears of the pace of innovation, of downward economic mobility, of the possible loss of jobs to a machine or an overseas worker and of the loss of social status in an…
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