The ANA (Association of National Advertisers) has updated its media agency contract template for advertisers that includes new provisions and revised definitions intended to increase transparency between clients and agencies.

The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of got milk?, together with lead agency-of-record GALLEGOS United, is launching "You Can Always Count on Milk," a new $16-million-dollar, statewide advertising initiative. 

In its continuing effort to provide the highest level of care and service to the diverse populations, Florida Blue’s internal agency Guidewell Connect has engaged full-service marketing firm Pinta

Agencies, like brands, need consistency. Agencies used to have access to the C-suite within brands but that’s no longer the case. It’s time for agency leaders to step up and rebuild agency C-suite relevance again.  By Thomas Barta

I attended the Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity for the first time this year (long overdue).  One of the highlights was my participation in a discussion titled "Trust, Transparency and Driving Business Outcomes" with MasterCard CMO Raja Rajamannar that was led by Jay Sears, MasterCard's Senoir Vice President Media Solutions.  One of the issues discussed was progress being made improving trust and transparency between marketers and their agencies.  Unfortunately, I feel that's been a mixed bag. 

Risk drives reward.  We're all familiar with the financial maxim which defines investment return as a function of risk incurred.  Can this construct also better describe how we view marketing investments?  Organizations showing increased expenditure on stock buybacks and dividends relative to growth investments (advertising/marketing and R&D) tend to be more risk averse.

Dieste, Inc. announced it is working with PetSmart and will lead social media creative and advertising.

WOW Global Retail (WGR) is a business integration service connecting retailers, brands and distributors through relevant, collaborative, consumer-centric solutions.

We are good. We are really good, at reading traffic signs. This is not a new skill. The earliest form of road signs were milestones, giving distance or direction. The Romans were known to erect stone columns throughout their entire empire, so you always knew how far you were from Rome. Sadly, our ability to read traffic or road signs quickly fades when dealing with less obvious, but equally critical, signs in our everyday environment. It has never been truer than in the advertising industry, and the critical client/agency relationships that enable great work.

Social marketing has matured to become a robust and integral part of the modern marketing mix. It is table stakes for almost any agency—with or without traditional roots—and is demanded by today’s always-on consumer.

By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc / LMMiami.com

  • Advertising is under fire.
  • As a business, as an industry, as a cultural agent.
  • Our relevance and our legitimacy as creators and guardians of the canon and its values is called into question literally 24/7.
  • In the age of social media, everything we “create” is scrutinized and torn apart ipso facto by some troll with too much time in his or her hands.
  • Everything our creatives come up with seems to be tin-eared, flat-footed or offensive in some way or other.
  • Fair enough.
  • Question is, do we really “create” in the ad business.

Casanova//McCann announced today the addition of Jonathan Lackey to its staff in the newly created position of Director of Digital Services.

The Miami Super Bowl 2020 Host Committee has selected Miami-based advertising and communications agency Republica as its agency partner.  Republica will provide marketing services to Miami Super Bowl 2020 including branding, advertising and channel strategy.

After having won the Grand Prix and a Gold Award at the recent 2018 Culture Marketing Conference (CMC) in Los Angeles, last week, a film made possible by AARP about family caregiving among U.S. Hispanics, created by d expósito & Partners, has now won the 2018 Big Apple Award from the Public Relations Society of America.

Northgate Market, a family-owned and operated Hispanic supermarket chain with 40 stores throughout Southern California, has named Circus its agency of record (AOR) effective immediately.

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