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  • Kinetic's New Social-Mobile Approach To OOH Planning in MAD on 02/21/2017

    The model was developed by Lilliana Caro, Global CMO at Kinetic. In part it's a response to the era of ad fraud and ad blocking, said Caro. "We believe we need to reinvent the strategic planning process in order to ignite real-world actions," she said.

  • WPP's Kantar Hires Marketing Vet Julie Kollman As Chief Research Officer in MAD on 02/21/2017

    Kollman was most recently global head of insights at SABMiller. At Kantar, Kollman will work internally and with the company's global clients on a variety of research and methodology, innovation and best practices issues. She succeeds Efrain Ribeiro in the role.

  • Omnicom Media Group Tops In New Business In 2016 in MAD on 02/20/2017

    That's according to a new report from media agency tracker RECMA, which found that the Group -- whose agencies include PHD, OMD and Hearts & Science -- turned in the best net new business performance based on billings. Major wins included AT&T and Volkswagen. The report tracked more than 900 account pitches globally.

  • Campbell Ewald Wins Clyde May's Account Brief in MAD on 02/17/2017

    The ad agency's scope of work for bourbon brand Clyde May's, includes branding and strategy development, social media strategy, planning and content; and website development.

  • Truth: Big Tobacco Is Profiling Minority Groups in MAD on 02/17/2017

    The antismoking advocacy group truth is out with a new campaign from 72andSunny that highlights what it calls the profiling tactics of the tobacco industry. The new campaign, titled, #STOPPROFILING, debuted during the Grammy's telecast last Sunday with two spots featuring singer/actress Amanda Seales who served as "truth correspondent" in the ads. More ads will follow.

  • Media Kitchen Opens In London in MAD on 02/16/2017

    The new operation, dubbed TMK London, will be led by Managing Director, Brooke Reno. She'll report to Media Kitchen President Barry Lowenthal. Reno is homegrown, having started at The Media Kitchen in New York as an Associate Strategist in 2008.

  • 'Has America Lost Its Courage?' Asks Hiscox in MAD on 02/16/2017

    Small-business insurer Hiscox and its agency gyro are out with a new campaign dubbed 'I'mpossible.' The apostrophe between the letters I and m is not a typo--rather it's designed to signify a leaf from Hiscox's red fleur-de-lis logo.

  • Renato Fernandez Elevated To CCO TBWA\Chiat\Day LA in MAD on 02/15/2017

    Fernandez will continue to lead the Gatorade global account while taking on the duties of Chief Creative Officer. He succeeds Brent Anderson who moved to TBWA\Media Arts Lab last October and reports to the agency's Creative Chairman Stephen Butler.

  • Christian Slater Is 'The Wolf' In New Anti-Hacking Campaign From HP in MAD on 02/15/2017

    In the campaign, kicking off with a web series, Slater portrays a hacker who systematically compromises a company's security system-from mailroom to boardroom. He explains to viewers step by step how he does it through overlooked vulnerabilities and poorly secured printers and PCs. Agencies on the project are Giant Spoon and gyro.

  • Havas NY Appoints Industry Vet Dan Goldstein CSO in MAD on 02/14/2017

    A 20-year industry veteran, Goldstein was most recently co-founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Los Angeles based db5, a research consultancy whose clients include Audi, Google, Lyft, and McDonald's among others.

Comments by Stephen All comments by Stephen

  • Brands Failing To Provide Quality Training In Media Skills by Steve McClellan (MAD on 10/28/2016)

    It is J.R., although it's usually not referred to as 'educatiing' and frequently it is people below the c suite. But often agencies meet with clients to 'brief' them on this or that issue. Which makes sense given that the former are supposed to be experts in the field. 

  • Agencies React To Finger-Pointing, 4As Calls ANA Report Anonymous, One-Sided by Steve McClellan (MAD on 06/07/2016)

    Thanks for catching that Michael, now fixed.

  • Shoe Carnival, 22squared Launch Retailer's Largest Social Media Effort by Larissa Faw (MAD on 02/03/2016)

    Thanks Jim, should be fixed now

  • Ad Spend Drove 16% ($5.8 Trillion) Of Total U.S. Sales Activity In 2014 by Steve McClellan (MAD on 11/16/2015)

    Also, there is now a link in the story to the full report.

  • Ad Spend Drove 16% ($5.8 Trillion) Of Total U.S. Sales Activity In 2014 by Steve McClellan (MAD on 11/16/2015)

    Ed, much of it is based on proprietary modeling; but the report has a three-page appendix devoted to Theory and Methodology.  Here are a couple of passages:"To quantify the economic impact of advertising expenditures on the US economy, this study:  Estimates the total level of advertising spending in the United States and creates a 5-year forecast.  Estimates sales, employment, value added and labor income impacts based on econometric models that quantify the relationship between ad spending and resulting sales.  Uses input-output methodologies to compute the ripple effect of economic activity that happens as a result of the sales from ad spending.  Simultaneously allocates advertising to every state, congressional district and 17 NAICS-based industry aggregates using proprietary macroeconomic, regional and industry models."Some IRS data was used as well:  "Using the IRS tax statistics database, IHS was able to collect industry-level advertising expenditure information that was reported on each corporation income tax form. A reformation of the model specification was needed as a result of revised historical data and a change in the source data of the dependent variable. The structure of the economy was much different when the model was first developed and subsequently the regressor data had a different statistical form. Thus, the old model did not provide an optimal fit of the data."

  • In A First, Coca-Cola Cans Go Nameless by Steve McClellan (MAD on 07/06/2015)

    Nick, you're absolutely right, the cans aren't "label-less" at all. While they don't have the usual big bold Coca-Cola name printed on them, they certainly have a label and I've switched art and added new copy to make the story a little more complete anyway. I'm sure there are still unanswered questions but thank you for pointing out some of the obvious flaws. 

  • Five Companies Agencies Should Partner With by Steve McClellan (MAD on 03/25/2015)

    hmmm, hadn't thought about it in porno terms, but now that you mention it.. Anyway, nice catch Tom, thanks

  • Nielsen's Plan To Improve TV Measurement: Progress, Not Perfection by Stefanie Morales (MAD on 02/25/2015)

    Nick, MediaPost would be more than happy to offer you the same platform as Stefanie for an equal time post. 800 words give or take, a thousand words max. Think you're off to a good start already with your eloquent comments but you're certainly entitled to the "main stage" for a broader take if you'd like. Send to and thanks for your interest in doing so.

  • Marissa Mayer: The Case For Advertising On Yahoo by Steve McClellan (MAD on 03/18/2014)

    oops. I forecast a correction in my immediate future. Thanks for pointing that out.

  • Live From Las Vegas: SMG Unveils New Content Marketing Platform by Steve McClellan (MAD on 01/06/2014)

    So if someone in a marketer's target audience is doing a search on Kitchen Design this platform would enable a marketer to quickly deliver a paid media message--otherwise known as an ad--to the searcher that incorporates a blog or video or some other relevant piece of content from a participating publisher that hopefully adds to the consumer's knowledge of the subject being researched. That's surfacing content. Apologies for the jargon--should have been explained in the story.

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