• Zillow Taps AMP To Handle Digital Duties
    Online realty platform Zillow has appointed AMP Agency as its lead digital agency to focus on customer experience strategy, design and personalization. This agency partnership is designed to assist the company in evolving away from a search-and-find platform to offer full-funnel offerings, including purchasing and selling homes. The four-month competitive review was managed by the Mercer Island Group. UM remains its media agency while FIG was tapped for creative duties in January.  
  • Duncan Channon Expands Ferrara Candy Remit
    Ferrara Candy Company’s Black Forest brand has named independent Duncan Channon its creative agency of record, after a competitive pitch. DC will be responsible for strategy and creative to build the Black Forest brand, including launching a new integrated campaign in summer 2020. The brand is known for its Gummy Bears and Gummy Worms candy products. The agency’s first effort will be a TV spot in support of a cause-based promotional campaign from Black Forest. Duncan Channon also handles strategy and creative duties for sibling Ferrara candy brand SweeTarts. In 2019, DC launched a SweeTarts campaign to …
  • OH Partners Books Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
    Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is appointing OH Partners as agency of record to manage the brand launch strategy and creative execution for the resort opening in fall 2020. The selection followed a formal review. To help service this account, the agency has opened a dedicated Las Vegas office, with support from the OH Partners team in Phoenix, AZ. Agency leaders did not specify campaign strategy but it is likely to describe the property’s robust luxury offerings, including a 60,000 square foot casino operated by Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. There are also over five acres of poolside spaces …
  • DP+ Wins Lineage Logistics AOR
    Lineage Logistics has appointed DP+ as agency of record for the provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions. The selection followed a formal review. Under the agreement, DP+ will create a multi-channel communications effort with a focus on branded video content, website design, social media, and experiential marketing. New work is expected to launch in the first half of 2020.    
  • Preston Kelly Appointed Kennedy Krieger Institute AOR
    Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute has selected Minneapolis-based Preston Kelly as its brand, advertising, creative and paid media agency of record. The appointment followed a nationwide agency search. The agency is tasked with leading a comprehensive brand makeover and launch of a multi-media campaign to raise awareness in the greater Baltimore and Washington, D.C. metro areas. Kennedy Krieger Institute provides inpatient and outpatient medical, behavioral health and wellness therapies, home and community services, school-based programs, training and education for professionals and advocacy. It’s also home to a research team dedicated to understanding how disorders develop and pioneering new  methods of early diagnosis, prevention and treatment.
  • FCB West Lands Ameriprise Financial Creative Duties
    Ameriprise Financial is appointing FCB West as creative agency of record following a competitive review. McCann Detroit served as the incumbent agency. Media planning and buying were not part of the review and will remain with the New York-based agency Initiative. Under this new relationship, FCB West’s San Francisco office will help the financial company evolve its brand first established nearly 15 years when American Express spun off the company as an independent firm.  The agency’s scope includes work for Columbia Threadneedle Investments. FCB West will be responsible for integrated brand creative and strategy for both organizations. Ameriprise’s advertising has …
  • Babbel's Interesting Development
    Babbel is assigning Interesting Development as agency partner for the U.S. following a competitive pitch. While the language learning app has worked with a number of U.S. agencies before, there was no incumbent agency. Babbel sought an agency to serve as a creative partner to provide consistent leadership across all its marketing needs. Now, Interesting Development has been enlisted to focus on brand strategy and website redesign, as well as advertising, with plans to launch a campaign later in 2020.  
  • Gallegos United Wins Cacique Account
    Mexican food brand Cacique has appointed Gallegos United as its agency of record following a competitive review. The work was previously handled in house. The company opted to consolidate advertising efforts to a single agency with demonstrated success in reaching multiple diverse audiences. Gallegos United will lead brand strategy, creative development across all media channels and social media.  
  • EP+Co, Trilla Land Harvertys Account
    Harvertys is naming EP+Co as the furniture retailer’s creative agency of record, while the shop’s media partner Trilia lands media responsibilities.EP+Co will collaborate with Havertys to develop an integrated marketing strategy and help drive evolution of its current brand positioning. The primary scope of work includes media, creative and digital planning efforts.
  • Madwell Wins Root Insurance AOR
    Brooklyn, NY-based agency Madwell has been appointed agency of record for car insurance company Root Insurance. The appointment came after a competitive review. Madwell will lead strategic and creative development of Root’s brand building efforts in partnership with the brand’s internal marketing and creative teams.   Root, founded in 2015, claims that it only insures “good drivers” as a way of keeping premiums lower than competitors. Customers are required to let the company track their driving by app before being approved for coverage. “In about five years, Root Insurance has scaled their business to an impressive multi-billion-dollar valuation status and …
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