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Retailers Are Using Data-Based Approaches to Fight Showrooming

A ‘call, click or come over’ strategy

Technology has given consumers the ability to be multichannel shoppers, giving rise to the showrooming phenomenon whereby people check out the merchandise in the stores, then go online and buy…

Gap Taps Wieden + Kennedy as Lead Creative Agency

Agency's first work is expected in September

Wieden + Kennedy's first campaign for Gap is set to launch in September, following the retailer's hiring of the agency this week. The shop will handle global creative responsibilities—a role previously…

DDB's Digital Exec on Creating for Instagram and Lovin' It

Talks social with clients like McDonald's

DDB’s Azher Ahmed is a part of the creative team working for brands like State Farm Insurance (consumers might recall the “discount doublecheck”) and he is at SXSW talking with…

Microsoft Tells Agencies What They Must Do to Win Its Coveted Global Account

Spends more than $1 billion annually in media

Microsoft is in the middle of reinventing itself—and it wants the agencies vying for its global creative and media business to be open to change, too.    The tech giant last year…

MediaCom Studies Hollywood to Help Train Its Staff

Learning new ways to tell an interesting and compelling story

It’s late on a Monday morning and eight staffers at MediaCom are watching Argo. No, they’re not slacking off but rather learning how to tell a story from two Italian filmmakers:…

A Play-by-Play From Jaguar's Super Bowl Social Media Lair

Carmaker embraces its role as villain on Twitter

Early in the Super Bowl’s first quarter, Jaguar found itself playing defense. Lexus—not even a big game advertiser—was buying space on Twitter, piggybacking on its #goodtobebad hashtag. When you’re cultivating a…

This Chicago-based Agency Specializes in Multicultural Work

Commonground's clients include Coca-Cola, NBCUniversal, Miller Lite and Verizon

Specs Who Co-founders and managing partners Sherman Wright (l.) and Ahmad Islam What Marketing agency Where Chicago Agency vets Wright and Islam bumped into one another while vacationing in Cancun and bonded over the…

Survey Predicts a Bleak Future for Agencies

Shops need to go digital or die

If you think the prospects for agencies are challenging right now, look ahead five years. Some 320 marketing and agency leaders did just that, painting a bleak portrait of 2019 in…

This Agency Helps Builds Brands at Warp Speed

TVGla fuses technology with entertainment instincts

Specs Who (From left) Brian Pettigrew, president; Lady Liberty; Dimitry Ioffe, founder and CEO What Digital marketing agency Where Los Angeles office Dimitry Ioffe got a taste for entertainment at a tender age—TVGla’s founder…

Commerce Bank Goes to Olson

Minneapolis shop beats out Richards Group, Rodgers Townsend

Commerce Bank has tapped Olson to handle marketing for its retail, commercial and trust units. The shift came after a review following the bank’s parting of ways with 14-year incumbent Bernstein-Rein,…

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