Advertising & Branding



Why Traditional Media Isn't Dying, and 4 Other Myths of the Digital Era Dispelled

Are copywriters really dinosaurs?

"We are no longer creative people. We are inventors!" The cyber jury president at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity proclaimed this four years ago, but today I argue it couldn't…

Microsoft Layoffs Continue, and Global Ad Sales Force Is Latest Victim

Executive team largely intact

Last week, Microsoft laid off most of its advertising sales force as part of 18,000 proposed job cuts announced by CEO Satya Nadella in July. Business Insider broke the story Friday,…

Holiday Inn's Digital-Only Approach Has Generated 175 Million Video Views So Far

Instagram also has been a key driver

Holiday Inn is three months into its first digital-only campaign, dubbed Journey to Extraordinary, and the brand doesn't appear to have any regrets. "Over a hundred million views of our video…

Ebola's Spread Is Being Tracked by Mobile Media

WHO, eHealth develop digital responses

The first confirmed death of an Ebola patient in Texas has prompted some health organizations to turn to the power of mobile media to help contain the virus at its…

Ikea Gets Dove-Like With a Mirror That Tells You How Beautiful You Are

Now, everyone's the fairest of them all

Feeling a little down? Don't worry. Ikea's new piece of furniture thinks you're amazing. The Swedish retailer has introduced a prototype of a mirror in Britain that looks you up and…

Reading Rainbow Host LeVar Burton Binge-Watched Game of Thrones Before He Read the Books

And he gets most of his news from Twitter

Specs Who LeVar Burton Age 57 Claim to fame Emmy-winning actor (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation); host and producer of Reading Rainbow; author of the children’s book The Rhino Who Swallowed a…

Food Porn Campaign Gives Applebee's a Social Lift

User-generated content was also a win for McDonald’s Arabia

User-generated content has already been embraced by social and mobile marketers as a go-to means for producing creative that’s fast and free. Now, exclusive data from Applebee’s latest Instagram campaign…

A Glimpse Into Marketers’ Social Media Strategies

Even the big guys struggle to measure ROI

Almost every company puts much money and effort behind social media strategy, with goals ranging from enhanced brand awareness to direct leads or sales. But while 97 percent of those…

This Company Makes Billboards Come to Life for Major Brands

Pearl Media merges new tech into the out-of-home space

Specs Who (from left) Josh Cohen, president, CEO; Eddie, chief canine officer; Jen Lee Almeida, vp, operations; Anthony Petrillo, svp, business development  What Digital out-of-home-company Where Fairfield, N.J., headquarters Digital signage and smartphones influence…

Will Social Media Swag Boost belVita Breakfast Biscuits?

Mondelez and Droga5 launch Twitter campaign with free giveaways

Mondelez and creative shop Droga5 are launching a Twitter campaign today for belVita breakfast biscuits called “Morning Win Swag Shop.” The goal is to gain a foothold in the quick-breakfast market—a…