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Lauren Johnson

All Brands Can Now Buy Hour-Long Sponsored Listening on Pandora

Tests lifted purchase intent 30%

Pandora listeners are about to get a lot more free music—if they agree to watch ads. Last fall, the music-streaming service rolled out a new ad format for select brands called…

How Facebook (not YouTube) Is Helping Chubbies Make Videos About Men's Shorts Go Viral

Retailer sees results in both views and engagement

For some men, the mere idea of wearing shorts is cringeworthy. But e-commerce site Chubbies thinks it's found its niche among millennial guys online. The retailer began in 2011 with the mission…

Johnnie Walker Targets Newbie Whisky Drinkers With Technology

And adds sommelier-style staffers to bars

From loopy virtual-reality experiments to prankvertising stunts, bars are the new hotspot for marketers to run tech-based initiatives. Now, Johnnie Walker and agency Iris Singapore have built an interactive website and…

Mekanism Scoops Up a Social Shop to Bring Influence Marketing in House

Agency tries to own branded content

A slew of influencer networks have popped up over the past few years that pair social-media stars with brands. But with more brands looking to smaller, niche agencies to run…

These Are the Big Brands Advertising on Apple's New Music Service

But their creative? Same as it ever was

McDonald's, Nordstrom, Home Depot and Walgreens are some of the brands currently running ads on Apple's new streaming service that launched June 30. Last month, Apple unveiled Apple Music—its app combining…

Uber Takes Over New York Times Homepage With Large Ad Calling Out the Mayor

Plays up newspaper's 'bad idea' editorial

Uber's war against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio escalated today with a large masthead ad on The New York Times' homepage calling out the politician's proposal to limit…

Interactive Soccer Ads Boost Mondelez Awareness 220%

These preroll promos are fun and games

Brands are looking for more action with their video ads, and snack giant Mondelez and Bic are two that are betting that big buttons on preroll ads are interesting enough…

Heineken Wants to Show You the Coolest Shops and Restaurants in 5 Cities

Brand makes an interesting analog move

For the past six years, Heineken has enlisted 100 culture and fashion influencers across the country to quietly hawk beer. Well, kind of. Each year, the brand works with fashion designers…

Why Digitas Isn’t Afraid of Publishers’ Branded Content Studios

They make Vice and CNN better partners

Specs Current gig Chief content officer, DigitasLBi Previous gig Chief content officer at Interpublic Group's UM, head of UM Studios Age 47 Twitter @sdonaton Adweek: What does a chief content officer do? Scott Donaton: It's…

This New App Filters Out Phoniness and Sends 4-Second Videos You Can't Review First

Creator makes the case for truer mobile social

Do consumers crave less-fake social media—with fewer filters and "likes" and more genuine back-and-forth? Casey Neistat, one of Adweek's Creative 100 picks, thinks so and has launched a reality-minded app…

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