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Coke Chooses 3 WPP Agencies for Its Next Big Global Ad Campaign

Coca-Cola has named the three agencies that will create its next global campaign after inviting a total of 10 shops to pitch ideas earlier this year. Coke confirmed to Adweek that the winning shops—all WPP agencies—are Ogilvy New York,

New Head of Ogilvy New York Will ‘Aggressively’ Invest in Digital

Specs Name Lou Aversano Age 47 New gig Chief executive officer, Ogilvy & Mather, New York

San Pellegrino App Lets You Control a Real-Time Robot on the Streets of Sicily

So, San Pellegrino will let folks remotely control robots on the ground and in the air over Italy … but NOT for the purpose of Dalek-like mass destruction? Where's the fun in that? To help bring the sparkling water's "Three Minutes in Italy" promotion to life, Ogilvy & Mather in New York partnered with Deeplocal to create five robots that Facebook users can control romotely to take in the sights of Italy. Four ground-gliding units and one skybot perched on a 40-foot pole allow users to take virtual tours of Taormina, a picturesque village in Sicily. San Pellegrino's Facebook fans can sign up to drive the ground-bots for 180 seconds, viewing the town in real time. The robots are equipped with tablets displaying users' Facebook profile pics, and a translation program allows participants to talk with local residents. Brand ambassadors are on the ground to facilitate engagement, or thwart any attempts to use the robots for evil ends, whichever comes first. Actually, the bots don't look very threatening, especially equipped with umbrellas to protect their components from the sun. (After the jump, watch one robotic romeo chat up an unsuspecting passerby named Christin; That's amore!) The campaign runs through Aug. 17, with virtual tours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Eastern. It's a novel approach, and it seems only fitting that as robots take more of our jobs, they get to replace us on vacation, too. Via PSFK.

How the World’s Most Iconic Brand Was Saved From Itself

David Turner and Dan Wieden, whose agencies have created some of the most memorable creative for Coca-Cola in recent years, actually came close to snubbing the world’s most famous brand.