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What Agencies Are Doing to Support the Mental Health of Their Employees
We surveyed more than 75 marketers and agency leaders on what they’re doing to support their employees’ mental well-being. Agencies and brands such as DiGennaro Communications, Futurebrand and Publicis Groupe shared that they’ve extended free memberships for their employees to teletherapy and meditation apps.
For parents struggling to balance their time during the lockdown, agency Levelwing arranged check-ins to help employees with kids manage their workloads, while Michigan-based agency Doner created a yoga and nutrition program for staffers’ children.
Read more: Others have taken a more out-of-the-box approach, like agency Chemistry, which is footing the bill for Yale University’s online course The Science of Wellbeing, which teaches methods to achieve happiness.
- Note: Every week or so, we survey agencies and other companies about workplace culture and career tips. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive future surveys.
IPG CEO Michael Roth Says Holding Company ‘Will Not Rush Back to Our Offices’
In an internal memo sent to holding company employees, IPG’s CEO Michael Roth said the holding company will ease back into office life, taking a different tone than Omnicom CEO John Wren did in a similar note. Calling the process “a marathon, not a sprint,” Roth discussed staggering teams and continuing remote work for some employees.
- Related: Omnicom is integrating two agencies within Omnicom Precision Marketing Group, merging Proximity Worldwide and Rapp Worldwide.
Will Consumers Punish Big Brands for Taking Small Business Aid?
The federal Paycheck Protection Program was meant to distribute $349 billion worth of aid to small businesses through the federal Small Business Administration. Owing to a single paragraph in the 900-page package, scores of large companies were able to obtain federal assistance as well.
A notable few were prominent brands including Potbelly, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse chain, the Los Angeles Lakers and Shake Shack, the last of which returned the $10 million it received. Will these big brands that accepted small-business aid money suffer any damage—reputational or financial—as a result?
Read more: We talked with experts, some of whom believe backlash is unavoidable, while others think these brands might dodge it because the pandemic could keep Americans at home long enough for their anger to wane.
With In-Store Sampling on Hold, Brands Get Creative
In-store food sampling, one of the most effective marketing tactics for CPG brands, is on pause, and as a result, some of them are finding creative ways to continue getting their products into the hands of consumers. For example, Ian Wishingrad, co-founder of the cereal startup Three Wishes, set up a drive-thru sampling experience in his driveway, attracting media attention in the process.
More Updates from the Retail World
- Retailers Are Reopening Their Doors. Here’s How They’ll Keep Consumers Safe
- Walmart CEO Doug McMillon on the Future of Retail After Coronavirus
- 25 Major Brands Sign Letter Condemning Pandemic-Related Racial Injustice
- Neiman Marcus Files for Bankruptcy Protection
- J.Crew’s Glory Days May Be Key to Its Resurrection
Today’s TV and Streaming Highlights
- Thursday was a busy day for the TV and streaming world. Most prominent, perhaps, was the news that Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to pay a $48 million fine to the Federal Communications Commission over to its attempted $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media.
- From a $400 million hit at WarnerMedia to an expected 50% decline in local ad revenues at Fox Corp., the ongoing pandemic has had major negative effects on ad sales at nearly every major media company, according to quarterly earnings reports. And most execs warn that the worst is likely yet to come.
- ViacomCBS told investors that its bulked-up streaming service that would build off CBS All Access will begin to materialize sometime this summer, featuring original programming, plus titles from Paramount, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Smithsonian.
- A+E Networks is touting the fact that it currently has 1,000 hours of new content ready for air, with another 1,000 hours and 50 new movies in the works, including projects with President Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio, Robin Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis.
More of Today’s Top News and Highlights
- The Trade Desk Sees Revenue Jump but Withdraws 2020 Guidance Due to Uncertainty
- Americans Might Be Broke, but They’re Still Dropping Serious Cash on Mom Today
- 360i Hires Chief Investment Officer From Assembly
- Sports-Starved Advertisers Flock to Turner Sports’ The Match Golf Sequel
- Peloton’s Head of Marketing Is Leaving. Meanwhile, Its Ridership—and Stock—Are Soaring
- Interns Face an Uncertain Summer as 4A’s Scrambles to Go Virtual With MAIP
Ad of the Day: Ryan Reynolds Wants You to Bring Home the Simple Pleasures (and Regrets) of Bar Life
In a new spot for Aviation Gin, Ryan Reynolds wants you to bring back that spirit of reckless revelry by ordering bottles online, with 30% of proceeds being donated to the U.S. Bartenders’ Guild to support the bartenders who “really, really miss you.”
More of the Latest
- Spotify Is Connecting Listeners Across the Globe With New Playlist Campaign
- This Real-Time Map Tells You What Scale of Video Production Is Possible in Every Country
- Social Media Is Providing a Sense of Community for Those Targeted by Racist Attacks During the Pandemic
- This Health Agency Made a Package Barcode Scanner That Doubles as a UV Disinfectant
- Adweek Radio: Keeping Fit While Staying at Home
- Adweek Together: The Future of Programmatic Advertising