Global media review announced by AB InBev | Grey New York, Pantene showcase beauty of African-American hair | FCB New York introduces 88-year-old ambulance driver for Poland Spring
March 24, 2017
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Global media review announced by AB InBev
Anheuser-Busch InBev has put its global media buying account into a review with the aim of cutting down the number of agencies on its roster. The brand's US media is currently handled by WPP's MediaCom and spent $1.68 billion on advertising in 2015, per Ad Age Datacenter.
Advertising Age (3/23),  Adweek (3/23),  MediaPost Communications (3/23) 
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Grey New York, Pantene showcase beauty of African-American hair
Grey New York, Pantene showcase beauty of African-American hair
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Grey New York's new spot for Pantene's "Strong is Beautiful" push touts the brand's Gold Series products for African-American hair and features poetry and styling by Chuck Amos and music from Ethiopian-American singer/songwriter Kelela. The push will run across TV, digital, print and on social with the hashtag #StrongIsBeautiful.
Campaign US (free registration) (3/23),  The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (3/23),  Drug Store News (3/23),  The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Cincinnati (3/23) 
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FCB New York introduces 88-year-old ambulance driver for Poland Spring
FCB New York introduces 88 year old ambulance driver for Poland Spring
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FCB New York's latest push for Nestle's Poland Spring spotlights the achievements of residents in New England. One ad in the "Greatness Springs from Here" campaign features 88-year-old ambulance driver Edna Mitchell rushing a patient to the hospital to the tune of "There She Goes" by The La's.
Adweek (3/22),  Advertising Age (3/21) 
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Agency Insider
How agencies are responding to YouTube ad-placement controversy
The decision by big brands such as Johnson & Johnson, AT&T and Verizon to pull their ads from YouTube is forcing media agencies to review their relationships with Google and urge the company to do more to ensure ads are not placed beside extremist or offensive content. "We do not see wholesale clients flocking away from the platform. But if we don't see Google do more, I can't say that won't be the case," Magna Global's David Cohen said.
Advertising Age (3/23) 
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Marketing creativity is getting more sophisticated
Creativity is growing more complex in tandem with other factors in a maturing marketplace. Senior marketing executives offer their thoughts on how creativity is developing and extending beyond ad campaigns.
Harvard Business Review online (tiered subscription model) (3/22) 
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Agency News
The Tombras Group wins media AOR for 5 Darden brands
The Tombras Group has been chosen as media agency of record for five of Darden Restaurants' brands after a review, replacing incumbent Neo@Ogilvy. The company invested $3.5 million in media for the five brands in 2015 and $4.2 million in the first 11 months of last year, per Kantar Media.
Adweek (3/20) 
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Media & Technology Trends
Twitter considers adding paid subscription service
Social Media Site Twitter
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Twitter is exploring the option of a paid subscription package for its users in an effort to boost revenue. Paid monthly memberships would give users a more powerful version of Tweetdeck with additional account management features.
The Drum (Glasgow, Scotland) (3/24),  Reuters (3/24),  CNET (3/24) 
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President of UN General Assembly to Speak to ReSolve Participants
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