SALES LEADS LATAM: Hertz’s, Harley-Davidson, ESPN’s Olympic Sponsors…
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WPP’s MEC is car rental company Hertz new media agency of record in the US, Canada and Latin America.MEC will replace incumbent agency Florida-based FKQ Advertising.The win follows a “media pitch which consolidates media investment, planning, strategy, digital, SEM, SEO, mobile, analytics and insight, and affiliate marketing with one agency,” according to MEC.In 2015, the company reported total advertising costs of US$170 million.
Harley-Davidson has selected a customized team from a range of Interpublic Group agencies to handle its global creative, media and digital marketing account.The team is Headquartered in Detroit, with regional hubs in New York, London and Singapore.The newly-created Team Ignite is comprised of creative and strategic resources drawn from a range of IPG agencies. The partnership will also be executed across Harley's top 12 country markets, which includes the U.S., Brazil, France, DACH region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), Italy, UK, Australia, India, Japan and China. Publicis Groupe's Starcom and Digitas are also no longer on Harley's agency roster.
- ESPN/Rio 2016 Olympic Games
ESPN has unveiled its roster of major pan-regional sponsors for ESPN’s coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Gillette, Issey Miyake Parfums, Marriott and Samsung Electronics are among the brands that will be showcased across ESPN networks throughout Latin America and the Caribbean during its more than 2,800 hours of multimedia coverage of Rio 2016. ESPN will bring fans closer to Rio 2016 by allowing brands to enhance their messaging and connect with consumers across the region via ESPN’s highly-localized content.In addition, local advertisers will be featured in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico and Central America.ESPN digital platforms will complement the television coverage with daily news, updates, and immediate video reporting and results. ESPN’s social media channels will also feature special content with dedicated reporters onsite.
- Nacional Monte de Piedad
Initiative, IPG Mediabrands’ global communication network and part of Interpublic Group, welcomes its new client Nacional Monte de Piedad, I.A.P. Nacional Monte de Piedad was founded in 1775 and has become the oldest financial institution in the Americas. IAP is a Private Assistance Institution which has over 320 branches across the country and helps those in need through car loans, financial services and investment. The initiative’s team will work together with IAP’s marketing team within the institution to conduct marketing activities and brand products. The team will also handle consulting and analysis of traditional online and offline media.
Aeromexico, Mexico's global airline, announced its plan to add more frequencies on five of its principal international routes during summer 2017.The carrier will significantly increase flights to Amsterdam, London, Madrid, Shanghai, and Santiago on a weekly basis. In Europe, Aeromexico will offer daily flights from Mexico City to Amsterdam and London Heathrow. The carrier will also increase its seat capacity to Madrid by 15%, giving a total of 12 flights per week.The airline is also planning to increase its service to Asia by more than 65%, which gives Shanghai five flights per week. In South America, a daily service to Santiago, Chile, will also be added to the current service of five flights per week.All these new frequencies are already available in our different sales channels.
WPP’s global marketing agency Grey has acquired a majority stake in Ecuadorian full-service communications firm Maruri Publicidad SA, according to M&M Global. Maruri is a market leader in Ecuador, with gross revenues of almost US$10m in December 2015.Based in Guayaquil with an office in Quito, it works with clients including DIRECTV and SABMiller.The acquisition comes as part of WPP’s strategy to invest in faster-growing markets such as Latin America.
Nissan reportedly paid about US$250 million to sponsor the games, a campaign that highlights its recent investment in Brazil and a brazen bet that the country’s battered economy is on the verge of recovery. The company is using the games to unveil a new compact sport utility vehicle, the first time any major automaker, Nissan included, has ever used Brazil to launch a model destined for a global market.The CUV, called the Kicks, was conceived with the help of Nissan’s Rio design team.Nissan hopes to sell 50,000 Kicks in Latin America in the next 12 months. The price for a fully loaded model starts at about 85,000 reais (us$26,850). For now, Nissan will import the new CUVs from Mexico. Then the company plans to add production at its new 2.6 billion reais factory in Resende, an industrial town 160 km northwest of Rio. The company introduced a campaign on TV and online featuring Huck, a high-profile Brazilian talk-show host. Most of it is typical, factory-tour stuff, but in one stunt, Huck whisked an unsuspecting 22-year-old Brazilian salesman out of the Rio airport to Japan, where they eat sushi, try to sell perfumed Brazilian panties on the streets of Tokyo, and eventually tour a Nissan factory.
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