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- Chipotle Mexican Grill
Following a 4-month review, Chipotle Mexican Grill has finally appointed agency Venables Bell & Partners for creative advertising duties and agency MullenLowe Mediahub to handle media planning and buying business. Boston-based Mediahub is the global media planning and buying arm of MullenLowe Group, and represents a variety of brands including JetBlue, Netflix, Bose and Shinola, among others. Chipotle spent US$69.3 on advertising and marketing in 2015 according to its annual report for that year. Chipotle will continue its work with incumbent Omnicom’s GSD&M through the duration of its “Ingredients Reign” campaign.
Yum Brands’ KFC has appointed Publicis' Mediavest-Spark to handle its media planning and buying in the United States after a four-month review that began last September. Incumbent WPP's MEC did not defend. Mediavest Spark will take over all media work on January 30.The assignment includes U.S. media planning and buying across all channels, including digital and social media. Wieden & Kennedy handles KFC's creative while Edelman handles public relations.KFC spent US$218.8 million on measured media in 2015, according to an Ad Age Datacenter analysis of measured-media data from WPP's Kantar Media.
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- Target Corp. / MLS
MLS and Target just announced a landmark multi-year agreement that means Target will become the official partner of Major League Soccer beginning this upcoming season. In addition, Target becomes the official jersey/kit sponsor of MLS’ new Minnesota United FC franchise and official Retailer of U.S. Youth Soccer. Target will donate US$75,000 to the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which will support the after school program Soccer for Success.The partnership starts in 2017. Target’s relationship with MLS corresponds with the next phase of the League’s evolution. In 2017, MLS’ 22nd season will include two new clubs (Atlanta and Minnesota), new stadiums (Atlanta and Orlando) and new landmark media rights partnerships in Canada with TSN and TVA Sports. The 2017 MLS season kicks off on March 3. The partnership is a multichannel approach with brand integration across broadcast, digital, video, content, in-stadium exposure, and on-site activation at key MLS Events. The deal also includes on-field branding and in-stadium activation rights.
Hyundai Motor America is back for Super Bowl 2017 edition with a new Ad, according to Mediapost. The brand will film a 90-second documentary during the game that will capture some of the best Super Bowl moments. The spot will run in the “post-gun” slot, the first commercial break that immediately follows the conclusion of the game, prior to the trophy ceremony. Hyundai will also release two teasers during the AFC and NFC Championship weekend. Innocean Worldwide is the creative agency behind the efforts. The brand’s Super Bowl marketing program will also include an on-site activation in Houston at Super Bowl Live. Kia Motors America will also release a Super bowl ad featuring actress Melissa McCarthy. Lexus Super Bowl spot will feature the voice of actress Minnie Driver.
Chevrolet has consolidated multicultural/African American marketing for its main brand with Oakland-based Carol H. Williams Advertising after Brooklyn-based agency SpikeDDB handled that business for more than 6 years. SpikeDDB, partially owned by Omnicom, will no longer work on the main Chevrolet brand but will, however, retain its multicultural agency of record status on Cadillac. McCann’s Casanova has been Hispanic AOR for Chevrolet since early 2014, when the automaker moved its business from LatinWorks.
- Johnnie Walker
LA-based Latino soul band Chicano Batman and Johnnie Walker are proud to release a reimagined version of the iconic American folk song “This Land Is Your Land,” along with a music video, that is poised to be an inspirational message of hope for modern America. Johnnie Walker first reintroduced the lyrics of Woody Guthrie’s powerful anthem as spoken word with a :60 national TV spot in November 2016, launching the brand’s new campaign, Keep Walking America which celebrates cultural progress and America’s rich diversity. Chicano Batman give a fresh, vibrant sound to the decades-old classic, speaking to a new generation of Americans with the same hopeful messages of positivity, possibility and unity as the original.The song’s music video, created by Anomaly and directed by Ghost + Cow of ALLDAYEVERYDAY Production, takes people on a spirited journey through Chicano Batman’s local Los Angeles community, showcasing the many cultures that have influenced the band and have uniquely shaped our country. The music video can be viewed on the brand’s YouTube channel.
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