PSA & FCA Sign US$50bn Merger Agreement, Tony the Tiger® & The DICK’S Sporting Foundation Team Up & More Sales Leads

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  • FCA/Peugeot
FCA & Peugeot to Merge
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot S.A. will merge.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Peugeot S.A. (“Groupe PSA”) have signed a binding Combination Agreement providing for a 50/50 merger of their businesses to create the 4th largest global automotive OEM by volume and 3rd largest by revenue. The proposed combination will be an industry leader with the management, capabilities, resources and scale to successfully capitalize on the opportunities presented by the new era in sustainable mobility. With its combined financial strength and skills, the merged entity will be particularly well placed to provide innovative, clean and sustainable mobility solutions, both in a rapidly urbanizing environment and in rural areas around the world. The combined company will have annual unit sales of 8.7 million vehicles, with revenues of nearly €170 billion , recurring operating profit of over €11 billion and an operating profit margin of 6.6%, all on a simple aggregated basis of 2018 results . The combined entity will have a balanced and profitable global presence with a highly complementary and iconic brand portfolio covering all key vehicle segments from luxury, premium, and mainstream passenger cars through to SUVs and trucks & light commercial vehicles. This will be underpinned by FCA’s strength in North America and Latin America and Groupe PSA’s solid position in Europe. The new Group will have much greater geographic balance with 46% of revenues derived from Europe and 43% from North America, based on aggregated 2018 figures of each company. The combination will bring the opportunity for the new company to reshape the strategy in other regions.

  • Pepsi

Pepsi is launching a new brand campaign this month, featuring its first new tagline in the United States in about two decades: “That’s What I Like.” Get ready to hear this across all Pepsi, Pepsi Zero Sugar, and Diet Pepsi ads and promotions—indefinitely. “Pepsi drinkers are comfortable in their own skin, they enjoy their life unapologetically without really worrying about what other people think,” says Pepsi’s VP of marketing, Todd Kaplan, who feels like the line embodies what company research has told them about their customers. “Pepsi drinkers are three times more likely to belt out a song on karaoke or nearly twice as likely to clap at the end of the movie.” The new tagline, Kaplan believes, is a simple, “clean, crisp articulation of that.” The new spots will air across English and Spanish-speaking properties, including the Golden Globes and NFL wild-card playoff games. Created with agencies Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Alma the ads embrace that whole dance-like-nobody’s-watching ethos. It’s a departure from the ongoing celebrity ads that the cola giant started airing last January, all the way through November with Cardi B’s holiday tale. Pepsi has been slowly moving its media buying duties in house. In late October 2018 it ended its relationship with WPP’s VMLY&R for the Tropicana and Gatorade digital accounts.

  • Snickers 
SNICKERS/Madden NFL (esports)
SNICKERS is new Madden NFL 20 Club Championship official sponsor

SNICKERS’ accelerated commitment in competitive Madden NFL (esports) by becoming the official Madden NFL 20 Club Championship presenting sponsor for the first time. As presenting sponsor SNICKERS will reach players and spectators in mass through specially curated studio segments, highlight reels, and spotlight moments, such as the coveted SNICKERS “Moment of the Year” Madden NFL 20 Championship Series award.As part of the sponsorship, the candy bar marketed by Mars will be featured in highlight packages and branded studio segments during the tournament on Twitch, YouTube and the ESPN mobile app, per an announcement shared with Marketing Dive.The Madden NFL 20 Club Championship Presented by SNICKERS will involve all 32 NFL teams as one competitor per team will compete for more than US$700,000, tied for the largest tournament prize pool in competitive Madden NFL history. Snickers aims to reach the esports audience that largely consist of Generation Zers, 74% of whom say they often snack between meals, per a study by the Institute of . The researcher also predicted that the number of U.S. consumers who would watch an esports event at least once a month would grow 18% to 30.3 million this year from 2018. Brands looking to reach these millions of fans are forecast to boost sponsorship spending by 34% to $457 million this year, games researcher Newzoo predicted.Snickers is among the brands that are sponsoring esports events as their audience continues to grow. Pizza Hut, Nike, Anheuser-Busch,  AT&T, Axe, Coca-Cola, Hershey, Mercedes-Benz and Tillys are among the brands that are already esports sponsors.

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  • Kellogg’s
Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson, Tony the Tiger and reps from The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation announced today that every public middle school in El Paso, TX will receive a Sports Matter grant–totaling $500,000–on behalf of Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes’ Mission Tiger and The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation’s Sports Matter. The duo teamed to help give El Paso middle schoolers the chance to play sports, delivering truckloads of new equipment. (Jorge Salgado/AP Images for Kellogg’s)

The Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl officially takes over El Paso on New Year’s Eve, but the game dedicated to saving middle school sports made its mission real today in the “Sun City.”  Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®‘ Mission Tiger™ teamed up with the pioneer for helping kids play sports, The DICK’S Sporting Goods Foundation (DSGF), and gave a Sports Matter grant to every public middle school athletic department in El Paso — a total donation of US$500,000 — to help give more middle school kids access to sports.The first-of-its-kind partnership between one of America’s favorite breakfast cereals and the foundation for America’s largest sporting goods retailer might seem unlikely, but both are on a mission to help Mission Tiger ‖ Sports Matter Mobile save school sports. And today’s efforts align with the Sun Bowl’s 1935 inaugural mission to benefit underprivileged children.In partnership with The DICK’S Foundation, Tony the Tiger called on his friend, Sun Bowl alum and football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson to break the news. Tomlinson and Tony drove around town to deliver much-needed sporting goods equipment to aspiring young athletes at Wiggs Middle School.The collaboration is the latest stop for Mission Tiger, an initiative from Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes to save middle school sports nationwide. In August 2019, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes was announced as the title sponsor of the newly named Tony the Tiger™ Sun Bowl, making Tony the Tiger the first mascot to ever lend his name to a college football bowl game.

  • SouthNorte Beer Co.
SouthNorte Beer Co
SouthNorte Beer Co. secures investment led John Gallegos.

Founded at the crossroads of cultures, SouthNorte Beer Co. revealed that it has secured new investment to drive company growth led by advertising executive and founding partner, John Gallegos, who has increased his investment in the brand to further accelerate the company’s marketing efforts, expansion into new territories and exploration of new partners throughout the country. This influx of funding positions Gallegos as the majority owner of SouthNorte, with Coronado Brewing Company offering continued operational support with a minority stake in the company.The infusion of new investment comes at an important juncture for SouthNorte —the brand has garnered critical acclaim and grassroots fan support in San Diego, and now, Gallegos and partners recognize that the time is ripe to amplify SouthNorte’s message and brand essence beyond its current footprint and into new markets. In addition to increasing his investment in the brand, Gallegos will take on additional operational management roles in the company. A seasoned advertising and marketing executive, Gallegos is CEO of the United Collective communications group comprised of five interconnected independent agencies.  Under this new arrangement, former CEO, Brandon Richards, credited for his contributions in making SouthNorte a success, will remain as a partner and Coronado Brewing Company will also remain a partner in the business offering various levels of support including brewing, sales, and marketing. SouthNorte beer will continue to be contract brewed and packaged at Coronado facilities.

Sales Leads US: a summary for Corporate Marketers, Media Sales Executives and Advertising Agencies to see what clients are moving into the market and/or targeting U.S. consumers right now.