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- Bel Group
Multinational cheese marketer Bel Group, owner of brands like Boursin, Laughing Cow and Mini Babybel, has appointed Mediavest Spark as its media agency across 20 markets including the United States.The business was previously handled by Omnicom’s OMD.Publicis Groupe’s Mediavest Spark is primarily overseeing the account from Paris, with other offices pitching in, including Chicago for the U.S. work. Bel Group’s global media spent is said to be around US$135 million range. The U.S. business accounts for more than one-third of that total.WPP’s Y&R retains the creative account for Bel Group.
- Terry Hines Multicultural Division Rebrand
Entertainment marketing outfit Terry Hines & Associates is rebranding its multicultural division as The MRKT, with company veterans Marcos Barron and Bree Bosselmann atop the unit as president and SVP, respectively. They will report to owner/CEO Grant Nemirow. The company has been behind Hispanic- and African American-focused marketing campaigns for Disney’s Marvel Universe films and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; animated hits including Oscar winner Zootopia and Trolls; Lionsgate’s Instructions Not Included.
E*TRADE Financial Corporation has announced it has chosen MullenLowe, an Interpublic Group agency, to be its new strategic and creative agency of record. The creative agency selection comes as E*TRADE continues in its work to drive organic growth and improve market share within its core brokerage business.E*TRADE and MullenLowe engagement is effective April 1, 2017, with strategic and creative development leading toward new brand campaigns later in Q2 2017.In June 2016, E-Trade hired MDC’s Assembly as its new media agency.The digital trading firm spent US$62.1 million on measured media in the U.S. during 2015, according to Kantar Media. That’s down from the US$85.7 million it spent in 2014.
- Sprint’s Plan Conectados
“We are Planning a 360 Campaign for Plan Conectados involving TV, Radio, Online, Social, Direct Email, SMS and Search”, Sprint’s Multicultural VP Alberto Lorente tells Portada in an interview. The media and influencer plan also includes Prince Royce and a few other celebrities to help spread the word.”
Retail chain 7-Eleven, Inc. has entered into an agreement to buy convenience stores and gas stations from Sunoco LP for about US$3.3 billion.The chain will acquire approximately 1,108 convenience stores located in 18 states from the Texas-based company. Sunoco will enter into a 15-year take-or-pay fuel supply agreement, under which Sunoco will supply approximately 2.2 billion gallons of fuel annually. This supply agreement will have guaranteed annual payments to the Texas company, provides that 7-Eleven will continue to use the Sunoco brand at currently branded Sunoco stores and includes committed growth in future periods. 7-Eleven, Inc. has 8,707 stores in the United States and Canada. This acquisition will bring their total number of stores to 9,815 in the U.S. and Canada. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of this year.Last January the firm selected Deutsch as its lead creative agency of record. Camelot continues to be 7-Eleven’s strategic media planning and buying agency.
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- Party City
Boston-based Party City, an American publicly traded retail chain of party supply stores, has appointed Hill Holliday as its lead agency for creative, digital and media duties following a review. Zimmerman was the incumbent since 2009. Consulting firm Roth Ryan Hayes supported the review.
72andSunny is no longer Target’s creative agency after approximately five years working together. Both companies have been working together for X-Mas holiday campaigns. 72andSunny and Target confirmed that the retailers holiday work has been awarded to Deutsch L.A., which partnered with Target in the past. WPP’s GroupM, appointed last year, will continue to be the chain’s media agency of record through its Minneapolis, MN, based Team Arrow Partners unit.
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