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What Should Pepsico Do with Mountain Dew?
Even for beverage giants like Pepsico, being at the intersection of carbonated soft drinks and the rising tide of energy drinks can be hazardous.

KFC is Not Sitting Out the QSR Chicken Wars
KFC tested plant-based chicken fingers in Atlanta on Tuesday, and the move coincides withMac & Cheese Bowls to its menu.

Zippo, Woodchuck Want to Help Stop Forest Fires
To raise awareness of human-caused fires, Zippo lighters is teaming up with Woodchuck USA, a sustainable wood products company, and National Geographic in a new campaign.

Snaps Revenue, and Users, Continues to Grow
Proving the skeptics wrong, Snap just reported better-than-expected earnings and user growth for the second quarter of the year.

Marketers Are Also Celebrating the Moon Landing Anniversary
Volkswagen of America is using what might be the most appropriate music, a newly released version of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity,” for a multiplatform campaign.

Levi's Doubles Down on Social Media Advertising
On the heels of its recent success at Coachella, Levi Strauss is stepping up marketing in digital and social marketing channels.

Nordstrom Starts Partnership With Rent the Runway
In more retail reinvention, Rent the Runway is installing drop-off boxes in four Nordstrom stores as an added convenience for those in a hurry to send their selections back.

Men's Wearhouse and Tan France Team Up For Annual Charity
Men's Wearhouse launched its annual Suit Drive on July 1 by leveraging the fact that #tbt was the most used hashtag on Instagram in 2018 with more than 407 million posts.

But Wait, There's More...Stranger Things Promos
Nike, H&M, and Schwinn are joining the 'Stranger Things' marketing frenzy, with Coca-Cola having lead the way.

Dictionary.com 'Redefines' Black Per P&G Campaign Request
“My Black is Beautiful,” a platform created by Procter & Gamble to support and elevate black culture, on Wednesday asked “all dictionaries to #RedefineBlack.”

We Are Spending 4% More on Mom This Year
Spending on gifts for Mother’s Day is likely to be up 4% compared to a year ago, with growth largely in the spa category.

Lowe's 'Goes Pro' in Latest NFL Draft Campaign
Lowe’s, which has just become the NFL’s official home-improvement retail sponsor, is launching a campaign aimed at construction professionals.

Brands Are Targeting Males With Game of Thrones Ads
Social media is a big part of the marketing frenzy surrounding the upcoming debut of the final season of “Game of Thrones” and brands are targeting young males.

Reddit May Finally HIt $100M in Ad Revenue
New estimates released by the digital statsmasters at eMarketer forecast Reddit will top the $100 million mark in advertising sales this year.

Jackson Hewitt's In Memoriam For Your Tax Refund
The digital-only video is an “In Memoriam” for deductions that filers have to say goodbye to this year.

Amazon's Nasty Breakup With NYC
After months teasing a deal to develop a major hub office in Queens, the tech giant opted out, prompting a new round of high-profile commentary.

Michael C. Hall Will Headline the Skittles 'Broadway Show'
Last week, Skittles announced that it will stage a one performance-only Broadway show on the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday.

"Brand Purpose" is ANA's Marketing Word of 2018
In a year consumed by jargon like “blockchain,” “direct-to-consumer” and “GDPR,” the ANA found their purpose when it came to selecting the phrase.

Porsche Campaign Targets Young Drivers
Two Porsche owners show their love for the brand—and each other—by getting married in the backseat of a Cayenne traveling 70+mph.

Trader Joe's, Costco Top Customer Experience Study
When it comes to making American shoppers happy, three new reports reveal that the basics of customer experience aren’t changing much, despite shifts in channels: People just want to feel appreciated.

Ad Industry Finally Shifting Portrayals of Men
Today's culture is moving away from years of the same ideology of masculinity: Men getting rich, getting laid, according to futurist Faith Popcorn.

Unilever Bans Influencers Who Buy Followers
As part of its push for greater transparency and to combat fraud, Unilever said that the company would no longer work with influencers who buy followers.

Super 8 Debuts Concept Car for Auto Shows
The brand is the first hospitality company to create a concept vehicle and display it at an auto show.

Lexus is Enjoying Huge Success of "Black Panther"
Lexus chose correctly when it signed on 18 months ago to play an integral part of Disney’s “Black Panther,” where the main character drives a Lexus LC 500.

CES 2018: Battle for Consumer Engagement
Who will own the consumer? Each year, the battlefield shifts. It’s the flatscreen, it’s mobile, it’s the Internet of Things, it’s virtual/augmented reality.

Logan Paul Controversy Highlights YouTube Brand Safety Concerns
The outrage about a video uploaded by YouTube creator Logan Paul over the weekend has brought to the forefront more brand safety concerns about the Google-owned video site.

Fox to Air Live Ad for "Greatest Showman" During "A Christmas Story"
Pushing the envelope for new live TV commercials, Fox Broadcasting will air what it says is the first-ever live TV commercial for a feature film -- the 20th Century Fox Film movie "The Greatest Showman."

M&M's Returning to the Super Bowl
Mars Wrigley announced that M&M’s, which has been absent from the Super Bowl for three years, will be back in 2018, with a 30-second spot.

T-Mobile Announces "Netflix On Us" Partnership
The carrier is linking with Netflix, offering to provide the streaming service’s basic subscription at no extra cost for those who subscribe to T-Mobile One family plans.

ANA: Bot Fraud Estimated at $6.5B in 2017
Advertising spending should increase by 10% or more this year, but a study released ANA)and White Ops estimates the economic losses due to bot fraud at $6.5 billion globally in 2017.

Commission-based Comp Model Rebounding for Agencies
After years of erosion, Madison Avenue’s original media commission-based compensation system is making a comeback, albeit marginally, according to just-released findings.


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