The Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and the Association of National Advertisers (ANA) has announced the launch of the CMO Growth Council in partnership with the ANA's CMO Masters Circle.

By Gonzalo López Martí    Creative director, etc    / LMMiami.com

  • Plastic surgery has been around for several decades now.
  • What began as a technique to repair scarred tissue gradually evolved into human sculpting for aesthetic purposes.
  • The goal: to increase the self-esteem of the “patient”.

Back in January, Edward Kim Vice President, Strategy, Nielsen Catalina Solutions, presented “Five Keys to Advertising Effectiveness”. The presentation reported on the findings of over 500 studies of CPG brands conducted during 2016-2017 that sought to understand the sales contribution of five key drivers of effective advertising, including a comparison of TV versus digital.  by Nigel Hollis

Research suggests some ways artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, and blockchain are reshaping creative work.

For the first time in history, a brand brings together two football superstars of Latin America, Lionel Messi and Neymar da Silva Santos Jr. (Messi and Neymar Jr.), in an integrated marketing and communications platform to score against childhood hunger and malnutrition in LAC.

Being in multicultural advertising, I’m always looking for images to use in presentations and on behalf of client work. What I’ve discovered is how hard it is to find any kind of diversity in the Hispanics represented in stock imagery.  by Karla Fernandez Parker

No, no and no. Stop. Niet. Nein. Stay away! Don't even think about it. Leave it to me! I do this for a living, seriously. It's how I pay for my frijoles! Yankee go home!

Renée Lavecchia and Federico Hauri have been named Chief Client Officer and VP/ Executive Creative Director respectively for Y&R Miami and the Bravo Group.

LUNA United announced that Adrian Castagna has joined as Head of Integrated Production.

I have seen ‘brand’ referred to as if it were something to rank alongside production, supply chain and capital; a part of doing business rather than something reflective of how people remember their interaction with a brand. But to do so diverts attention from the importance to shaping and framing those memories to best effect.  by Nigel Hollis

Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc. got the nod of approval by the competition’s judges for a wide assortment of work created on behalf of its clients, including Walmart, Community Coffee, Lone Star College, the Houston Dynamo, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and highlighted by a “Best in Show” in the Broadcast category. This marks the 15th consecutive year that the agency has earned “Best in Show” honors.

PACO Collective (PACO) is joining forces with Pork & Mindy's to create memorable moments surrounding food, music, and art across Chicagoland and nationwide.

In barbaric and prehistoric times, before primitive man invented religion and prayed to gods for intercessions, man was isolated and alone, facing an uncertain and terrifying world that worked by its own logic.  Would the sun rise every day?  Would winter fade and spring follow in its stead?  Would there be fish to catch, prey to hunt, rain for water and crops, bountiful harvests, cures for disease, pregnancy and babies, victory in war?  Would the tribe flourish?  Tribes were like advertisers today, looking for certainties and prosperity in a hostile world.  By Michael Farmer

Voices.com eleased its annual industry Trends Report, revealing the most significant marketing and advertising trends of the last year, and predictions for how these trends will continue to drive business decisions in 2018.

 

 

If the Super Bowl is indeed a barometer of national sentiment, it is quite clear that the mood of the masses is shifting. Save for some allusions to recent natural disasters, the “cause marketing”, “virtue signaling”, social commentary and moral grandstanding we witnessed last year seem to have taken a backseat. The Dow is a damned geyser. The labor market is tight as a Telemundo weather girl’s dress. Taxes are low, life is good. Rocket man? Border walls? We’ll get to that later. It’s time to make hay now. It’s back to business in ‘murica to judge by the hefty prices brands, movie studios and streaming services*** are paying to appear in the crevices of the last football game of the season. So, what can we say of the repertoire? It was quintessential Super Bowl fare. Crowd-pleasing tropes, unpretentious gimmicks, not too brainy. Don’t overthink it, just throw a ton of money at the brief. Write a simple script, have the planners sign off on it and get a seasoned, big name director to shoot the boards. With “a big name director” I mean someone who knows how to blow shit up and handle celebrities. And their publicists. Problem is, advertising is always a tossup. Even if you throw all the right ingredients into the equation to play it safe with a sure bet, the acid test of memorability can still be elusive. Hence, without further ado, I give you my impressions below.  Disclaimer:  what you are about to read is 100% morning after unaided recall.  By Gonzalo López Martí - Creative director, etc. / LMMiami.com

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