Agency Of Record
H&R Block has appointed 360i as its social media agency of record. The tax preparation company anticipates 360i will optimize its existing social media strategy by showing "tangible, measurable results."
Luxury champagne producer Moët & Chandon USA has tapped The brpr Group to serve as its digital agency of record in the U.S.
Cars.com has appointed mcgarrybowen as its creative agency of record (AOR) within the company's integrated team of marketing agencies.
BBDO Worldwide has been appointed agency of record (AOR) for Hewlett-Packard Distribution Co.'s (HP's) personal computer and printing business, said Eric Keshin, SVP of marketing in HP's Printing and Personal Systems Group.
RadioShack Corp. has selected WPP subsidiary Grey New York as its advertising agency of record (AOR), said the electronics retailer in a statement.
EBay, the US online consumer-to-consumer company, has chosen Digitas as agency of record (AOR) for its digital media and digital creative business, a source familiar with the deal has confirmed to DMNews.
Applebee's Neighborhood Bar & Grill named Boulder, Colo.-based interactive agency Crispin Porter + Bogusky (CP+B) as its U.S. creative agency of record, shifting its business from its previous AOR McCann Erickson, New York, Applebee's representative Nancy Mays told Direct Marketing News on March 1.
Glory Foods, a soul food company based out of Columbus, announced Feb. 24 it has selected South Carolina-based The Brandon Agency to be its agency of record, according to Glory Foods VP of operations Dan Charna.
Identity theft protection company LifeLock has selected SeQuel Response as its agency of record for direct mail campaigns, said Erick Dickens, LifeLock's director of product marketing.
General Motors has appointed Carat to its $3 billion global media planning and buying account, following a pitch launched in August last year.
Communications and entertainment company Cox Communications named Draftfcb's Chicago office its national digital and direct-response agency of record after a two-month review, Todd Smith, director of media relations at Cox Communications, confirmed via email on Jan. 16.
Edible Arrangements International, Inc. named Cleveland-based Stern Advertising its agency of record (AOR) for national creative, including television, print and likely some online display, said Steve Thomas, chief marketing officer of Edible Arrangements, on Jan. 12.
Shriners Hospitals for Children named Leo Burnett Business its agency of record (AOR) for all brand positioning, creative strategy, media and public relations initiatives, said Amy Ritzel, corporate director of PR for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children, on Jan. 6.
Levi Strauss & Co. named Wunderman its global digital marketing agency for the Levi's brand after a review, Wunderman confirmed Jan. 5. The account was previously split between multiple agencies.
Unilever is putting its estimated $6 billion global media account up for review in January for the second time in as many years, company spokesman Dean Mastrojohn confirmed to Direct Marketing News on Dec. 13.
The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) tapped Chapman Cubine Adams and Hussey (CCAH) as its direct marketing agency of record.
After four years with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, Sprint Nextel Corp. has tapped Publicis Groupe-owned agency Digitas Chicago to handle all digital advertising, brand strategy, offline media, digital buying and analytics, both companies said Dec. 7.
Ice cream company Carvel will work with newly-appointed digital AOR Brandmovers to develop its digital strategy and planning, including search engine marketing, online and mobile media buying and social media management, said Alberto Pages, VP of global business development at Brandmovers, said on Dec. 8.
Global agency Draftfcb has for two years struggled under the burden of a handful of major client defections, including the Homewood Suites' by Hilton hotel business, State Farm's TV creative, and several Kraft Food brands, most recently Gevalia at the end of October.
RadioShack Corp. announced it is in the early stages of an RFP for a new creative agency of record (AOR). Eric Bruner, RadioShack's director of corporate communications, said the assignment will focus on all marketing channels, including direct and digital marketing. RadioShack will decide on the AOR in March 2012.
Online vacation rental company HomeAway has named GSD&M its agency of record for brand strategy, creative and media responsibility, said Matt Cohen, the company's senior director of global brand marketing.
Draftfcb has lost Kraft Foods' Gevalia coffee account, Draftfcb New York CEO Dana Maiman confirmed in an Oct. 24 statement. Maiman said the agency is "extremely disappointed that [its] plans to leverage the Gevalia coffee brand in the retail environment will not be realized."
Yogurt company Chobani named Leo Burnett New York its advertising agency of record on Oct. 19, after a formal review. Leo Burnett New York replaces Gotham as AOR. Leo Burnett will handle a full range of advertising and direct marketing services for the consumer packaged goods brand, said Nicki Briggs, director of communications for Chobani.
JetBlue Airways has hired Rokkan as its digital agency of record. The firm will handle e-commerce, mobile and social media work for the airline.
Havas reported about $1.1 billion in first-half 2011 revenue, a 5.6% organic increase compared with the prior year.
Cable provider Comcast has named interactive agency Huge the digital agency of record for Comcast.com. Brooklyn, NY-based Huge, an Interpublic Group agency, will be responsible for the site's digital strategy and design. It will also work on online, mobile and social customer-service initiatives for Comcast.com.
JWT New York will lead a global tourism marketing campaign for the US after winning a pitch against two undisclosed agencies.
The Boston Bruins National Hockey League franchise has named Arnold Worldwide its AOR. The team, which won the Stanley Cup championship last season, previously worked with Mullen.
Retailer IKEA has hired McCann NY as its global Agency of Record for its catalog, the company said on August 3.
Automotive company Fiat Group Automobiles has named interactive agency 72andSunny digital AOR for its North American brand, a source at the company said. The agency will oversee Fiat North America's digital marketing program and will specifically work with Fiat Europe's Turin-based digital agency Domino in developing the company's global website design template.
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