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Draftfcb, part of the Interpublic Group of Companies, is suing two former employees and Digitas, confirmed a Draftfcb spokesperson.
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.
Draftfcb chief growth officer Nick Paul has resigned from the agency, said Draftfcb EVP and chief communications officer Wally Petersen. Recently appointed global chief of staff Peter Drakoulias will take on Paul's business development responsibilities, effective immediately.
Draftfcb New York's chief creative officer, Darren Moran, will vacate his post in the first quarter of 2012, the agency's chief communications officer, Wally Petersen, confirmed in a statement on Dec. 22.
Peter Drakoulias has been promoted to the newly-created position of global chief of staff at Draftfcb effective immediately, he told Direct Marketing News. He will report to Draftfcb president and CEO Laurence Boschetto and he will partner with George Kane, EVP and worldwide financial director, to oversee the agency's global M&A activity.
The Interpublic Group of Companies (IPG) reported revenue of $1.73 billion for the third quarter of 2011, an 8.7% growth increase compared with Q3 2010.
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."
Draftfcb has named Rob Nielsen global executive creative director for the agency's Beiersdorf AG account. He will join Draftfcb on Oct. 10 and report directly to Jonathan Harries, the agency's vice chairman and global chief creative officer.
Draftfcb has named Paula Fedoris EVP and chief analytics officer and Sara Bamber chief strategy officer for its New York office. Bamber's hire took effect September 6, while Fedoris started work at the agency last week.
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Less than a month after losing the key SC Johnson & Son global advertising account to BBDO and Ogilvy & Mather, Draftfcb Chicago said August 16 that it will reduce its staff by approximately 10%. The agency's global workforce will be cut by 3%.
SC Johnson & Son has reassigned its global advertising account after a decades-long relationship with Draftfcb. The Racine, Wis.-based company hired BBDO for advertising for its pest-control and home-storage divisions and Ogilvy & Mather for ad duties for its fragrance and home-cleaning units.
The Interpublic Group of Companies' second-quarter revenue increased 4.7% organically, compared with the prior year, to $1.74 billion. The holding company's Integrated Agency Network segment, which includes agencies McCann Worldgroup, Draftfcb, Lowe & Partners and Mediabrands, saw second-quarter revenue growth of 3.9% to $1.47 billion.
Liz Deutch, EVP and global director of customer engagement at Draftfcb, discusses her new position at the agency and the difference between customer engagement and CRM with Direct Marketing News. Deutch's career has spanned more than two decades, including roles with Ogilvy & Mather Direct, Ammirati and Puris, Enfatico and Young & Rubicam Brands (Y&R Brands).
Draftfcb Chicago has promoted EVP and chief strategic planning officer Jamie Shuttleworth to chief strategy officer, the agency said May 13. He will report directly to Draftfcb Chicago president Michael Fassnacht and manage about 100 employees in the agency's planning and customer intelligence departments.
Draftfcb has acquired London-based digital agency Blue Barracuda. Draftfcb will incorporate Blue Barracuda's 60-person staff into its London office and rebrand the combined agency as Draftfcb London: Fuelled by Blue Barracuda.
Draftfcb has named Debra Coughlin its first global CMO and EVP, effective March 14. Coughlin is leading the agency's global capabilities team, overseeing the development and promotion of agency tools and proprietary technology. She is based in New York and reports directly to Laurence Boschetto, CEO of Draftfcb.
Petco is rolling out a consumer awareness campaign with digital, newspaper insert, in-store and TV components. The effort is Draftfcb Orange County's first campaign as the pet supply retailer's brand and product advertising AOR.
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP) is conducting a marketing campaign encouraging consumers to drink milk to make up for the lack of nutrients in the their diets. Draftfcb Chicago executed the effort, launched January 11, along with partner Interpublic Group agencies.
Holding companies Interpublic Group and WPP Group reported increased revenues in the third quarter compared to the same period of last year.
Tapped by the US Census Bureau, Draftfcb New York led a massive marketing campaign aimed at making sure the increasingly diverse US population sent in its 2010 Census forms, while keeping labor costs for door-to-door staff to a minimum.
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Advertising holding companies Interpublic Group and Publicis Groupe both reported second-quarter and first-half 2010 year-over-year revenue increases July 29.
The US Forest Service and the nonprofit National Association of State Foresters (NASF) have partnered with The Ad Council to launch this year's "Smokey Bear" forest fire-prevention campaign. The effort launched June 30.
Taco Bell has launched its first social media CRM program, using original cartoon episodes to engage consumers. The company plans to expand the effort this summer after a May soft launch on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and mobile platforms.
The US Office of National Drug Control Policy has expanded Draftfcb New York's work to include management of its campaign website and oversight of its social media initiatives. Draftfcb also retained its status as agency of record for the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign after a three-month review process, according to a statement from both organizations.
Oreo, a Kraft Foods Nabisco brand, has selected 360i as its lead digital agency. Razorfish was Oreo's previous lead digital agency.
Volkswagen of America named Interpublic Group's Draftfcb its agency of record for CRM on February 17. The agency, hired after a review, will take over duties previously handled by Crispin Porter & Bogusky and Euro RSCG Worldwide.
Levi Strauss & Co.'s Dockers brand is taking its "Wear the Pants" campaign to the Super Bowl with a promotional effort that integrates TV, online and mobile marketing. The initiative is a result of the company's partnership with music site Shazam.
Draftfcb Orange County has produced a PSA for the Alese Coco Fight 2 Win Campaign, a nonprofit that raises money for Hodgkin's Disease research. The ad is running on donated air time on stations including Fox and ESPN, as well as the Turner Networks. The PSA drives viewers to Fight2Win.org, where they can get more information on the disease and instructions on how to make donations.
Although denim has dominated the pants market for the past few years, Levi's has launched a Dockers campaign to bring back khakis. The multichannel effort, which includes TV, print, search, social media, mobile, viral video, e-commerce and PR, is led by creative that attempts to reconnect male consumers with masculinity.
As it strives to create a more holistic marketing plan for next year, Zappos.com has named Mullen its creative AOR, with responsibility for brand development, media buying and creative, including digital advertising. The agency will work closely with King Fish Media, Zappos.com's partner for offline direct marketing.
Draftfcb has discontinued its Worldwide Marketing Research Services group, DMNews has learned. Its leader, Sid Liebenson, EVP and director of marketing at Draftfcb, will leave the agency at the end of the year. The research group's duties will be handled by Interpublic Group's Center for Marketing Intelligence.
Kmart has kicked off a tweens-targeted back-to-school campaign with longtime agency of record Draftfcb. The campaign, called "Schoolebrity," features TV ads, flash banners, online games, in-store promotions, e-mail blasts and a sweepstakes.
Gevalia Kaffe will push forward with a lengthy branding and loyalty effort when it launches a revamped Web site and social media efforts in August. The mail order coffee company is introducing its new site — designed by its online agency RazorFish — in August. As part of an effort to improve customer interactions and engagement, the new site will allow customers to design their own coffee delivery programs.
The US Forest Service, National Association of State Foresters and the Advertising Council have teamed with Draftfcb to launch a new round of PSAs featuring Smokey Bear. The campaign, which includes a redesigned Smokey Web site and enhanced social media presence, debuts this week.
Draftfcb New York has merged its media, digital and CRM practices into a single unit, the Real-Time Marketing division.
Draftfcb New York has merged its media, digital and CRM practices into a single unit called the Real-Time Marketing division. The change, which is in response to the industry-wide focus on CRM and digital, impacted 100 company employees, who were relocated within the building to be in closer proximity and under the same operating budget.
Sharpie is looking for consumer engagement with its new "Uncap what's inside" campaign, launched June 1. The campaign, created by the marker-maker's integrated agency Draftfcb, centers on just-launched Web site SharpieUncapped.com. The interactive site invites users to register, submit their Sharpie artwork, watch other artists in action, view product demos and connect with the brand on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and the Sharpie blog.
In a move that underscores the increasing importance of data and analytics to its marketing campaigns, Draftfcb has awarded data expert Michael Fassnacht the newly created role of worldwide chief strategy officer. In his new role, Fassnacht will report directly to Draftfcb CEO and president Laurence Boschetto while helping to apply corporate strategy across individual global offices. He is expected to draw heavily on his data expertise for this job.
KFC has kicked off a new multichannel campaign, called "UNThink," to promote its first foray into grilled chicken products. Draftfcb Chicago, KFC's agency of record since 2003, produced the campaign, which spans digital, mobile, print, TV and out-of-home ads.
Draftfcb has won agency of record duties for Miller Lite beer as part of a massive agency restructuring for MillerCoors brands. Draftfcb replaces Bartle Bogle Hegarty, which had been AOR for the light beer since 2007.
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