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American Express Is the First Financial Institution to Make a Facebook Messenger Bot

Add American Express to the growing list of brands planning for a bot-driven future. Since the F8 Developer Conference in April, big brands like 1-800-Flowers and the NBA have been working with Facebook Messenger to create chatbots that consumers can use in the app. Show More Summary

Jack Daniel's Is Hosting a Whiskey Barrel Scavenger Hunt for Its 150th Anniversary

Barrels are a big deal in the whiskey world. The white oak barrels that hold Jack Daniel's whiskey account for 100 percent of its color and 70 to 80 percent of its flavor, and the brand has been making its own barrels since its founding. Show More Summary

Cindy Gallop Calls Out 'Male-Dominated Ad Industry' for Giving This a Bronze Lion at Cannes

Cannes Lions has its second cringeworthy moment, this time from a Bronze Lion winner. The outdoor ad, for Bayer from AlmapBBDO in Sao Paulo, reads "Don't worry babe, I'm not filming" and features aspirin boxes. Cindy Gallop,...Show More Summary

The Richards Group Picked as Home Builder's New Creative Lead, Its Third Win This Month

The Richards Group is back at home with the PulteGroup after the Dallas-based independent agency was selected as the creative lead for Pulte's portfolio of homes designed for people ages 55 and over. The PulteGroup became one of the nation's largest home builders, as measured by revenue, after its $3.1 billion merger with rival Centex Homes in 2009. Show More Summary

How Experience Marketing Is Becoming a Crucial Ally for the LGBT Community

Right now, it's Pride Month across the world—prime time for me, my community and our supporters to celebrate, advocate and participate in creating greater change and equality for all. We are vocal and visible, two things that helpedShow More Summary

Here's How Twitter Aims to Sell $50 Million in Ads for NFL Livestreams

All eyes will be on Twitter this fall when the micro-blogging site livestreams 10 of the NFL's 16 Thursday Night Football games. It's a big move that could prove that Twitter is either indeed the go-to place for sports chatter or end...Show More Summary

Instagram Will Start Letting You Translate Captions, Comments and Bios

Ever gone scrolling through Instagram and come across a breathtaking photo of the mountains of Iceland, the streets of Thailand or the jungles of the Amazon and wanted to know what the local photographer had to say about it—only to see...Show More Summary

Rob Delaney Has a Solution for Achieving True Diversity in Ads

CANNES, France—In a spirited, often-funny panel called "Creativity Is the Only Way to Survive" here today, comedians Rob Delaney, Rashida Jones and Keegan-Michael Key tackled issues related to black and biracial people in entertainment. Show More Summary

Matter launches in NYC with help from Google and New York Times, reveals new startup class

Media startup accelerator Matter Ventures announced the opening of its New York office Thursday, in collaboration with The New York Times and Google News Lab. Matter also unveiled its “Matter 6” cohort of 13 early-stage media startups, seven of which will work from the NYC office. “It’s not an exaggeration to say that New York,...

“Medium’s team did everything”: How 5 publishers transitioned their sites to Medium

“Even 15 years after Blogger, it’s still hard to publish on the internet,” a Medium executive told a group of publishers this past spring. Medium has now made it its mission to make publishing easier: After a few years of back-and-forth about whether it was a publisher or a platform (or, ugh, a platisher), the...

Headlines editors probably wish they could take back

In this week's Lower case... Eugene Register-Guard, 6/21/16 Submitted by Bill Goetz, Eugene, Oregon

Martha Stewart Is a Hit at Cannes Thanks to Her Epic Tweets

Martha Stewart is having a very high-profile week. The homemaking guru blew up Twitter over the last couple of days after she tweeted to her 3.16 million followers, from a Daily Mail dinner in Cannes, that she had no clue who her table mate, self-described "well-known" Kardashian friend and publicist Jonathan Cheban, was. Show More Summary

Twitter Is Bullish on Periscope as Brands Adapt to Livestreaming's Growing Popularity

CANNES, France—If it wasn't clear whether Twitter was recoiling its emphasis on livestreaming app Periscope in light of Facebook Live's increasing popularity, Twitter's beachfront activation, dubbed #GoLive, answers that question pretty quickly. Show More Summary

Ford Designs a Massive 'Escape the Room' Game in NYC to Replace the Test Drive

Ford is turning the typical test drive experience on its head this weekend with a giant driveable game in New York. The venue, which will be open from June 23-26, is based on Escape the Room, a popular experiential game where players have 60 minutes to find their way out of rooms by solving a series of clues and puzzles. Show More Summary

FCB Global CEO Says the Age of the 'Ivory Tower' Agency Executives Is Over

CANNES, France—According to FCB global CEO Carter Murray, the ad industry may well be nearing the end of an era dominated by outsized personalities with titles and pay packages to match. "You've got to have people in charge who actually care about the people, who don't just talk it but work on it," he said. Show More Summary

The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Public Library are teaming up to offer workshops for students

The Dallas Morning News and Dallas Public Library are partnering together to launch a program that will teach journalism skills to high schoolers. The program, called Storytellers Without Borders, received $150,000 in funding from the Knight Foundation as one of the winners of the latest round of the Knight News Challenge, which were announced this...

BBH Says a Single Cannes Lion Could Feed 33 Starving Children Instead of Your Ego

It's an ill-kept secret that advertising award shows are, in many ways, boondoggles. So, while vast swaths of the industry roam the Croisette in search of Cannes Gold Lions (and more alcohol) this week, a pair of creatives at BBH New...Show More Summary

Iggy Pop Has Some Totally Insane (and Some Actually Pretty Cool) Ideas for Advertisers

CANNES, France—Note to Deutsch: Iggy Pop has some ideas for your Volkswagen advertising. But you're going to have to keep a very open mind. The punk legend had an entertaining chat with Grey chairman and chief creative officer Nils Leonard on the main stage in the Palais at Cannes Lions here Wednesday. Show More Summary

U.S. House Democrats Livestreamed Their Gun-Control Sit-in on Periscope and Facebook

This afternoon, a group of about 50 Democrats from the U.S. House of Representatives staged a sit-in on the House floor to advocate for a vote on gun control, and broadcast the event live from Periscope and Facebook. Georgia congressman John Lewis organized the protest in the wake of this month's mass shooting in Orlando and other recent tragedies. Show More Summary

Clio Sports Awards Announces Its 2016 Gold, Silver and Bronze Winners

Clio Sports, an event honoring creative excellence in sports marketing and advertising, announced its gold, silver and bronze shortlist winners for the third annual Clio Sports Awards on Wednesday. Gold winners included FCB Toronto for...Show More Summary

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