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Grey Lands Holiday Season and Pre-Super Bowl Campaigns for Best Buy

Best Buy has selected Grey New York to handle two upcoming campaigns, one for its critical holiday sales season and the other supporting home theater offerings in January in the run-up to the Super Bowl. Earlier this year, the retailer...Show More Summary

(Some) Facebook Marketers Can Finally Start Playing With Animated GIFs

Looping video fans, rejoice. After rolling out GIFs to user pages in May, Facebook is now opening up the animated clips to a small percentage of brand pages. It's been a long-awaited tool for marketers who are already accustomed to posting GIFs on Tumblr, Twitter and Imgur. Show More Summary

Jo Ellen Green Kaiser: Do independent news outlets have a blind spot when it comes to ethnic media?

Last May, I attended a retreat on independent journalism with the hope of bringing more infrastructural support to the field. I came out of that convening, however, with the realization that the very way we talk about independent journalism contains an unspoken racial bias — a bias we need to correct. In some ways, the...

Is Kansas really an Obamacare outlier? Here's why it might not be

For all the controversy that continues to surround the Affordable Care Act, one thing seems pretty clear: After the reform law was passed, uninsured rates declined across the country. Clear, that is, except here in Kansas, where the headlines have told a different story. “Poll: Kansas Uninsured Rate Goes Up By 40 Percent,” reported KCUR, the Kansas City public radio...

UM Lands CVS Media Account, the Agency's Second Big Win of the Summer

So far, summer is shaping up as UM's winning season. The IPG Mediabrands agency scored significant business from Coca-Cola a few weeks ago, and now adds media responsibilities for the CVS pharmacy chain. UM won CVS following a review led by consultancy Pile + Co., and it will succeed Havas' Mindshare on the assignment. Show More Summary

Selfie-taking orbs, VR hats, and other visions of communication a decade from now

When you ask a room full of designers and teens what they think communication will look like in ten years, you get some weird answers. If you were at the Communicate 2025 conference in New York earlier this month, you might have walked away convinced that smell-o-vision (going product name: USmell), 3D pets (for when...

Ad of the Day: A Star Is Born in This Adorable 'Tiny Dancer' Spot From John Lewis

Advertising has a new pint-size star this morning, as London agency adam&eveDDB has rolled out an excellent new commercial for John Lewis' home insurance unit featuring an amusingly passionate little ballerina who careens around her home, putting all her family's possessions in jeopardy. Show More Summary

'Indignant Minnesotans' remind journalists that data can hurt

Minnesotans got a bitter lesson on the limits of data this week when the Washington Post’s Wonkblog published a map ranking every county in the US by “scenery and climate.” Reporter Christopher Ingraham built the graphic with data from the 1999 “natural amenities index,” a list based on climate, topography, and water. The North Star state didn’t fare well, with...

#tbt: Stay warm in bed with newspapers

NEWSPAPERS GOOD FOR BED BLANKETS (January, 1876) The present cold weather, the high price of cotton used for quilts and “comforters,” and the recent increased cost of wool adapted for blankets, all suggest to us to remind the readers of the American Agriculturist that common newspapers make a very good addition to the bed covering. … Read More

Good timing, Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck

JULY 23: Mary Junck, CEO of the Lee newspaper chain, gets rid of 192,501 LEE shares at $3.09/share for $594,828. AUGUST 6: Junck announces fiscal 3Q earnings – revenue is down – and the stock begins falling. AUGUST 17: LEE shares are at $2.40. (Junck’s shares, if she’d kept them, would be worth $462,002.) … Read More

McDonald's Apologizes for Ripping Off Viral Photos of a Man Getting Engaged to a Burrito

McDonald's has apologized to freelance writer David Sikorski and photographer Kristina Bakrevski after they accused the fast-food chain of copying their cheeky "engagement" photos in which the object of Sikorski's affection is a burrito. Show More Summary

Do Brand Marketers Really Use Those Mobile Apps for Real-Time Analytics?

There's been a steady flow of mobile apps emerging for marketers, allowing them to monitor and tweak campaigns while they're running to an off-site meeting, doing the daily commute or "work-cationing" poolside with a cocktail or two....Show More Summary

Here's Why Denny's Anthropomorphized Its Grand Slam Breakfast

Denny's may be a 62-year-old brand, but it's one that understands the Internet. The restaurant chain's snarky online persona, crafted by Erwin Penland, has kept its brand awareness high. But what do you do when you want to shake things...Show More Summary

Digital Chatter About Ashley Madison Has Risen 666% Since It Was Hacked

Online cheating website Ashley Madison—which uses the slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair."—is not typically a brand people talk about with their friends and coworkers. But the massive data leak revealed on Tuesday has the world buzzing about it, especially online. Show More Summary

Adidas Wants Young Athletes to Stop Obsessing Over Leo Messi and Other Sports Stars

Kill your idols, as they say. Or, at least stop worshipping them so much. That's what Adidas' new inspirational 60-second spot from 72andSunny is about, though it'd be easy to get caught up in the ad's focus on soccer star Lionel Messi. Show More Summary

Will Kraft Foods Group Launch a Media Review in the Coming Weeks?

It was only a matter of time: Kraft Foods Group is expected to announce a media review in the coming weeks, sources said. It's not immediately clear if the process will cover global spending or only that for North America. Last year the marketer for brands like Oscar Mayer, Planters and Maxwell House spent $513.8 million on U.S. Show More Summary

IFC's 'Documentary Now' Goes Where Other Parodies Won't

Though it features hilarious send ups of some of the most influential documentaries of the past 30 years, Seth Meyers argued Documentary Now—the new IFC series Meyers created with fellow SNL alums Bill Hader and Fred Armisen—means no harm. Show More Summary

Here's Every Terrible Thing Jared Fogle Is Accused of Doing

To the public, Jared Fogle was a geekishly charming icon of personal dedication and accomplishment. But few knew the real Jared, a man frequently driven by his sexual obsession with underage girls. Court documents filed by prosecutors...Show More Summary

These Are Literally the Top Dogs in Entertainment

With the dog days of summer upon us, and with the help of E-Poll, we've put together a list of the top dogs in entertainment. The research firm asked kids and adults across the U.S. about their favorite canine characters. Dug, from the...Show More Summary

A Spanish-language website is working to document killings of undocumented immigrants

31-year-old Rubén García Villalpando was shot twice in the chest this past March, after a traffic stop that police reports claimed turned into an altercation. Villalpando was unarmed at the time. According to news reports, he was also an undocumented immigrant who’d been living in the U.S. for the past 15 years. This particular shooting...

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