Archive for the ‘Agency News’ Category

I Smell a Scent Trend

What is a trend? For me, it is when the street meets the runway. In the world of scents, this is when a fragrance is found on the shelves of every day consumers at the same time that it is being used as the main ingredient of some new fine fragrance launches. For

Outdoor TEXAS Grill

Tracy’s Scented Spaces Series Most of us are familiar with outdoor aromas—rich dimensions of charcoal, burning sugar, pungent BBQ sauce, roasting chicken, ribs—heavenly. For me, this is family time. A space where we enjoy each other’s company, and an opportunity where my brother-in-law gets

The Perception of Scent

Tracy’s Scented Spaces Series This is a direct follow up to my scented diary series post on June 30th. Recently a group of teens started a protest against Abercrombie and Fitch in San Francisco, CA. Image courtesy of Teens Turning Green. The focus of the protest—the

The Scent of Shopper Insights

Tracy’s Smell Diary Recently I had the unique opportunity to transform the Shopper Insights conference space that was held 

from July 11th to the 14th, in Chicago, into a sensory experience. USA brands (mainly) calibrated together to discuss the shopper. Presentations focused on

What is Your Burning Question?

Forum member Bob Gilbreath, Chief Marketing Strategist at Bridge Worldwide, just got back from the Cannes Lions Ad Festival where he co-hosted a seminar with, Jim Stengel, former Global Marketing Officer of P&G.  In their seminar, Bob and Jim addressed today’s marketing and advertising disruption by asking a Burning Question

Landor’s Essentials of Branding

Good Branding Insight from Landor While marketing may sometimes take a bad rap for manipulation, there is something very exciting about the brand experience, as well as our overall consumer culture. Much like guest at a dinner party, an interesting conversationalist may be most sought after, and often the

How Far Can A Brand Stretch?

Ritz Opens Fun with Glitz and Sub Brands OK, I get it. Ritz is the King of Crackers (it’s alright, folks. I don’t have a cracker obsession, but my kids might). The flaky, buttery cracker’s—first introduced in 1934—have always been about wealth and glamour.

Farewell to a Canadian Branding Icon

Don Watt, 1936 – 2009 Don passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Wednesday December 23, 2009 at age 73. He was a true leader in our industry throughout North America and made his mark on so many iconic brands like the Home

P&G’s BAL Management in Action

Publicis Groupe’s Starcom Mediavest Group loses communication planning duties to Aegis Group’s Carat in major shift of Gillette’s North American communication planning. Omnicom Group’s BBDO Worldwide is the Brand Agency Leader (BAL) for Procter & Gamble’s male grooming business. For further details see Jack Neff’s article (12/03/09) in AdAge, linked below. Carat Gets Gillette’s North American Communications Planning