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Audi Apologizes for Ad’s ‘Insensitive Image’
Automaker Audi apologized after critics said an image it posted on its Twitter feed brought to mind accidents involving children, and some commenters (albeit fewer) accused the brand of sexualizing the child in the ad. The company said it intended for the child to symbolize the safety and fun of its Audi RS 4 Avant and would “immediately examine internally, how this campaign has been created and if control mechanisms failed in this case.”
After Coronavirus Tweets, Tom Goodwin Is Out at Publicis Groupe
Following a series of controversial tweets about coronavirus and a clash with R/GA U.S. chief strategy officer Tom Morton, Publicis Groupe has parted ways with Tom Goodwin. Goodwin criticized what he called the public’s “total obsession with Covid deaths,” and when Morton disagreed, Goodwin tore into him, prompting Morton to tweet that the duo’s “professional correspondence” was at an end.
- People on the move:
- Apple named Greg Joswiak as its svp of worldwide marketing, replacing company veteran Phil Schiller. Schiller, a company veteran, will continue to lead the App Store and Apple Events.
- Ogilvy New York has hired creative leaders Danilo Boer and Marcos Kotlhar from BBDO New York. They will take over some of the responsibilities previously held by former U.S. chief creative officer Leslie Sims, who was laid off in January.
Facing Pressure, the Ad Industry Bands Together to Build New Standards for Targeted Advertising
As cookies crumble and regulations around targeted advertising and privacy take shape, the ad industry is rising to meet them with the Partnership for Responsible Addressable Media, which seeks to uphold regular and compliant digital practices. With leadership from the ANA’s Bill Ticker, the IAB Tech Lab’s Dennis Buchheim and Venable LLP’s Stu Ingis, the companies involved include Ford, Unilever, Universal McCann, Adobe and NBCUniversal.
Voice | Even Though This Year Is Overwhelming, Don’t Cancel Your 2020 Product Launch
Dani Fankhauser, co-founder and CMO of XO, dropped some major wisdom in a new op-ed about navigating a product launch in this wild year with some tried-and-true tactics. First and foremost: “Good marketing won’t save a bad product.” That means being smart about choosing brands to work with and products to launch as if you’re making an investment. Citing Netflix, Amazon and MasterClass, Fankhauser says it’s best to use the core product as a hook to bring users in for additional services.
MilkPEP Revives Iconic ‘Got Milk?’ Slogan for a New Generation
It’s official: “Got Milk?” is back—and on TikTok. Milk sales have surged during the pandemic, prompting the revival of the iconic slogan by the national milk processors’ organization, MilkPEP. The campaign involves the #GotMilkChallenge, a TikTok hashtag launched in partnership with Olympic champion Katie Ledecky and about 20 other influencers that already has 432.4 million views on the app.
Answering the question: Sip on the origin of one of history’s most recognizable slogans.
More of Today’s Top News and Highlights
- Netflix Shares Fall Lineup of Dramas, a Musical and a Coming-of-Age Docuseries
- National TV Ad Revenue Fell 9% in June to $3.2 Billion
- ViacomCBS Preps Connected Video Advertising Platform for Fall
- Netflix Sets Amy Adams-Led Limited Series About Walmart Class-Action Lawsuit
The minds behind the Squatty Potty’s pooping unicorn are back, this time with a characteristically humorous campaign for investment company Profits Unlimited. The ad, created by the Utah-based social media ad agency Harmon Brothers, stars Corey Landis, who contrasts regrettable life decisions against the company’s investment subscription service.
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