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7/30/2021

Snapchat rolled out its biggest global campaign to tout its augmented reality capabilities, which features digital and out-of-home lenses and Snapcodes customized for major cities, including several in the US. Brand partners for "Open Your Snapchat" include Legendary Pictures, Warner Bros. Pictures and Disney+, with AR try-on features from American Eagle, Jordan Brand, Ralph Lauren and others.

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7/30/2021

McDonald's has revealed the latest collaboration in its "Famous Orders" campaign, created by Wieden+Kennedy New York: a limited-edition Saweetie Meal that will come in "icy" packaging and feature "Saweetie 'N Sour" sauce in honor of the hip-hop artist. "We're thrilled to team up with Saweetie, a true brand fan who puts her own spin on everything she touches across music, fashion, beauty and culture," says McDonald's USA's Morgan Flatley.

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7/30/2021

Apple's "Hello Sunshine" spot for its Watch Series 6 opens with a woman declaring "This summer, all I want to do is relax" as she lies in a sunbathed meadow, before her Apple Watch spurs her to add running, swimming, rock climbing, dancing and increasingly ambitious activities to her summer list. The ad is directed by Pulse's Oscar Hudson and showcases all the activities than can be monitored by the device.

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7/30/2021

Marketers need to exercise caution when selecting emojis as the "seemingly innocent images" can have different meanings for political, age and geographic groups and subcultures, write Ashley Cooksley and Elizabeth Koenig. For example, the baseball cap symbol represents a lie among the hip-hop community, and the two warn that "if brands are looking to create a credible voice online, they need to understand the context surrounding emojis."

7/30/2021

The unique content creation and distribution model that Comcast has built means the company does not currently see value in major mergers or acquisitions, said leader Brian Roberts. He noted that Comcast would consider agreements that enhanced international distribution capabilities.

7/30/2021

HGTV has ordered three pilots and 11 new shows for its 2021-22 season, featuring stars such as Anita and Ken Corsini, for a total exceeding 85 episodes. The network is highlighting new topics, including cleaning, rentals, and in-home family relationships.

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Deadline Hollywood
7/30/2021

Amazon generated nearly $8 billion in ad sales, along with sales of other services, during the second quarter, marking 87% year-over-year growth. Amazon Chief Financial Officer Brian Olsavsky attributed the increase to its "over 40 new features and self-service capabilities," such as regional sponsored product campaigns and expanding services in Europe, Australia, India, Japan and Saudi Arabia.

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7/30/2021

Mischief @ No Fixed Address created a "Chickenflation" campaign for Alpha Foods that touts the brand's meat-free products as a way to survive the national chicken shortage due to the "flock market" crash. The campaign features a takeover of NASDAQ's digital billboard, a full-page ad in The Wall Street Journal and teams in Times Square giving away coupons offering nearly 30% off the brand's products.

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7/30/2021

TikTok created a "Re:Make by TikTok" campaign that features some of the platform's top creators reimagining three classic ads -- TBWA\Chiat\Day New York's "Touch" for Skittles, BBDO New York's "Game" for Snickers and Wieden+Kennedy Portland's "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like" for Old Spice. The push was created by BBDO, Mars and Mars Wrigley's The Hive and Procter & Gamble, and #TikTokRemake encourages others to share their own ad remakes or suggest other spots to be remade.

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7/30/2021

Marcus Thomas and Hello created a pro bono TV campaign for nonprofit Lifebanc to raise awareness of the urgent need for organ and tissue donations. One 30-second spot, "Jacques," features a man emotionally reading out his own obituary, which never had to be printed because he received a liver transplant.