October 4, 2012
- 18 Feet & Rising has unveiled its first international venture by acquiring a stake in the Australian agency Colman Rasic. The Sydney shop is rebranding as 18 Feet & Rising.
Piston Named Google Tag Manager Certified Specialist
October 2, 2012
New York, NY & San Diego, CA - (October 2, 2012) -- Advertising Agency Piston is excited to announce its status as a Google Tag Manager Certified Specialist. Piston, a leading boutique agency with an emphasis on digital advertising, is one of a just a handful of U.S. agencies to receive the specialist certification for Google’s just-launched Tag Manager. As an existing Google Analytics Certified Partner, Piston was first white-listed as a Google Tag Manager beta tester, and then invited to participate in the rigorous examination process for the Google Tag Manager Certification.
“For anyone working in digital marketing, Google Tag Manager provides a fluid and nimble way to manage and deploy tags essential to effective campaigns,” comments Morgan Vawter, Director, Analytics & Optimization at Piston. “We are honored to be selected as a Google Tag Manager Specialist, further deepening our Google Analytics partnership. This certification will allow us to implement, train and assist our clients on this exciting new platform.”
With Google Tag Manager, users can conveniently and reliably manage tracking and optimization tags on websites using the Tag Manger intuitive web interface without making changes to the HTML of their website. Google Tag Manager works via a single tag, called a container snippet, that users place on all their website pages. The container snippet replaces AdWords, Google Analytics, Floodlight, and other tags on websites. Built-in workflow tools indicate whether tags are functioning as intended.
At Piston, Morgan Vawter heads up the Analytics and Optimization team. Her team focuses on Analytics, SEO, digital strategy, site optimization, research, targeting and testing; synthesizing multi-channel data to uncover insights and increase ROI for clients. She is a regular speaker on Analytics & ROI Optimization; recently presenting at SES, ad:tech SF, and Webvisions.
She notes that while Piston has an integrated creative and technology team, many agencies and businesses rely on programming partners for Tag implementation and this hinders the effectiveness of highly targeted, rapid-fire, digital campaigns. Google Tag Manager closes the gap between strategy, creative, deployment and tracking for businesses of any size.
Piston, formerly MEA Digital, has built its reputation with national and international clients by creating advertising campaigns that capture the hearts and minds of audiences, are strategically placed, and executed and optimized with rigorous analytics. Oakley, Cars.com, Sunglass Hut, and Mitsubishi are just a few of Piston’s signature clients. For more on the company please visit www.pistonagency.com.
For more on the company’s analytics capabilities: http://www.pistonagency.com/what-we-do/analytics-capabilities
IAM Advertising, an Advertising Agency Run by High School Students, Lands First Paying Client
September 27, 2012
National Black Programming Consortium Taps Students to Help Create Campaign in Support of PBS Series about Education Crisis
NEW YORK—(September 20, 2012)—IAM Advertising, an agency that opened for business this past May and is operated by students at the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media (IAM), has signed its first paying client, it was announced by the 4A’s, the leading trade association representing the ad industry and the principal sponsor of IAM High School.
The National Black Programming Consortium/BlackPublicMedia.org has tapped IAM Advertising to help promote its 4-hour PBS documentary series, DC Met: Life Inside School Reform, scheduled to air in Spring 2013.
The series follows the lives of the principal, teachers and students at an alternative high school in Washington, DC – DC Met – that serves an economically disadvantaged student body, who are “left behind.” The year filming began, 94% of the students qualified as low-income, 1 in 10 were pregnant or parenting and the reading proficiency rate for the 10th grade was a dismal 19%. With new leadership and engaged school community, how can DC Met, and others like it, turn the tide? Or can it?
“No issue has a greater impact on the future of young people in America today than education,” says Series Executive Producer, Jacquie Jones. “We initiated this project to give needed attention to the lives and perspectives of those young people most impacted by recent legislation and reform in our schools. So, we think there is no one better positioned to extend the reach of the series through its advertising and outreach campaigns than the IAM students, who are very literally the peers of the students in the series.”
She added, “We know the students will bring a wealth of fresh, insightful and compelling perspectives to the project, and we couldn’t be more excited to be beginning this collaboration.”
The filmmakers have asked IAM Advertising, based in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, N.Y., to contribute branding concepts for the series and help come up with bold ideas to spark national media attention around public education and this PBS series. Digitas, an ad agency owned by Publicis Groupe, has agreed to be the partner agency for IAM on this assignment.
Fees paid to IAM Advertising will be distributed to various educational funds administered by the 4A’s.
The marketing campaign will offer prizes of a MacBook Pro or iPad tablet for winning submissions to a 30-day online festival of short documentary stories and an essay contest.
The DC Met documentary series was created and produced by the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC), which is also known through its online portal brand as BlackPublicMedia.org. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), in association with PBS, financially supports the project through its multi-year initiative called “American Graduate.” The series will be aired nationally in primetime on PBS.
About the 4A’s
The 4A’s is the national trade association of the advertising agency business. Its membership comprises virtually all of the large, multinational agencies and hundreds of small and mid-sized agencies from across the country. The 1,200 member agency offices served by the 4A’s employ 65,000 people; offer a wide range of marketing communications services, and place 80 percent of all national advertising. The management-oriented association founded in 1917 helps its members build their businesses, and acts as the industry’s spokesperson with government, media, and the public sector. For more information, visit the 4A’s Web site at www.aaaa.org.
About National Black Programming Consortium/BlackPublicMedia.org
Founded in 1979, the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC) develops, produces and funds media content about the Black experience for public media outlets, including television, digital radio and online. Since 1991, NBPC has invested more than $10 million dollars in iconic documentary content for public media outlets, including PBS and PBS.org; trained, mentored and supported a diverse array of producers who create content about contemporary black experiences; and emerged as a leader in the evolving next-media landscape. NBPC distributes engaging content online at BlackPublicMedia.org and via broadcast through its AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series and manages the community engagement project Public Media Corps (PMC).
September 25, 2012
- MediaCom Sport, the specialist sponsorship and strategy team, is set to roll out its operation in four key markets in the coming months, starting with Russia this week.
- VCCP is expanding into Australia, opening an office in Sydney where the advertising agency will launch an as yet unnamed major brand into the Australian marketplace.