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Alberta Securities Commission seeks marketing firm to help harmonize regulation

Steve’s breakdown: You’ll have to register at their website to get the RFP, which is due back January 17th, but it shouldn’t be a big deal. Here’s the link. CALGARY, Canada: The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) is the regulatory agency responsible for administering the province’s securities laws. It is entrusted to foster a fair and […]

Shopping for creative: Highpoint shopping center puts account in review

Steve’s breakdown: Spending is around the $500,000 mark for this shopping center. The agency will be charged with the center’s re-launch campaign and its ongoing creative work including in-centre, above the line advertising and digital. MELBOURNE, Australia, Melbourne’s Highpoint Shopping Centre is searching for a creative agency to bring to life its refreshed brand strategy […]

Minutemen on TV: UMass Seeks Broadcast Media Planning & Buying

Steve’s breakdown: This is a straight forward account review. Proposals are due  January 20, 2012 and the RFP can be downloaded here. SHREWSBURY, MA: The University of Massachusetts requests proposals for a Marketing and Communications firm to provide media planning, distribution and placement buying services for television, cable, and radio broadcast of University produced media. […]

Bet on it: Texas Lottery account is waiting for you to pitch!

Steve’s breakdown: Just visit this page and “follow the bouncing ball” to get into this pitch. Mumbo-jumbo below. AUSTIN, TX: The Texas Lottery Commission is issuing this Request for Proposals (RFP) to obtain proposals from qualified vendors to provide advertising services for the Texas Lottery with the objective of reaching the public to responsibly increase […]

$27 million BBC Media Account in Play

Steve’s breakdown: Here’s one that pretty convenient. All you have to do to get into the pitch is to register here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/supplying/tenders/media-services.shtml LONDON, UK: The BBC is searching for an agency to handle all the media planning and buying for a range of its departments including local radio, the Proms, the iPlayer and TV licensing. […]

PR Account in review: Florida A&M University seeks a crisis communications plan

Steve’s breakdown: This will not be easy but it has to be done after that tragedy. Here’s the RFP that are due December 22nd. TALLAHASSEE, FL: Florida A&M University, enmeshed in a crisis after the possible hazing-related death of a drum major in its vaunted marching band, has hired New York-based DKC in the short-term […]

$1.3 million anti-smoking PR account in play in Little Rock

Steve’s breakdown: This is a sizable campaign so go for it. Click here to download the RFP: LITTLE ROCK, AR: Arkansas has kicked off a review of its $1.3M anti-tobacco PR efforts with an RFP process through late January 2012. The campaign, dubbed “Stamp Out Smoking,” works to educate adults and youth about tobacco prevention […]

Santa outsources digital work for the first time in history!

Steve’s breakdown: We don’t usually report on accounts won because that’s a waist of time to the new business hunter. But this story touched our hearts and reminds us that the holiday season is upon us and that there are a million ways to promote your agency!! NORTH POLE: Critical Mass, an Omnicom digital marketing […]

Daimler’s hunt for creative agency on track

Steve’s breakdown: The pitch is for its truck portfolio which has been branded as BharatBenz. The featured video is a news announcement of the brand.. CHENNAI, India: German auto giant Daimler is on the hunt for a creative partner for its truck portfolio in India. The pitch process, which began a few weeks back, is […]

Adconion conducts PR agency review

Steve’s breakdown: PR account reviews in the media business confuse my ad guy brain but if it’s out there, we’re reporting it. SANTA MONICA, CA: Adconion Media Group, an independent content and audience network, has issued an RFP seeking a PR agency. The company is searching for a firm to help it expand its customer […]

Unilever Puts $6B-Plus Global Media Account in Play

Steve’s breakdown: Two things: 1) It’s not clear where the review will be based out of  2) The last time this happened it took six months for the review to be completed. LONDON, UK: Any hope of a quiet Christmas break for media agencies has been scuttled as Unilever is launching a global review of […]

Ad account gets naked: Air New Zealand pitches creative

Steve’s breakdown: They are being tight-lipped on this one but I suspect if you have the credentials to pitch, they’ll take the call. By the way: Yes, those are painted bodies in that ad. WOW! AUCKLAND, New Zealand: Air New Zealand has placed its creative account out to pitch with a number of agencies still […]

Through the grapevine: Finlandia & Skyy vodkas in sepratew reviews

Steve’s breakdown: Back in February we reported Skyy Vodka seeks new Agency of Record so to hear about this review now seems odd. As for Finlandia, they’ve been out of the scene for some time so an agency search will do them good. And as you can see, both brands do their best creative overseas. […]

Sir Richard Branson’s club Kensington Roof Gardens in agency review

Steve’s breakdown: One of London’s best-known private members’ clubs is looking for fresh PR support after five years with consumer agency EdenCancan. LONDON, UK: Kensington Roof Gardens, which incorporates the Babylon restaurant, is one of a collection of establishments that target high-earners under Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Limited Edition brand. Other venues include the Kasbah […]

Red Sox gear up marketing pitch for Fenway’s 100th anniversary

Steve’s breakdown: This could be the perfect opportunity for an agency with a great idea to come out of left field and win a nice project for the team. And by the way, we’ve been keeping an eye on the Red Socks. Last February we reported Red Sox promote seven executives. BOSTON, MA: Red Sox […]

Publisher plans promotion push for portfolio of print properties: Trinity Mirror

Steve’s breakdown: Trinity Mirror is looking for an agency to handle an advertising campaign for a new deals website that it plans to launch next year. LONDON: UK: The group, which publishes the Daily Mirror and a range of local newspapers, has already approached a number of agencies, with pitches expected to take place before […]

Virgin launches ad review for new water brand

Steve’s breakdown: Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is looking for an agency to handle advertising for a new water venture that it plans to launch next year in the UK and expand across Europe “at a later date.” LONDON, UK: The move follows Virgin’s deal with the water giant Strauss Group, which was officially agreed […]

London Business School issues $8 million brief

Steve’s breakdown: Weirdly I got this line off the google alert but it doesn’t exsist in the article. So is it correct? I don’t know but I’m passing it along. “London Business School is looking for an agency to handle its estimated £5 million global advertising account.” LONDON, UK: A brief has been issued to […]

Comet stores reviews $26.5 million account

Steve’s breakdown: Comet, the electrical retailer that was acquired last month by a private equity company, has called a review of its $26.5 million advertising account as it looks at new ways to revive its business fortunes. RICKMANSWORTH, UK: The retailer has approached a number of advertising agencies as it bids to develop a new […]

Digital scanning company, ibml, captures new CMO

Steve’s breakdown: We don’t cover much news in Alabama so we couldn’t miss this one. It’s heavy BtoB but they have a new CMO with big brand experience. Check out their silent film featured here. BIRMINGHAM, AL – ibml, a leading provider of scanning and document capture solutions and services, today announced the appointment of […]

BT Business cooks up $26 million creative overhaul

Steve’s breakdown: Some might say a commercial with Gordon Ramsay not saying anything was a good idea but I guess not. AAR London is handling the pitch. LONDON, UK: The incumbent, Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R, won the account in 2006, when the billings on the business were £17 million. The review, which will be handled […]

Lands End shops for an agency for $20 million account

Steve’s breakdown: These guys can be a fickle bunch but it looks like they are getting serious here. And I suspect they are going to use a search consultant because they have in the past. DODGEVILLE, WI: Land’s End is searching for an agency, according to people familiar with the matter. The review is believed […]

Nestle Purina On Hunt For European PR Support

Steve’s breakdown: Here’s something I suspected but didn’t know. The brief says “It is also understood that the UK has been singled out as an important market, given the high number of cat owners in the country.” So if you know cats – go for this account! VEVEY, Switzerland: Nestle Purina, the pet food division […]

Singapore to spend 1/2 million in UK PR

Steve’s breakdown: Singapore has it sights on surpassing Hong Kong and maybe even New York as a financial powerhouse. It’s a tall order but I wouldn’t mind taking their money to try to make it happen. SINGAPORE: It is understood that officials from the Singapore Economic Development Board visited the UK last week to meet […]

New Orleans Tourism and Market Corp. will review marketing plan

Steve’s breakdown: Back in June we reported New Leader tapped for New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corp. and said things will probably change with the account. Well, here we are! At least Bryan Batt got a gig out of it. NEW ORLEANS, LA: The board of the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corp. voted Tuesday to […]

Fab lollies producer R&R Ice Cream reviews $3 million media account

Steve’s breakdown: The licensee of Nestlé ice cream brands, R&R Ice Cream, is to review its estimated $3 Million media planning and buying account. NORTH YORKSHIRE, UK: The media had previously been handled by WPP agency Mindshare, which handles the majority of the global Nestlé account. Mindshare has declined to pitch for the business. Three […]

RSPCA begins hunt for creative agency

Steve’s breakdown: It looks as though these folks have some resources to create some great advertising. It might not be cash but the animals are worth it. WEST SUSSEX, UK: It has contacted shops with a brief to create a drive to promote higher welfare standards for animals reared for food. The review follows the […]

Adani Group & M2K JV hunts for a creative agency

Steve’s breakdown: While half the inventory in the two projects will be targeted at premium home buyers, the rest will be targeted at middle-income consumers. The company expects to launch the projects early in 2012, and complete them within four years. DELHI, India: The joint venture (JV) company of Adani Realty Business (part of the […]

Stopping Poverty: NASCSP has put a communications project up for review

Steve’s breakdown: NASCSP has positioned itself as the premier national association charged with advocating for and  enhancing the leadership role of states in preventing and reducing poverty. Here is the pitch schedule: December 5: RFP announced December 16: Deadline for agencies to provide notification on intent to participate in review Jan 2: Completed proposals due […]

Going directly to consumers: MedVantx hires EVP of Marketing

Steve’s breakdown: There’s a lot of opportunity with this company when you consider health care reform and new laws regarding generic drugs. SAN DIEGO, CA: MedVantx, Inc., an innovative consumer medication management and delivery company that created first ever controlled access to generic samples in US physician offices, today announced the appointment of  Jennifer “J.D.” […]

Huddle House Appoints Chief Marketing Officer

Steve’s breakdown: Between this creative and their video contest, this restaurant needs to step it up on the marketing front. Maybe the new guy is just the man for the job. ATLANTA, GA: Huddle House CEO, Ken Keymer, has announced the newest addition to his leadership team, Marc Butler, who will serve as Chief Marketing […]

Axis Bank quietly seeks agency credentials

Steve’s breakdown: The review seems a bit sneaky so there might be time to get in on the pitch under the wire. MUMBAI, India: Axis Bank is in the process of meeting up with numerous advertising agencies. This has raised many eyebrows in the industry. Sources inform afaqs! that the Axis Bank team is currently […]

Reckitt Benckiser reviews global digital CRM

Steve’s breakdown: Even though Reckitt gave an agency 23 brands to handle in North America ealier this year, they are moving forward on this global review. BERKSHIRE, UK: The FMCG giant’s global digital marketing manager, Giovanni Gribaudo, has approached a number of agencies about the brief, with a view to holding a review process early […]

New CMO looks under the hood at BodyShopBids

Steve’s breakdown: Here’s another great idea that should take off. But they’ll need to step up their marketing. Maybe you can help>? CHICAGO, IL: BodyShopBids, an online and mobile platform that enables consumers to solicit custom car repair estimates by uploading a photo, today announced that Kevin Leland and Joseph M. Cosgrove have joined the […]

Schweppes is not loving it light: Calls pitch for Diet Coke

Steve’s breakdown: Coca-Cola is reviewing its estimated $63 million Diet Coke pan-European ad account as it bids to move away from an agency of record model and build the brand’s links with the fashion world. They’re saying “We are … exploring partnering with a combination of content agencies with different expertise for 2012 and beyond.” […]

RadioShack Announces Search for Creative Agency of Record

Steve’s breakdown: EXCLUSIVE! The Ratti Report is proud to be the first to report that the RadioShack account is in review.  Select Resources International is handling the pitch so make sure you SRI Fact Sheets are up to date. Say what you want about this review, I love that dog in the featured ad! FORT […]

Epix Hires Former Sundance Channel Exec as CMO

Steve’s breakdown: This could be big so get in there now. So you know, the new guy will be responsible for developing and executing marketing strategy and campaigns aimed at consumers, affiliates and industry partners. NEW YORK, NY: Epix, the premium movie service owned by Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios and Lionsgate, appointed former Sundance Channel […]

New Tennis CMO Focusing On Kids Market

Steve’s breakdown: USTA is changing rules and trying a more child-friendly approach. It’s a great idea and and it’s going to work. Why not be a part of it? WHITE PLAINS, NY: Tennis has always had its share of child prodigies. But it needs younger fans too. So starting in 2012, a new set of […]

Kraft seeks agency for Toblerone digital work

Steve’s breakdown: Kraft Foods is in talks with its roster agencies regarding the digital advertising duties for its Toblerone brand. That might sound like a closed review but how many shops can say they are a “roster shop”? You? LONDON, UK: An appointment will mark the first time that Kraft has worked with an agency […]

Big W reviews creative: And not too soon!

Steve’s breakdown: This is the second Woolworths-owned advertising review that has happened in the past two months. I suspect there may be more. And not for nothin’ – look at that creative. They should fire the whole marketing team!!! NEW SOUTH WALES, Australia: Woolworths-owned retail giant Big W has launched a review of its creative […]

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games seeks digital agency for website development

Steve’s breakdown: The tender will take place through eSourcing portal Bravo Solution with five agencies expected to be involved in the process, with the contract running for a period of 33 months. GLASGOW, UK: Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games organising Committee is seeking a digital agency to handle the second phase development of its website. The […]

Christmas quality Hanukkah pricing ad is dead

Steve’s breakdown: Yep! That’s the line of the another ad in this Wodka vodka campaign. Is this a new business opportunity? Maybe if you can come up with a string of similar lines that don’t offend millions. NEW YORK, NY: Less than 24 hours after making its debut alongside a Manhattan highway, Wodka vodka’s anti-Semiticky […]

Sony India reviews creative duties

Steve’s breakdown: They say the review has already begun but if you handle Sony somewhere, I get in there to pitch. NEW DELHI, Delhi India: Sony India, one of the largest players in consumer electronics and IT products segment, is said to be reviewing the creative duties of its entire product portfolio. Some of Sony […]

EDF reviews below-the-line advertising account

Steve’s breakdown: This below-the-line business will probably include a lot of work with the London Olympics. LONDON, UK: EDF Energy is to review it below-the-line advertising account. Through a tender process, which is currently in its early stages, the utility giant will appoint two agencies to focus on the B2B and B2C markets. Both are […]

Agencies vie for Tilda advertising business

Steve’s breakdown: This campaign was done by O&M and is a big improvement on the original but it doesn’t seem to be enough for this basmati rice brand. ESSEX, UK: The brand has contacted shops directly to invite them to pitch for the business. Tilda’s most recent major ad campaign, which launched two years ago […]

SAP PR Review Puts Burson-Marsteller On Alert: Globally!

Steve’s breakdown: Seems the PR account at SAP has gone rouge! Multiple markets could go into review with the UK account already there. Get your boots; this could be a mess. WALLDORF, GERMANY: SAP is set to kick off a multi-market review of its public relations activities, putting nine-year global AOR Burson-Marsteller on alert. The […]

Kansas Dept of Health & Environment seeks media relations

Steve’s breakdown: The due date has been extended to December 5th so get in there now because there might not be much competition. The link directly to all the documents is here and the RFI is here: => RattiReportRFP34 The featured video is something they whipped up in ’07. TOPEKA, KS: Kansas Department of Health […]

Emirates NBD calls media review

Steve’s breakdown: Seems the big media networks are on the prowl on this one but there’s still time to get in the mix. DUBAI, UAE: Emirates NBD, the UAE’s biggest lender, has called a review of its media buying and planning account. The review is in the very early stages and is understood to involve […]

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust seeks PR agency

Steve’s breakdown: Things are slow in the USA but look for them to get crazy by Friday. Seems people hold back press releases for black Friday. DORSET, UK: Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is seeking a PR agency to help the organisation to build its profile and promote its corporate identity. The organisation is aiming […]

Georgia Reviews Emergency PR Pact

Steve’s breakdown: The purpose of this solicitation is to establish an Agency Contract for Public Relations & Communications for Georgia Emergency Management Agency ATLANTA, GA: Georgia’s emergency management and homeland security agency is reviewing its PR account with an RFP open through early December. Cookerly PR beat GolinHarris in 2007 in the first review of […]

Kohler Puts $24.5 Million Creative Account Into Review

Steve’s breakdown: Late breaking Friday evening news! KOHLER, WI: After 11 years with Austin, Texas-based GSD&M, Kohler has put its kitchen and bathroom creative account into review. The Omnicom agency confirmed it will not participate. Aside from creative, GSD&M handled digital and promotion. Media is handled by Vizeum, New York — that agency is not […]

Dick’s Sporting Goods Hunts for Agency

Steve’s breakdown: Retailer has historically handled its $60 million creative account in-house so there will be a bit of culture shock once the new shop is in. But on the other hand PITTSBURGH, PA: Dick’s Sporting Goods is making the rounds with creative agencies. The retailer is having discussions with several shops about handling creative […]

Nestlé seeks social media agency for Nespresso brand

Steve’s breakdown: These ads have been going on since 2006 and how they haven’t lit up social media for Nestlé is beyond me. That’s probably why it’s in review. VEVEY, Switzerland: The food and drink giant has already contacted a number of UK agencies regarding the work, as it looks to boost the online presence […]

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