Ad Age | June 14, 2022
Ad Age’s editor-in-chief Dan Peres has been named the president of Ad Age. Peres joined Ad Age in July 2020 as the editor-in-chief and has climbed the ranks swiftly since then. He was also named associate publisher in October 2021 and handled editorial operations, sales, marketing and events. His new role as the president will include strategic growth planning for Ad Age.
Ad Age has become a digital-first news organization, and its audience base has grown exponentially. In addition, the revenue has reached its highest point in over a decade under Peres’ leadership.
“Under Dan’s leadership, Ad Age has seen remarkable growth in both the audience segment of the business and overall revenue,” said KC Crain, president and CEO of Crain Communications, parent company of Ad Age.
“Under Dan’s leadership, Ad Age has seen remarkable growth in both the audience segment of the business and overall revenue,” said KC Crain, president and CEO of Crain Communications, parent company of Ad Age. “Dan has been successful in his ongoing vision for the brand, constantly working with his team to innovate while continuing to deliver top-tier journalism essential to the marketing industry.”
“I look forward to working closely with Jeanine Poggi, our editor, and James Palma, our head of sales, along with the rest of the amazing team at Ad Age, to grow this iconic brand,” Peres said. “I am incredibly lucky—and proud—to be working with such a talented group of journalists, sales people, designers and event planners to keep Ad Age evolving as quickly as the industry it covers.”
Comcast Advertising | June 10, 2022
The Comcast Advertising Research 2022: Actionable Insights for the Modern TV Advertiser is a new, cross-industry report published by Comcast Advertising. Using proprietary data, the research offers a unique perspective on the present situation from the perspectives of viewers, buyers, and sellers, concluding with a detailed and fact-based proposal for the best balance between TV and streaming advertising.
Comcast Advertising, the advertising division of Comcast Cable, consists of the advertising sales segment Effectv and the media and technology division FreeWheel. Both divisions contributed to the report's detailed results, giving readers a broad viewpoint.
The report delves into a practical "success formula" for contemporary advertisements after analyzing the most recent patterns among viewers, purchasers, and sellers. Based on an analysis of more than 20,000 campaigns, Comcast Advertising advises marketers to invest 20 to 30 percent of their TV budget in streaming advertising and the remainder in traditional TV.
The report concludes with projections for the following years. These forecasts include the future of streaming, the significance of first-party data, the change to audience-based buying, the scalability of targeted advertising, and programmatic expansion.
Mark McKee, General Manager, FreeWheel, said, "This has been an incredible year for TV advertising's progress and innovation, and this is clearly evident in the discussions we've having every day. From addressable, to programmatic, to first-party data – the opportunities are there for advertisers to do more with their budgets and connect better with sellers."
Mark McKee, General Manager, FreeWheel, said, "This has been an incredible year for TV advertising's progress and innovation, and this is clearly evident in the discussions we've having every day. From addressable, to programmatic, to first-party data – the opportunities are there for advertisers to do more with their budgets and connect better with sellers. It's critical for them to look at the industry from all sides to understand where the opportunities lie, and this report can help them do that."
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Hilton | July 26, 2022
Hilton is shaking up hotel marketing and advertising with the announcement of its first global brand platform that identifies what has been missing from hotel marketing – the hotel stay.
“Hilton. For the Stay” places the hotel front and center, elevating the role and importance of the stay at a time when lodging advertising is a sea of sameness, featuring overused destinations, cliché walks on the beach and generic descriptions of travel.
Hilton is debuting “It Matters Where You Stay,” a new advertising campaign to introduce the platform, using humor to push against some of the common but unspoken pitfalls of travel, boldly poking fun at what can go wrong when booking or on a trip. The campaign also features the multi-faceted businesswoman and philanthropist Paris Hilton, who grew up living in and staying in numerous Hilton hotels across the world, which gave her a unique exposure to the hotel business early on. Her role in the campaign is inspired in part by the legacy of her family, whose belief in the power of travel and the hotel stay to connect people and cultures continues to motivate Hilton Team Members around the world today.
In addition to Paris, renowned actor Catherine O’Hara lends her voice to the campaign, with TV commercials first airing in the U.S. on July 25 and audio rolling out shortly thereafter.
“Today, as we make company history with Hilton’s first brand platform, we’re reminding guests that at the heart of a great trip is a great stay and that it’s just different when that stay is with Hilton,” said Mark Weinstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Hilton.
“Today, as we make company history with Hilton’s first brand platform, we’re reminding guests that at the heart of a great trip is a great stay and that it’s just different when that stay is with Hilton,” said Mark Weinstein, Chief Marketing Officer, Hilton. “As we enter this next era of travel, it has never been more important to consider where you stay – and Hilton is uniquely committed to making sure your stay is everything you need it to be.”
Hilton and TBWA\Chiat\Day New York, Hilton’s agency since 2017, used TBWA’s Disruption methodology to architect the bold new vision, born from the insight the hospitality industry has become almost entirely focused on the destination, not the stay itself. Consumer research uncovered “the Stay,” and being cared for, are the crucial elements that can make or break any trip. So, Hilton is doubling down on its new brand platform to prove to its guests that truly, “it matters where you stay.” The platform will permeate nearly every consumer touchpoint, from broad-reaching consumer advertising through the travel planning process and the guests’ stay with Hilton, as well as post-stay.
“With ‘Hilton. For the Stay,’ we are more fully connecting our external customer marketing to our purpose – staking our rightful claim that Hilton owns the Stay,” said Weinstein. “The idea of the Stay was incredibly natural to Hilton, and yet no one else was talking about it. As others tout the generic virtues of travel, minimize the role of the hotel and the hotel team members, and romanticize the destination, through our platform and the campaign it inspires, we’re reminding travelers that ‘It Matters Where You Stay’ and boldly affirming ‘Hilton. For the Stay.’”
“IT MATTERS WHERE YOU STAY” CAMPAIGN
The advertising creative has a fun, relatable tone in which Hilton breaks from the formulaic approach seen across the industry, highlighting the benefits Hilton offers to make guests feel cared for – from amazing service and pet-friendly travel to the choices available in the Hilton Honors app to skip the front desk and personalize your stay, to Confirmed Connecting Rooms by Hilton and more.
In one of the featured TV spots, “Haunted,” the brand pokes fun at what can go wrong when booking a vacation rental – depicting a family showing up to a hilariously creepy property that wasn’t exactly as advertised.
“Confirmed Together” zeroes in on a unique Hilton feature that addresses a very real pain point of family travel, the importance of securing connected rooms at the time of booking.
And in “Extra Storage,” Paris Hilton has an innovative solution for her extra luggage.
The campaign includes television, audio, social media, print, out of home, spanning 13 commercials and bespoke social executions. It will launch first in the U.S. followed closely by the U.K. and select Asia-Pacific and Middle East markets. Hilton tapped a world-class creative team to bring this global campaign to life, including A-list commercial director Matt Aselton of Arts & Sciences.
To extend the brand platform, Hilton will lean into social media, experiential and influencers. Across Facebook, Instagram, TikTok and Twitter, Hilton will engage in an already robust conversation around travel and trip disasters by helping travelers have a better stay – whether planning for a future trip or helping rescue a trip that has gone off the rails. Hilton has also partnered with familiar voices on social media to bring “Hilton. For the Stay” to life.
“In developing the campaign, we were inspired by showing the realness of travel; the tensions, the hardships, the too-high expectations. It goes against convention in the hospitality category and it’s an exciting space for the brand to own,” said Amy Ferguson, Chief Creative Officer, TBWA\Chiat\Day New York.
For more than 100 years, Hilton has been a pioneer in the hospitality industry, and that has never been more evident than the past two years. “Hilton. For the Stay” encompasses the brand’s world-class hospitality; from innovations such as Digital Key Share, Confirmed Connecting Rooms, early confirmation of upgraded rooms for Hilton Honors members and through thoughtful service, proving out that it matters where you stay.
More information on “Hilton. For the Stay” and “It Matters Where You Stay” is available at Stories.Hilton.com/ForTheStay. To start planning for future stays and earn exclusive perks, visit Hilton.com and sign up for Hilton Honors – it’s free and easy to join.
Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising nearly 6,900 properties and nearly 1.1 million rooms, in 122 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune's 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 133 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can't buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube.