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Brand Marketing Increasingly Includes LGBT Families & Couples, And Consumers Approve

target adBuzzFeed commissioned JWT to conduct an analysis of how Americans feel about ads that are “LGBT-inclusive.” Although they’re talking about advertising, there’s a lot that PRs can also learn from the study, which reveals some very positive attitudes about the increased diversity we’re seeing. That is awesome, BTW.

Lately, we’ve seen a number of ads that feature LGBT families and couples; from Banana Republic to Honey Maid and Coca-Cola, there’s been a significant increase in LGBT presence in marketing of late. And, according to the findings, that paints an accurate picture of life today. Eight out of 10 consumers surveyed (there were 500 total) said “showing gay or lesbian people in ads simply reflects the reality of our society today.” Another 60 percent said brands that show same-sex couples are “being appropriately inclusive” with their marketing.

“These findings suggest that when diversity and acceptance are authentic and on-strategy for the brand, LGBT-inclusive ads will be met with a high degree of acceptance and benefit the advertiser,” said Mark Truss, director of brand intelligence at JWT.

Some of the ads that have run featuring LGBT couples and families — and even those, like the Cheerios commercial, which feature more racial diversity — have received harsh criticism. And, rightfully so, people have defended the ads, the companies that stood by the campaigns, and the real people in them.

But it’s also worth noting here that brands are following society’s lead rather than the other way around.

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To Handle the Visual Social Content Vortex, Brands Seek Balance

Palo Alto Egg Sculpture FinalWhile U.S. residents experienced the polar vortex this winter, another whirlwind phenomenon has surrounded the social media world in recent years: the surge of visual social content. Images and videos have become content’s hot currency, even surpassing text. Twitter’s redesign adds visuals, while platforms like Instagram, Vine and Pinterest continue to grow.

A Social Media Week New York session on Thursday addressed this shift. The Huffington Post’s executive tech editor Bianca Bosker moderated, and panelists included Craig Hepburn, Nokia‘s global head of digital and social media, Will Palley, JWT’s trends strategist, and Apu Gupta, CEO/co-founder at visual analytics firm Curalate.

As with other media transitions, visual content’s rise involves upsides and downsides. The panelists said those need to be weighed, since visual content poses as many challenges as it solves. They also outlined ways companies can leverage the swirling visual wave.

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Unilever Restrings Musical Instruments with Human Hair to Prove its Strength

Agency JWT Singapore/Manila recently teamed up with Unilever shampoo brand Cream Silk Hair for an undeniably creative (and undeniably creepy) promotion.

In order to prove how well Cream Silk products strengthen hair, the pair organized a string quartet concert in a Manila mall. All of the bows used in the concert — usually made with horse hair because of its durability — were instead strung with human hair that had been washed and conditioned with Cream Silk products.

The ad below shows South East Asian bow-maker Paul Goh crafting the bows out of human hair as an instrumental version of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida” plays in the background. The spot culminates with a clip of the 40-song, 240-minute concert, all of which took place with zero hair breakage (pretty impressive). The video closes with the compelling line, “Not only can strong hair be seen, it can be heard.” Read more

Roll Call: Digitas, Business Wire, David&Goliath and More

Digitas promoted Tony Weisman to North American CEO of the Publicis Groupe shop. Weisman replaces Colin Kinsella, who joined the company from sister shop Razorfish in early 2010 as president and took on the North American role in October 2011. Weisman spent the past six years as president of Digitas Northwest, leading the digital shop’s work—and growth—out of its Boston, Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco offices. (AdWeek)

Business Wire announced that Jill Connor has been promoted to vice president, Cleveland region. In this new role, Connor leads the sales, operations and media relations teams for Ohio, Indiana and Western Pennsylvania. She will also serve as the main liaison for Business Wire India, guiding its product and sales support. Connor started working at Business Wire as an editor in 1990; one year later she moved over to the sales department where she became regional manager in 2001. With her lead, the Cleveland office was working with the majority of Fortune 500 companies in the Western Pennsylvania area within only a few years of setting foot into the territory. (Release)

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Roll Call: Microsoft, Alcoa, Lane PR, and More

Microsoft has a new SVP of consumer channels and the Central Marketing Group: Chris Capossela. Capossela replaces Mich Mathews, who announced last week that she would be stepping down. Capossela was previously the SVP of the Office division, which houses Office, SharePoint, and other product lines. In this role, he also oversaw the launches of Office 2007 and 2010. [via TechCrunch]

Dina Shapiro has been named director of marcomms and branding at Alcoa. She will lead marketing strategy across the country and around the world. She was most recently the SVP of brand strategy at Citibank. Shapiro has 18 years of marketing experience including work with advertising firms JWT and BBDO.

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