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Omnicom & Publicis Groupe to Merge

Merger of equals to create Publicis Omnicom Group, a best-in-class communications, advertising, marketing and digital services company with combined 2012 revenue of $22.7 billion — Combined market capitalization of $35.1 billion

Brings together iconic agency brands, offering clients industry-leading breadth of services, global reach & the most highly recognized & awarded talent
Jointly led by Omnicom CEO John Wren & Publicis Groupe CEO Maurice Lévy as co-CEOs
Provides compelling benefits for clients, employees & shareholders
Publicis Groupe/Omnicom shareholders will each hold approximately 50% of new company’s equity
New entity expected to be listed on the NYSE & Euronext Paris & included in S&P 500 & CAC 40

NEW YORK CITY, NY & PARIS, FRANCE (July 28, 2013)Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) and Publicis Groupe SA (Euronext Paris: FR0000130577) today announced that they have signed a definitive agreement for a merger of equals, creating the world’s leading company in communications, advertising, marketing and digital services, with combined 2012 revenue of $22.7 billion / €17.7 billion. Based on closing prices on July 26, 2013, Publicis Omnicom Group will have a combined equity market capitalization of approximately $35.1 billion / €26.5 billion. The merged group of more than 130,000 employees will be exceptionally well positioned to serve clients’ evolving needs, helping them to build their brands and grow their businesses in the rapidly changing communications landscape.

The combination, which has been unanimously approved by the Boards of Directors of both companies, brings together the most extensive portfolio of best-in-class agencies offering clients the industry’s leading talent across disciplines and geographies. Publicis Omnicom Group will include such iconic agency brands as BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, DDB, Leo Burnett, TBWA, Razorfish, Publicis Worldwide, Fleishman-Hillard, DigitasLBi, Ketchum, StarcomMediaVest, OMD, BBH, Interbrand, MSLGROUP, RAPP, Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG), Proximity, Rosetta, CDM, ZenithOptimedia and Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, to name just a few.

Maurice Lévy, Chairman and CEO of Publicis Groupe, said: “The communication and marketing landscape has undergone dramatic changes in recent years including the exponential development of new media giants, the explosion of Big Data, blurring of the roles of all players and profound changes in consumer behavior. This evolution has created both great challenges and tremendous opportunities for clients. John and I have conceived this merger to benefit our clients by bringing together the most comprehensive offering of analog and digital services. Equally important, it will offer our talented people new avenues for growth and success at the crossroads of strategic intelligence, creativity, science and technology.”

Omnicom HeadquartersJohn Wren, CEO of Omnicom, said: “Both Maurice and I believe this new company reflects our vision of retaining the best talent, attracting an incredible roster of clients and leading innovation. Omnicom and Publicis Groupe are reshaping the industry by setting a new standard for supporting clients with integrated messaging across marketing disciplines and geographies. This combination will enable us to leverage the skills of our exceptionally talented people, our broad product offering, enhanced global footprint, and tremendous roster of global and local clients. In short, we believe this is a merger that will set our new company on a path to accelerated growth, with long-term benefits for clients, employees and shareholders.”

Mr. Wren & Mr. Lévy said jointly: “For many years, we have had great respect for one another as well as for the companies we each lead. This respect has grown in the past few months as we have worked to make this combination a reality. We look forward to co-leading the combined company and are excited about what our people can achieve together for our clients and our shareholders.”

Publicis Omnicom Group has been structured with balanced corporate governance consistent with the spirit of a merger of equals. Publicis Groupe and Omnicom’s CEOs will lead the company as co-CEOs through an initial integration and development period of 30 months, following which Mr. Lévy will become non-executive Chairman and Mr. Wren will continue as CEO. The company will have a single-tier board with 16 members, consisting of the two co-CEOs and seven non-executive directors from each company.

Maurice Levy & John Wren Shaking HandsFor the first year following the closing of the transaction, Bruce Crawford, currently Omnicom Chairman, will be the non-executive Chairman of Publicis Omnicom Group. He will be succeeded by the current Publicis Groupe Chairperson, Elisabeth Badinter, as non-executive Chairperson for the second year following the closing of the transaction.

The transaction is expected to create significant value for shareholders. The new company’s broader portfolio of agencies and services and deeper geographic footprint will allow the combined company to accelerate revenue growth and create operating synergies. The future scalability and internal synergies of the combined company are expected to generate efficiencies of $500 million / €377 million.

The transaction is a cross-border merger of equals under a holding company, Publicis Omnicom Group, in The Netherlands. The Group’s operational head offices will continue to be based in Paris and New York. The merger is expected to be tax-free to the shareholders of both companies. The transaction has been structured so that the shareholders of Publicis Groupe and Omnicom, after special dividends, will each hold approximately 50% of the equity of Publicis Omnicom Group. Publicis Groupe shareholders will receive one newly issued ordinary share of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Publicis Groupe share they own, together with a special dividend of €1.00 per share. Omnicom shareholders will receive 0.813 newly issued ordinary shares of Publicis Omnicom Group for each Omnicom share they own, together with a special dividend of $2.00 per share. In addition, Omnicom shareholders will receive up to two regular quarterly dividends of $0.40 per share if declared and the record date occurs prior to closing.

maurice_levy_john_wrenMs. Badinter and family members as well as Mr. Lévy have entered into agreements in support of the merger, as have Mr. Wren, Mr. Crawford, and Mr. Randall Weisenburger, Omnicom’s CFO.

Publicis Omnicom Group is expected to be listed on the NYSE and Euronext Paris, traded under the symbol OMC, and to be included in the S&P 500 and CAC 40.

The transaction is subject to approval by the shareholders of both companies as well as numerous regulatory approvals. It is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014.

Publicis Groupe and Omnicom have expressed the desire to have their shares start trading simultaneously on the day of announcement. As a consequence and because of the time difference, Publicis Groupe has asked Euronext Paris to postpone the trading of its shares to 9.30am New York time / 3.30pm Paris time.

Moelis & Company is financial advisor to Omnicom on the transaction. Rothschild is acting as financial advisor to Publicis Groupe. Legal advisors to Omnicom are Latham & Watkins LLP and De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek N.V. Legal advisors to Publicis Groupe are Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier; and NautaDulith N.V. Jones Day provided counsel to Moelis & Company.

Click here for a link to the official press release and press kit.

About Publicis Groupe
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Publicis Groupe [Euronext Paris FR0000130577, CAC 40] is one of the world’s leading communications groups. We offer the full range of services and skills: digital (DigitasLBi, Razorfish, Rosetta, VivaKi), creative services (BBH, Leo Burnett, Publicis Worldwide, Saatchi & Saatchi), public affairs, corporate communications and events (MSLGROUP), media strategy, planning and buying (Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia) and healthcare communications, with Publicis Healthcare Communications Group (PHCG). Present in 108 countries, the Groupe employs 60,000 professionals.

About Omnicom
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Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE: OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom’s branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Names Collin Douma SVP, Global Strategy Leader, P&G Oral Care

Colin-RevNEW YORK CITY, NY (June 26, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler announced today that Collin Douma will join the New York-based shop on July 8th as SVP, Global Strategy Leader on P&G Oral Care. In this role, Douma will be responsible for the strategic thought leadership across global Oral Care paste, brush, rinse and floss; including the brands Crest, Oral-B, Scope, Glide, Blend-a-Med, Ipana and AZ. Douma comes to Publicis Kaplan Thaler from BBDO, where he served as SVP, Global Digital Planning Director on P&G’s Gillette.

With 17 years of advertising and digital marketing experience, Douma has been responsible for developing cutting edge brand and social media strategies and award winning creative for some of the world’s most well-known brands. His most recent accomplishments include Gillette’s highly successful Fusion Pro-Glide launch and the brand’s London 2012 Olympic digital effort.

PG-Oral-Care-4“We’re very excited to have someone of Collin’s stature, experience and hybrid skill set join as a leader in Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s strategy community and on the P&G global Oral Care team,” said Jeremy Holden, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Chief Strategy Officer.

Prior to working on Gillette at BBDO NY, Douma served as the VP, Social Media Strategy Director at Proximity/BBDO Toronto. Earlier, he consulted on social strategy and planning for the Toronto International Film Festival, as well as the social media strategy for Ford Motor Company. He began his career at MacLaren McCann MRM, Toronto, where he was on the leadership team and worked on Pontiac, Buick, and Coca-Cola, among others.

Douma is a graduate of the Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler

kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins 2 National Silver ADDYs

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 8, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received two Silver National ADDYs at the 2013 American Advertising Federation National ADDY Awards — For Street Soccer USA in the Public Service – Integrated Campaign category and for Bounty in the Television – Regional/National – Single Spot category. The ADDY Awards represent the true spirit of creative excellence by recognizing all forms of advertising from media of all types, creative by all sizes and entrants of all levels from anywhere in the world.

Street Soccer USA — I PLAY FOR Patches

SoccerAddyHow do you help get homeless people off the streets? Turns out one way is to put them on a soccer pitch. Street Soccer USA organizes homeless people into soccer teams that compete in rec leagues around the country, as well as the Homeless World Cup. Playing provides structure, support and a chance to be a part of something positive, which is why 75% of participants are off the streets within a year.

IPlayForPublicis Kaplan Thaler was tasked with creating a single patch Street Soccer could sell as a fundraiser. In order to create an emotional connection, they realized they needed to go deeper and wider than just one patch. They ended up designing an entire league identity from scratch — from naming the teams to designing team crests and kits. The crests themselves were based on classic soccer iconography, creative a sense of pride in the teams sporting them. The I PLAY FOR brand, created by Publicis Kaplan Thaler, draws attention to the emotional reasons for playing. It was featured on the NBC Nightly News and seen by thousands of spectators at the events. IPLAYFOR.org became a hub for players and fans everywhere. Players could connect with other homeless athletes across the nation, and communities could show their support for the teams. Within a week, IPLAYFOR.org reached 68,000 people across seven countries.

IPlayFor2For Street Soccer’s biggest event to date, the Street Soccer National Cup in New York City, IPLAYFOR hit the streets. We flooded the city with wild postings, interactive chalk art, benches, and even a Times Square billboard. As a result, over 72,000 people stopped by to show their support. IPLAYFOR made headlines around the world. And, when word of the campaign spread, Kappa donated team jerseys and Slate gave us a free homepage takeover.

The entire run of jerseys featuring the team patches sold out, creative a healthy revenue stream for the cash-strapped charity. But, most importantly, IPLAYFOR helped Street Soccer get 75% of its players off the street this year.

Credits:
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Chief Creative OfficerRob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Tom Drymalski
Executive Creative Officer – Perry Essig
Executive Creative Officer – Jim Kotulka
Copywriter – Jennifer Stopka
Copywriter – Alexis Garber
Copywriter – Brad Mislow
Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Christopher C. Smith
Art Director – Julie Eyerman-Allard
Art Director – Kay Saoyen
Project Manager – Sharon Malcolm
Photographer – Ian Young

P&G — Bounty

BountyAddyKids who love sports rarely check their enthusiasm at the front door. Especially when excited by events such as the Olympics, inspired kids end up transforming their homes into athletic training grounds. They sprint, leap, dive or throw — on sofas, down hallways, in kitchens and all around the house. It takes brave parents to allow that behavior (given all the messes that could result) — and Bounty paper towels wanted to acknowledge those parents that don’t let the fear of a little mess stand in the way of their children’s big dreams. After all, that’s Bounty’s role in life: To help people live uninhibited by fear of messes.

The story of the Bounty Olympics “Anthem” is one of perseverance by every member of the team. Every P&G brand is afforded the opportunity to submit work to be produced for the Olympics. While the Bounty clients loved the idea for a spot pitched by Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Bertrand Garbassi and Kat Keeley, it was not within their budget. So, while on a shoot for another initiative, the team captured extra footage of the kids performing “stunts.” They cut the footage together and shared it with the Bounty team, who loved both the spot and their initiative. The President of Family Care cited this as another example of how the agency “brings us what we need, not what we ask for.”

It was then shown to CMO of P&G, Marc Pritchard, and he loved it so much he reallocated one of the two TV slots for the opening ceremonies to Bounty (a slot that would have been reserved for the P&G Mom’s campaign). It’s an amazing tale of the courage, stamina and passion on the part of both the agency and the client family care team.

Credits:
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Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer
– Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – David Corr
Creative Director – Bertrand Garbassi
Creative Director – Kat Keeley
Agency Producer – Alisa Cohen
Production Company – 2Films
Director – Bram Van Riet
Producer – Marc Stemmer
Editing House – Cosmo Street
Editor – Steve Bell

A list of all AAF 2013 ADDY Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Street Soccer USA
Street Soccer USA logoStreet Soccer USA (SSUSA) (www.streetsoccerusa.org) is sport for development program of HELP USA, which believes ending homelessness is a team sport. Through a systematic approach, SSUSA Builds community and trust through sport with participants and volunteers, transforming the context within which they live from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement, requires participants to set 3, 6, and 12-month life goals, and empowers participants by providing access to services and educational/employment opportunities through our Jobs Academy. The Lady Salamander women’s initiative has formed women’s only teams at shelters across the U.S. as well.  The program in San Francisco is operated in partnership with the St. Vincent de Paul MSC shelter and the SF Conservation Corps.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit P&G for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Sleepy’s Hires Publicis Kaplan Thaler as Company’s First AOR

Publicis Kaplan Thaler Celebrates with a Nap

HICKSVILLE, NY (June 11, 2013) –  Companies that still handle all of their own advertising and media are a rare breed in today’s business world. Most elect to hire a specialized advertising agency to handle those matters. However, since 1931 Sleepy’s had done all of their work in-house, until their recent strategic expansion plan was set in motion. Sleepy’s would now need a lead creative agency.

sleeping womanIn an exhaustive review Sleepy’s considered a slew of major agencies eager for a shot to work with the brand. After evaluating many options, including New York powers Havas Worldwide and Gotham, the retail giant selected Publicis Kaplan Thaler , citing their “great consumer insights, strong strategic clarity, integrated creative, chemistry and retail experience,” as the driving force behind their choice. Sleepy’s has an annual media spend of roughly 75 million dollars, and creative work will begin shortly on television, print, radio, digital and out-of-home.

MattressesEnthusiasm is rampant according to chairman Linda Kaplan Thaler, “We are inspired to help facilitate the ‘new’ Sleepy’s with its unprecedented growth and new market expansion plans. Publicis Kaplan Thaler is delighted to partner with Sleepy’s to take this exciting and powerful brand to new heights.”

About Sleepy’s
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Sleepy’s is a privately-owned fourth-generation company with over 900 showrooms in fifteen states, spanning from Maine to North Carolina and available nationally through www.sleepys.com.  Sleepy’s has 7 state-of-the-art distribution centers located throughout the country and delivers over 3,000 mattresses every day. Throughout Sleepy’s 55-year history, the company has remained committed to making lives better through better sleep with its extensive selection of America’s top brands, including Sealy Posturepedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Stearns & Foster and more. Their innovative sleep products include the latest in cooling gel, latex and memory foam mattresses, like the world-famous Tempur-Pedic. Sleepy’s fast delivery service ensures you won’t have to wait to get a better night’s sleep, and their knowledgeable Mattress Professionals® will guide you to your perfect mattress. Sleepy’s truly believes that everything is possible with a great night’s sleep.®

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Big At Radio Mercury Awards — zzzQuil Sleep Line Wakes Judges

NEW YORK CITY, NY (June 5, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received the prestigious Radio Mercury Prize for the zzzQuil “Sleep Line” radio campaign at the 22nd annual awards at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Years ago, many media experts predicted the death of radio broadcasting. They claimed the MP3 and CD player would far surpass talk radio and top-40 stations in a matter of years. They were wrong.

Radio Mercury AwardToday, radio is still one of the most expensive mediums to advertise on in some major urban markets.  Droves of commuting listeners are still glued to their car radios during rush hour and several radio-only award shows still recognize the best in audio advertising.

The Radio Mercury Awards were established in 1992 to recognize and reward the radio commercials and PSA’s that embody the essence of what radio does best – connect with listeners.  Today, the Radio Mercury Awards is the premiere creative competition for radio.

RadioMercuryAwardPublicis Kaplan Thaler flexed some muscle at this year’s show. Three campaigns, including Vick’s zzzQuil “Sleep Line,” Scope mouthwash “Good Breath is a Good Move” and the non-profit Boostup.org “Pomp and Circumstance,” all made the final cut. zzzQuil’s “Sleep Line” took home an award for its highly entertaining call-in service, which provided curious customers with a variety of boring content to put them to sleep. The awards were enthusiastically accepted by Liz Rosenthal and Lauren Schneidmuller.

Congratulations to all of the PKT teams who worked diligently on these innovative campaigns, but as is normally the case in advertising: on to the next one.

A list of all Radio Mercury Award finalists can be found here and winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About the Radio Mercury Awards
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The Radio Mercury Awards, the only competition exclusively devoted to radio, was established in 1992 to encourage and reward the development of effective and creative radio commercials. The annual Radio Mercury Awards competition draws entries from advertising agencies, production houses, radio stations, and educational institutions across the country. Approximately 17,500 commercials have competed for over $3 million in prizes. The Radio Creative Fund (RCF), a non-profit corporation funded by the radio industry, governs the Radio Mercury Awards. The Radio Advertising Bureau produces the Radio Mercury Awards.

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Publicia Kaplan Thaler & Citi Wins 17 FCS Portfolio Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NY (May 16, 2013) –  Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s work in the financial sector for Citibank has drawn some high praise this year from multiple award organizations. For the second year in-a-row, Citi took home the most trophies with 17 wins (5 of them gold) in multiple categories at the 2013 Financial Communications Society’s annual Portfolio Awards.

FCSThe 19th Annual FCS Awards honor excellence in all financial advertising, media and public relations. This year’s competition included nearly 400 entries. PKT’s work on Citi Olympics, Citi Private Pass and Citi Pond were among the most successful campaigns honored earning five gold, five silver and seven bronze.

PKT won many awards for the digital work in addition to their traditional media work. “Financial marketers have long been at the forefront of embracing and utilizing emerging technologies to connect with their audience,” said Kevin Windorf, FCS president and co-chair of this year’s Portfolio Awards. “Watching how our award winners have incorporated digital efforts into their work over the past several years has been exciting and this year’s winners exemplify the creativity that the best financial communications professionals can bring to this industry.”

Here are the 17 awards Citibank and Publicis Kaplan Thaler walked home with:

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SILVER
Citi “Every Step of the Way” Olympic Sponsorship
BRONZE
“Private Pass”

Out Of Home
GOLD
“Clear Checks”
SILVER
“Every Step of the Way”

Print
BRONZE
“Private Pass”

Tablet Single
GOLD
Citi Holiday Helper; Amazon Kindle “Black Friday”

TV Campaign
SILVER
“Sending” “Big Check” “Running Man”

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BRONZE
“The Ex”
“Happy Princess Wonderland”

Web Video Campaign
GOLD
“Private Pass”

Web Video Single
BRONZE
“Zombie”

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SILVER
Citi Pond

Print Campaign
BRONZE
“Citi 200”

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GOLD
Citi “Every Step of the Way” Olympics Sponsorship

Tablet Single
SILVER
Citi 200 Tablet

TV Single
GOLD
“Schedule”
BRONZE
“Leadership

A list of all FCS Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Financial Communications Society (FCS)
fcs-logoThe Financial Communications Society (FCS), a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to improving professional standards in financial communications. It provides professionals in the industry with a forum for gathering relevant information, sharing ideas and building relationships with industry colleagues. The FCS hosts the annual FCS Portfolio Awards, for creative excellence in financial services advertising, a monthly luncheon series featuring prominent industry speakers, and numerous educational events. The capstone of the annual charity-focused activities organized by the FCS is the FCS Race for Kids (www.fcsraceforkids.org) which has raised more than $1.8 million for three children’s charities since 2000.

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Aflac Duck & Publicis Kaplan Thaler Honored for Work by Forbes Fortune 500 Social Media Stars

forbes logoCOLUMBUS, GA (May 13, 2013) –  Sometimes being the loudest voice in the room, means being the most memorable voice in the room. No, we are not referring to the “Aflaaaac!” shriek of the Aflac Duck. We are referring to the enormously successful use of social media, making Aflac one of the most recognizable names in insurance and landing it on Forbes’ FORTUNE 500 Social Media List ranking #118. As early adopters of the new technology, Aflac and their agency Publicis Kaplan Thaler began building a massive amount of content behind the flagship TV duck.

AflacDuckTwitterAs the brand champions storytelling, Aflac’s posts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube revolve around the people their insurance helps and the forever evolving life of the Aflac Duck. In case you hadn’t heard, he has been recovering from debilitating injuries using the insurance provided to him by Aflac.

Results have been stellar. The Aflac company mascot has a verified Twitter account (over 20,000 followers) and more than 380,000 Facebook fans, an impressive number considering “Health insurance isn’t something people want to think about at all,” says Michael Zuna, chief marketing officer for Aflac. “The Duck allows us to give Aflac a voice. He’s very relevant and timely and engaged in America.”

With numbers like these CNN Money rated the Aflac and the Duck as one of nine “Social Media Stars” in the FORTUNE 500. The honor puts Aflac amongst classic brands like General Motors, Coca-Cola and AT&T; quite a feat for an insurance brand.

The Aflac-PKT model has spurred a wave of competitors in the category to follow suit, but they are hard pressed to match the success of Aflac’s brand.

About Aflac
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When a policyholder gets sick or hurt, Aflac pays cash benefits fast. For nearly six decades, Aflac insurance policies have given policyholders the opportunity to focus on recovery, not financial stress. In the United States, Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance. In Japan, Aflac is the number one life insurance company in terms of individual policies in force. Aflac individual and group insurance products provide protection to more than 50 million people worldwide. For seven consecutive years, Aflac has been recognized by Ethisphere magazine as one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies. In 2013, FORTUNE magazine recognized Aflac as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in America for the 15th consecutive year. Also, in 2013, FORTUNE magazine included Aflac on its list of Most Admired Companies for the 12th time, ranking the company number one in the life and health insurance category. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com or espanol.aflac.com.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Silver New York Festival’s International Advertising Awards

NEW YORK CITY, NY (May 2, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler received a Silver World Medal at New York Festival’s International Advertising Awards in the Radio category for Citibank’s “Too Old” spot. Since 1957 the New York Festival has been honoring the best in media; from traditional forms like radio and print, to cutting-edge work on digital and integrated campaigns. Competitors from all over the world submit their work to be reviewed and judged by some of the top creative executives in advertising today.

f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28The award was a much appreciated pat on the back for the vast amount of work PKT creates for one of its largest clients. Fortunately, that wasn’t the only recognition the Manhattan-based agency received at the International Advertising Awards show. A radio advertisement for Procter & Gamble’s Scope mouthwash, “Offensive 2.0,” was also shortlisted and under final consideration for an award. Yet another milestone in the ongoing success of Scope’s brand revamp that was set in motion earlier this year.

Last but not least, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s very own Chief Creative Officer, Rob Feakins, was a featured speaker and Executive Jury member for the competition. The advertising veteran evaluated several categories and spoke on the subject of how agencies can retain their top talent in a highly predatory environment. Speakers from Leo Burnett, BMF Sydney and Velocebella also spoke on the subject.

With other award shows fast approaching, PKT hopes to bring home as many top finishes as possible with their upcoming campaigns and new clients.

A list of all New York Festival’s International Advertising Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About New York Festivals
NY Festivals Circle New York Festivals has been honoring The World’s Best Work™ in all media since 1957. Our world-class judges review submissions in the most current and relevant categories to award creativity across all media. With entries and jury members from over 70 countries, it’s the most diverse advertising awards competition in the world. The Grand Jury, conducted online, evaluates all entries to determine the Shortlist. This Shortlist is then judged by the Executive Jury, known as the “Dream Team”-an exclusive group of prominent worldwide chief creative officers from the world’s best advertising agencies. This elite group comes together for five days of live judging to determine the Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Grand winners, as well as the one entry worthy of being named the World’s Best Idea™.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Charmin’s Long-Time Relationship Honored

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 29, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Procter & Gamble’s Charmin brand garner second place in Ad Age’s Best Agency-Client Marriage Contest, surpassed only by BBDO and Hormel’s relationship.

CharminPublicisThere is a lot to be said for an agency-client relationship that lasts much longer than 50% of the marriages in this country. In a tumultuous time when many agencies are dropped by companies in less than five years, this is quite an honor and achievement; especially in the ultra-competitive market of home goods.

Since 1957, when Procter and Gamble purchased the rights to Charmin, the brand has been inseparable from the predecessor agencies which have now become Publicis Kaplan Thaler. The agency has successfully brought a host of new Charmin products to market; including Charmin Plus, Kids Fresh flushable wipes and Charmin Strong toilet tissue. Similarly, the trusting relationship between Charmin and PKT has led to some of the most innovative and financially successful campaigns in the category’s history.  Charmin’s Pottypalooza Tour, which offered public restrooms for patrons in big cities from New York to San Diego, raised sales almost 15% alone.  When asked about the quality of their relationship with Publicis Kaplan Thaler, Charmin stated, “This longstanding partnership centered around a dedication to creating a more enjoyable ‘go’ has enabled us to build a brand that has sold more toilet paper than anyone else, has weathered economic ups and downs, entry and exits of competitors, and welcomed new team members all while having a great time together.” With a market share of nearly 40%, it’s no surprise they are so thrilled with the work of PKT.

CharminPublicis2There seems to be no end in sight for the successful partnership between Publicis Kaplan Thaler and Charmin.  This sort of closeness and openness can only be achieved by having a good sense of humor about your work. And that comes easily when work is talking about stuff that grosses most people out. Work on Charmin continues at PKT’s New York City offices, and at this rate who knows how many more awards are to come.

For the full Ad Age article, go here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core.  With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of  Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others.  To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About Procter & Gamble
P&G serves approximately 4.6 billion people around the world with its brands. The Company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers®, Tide®, Ariel®, Always®, Whisper®, Pantene®, Mach3®, Bounty®, Dawn®, Fairy®, Gain®, Charmin®, Downy®, Lenor®, Iams®, Crest®, Oral-B®, Duracell®, Olay®, Head & Shoulders®, Wella®, Gillette®, Braun®, Fusion®, Ace®, Febreze®, Ambi Pur®, SK-II®, and Vicks®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 75 countries worldwide. Please visit P&G for the latest news and in-depth information about P&G and its brands.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Wins Big at New York/District 2 ADDYs

NEW YORK CITY, NY (April 12, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler garnered a total of eleven New York ADDYs and six District 2 ADDYs for their work for multiple clients at this year’s ADDY Awards Competition. With over 50,000 submissions per year and three separate shows on the local, regional and national levels, the ADDYs are one of the major award competitions in advertising. This year, PKT’s submissions of their major work over this past year were met with great results.

New York ADDYS

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.43.16 PMPKT’s work for Citibank, “Clear Checks” OOH, Charmin’s “Waterfalls” TV commercial and Swiffer’s “Man Up” digital shorts all won coveted Gold New York ADDYs. Winning any Gold ADDY in advertising’s most competitive market is an accomplishment — Winning three is certainly a sign PKT is doing things the right way.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.59 PMPKT also picked up an impressive eight Silver New York ADDYs: Bounty’s “Anthem” Olympic TV commercial, Citi’s “Big Check” and “Sending” TV commercials, Citi’s – “Too Old” radio spot, Scope’s Facebook digital/social media presence, Scope’s “Courage Encouraged” integrated campaign, Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign and Hilton HHonors “Experiences Worth Sharing” print work.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.45.06 PMIf that wasn’t enough, Publicis Kaplan Thaler was also recognized with a special Judge’s Award of Excellence for Charmin’s “Waterfalls” TV commercial, a spot consisting of multiple shots of running water encouraging viewers to utilize the commercial time to take a bathroom break.

District 2 ADDYs

Publicis Kaplan Thaler was equally competitive at this year’s District 2 ADDY Competition, adding four gold and two silver awards to their growing collection. District Two encompasses the Washington, DC metro area, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware and represents 16 local clubs.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.39 PMCitibank’s “Clear Checks” OOH campaign, Scope’s Facebook digital/social media presence, Hilton HHonors “Experiences Worth Sharing” newspaper campaign and Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign all received the coveted Gold ADDY Awards — a major accomplishment when you consider the competition in District 2. All Gold ADDY winners move on to compete for National ADDY Awards.

Screen Shot 2013-07-17 at 2.38.18 PMP&G’s “Anthem” Olympic TV commercial and Citibank’s “Too Old” radio spot received Silver ADDY Awards.

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Street Soccer USA’s – “I PLAY FOR” integrated campaign also received the special honor of clinching the Phil Dusenberry Award, an award given to the best pro bono work of the year. The Phil Dusenberry Award recognizes agencies who have demonstrated a commitment to doing outstanding work for non-profit organizations. The award is named for the late Phil Dusenberry, whose career included many memorable pro bono campaigns.

“A judge’s award is an incredibly special honor because there is no pre-set category for it,” said Publicis Kaplan Thaler Chairman and Chief Creative Officer Rob Feakins. “It comes about solely because the judges were so impressed by the work in Street Soccer USA, they thought it deserved special recognition. And it is special work because the team didn’t just do the communications (posters, video, facebook, and guerrilla) but they named the teams, designed the team logos, and designed the team uniforms. It was an incredibly, inspirational effort.”

Jay Williams, an Executive Creative Director at Publicis Kaplan Thaler also served as one of the judges on this year’s panel.

A list of all District 2 ADDY Award winners can be found here.

About Publicis Kaplan Thaler
kaplanPublicis Kaplan Thaler is a fully integrated advertising agency with digital, social and technology at its core. With over 650 employees, it is the flagship of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American operating unit of Publicis Worldwide, the largest global agency network within Publicis Groupe. The Agency’s blue-chip client roster includes: Procter & Gamble, CITI, Nestlé, Merck, Pfizer, TriHonda, Wendy’s, L’Oréal, AFLAC, and NAPA Auto Parts, among others. To learn more about Publicis Kaplan Thaler, follow @PKTtweets, like on Facebook or visit pkt.com.

About the ADDY Awards
ADDY_Logo_RGBThe ADDY Awards Competition is a three-tiered national competition conducted annually by the American Advertising Federation. The ADDY Awards Competition is the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition for creative excellence.

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