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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Citi Win Big at Midas Awards

Silver Midas AwardsNEW YORK CITY, NY (December 18, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and their client, Citi received four silver Midas Awards at this year’s only international competition to recognize excellence in financial marketing and advertising on a global scale.

Publicis Kaplan Thaler was recognized for their Citi work in every category in which they were nominated.

Specifically, Publicis Kaplan Thaler was award the following:
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Corporate Image PRODUCTS & SERVICES
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Events USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Snow GlobeSilver Midas — Outdoor/Transit/Out-of-Home USE OF MEDIUM
· Citibank  CitiBike App Silver Midas — Interactive USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Kindle Holiday HelperMidas Certificate — Interactive USE OF DISCIPLINE
· Citibank Private PassMidas Certificate — Advertising: TV & Cinema USE OF MEDIUM

17038Midas Awards honors the World’s Best Financial Marketing & Advertising™. The competition extends over regional, national and continental boundaries to provide a true worldview of advertising and corporate communications in the international financial community. Honoring advertising in banking, brokerage, insurance, mutual fund, credit card, real estate, accounting and consulting, Midas Awards® focuses on four distinct areas: Products & Services, Craft, Use of Medium and Use of Discipline. Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received.

A list of all the Midas Award nominees 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
f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28New York Festivals organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:
AME Awards World’s Most Effective Advertising™
Midas Awards World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™
The Global Awards World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs™
New York Festivals World’s Best Television & Films™
Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.

About Citi
Citi-Logo-JPEGCiti, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler & Citi Top Finalists at 2013 Midas Awards

17038NEW YORK CITY, NY (December 9, 2013) – Publicis Kaplan Thaler and their client, Citi received four nominations at this year’s annual Midas Awards.

Specifically, Publicis Kaplan Thaler has been recognized for the following:
· Citibank Snow Globe – Outdoor/Transit/OOH – Events – Corporate Image
· Citibank – CitiBike App – Interactive
· Citibank – Citibank Kindle Holiday Helper – Interactive
· Citibank – Private Pass – Advertising: TV & Cinema

Midas AwardMidas Awards is the only international competition to recognize excellence in financial marketing & advertising on a global scale. Midas Awards honors the World’s Best Financial Marketing & Advertising™. The competition extends over regional, national and continental boundaries to provide a true worldview of advertising and corporate communications in the international financial community. Honoring advertising in banking, brokerage, insurance, mutual fund, credit card, real estate, accounting and consulting, Midas Awards® focuses on four distinct areas: Products & Services, Craft, Use of Medium and Use of Discipline. Founded in 2001, the Midas Awards panel of judges includes client and agency leaders from the creative and marketing disciplines, as well as internationally recognized experts in financial policy and communications. These judges offer their perspectives not only on how well a message is delivered, but how it is received.

Rob Feakins“While industry recognition is important in award shows, I always like to dominate our client’s industry shows,” added Rob Feakins, Publicis Kaplan Thaler Chief Creative Officer. “Doing the best work in our client’s category, is always our number one priority. The Midas Awards recognizes the best financial services work in the world. What I’m most proud of, is how many finalists Citi had in a tough, international show. In fact we had more finalists than Goodby, The Martin agency and RGA NY. Both Citi and the Publicis One Team should feel extremely proud.”

CREDITS

CitiSnowGlobe

Citibank Snow Globe
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director –  Christopher Smith/Jennifer Stopka
User Experience – Rob Philbert
Agency Producers – Joanne Silberg/Joseph Murphy

CitiBikeApp

CitiBike App
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
ACD/Art Director – Chris Smith
ACD/Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Nadia Kamran/Rodrigo Romariz
User Experience – Rob Philbert
Executive Producer – Ann Neilsen
Associate Tech Director – Robert Christ
Developers – Carlos Dunn/Ralph Tavarez

Citi Holiday Helper

Citibank Kindle Holiday Helper
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Director – Jim Kotulka
Art Director
– JP Cannucciari
Copywriter – Neisha Tweed
User Experience – Rob Philbert

CitiPrivatePass

Citibank Private Pass
Agency – Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Directors – Tom Drymalski/Perry Essig
Creative Directors – Dennis Greeley/Julian Newman
Art Director – Chris Smith
Agency Producers – Jon Rosenberg/Kayla Graffam

A list of all the Midas Award nominees can be found here. Final award winners will be announced on December 18, 2013.

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
f52f4697ce7dbd329b1caca795bbba28New York Festivals organizes advertising and programming competitions for the following brands:
AME Awards World’s Most Effective Advertising™
Midas Awards World’s Best Work in Financial Marketing & Advertising™
The Global Awards World’s Best Healthcare Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Advertising™
New York Festivals World’s Best Radio Programs™
New York Festivals World’s Best Television & Films™
Entries to each of the competitions are judged around the world by panels of peers in their respective industries. For more information, go to www.newyorkfestivals.com.

About Citi
Citi-Logo-JPEGCiti, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Publicis Kaplan Thaler Nabs 2 Mashies Awards for Citi Bike App

NEW YORK CITY, NY (October 11, 2013) – Advertising executives, brand marketers and press recently gathered at New York’s Altman building to celebrate the winners of Mashable’s inaugural Mashies awards, honoring the best and most creative work in digital marketing. Publicis Kaplan Thaler received two Mashies, Best Branded App and Best New Brand for their work with Citi Bike, New York City’s bike share program.

Mashies4Todd Wasserman, Mashable’s business editor noted in a recent post, “The rising prominence of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and others has led to a more complex array of media choices, but has also rebooted our traditional view of marketing. This is no longer a one-way conversation with consumers. It is a real-time dialogue in which brands can be upended by an ill-conceived tweet or a rogue YouTube posting. In such an environment, we think marketers deserve kudos for making the right calls and applying creative solutions. That’s why we’ve created The Mashies, which are designed to recognize the very best marketing in social media. The Mashies will highlight thought leadership in such categories as Best Real-Time Marketing, Best Use of Twitter, Best Branded Vine and Best Use of Facebook, among others.”

Mashies Award WinnersGuest judges combed through hundreds of submissions to select the best. Winners were selected by Mashable’s editorial team and an outside panel of industry leaders.

“The fact that Publicis Kaplan Thaler won in the best branded app category against some of the best digital agencies in the country says everything about how far this agency has come and our emerging digital expertise,” said Rob Feakins, Publicis Kaplan Thaler’s Chief Creative Officer and President.

CitiBikeAppNew York City fundamentally changed when over 300 stations and 5,000 bikes were introduced. Since New Yorkers don’t always react well to change, the entire program had to be easy to use, or Citi Bike would never truly be embraced. Publicis Kaplan Thaler created a simple way for riders to locate available bikes wherever they were in the city — The Citi Bike mobile app. At a glance, riders are able to locate nearby stations and the ratio of bikes to empty docks. The app also offers full station details, riding tips, turn-by-turn directions to anywhere in the city and a timer to help riders avoid late fees. The app also utilized a partnership with The New York Times to help riders unlock the city and discover parts of the city they’ve never seen before. Riders can also notify friends where they are headed on Citi Bike.

The highly successful app has reached over 130,000 downloads, garnered positive attention from media outlets like The Huffington Post, The New York Times and Daily News and has allowed riders to travel over 5 million miles.

Credits:
Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Chief Creative Officer – Rob Feakins
Executive Creative Officer – Jim Kotulka
ACD/Art Director – Chris Smith
ACD/Copywriter – Brian Bellanca
Art Director – Nadia Kamran
Art Director – Rodrigo Romariz
User Experience – Rob Philibert
Strategy – Mike Taylor
Project Management – Ann Neilsen
Project Management – Jeff Lipson
Project Management – Joseph Murphey

A list of all Mashies 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 Mashable
MashiesMashable is a leading source for news, information & resources for the Connected Generation. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world. Mashable’s 20 million monthly unique visitors and 6 million social media followers have become one of the most engaged online news communities. Founded in 2005, Mashable is headquartered in New York City with an office in San Francisco.

About Citi Bike
unnamedCiti Bike is New York City’s bike sharing system. Intended to provide New Yorkers and visitors with an additional transportation option for getting around the city, bike sharing is fun, efficient and convenient. A bike sharing system consists of a fleet of specially designed, sturdy, very durable bikes that are locked into a network of docking stations sited at regular intervals around a city. The bikes can be rented from and then returned to any station in the system, creating an efficient network with many possible points and combinations of departure and arrival. With thousands of bikes at hundreds of stations, Citi Bike will be available for use 24 hours a day, all year ’round. The station network will provide twice as many docking points as bicycles, assuring that an available dock to return your bike is always nearby. Citi Bike will be operated by NYC Bike Share LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alta Bicycle Share. Alta is a unique company focused solely on operating large-scale bike share systems. System equipment is provided by Public Bike System Company (PBSC), which created the first solar-powered bike share system in the world, and has close to 20,000 bikes on the street globally. Bike systems in the Alta/PBSC family include London, Washington, D.C./Arlington, VA; Boston, MA; Minneapolis, MN; Melbourne, Australia; Chattanooga, Tennessee, Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal, Canada with Chicago and San Francisco geared to launch.

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Publicis Seattle Hosts Women Who Rock Panel

Women Who Rock PosterSEATTLE, WA (July 25, 2013) – Publicis Seattle hosted Women Who Rock, a panel discussion showcasing six of Seattle’s most successful businesswomen. The event, held at the agency, saw an amazing turnout. The entire office along with friends, clients, and other companies in our building gathered in the agency café for gourmet popcorn, adult beverages and an insightful panel discussion by area business leaders.

Women Who RockThe impetus for the event came from a current exhibit of the same name on display at EMP Museum, one of the agency’s clients. Rather than focus on the women who have shaped the music world, Publicis Seattle’s event was a celebration of some of the most successful women running Seattle businesses with a focus on innovation, creativity and culture. The event began with a panel discussion and live audience Q&A and was followed by a curator-led tour of the actual EMP exhibit.

The event was moderated by Shireen Jiwan, Chief Investigator at Sleuth, and the panelists were:
Kimberly Harris – President and CEO, Puget Sound Energy
Halle Hutchison – Managing Director of Brand Management, Alaska Airlines
Renee Erickson – Chef/Owner, The Whale Wins, Boat Street Cafe and The Walrus and the Carpenter
Andrina Bigelow – CEO, Fran’s Chocolates
Amy Bohutinsky – CMO, Zillow
Jill Wenger – Founder and CEO, Totokaelo Design

DSC01366 The panelists gave their perspective on the challenges of business, the inspiration that Seattle gives them, the importance of being true to yourself and where you want to go in life. When Renee Erickson was asked about opening her own restaurant, she responded, “Buying a restaurant at 25 was the scariest thing I’ve ever done. It’s also the best thing I’ve ever done and changed my life forever.”

Halle Hutchison, who oversees Alaska Airlines’ product marketing, sponsorships, advertising and promotions noted, “Being a visionary is one thing. Being a control freak is another. Let the people around you be great, too, and you’ll all share in the successes.”

Andrina Bigelow, a successor to her mother, Fran, as CEO of Fran’s Chocolates spoke about what makes her a successful businesswoman: “We stay true to our mission, we always go back to that same goal. We will never compromise on quality, whether its packing, customer service, our retail stores, every single decision we make. Even if it means we could make a little bit more money by compromising and buying something a little cheaper, an ingredient that’s a little cheaper, going after a product category or segment that’s really popular, we just wont do it. And we’ve started out that way, and continue everyday to stay true to that mission and I think that’s been incredibly powerful for us in terms of success of the business.”

DSC01063BIn closing, Jill Wenger offered some advice to the audience: “Let the rest of your peers settle. Be adventurous in your actions.” Another panelist, Amy Bohutinsky added, “I never really planned it this way, even five years ago I don’t know if I would have said ‘I want to be a CMO.’ If anyone’s ever read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, there’s a line it that says a career is a ‘jungle gym not a ladder’ and as long as you know the things you like to do and the things that make you passionate you can’t plan the exact path to get there. It takes just as much work to swing for the fences as it does to lay down a bunt. But only one of these approaches has the potential for greatness. Think about it.”

As an agency rooted in adventurous thinking, it made sense to bring together some of the most adventurous thinkers in the world of business, creativity and culture to share their perspectives. This was an opportunity for 200 of tomorrow’s leaders to listen and learn from some of the country’s most successful business leaders. Women Who Rock was the first in what will be a series of panels, roundtables and other creativity-inspired events hosted by Publicis Seattle, championing the ideas and principles that keep our industry and agency moving forward.

About Publicis Seattle
Publicis-TB-016Publicis Seattle is an integrated marketing communications agency. The agency is part of Publicis Worldwide in the USA, the North American regional operating unit of Paris-based Publicis Worldwide and the largest global agency network within holding company, Publicis Groupe. The mission of Publicis Worldwide is “To Lead the Change” to help our clients leap ahead. Publicis Seattle clients include: T-Mobile, Eddie Bauer, Karcher, Les Schwab and Seabourn.

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