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The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), which owns the iconic ‘Got Milk?’ trademark, is launching a new phase of the long-running campaign, ‘You Can Always Count on Milk’ that utilizes kids to great effect and is designed to appeal to millennial families throughout California.

The CMPB, together with lead agency-of-record Gallegos United, today (July 11) is launching the new $16m, statewide advertising initiative. The campaign, with both English and Spanish-speaking spots, highlights the everyday challenges kids face in their lives, using a comedically honest tone that’s just as fitting for adults.

In one spot, kids are seen at a table, talking over the rough days they’ve had. One girl states how tough her time at ‘Take Your Kid to Work Day’ was for her, while another laments the diorama she had to make for class. The third nails his rough day by stating that he got cast as a fence in the school play, then states that his allowance negotiations are being low-balled. They all commiserate over glasses of cold milk, brought by a sympathetic and familiar server. In a six-second spot, a kid with a glass of milk by a jukebox states, flat out, that he doesn’t trust any man who doesn’t drink milk.

Two Spanish language spots show similar tough days for kids. In one, two kids observe their friend being fawned, hugged and pinched by overly-friendly relatives, much to the chagrin of the lovingly mauled child.

The spots illustrate that no matter how tough daily life can get for the average kid, milk is the one thing they can continue to count on.

‘You Can Always Count on Milk’ is the first campaign for Gallegos United, and partner agencies Rox United and Canvas United, following the CMPB’s decision to consolidate advertising agencies in early 2018 to better focus on all California which is more diverse than ever within millennial households, which are led by the growing multicultural audiences, a key growth segment.

The campaign is backed by plenty of information on the Got Milk? website.

“California is a complex market, one that is rapidly evolving on a number of fronts, from demographics and media landscape to technology and lifestyle,” said Steve James, executive director of the CMPB. “As a result, what it means to be a Californian has evolved since the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign was launched 25 years ago. As one of the most diverse states in the US, our future success lies in reaching consumers through culturally-attuned campaigns that connect and resonate with what it means to be a Californian today.”

Added chief executive officer of Gallegos United, John Gallegos: “Today’s culturally diverse consumer straddles multiple cultures, not just ethnicity. For milk, our strategy is to take a consumption-based focus and lean into it to create strategies and creative that are more culturally attuned for the composition of today’s families, enabling us to resonate with the entire California market to drive growth.”

The ‘You Can Always Count on Milk’ campaign will touch all California consumers and advertising will be unified across all segments with English and in-language communications in Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

Gallegos United: California Milk Processor Board 'You Can Count on Milk'

Agency: Gallegos United
Client: California Milk Processor Board
Date: July 2018

The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the iconic ‘Got milk?’ statement, is launching a new phase of the long-running campaign, ‘You Can Count on Milk’ that utilizes kids to great effect and is designed to appeal to millennial families throughout California.
The CMPB, together with lead agency-of-record Gallegos United, today (July 11) is launching the new $16-million-dollar, statewide advertising initiative. The campaign, with both English and Spanish-speaking spots, highlights the everyday challenges kids face in their lives, using a comedically honest tone that’s just as fitting for adults.
In one spot, kids are seen at a table, talking over the rough days they’ve had. One girl states how tough her time at ‘Take Your Kid to Work Day’ was for her, while another laments the diorama she had to make for class. The third nails his rough day by stating that he got cast as a fence in the school play, then states that his allowance negotiations are being lowballed. They all commiserate over glasses of cold milk, brought by a sympathetic and familiar server. In a six-second spot, a kid with a glass of milk by a jukebox states, flat out, that he doesn’t trust any man who doesn’t drink milk.
Two Spanish language spots show similar tough days for kids. In one, two kids observe their friend being fawned, hugged and pinched by overly-friendly relatives, much to the chagrin of the lovingly mauled child.

Credits:
CLIENT:
California Milk Processor Board (got milk?)
Executive Director – Steve James
ADVERTISING AGENCY:
Gallegos United
Chief Creative Officer / Co-President – Harvey Marco
Chief Strategy & Engagement Officer / Co-President: Andrew Delbridge
Executive Creative Director – Dino Spadavecchia
Creative Director – Sharon Cleary
ACD/Art Director – Aaron Onsurez
Copywriter – Jeb Quaid
Group Director – James Kulp
Account Executive – Carol Carlos
Director of Communications Planning – Angel Xie
Director of Strategy – Catarina Goncalves
Account Planner – Megan Muetterties
Social Media Director – Aldo Chuc
Social Media Manager – Noor El-Annan
Jr. Social Media Manager – Chris Adams
PR AGENCY:
ROX United
President – Roxana Lissa
Managing Director – Victoria Capelli
DIGITAL AGENCY:
CANVAS United
Director of Strategy – Tanya Elshahawi
Creative Director – Taua Baccarin
INTEGRATED CONTENT PRODUCTION:
LUNA United
Head of Integrated Production – Adrian Castagna
Executive Producer – Ramon Nuñez
Jr. Producer – Ingrid Ruiz
Post Producer – Colby Eaton
Jr. Post Producer – Rob Romero
Digital Editor – Doug Scott
Assistant Editor – Alexa Vallejo
Social Director – Jerry Digby
Photographer – Najee Smith
PRODUCTION COMPANY:
O Positive
Director – Brian Billow
Executive Producer – Ralph Laucella
Executive Producer – Marc Grill
Head of Production – Fran Borden
Producer – Craig Repass
POST PRODUCTION:
Cabin Editing Company:
Editor – Chan Hatcher
Producer – Liz Lydecker
Managing Director – Carr Schilling
The Mission:
Patrick Ferguson – VFX Supervisor
Joey Brattesani – Flame Artist
Todd Mesher – Flame Artist
Kristina Thoegersen – VFX Producer
Jessica Locke – Executive Producer
Michael Pardee – Managing Director
LIME Studios:
Rohan Young, Matt Miller – Audio Mixer
Ben Tomastik, Lisa Mermelstein – Audio Assistant
Megan Hernandez – Producer
Susie Boyajan – Executive Producer
Music Composition:
KBV MUSIC NYC
Composers – Tony Verderosa, Philippe Saisse, Tim Mosher.
Color:
CO3 LA
Colorist – Siggy Ferstl
Color Producer – Matt Moran
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Marketers face a challenge as they try to balance technology innovation with creativity, with digital growth in advertising coming at the expense of the quality of creative, according to a new survey.

The study, from Sizmek, surveyed more than 500 business decision making brand-marketers across Europe and the US, found that over two thirds (67%) believe digital growth in advertising has come at the expense of the quality of creative.

When looking at the impact of AI, 84% understand that it is entirely useless without the right creative input to support it.

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10 questions with… Carter Murray, chief executive of FCB

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The Drum speaks to people across the global media and marketing sector who are bringing something a little different to the industry and talks to them about what little insights they can offer the rest of us. This week's 10 Questions are answered by FCB chief executive, Carter Murray.

What was your first ever job?

My first ever job was cleaning boats. My first proper, steady job, however, was as an assistant account executive at Leo Burnett Chicago.

Which industry buzzword annoys you most?

“Guru” (as in “marketing guru”). Most people called gurus actually are not. And this misnomer often causes havoc within client organizations and the creative process more generally.

Who would you most love to share a coffee with?

My mother and father. I lost them both two years ago, within six months of each other, and still miss them terribly.

Highlight of your career (so far?)

The first was getting to work with Harry MacAuslan, THE gentleman of advertising (now retired) and the second was persuading Susan Credle to come to FCB and be my creative partner.

What piece of tech can you not live without?

Sadly (and my wife will very much attest to this) – it's my bloody telephone.

What is (in your opinion) the greatest film/album/book of your life?

Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay. I read it when I was thirteen and it absolutely got to me. I loved the boxing, wildlife, Africa and personal narratives, but most of all, the constant reminder to “think first with your head and then with your heart.”

What one question do you never want anyone to ask you?

Why are you so obsessed with dim sum?

Best advice you ever heard or received?

Shut up and listen.

What do you still want to achieve in your career?

Balance.

What industry event is most important to you to attend and why?

Cannes. It saves me multiple trips around the world, as everyone is centralized there, and I get to talk about our industry with some of the most groundbreaking work all around us, to inspire and push us to always do better. It’s always long and busy work hours, but it all happens in a ridiculously civilized setting.

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‘Bang for our buck’: how MSIG's first-ever CMO plans to reinvent insurance marketing

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As the first-ever person to hold the chief marketing officer role at MSIG Holdings (Asia), Rebecca Ang Lee believes her most immediate priorities is to ensure alignment of the insurer in the online space, develop a regional sustainability direction, and promote digital transformation through innovation within the company and industry to stay relevant.

MSIG, which is a part of the Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company within the MS&AD Insurance Group, promoted Lee, who oversaw brand and communications and business excellence across ASEAN, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand as senior vice-president, in October.

Lee has wasted no time in getting down to work, ensuring that MSIG customers can expect dynamic websites with better user experience across its markets in the region. MSIG Vietnam was the first to complete the revamp early this year, with Lee pushing for more markets to complete their respective websites in the next couple of months.

“The new website was built with the users’ experience in mind and I am looking forward to getting our customers’ feedback. Content on our social media channels are also progressively evolving to better serve our customers,” she explains. “A success story to quote is MSIG Indonesia – we started out with less than 1k followers and achieved a substantial leap to about 90k today just after a year of introducing refreshed content.”

“We hope to replicate this success in the other markets, taking local preferences and nuances into consideration. Ultimately, our goal is to engage our customers with useful content that can aid them in their insurance purchase journey.”

MSIG’s sustainability agenda is now managed by the brand and communications team, which is led by Lee, after the creation of the sustainability taskforce for Asia. She explains this means she can embed the key messages into the group’s internal and external communications, therefore strengthening its brand building efforts.

“The goal is to ensure MSIG’s medium-term management plan ‘Vision 2021’, which emphasizes sustainability as a key focus for the group, is carried on. “With the creation of the sustainability taskforce for Asia, we hope to complement our group’s initiatives and achieve greater impact together,” she says.

“As sustainability is becoming an issue of growing importance around the region, and in the world, we have a responsibility to support this agenda. We will need to build a sustainability mindset and culture from within the organization, and are looking to collaborate with partners to engage and educate all staff.”

Lee is also trying to promote innovation within the company and industry through partnerships to catch up with its rivals like NTUC Income, which ranked the highest in Singapore when it comes to being future ready for digital transformation, while MSIG came in 22nd. It has since signed a deal with start-up accelerator Plug and Play which will see it become a founding anchor partner of Plug and Play’s Insurtech platform.

The platform aims to invest in and help local and international fintech and Insurtech startups to grow through connecting them to major financial institutions and insurers. It will also allow MSIG to build relationships with start-ups that are developing new technologies and solutions.

According to Lee, this partnership will help MSIG innovate and explore revolutionary ideas as technology is changing at a pace where it is forcing the industry to undergo digital transformation especially in the more mature markets such as Hong Kong and Singapore.

“From the angle of internal communications, we explored different ways to engage our employees, creating thematic town halls that infuse the creative use of digital apps and tools to create a mindset change from within,” she says.
“The pace of technology also impacts the media channels and landscape. Digital no longer just means website and social media channels. While people are consuming news through social media, they are also getting their entertainment from Netflix, using more smart devices and creating smart homes to manage their lifestyle. This means that consumer digital touchpoints are increasing with new channels to reach out to them. However, budgets are always limited, and the challenge is deciding where to place them to reach out to our desired target audience.”

MSIG's marketing strategy and its relationship with its agencies

With limited budgets and facing the challenges of reaching out to its desired target audience even as they get more connected than ever before and expect seamless experiences when they interact with brands, MSIG wants to focus on its unique selling points of providing great service quality and offering a seamless claims experience for its customers.

Lee, who spent more than two years in total working at agencies like Leo Burnett, Dentsu and Y&R before joining MSIG, is keen to tap on her experience as a communicator and a leader having been on both sides of the fence, to ensure MSIG’s marketing strategy over the long term is relevant and that the company will continuously innovate to improve customer experience.

For example, in Singapore, she points out MSIG was the first to introduce straight-through claims payout using FAST bank transfer, eliminating the time to process cheques and in Thailand, it introduced MSIG SpeeDi, where motor insurance customers are able to get phone assistance within 60 seconds with the touch of a button, have their location triangulated by GPS and sent to a motor surveyor who will arrive on scene within 30 minutes. For Malaysia, MSIG optimized its processes to save claims processing time by over 98% so that customers can get their payment quickly.

“It’s about putting ourselves in our customers’ shoes and challenging the status quo. We have a few customer segments depending on the insurance need, and we target them through consumer insights, behavior and content marketing both offline and online,” she explains.

“The advantage of using online channels is that we’re able to measure our KPIs. However, it does not just stop there, the data needs to be analyzed with follow up action plans to improve on future communication and targeting of our products to customers.”

Lee is also keen to stress MSIG’s marketing strategy cannot succeed if it is not open and honest with its agencies, the key to forging a successful partnership, as they will help them understand the company’s challenges. MSIG’s creative agency is M&C Saatchi and its media agency is Wavemaker.

In addition, she also sees agencies as an extension of her own team and will take time to share information and insights in MSIG’s discussions with its agencies.

“When I joined MSIG two years ago, our branding efforts were only beginning. We were looking for partners who understood our starting point and were keen to grow with us. Two years on, we see both agencies as partners in this journey of brand building, supporting us in our vision to develop MSIG Asia as the centre of excellence,” Lee explains.

Cutting through the noise

Presently, the insurance industry is a saturated one with both life and general insurers vying for a share of voice. It also does not help when there is little differentiation between life and general insurance brands in the eyes of a consumer.

Moving forward, Lee says MSIG approach is to get a ‘bang for our buck’, to be more strategic and creative in its messaging, positioning and targeting. Digital is always a part of MSIG’s media mix as it enables the insurer to target its customers better and is a more cost-effective channel.

“However, we still try to adopt a holistic approach as our research has shown that a combination of traditional and digital media still works best for us to achieve high awareness for a campaign. Also, apart from advertising, it is important to integrate all other customer touch points in the entire buying cycle, from discovery to purchase to repeat customers,” she explains.

“It’s about the synergies of messaging through 360 marketing including in-store experience, PR and research. Pre- and post-campaign research is crucial in understanding the most effective media channel and the research results are always used to improve the media mix for the next campaign.”

There are daunting tasks facing Lee as she tries to future poof MSIG for the future, but moving Lee into the newly-created CMO role is the first step by the insurer to getting there.

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