2012 PRO Award Finalist: Ryan Partnership for Unilever Food Solutions

|  by Brian Quinton

To engage more deeply with its retail-restaurant clients, Unilever Food Solutions and Ryan Partnership developed a web site and email newsletter program that treated deli and QSR owners like the foodservice pros they aspire to be. The SandwichPro.com site spotlighted client chefs, offered recipes and research, and produced a 4% increase in mayonnaise sales.

2012 PRO Award Finalist: Upshot for Hilton Worldwide

|  by Brian Quinton

Hilton Worldwide strives to be the first choice (if not the only choice) when owners take steps to expand their property portfolio. To establish that amount of valued advocacy, Hilton and agency Upshot created Owner’s Access to exceed owners’ highest expectations.

2012 PRO Award Winner: Draftfcb for U.S. Postal Service

|  by Brian Quinton

Faced with declining use of P.O. boxes, the U.S. Postal Service and Draftfcb designed a campaign to emphasize the convenience and security of mail delivery to in-statoin units as "Your Other Address". The test in 1,100 resulted in a 39% lift in applicatons for boxes per 1,000 customers and has now gone national.

2012 PRO Award Winner: Catapult Action Biased Marketing for Mars Petcare

|  by Brian Quinton

Mars knows pet lovers and understands that they treat their pets like a member of the family. However, research showed that Walmart customers didn’t associate the store with pet care and felt that the store’s pet care selection was limited and often out of stock. Of the 90 million pet owners shopping at Walmart each…

2012 PRO Award Finalist: George P. Johnson for Cisco

|  by Brian Quinton

Cisco's 2011 Global Sales Experience conference put social, mobile and interactive tools into the hands of some 22,000 company sales staff from 95 countries. Attendees could manage their agenda via mobile apps, unlock badges for consuming content, attend virtual sessions and even take part in an educational role-playing game, "A Matter of Time".

2012 PRO Award Finalist: Team Detroit for Ford Motor Co.

|  by Brian Quinton

Ford is an avid supporter of breast cancer awareness and early detection and, since 2005, has maintained a program to help further the cause. Called "Warriors in Pink" and developed in collaboration with Team Detroit, the program revolves around an apparel line in which 100% of the net proceeds go to fight breast cancer.

Marden-Kane: Sweeps Today All about the Data Security

|  by Brian Quinton

Sweeps and contests today take place in the social ecosystem more often than not, says EVP marc Wortsman of Marden-Kane, agency #68 on the Promo 100. That builds engagement and viral buzz, but it also calls for extra care to make sure players can't game the game with double identities or purchased votes.

Ryan Partnership Knows the View from the Aisles

|  by Brian Quinton

In-store marketing has grown up into a more impactful, data-driven proposition: shopper marketing. And that means a greater involvement by promotional agencies in designing, activating and analyzing campaigns brands run inside retail outlets, says Karen Gebhart, senior vice president of Ryan Partnership, one of this year’s Top 10 in-store/shopper marketing specialist agencies.