By Heather Taylor There may be no greater love story in the advertising industry than the one between ad pros and their favorite brand mascots. A match made in heaven, or rather a brainstorming copy session, the affections for these characters has endured for decades with consumers and creatives alike. Today, agencies throughout the country and even across the pond join us for an exclusive heart-to-heart about the love notes they’d send their favorite brand mascots this Valentine’s Day. We present this list in alphabetical order, accompanied by a punny poem penned by our own in-house Cupid: Roses are red, they grow along a vine, Kool Aid Man, Mayhem, and Tony the Tiger, won’t you be mine? The AFLAC Duck My love for you is not a quack. Aflac-tionately yours, Lauren — Lauren Sachs, Account Manager, Day One Agency Captain Morgan Sometimes we are on the rocks, but when we are together it’s always a good time. — Christina Oswald, Digital Marketing Analyst, Moncur Charlie the Tuna Out of the whole tuna-verse, I want you to be my Valentine. — Charlie the Tuna, StarKist Chester Cheetah Once a cheetah, always a cheetah. But I can’t stop loving you. — Jimmy Dietzen, Creative Director, Cramer-Krasselt Chick-fil-A Cows DONT BE CHIKIN, BE MY VALUNTINE — Ryan Smith, Account Assistant, Bader Rutter Mr. Clean Mr. Clean, Ever since the Super Bowl, I can’t stop thinking about you. I’m sorry if this is a bit too flirty, but my house is very dirty. Let’s spend Valentine’s Day together! XOXO — Samantha Stump, Assistant Account Executive, Day One Agency Kool Aid Man When I was a kid you kept things sweet, When I was a teen I used you to tie-die sheets, In my 20’s we rekindled and you won me back, As a grown man you’ll give me a heart attack, But I’ll always love you, your sugar is so fine, Please crash through my wall and be my valentine. — Johnathon Cramer, Director of Integrated Marketing, Day One Agency Mayhem (Allstate) Buy her flowers and protect yourself from mayhem like me. — Lily Stockton (Associate Copywriter) and Joey McRobert (Junior Copywriter), Firstborn Tony the Tiger Easy Tigerrrrr. — Ellis Sargeant, Creative Placement, The Sunshine Company Roses are red, This valentine is late, My day could be good, but you could make it greeaatt! — Jon Savitt, Copywriter and Social Media Manager, Punch Digital Strategies Toucan Sam (Froot Loops) Nobody can love me as well as Toucan! — Eun Hee Kwon, Associate Designer, Day One Agency Travelocity Gnome Haven’t seen you since Jazz Fest. (You promised you’d write!) Looks like you’ve been busy, A new stop every night. Cancun, Kentucky, and Copenhagen again? Let’s meet up New Orleans— Just say where and when. Travel’s the greatest, We all know that it’s true. But whoever said ‘Size matters’ Never met you, boo. — The writers at Trumpet Advertising -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
A third grader from Georgia is channeling her love for American Girl dolls into an initiative to bring joy to children with cancer. Nine-year-old Bella Fricker is the founder of “Peace. Love. Bracelets.” ― a business through which she sells homemade bracelets to raise money for bald American Girl dolls. Bella donates these dolls to little girls battling cancer. So far, she’s purchased six dolls and gifted four. Bella’s mom, Valerie Fricker, told The Huffington Post that her daughter came up with the idea for this project back in October. “Unfortunately, four children in our community over the years have had cancer and really left an impression on her,” said the mom. “I have been personally involved in the fundraising efforts within the community in the past.” She added, “I think she has just taken her love and passion for American Girl dolls and turned it into her passion with wanting to make little girls feel happy when they’re in the hospital and have lost their hair.” Bella told HuffPost that one little girl named Lily Anderson, who passed away in 2012, was particularly inspiring to her. One day in October, she decided to do something for other children like Lily. “I was just sitting in my room one day unfolding a table, and my mom comes and she’s like ‘what are you doing?’” Bella recalled. “And I was like ‘I want to make a business to help little kids in the hospital.’” The third grader has a mini office in her playroom, where she makes bracelets, packages them and ships them to her buyers. Anyone can order a bracelet online, and there’s a choice of custom options and “grab bags.” Valerie thinks her daughter has sold around 500 bracelets so far. The Frickers connected with Laurie Cole at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) to coordinate the doll donations. “She works with different child life specialist and doctors and nurses within the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center to find a candidate for the doll,” Valerie said. “Most of the time, donations are just collected at the door. It is a very rare occasion that you get to actually meet the recipient of a donation, but Bella’s dream was to meet the little girls herself and give them these dolls.” Bella’s dream has come true, and she’s been present to gift the dolls to their new owners. “If she is lucky enough to find some information out about the little girl first then we go to the American Girl doll store and purchase an outfit or two,” the mom explained. “For example, if they are a softball player, then Bella will get a softball outfit. If they are a ballerina, Bella will get a ballet outfit,” she added. “She also likes to give them a coloring book and crayons and a bracelet making set, so they have something to do during chemotherapy or hospital stays.” Bella’s immediate goal is to donate 15 dolls to children at CHOA. Next, she wants to raise enough money to donate 20 dolls to kids at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee and 10-15 dolls to patients at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston. “I hope I get enough money to buy a lot of dolls and give them to other hospitals around the county,” Bella told HuffPost. Valerie said her daughter is considering raising money to buy Build-A-Bear stuffed animals for kids who don’t play with dolls. They’re also taking the steps to become 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a functioning website. Ultimately, the mom is happy to see her daughter touch families’ lives. “I hope people are inspired to do good for others by reading about Bella’s mission,” she said. Visit Bella’s Facebook page to purchase a bracelet and donate to the cause. The HuffPost Parents newsletter offers a daily dose of personal stories, helpful advice and comedic takes on what it’s like to raise kids today. Sign up here. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
By Heather Taylor The biggest night in football has come and gone, leaving in its wake a historic game (the first ever to go into overtime!) between the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons, a show stopping halftime performance from Lady Gaga, and commercials, commercials, commercials. Everyone from Skittles to Netflix was included in the lineup and that includes a healthy handful of some of our favorite brand mascots. From two Colonels to a beloved character returning as a ghost, here’s a look at the icons that put on their game face and joined in the fun. KFC Colonel(s) There they were in “Colonel vs. Colonel” from Wieden & Kennedy. Two Colonels in white suits and string ties talkin’ about chicken. While we’re growing accustomed to the growing list of actors as KFC’s many mascots, there can only be one on Super Bowl Sunday. That “one” is Georgia Gold Colonel, played by a metallic-drenched Billy Zane. Rob Riggle, as the resident Kentucky Buckets Colonel, does what he can to tackle Zane but doesn’t stand a chance under his Midas might or against his “finger licking gold” chicken. Mr. Clean Love or loathe this spot, Leo Burnett Toronto turned heads and got audiences buzzing (and blushing) over the “Cleaner of Your Dreams.” Hey, like the tagline says you gotta love a man who cleans! Michelin Man He only shows up twice in this spot, in the reflection of a windshield and in a puddle, but the Michelin Man subtly proves in “I Need You” that he’s there to bring people together when you need him the most. Created by TBWA/Chiat/Day, the icon helps countless dozens across the world find the ones they love and need to be with for the night — and he does it all with his hands shaped like a heart. Spuds Mackenzie It’s the ghost of brand mascots past! The ‘80s icon for Bud Light returns as a specter in “Ghost Spuds” for everyone who opts to stay in for the night instead of party down. However, the message in this spot from Wieden & Kennedy New York is less focused on partying for the sake of partying. It’s about being there for the friendships and all those moments with good friends that happen over ice-cold cans of Bud Light. AFLAC Duck “Surgery” from Publicis Seattle marks the spokesduck, and brand’s, first commercial debut during the Super Bowl. The message here is simple: to keep your lifestyle healthy (and hang on to your ’67 Corvette), you’ll need AFLAC. And it’s only one quack away. Wendy’s Probably stretching it just a little bit to put VML’s “Cold Storage” on here since Wendy herself only appears at the end as a logo, but we went into overtime last night. Still counts. Cleatus the FOX Sports Robot One of our 2016 Madison Avenue Walk of Fame winners, Cleatus technically wasn’t featured in any spots last night. However, he did appear frequently throughout the game, which is just as good. We like having a mascot on the inside of the action too. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
Aflac Incorporated's (AFL) fourth-quarter 2016 operating earnings per share of $1.54 missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.64 by about 6.1% and also decreased 1.3% year over year.
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После победы американского миллиардера Дональда Трампа на президентских выборах Дональда Трампа в центре внимания оказалась и новоявленная первая леди США Меланья Трамп, передает NUR.KZ. Меланья Трамп. Фото: Tampa Bay Times Она известна не только тем, что очень сексуальна, но и успехом в модельном бизнесе. Итак, перед вами все, что нужно знать о жене Трампа. Меланья Трамп. Фото: Weekly Observer Меланья Кнавс родилась в 1970 году в югославском городе Севница. Поступив в Люблянский университет по специальности архитектура и дизайн, она вскоре бросила учебу после первого курса и уехала в Милан. Так, в возрасте 16 лет она начала модельную карьеру, выступая на показах в Милане и Париже. Меланья Трамп. Фото: Speakers' Corner Работая для журнала Allure, в 1999 году познакомилась с Дональдом Трампом. Отношения с ним укрепились, когда Меланья стала профессиональной моделью и начала выступать в Нью-Йорке. На одном из развлекательных шоу Трампс признался в любви к Меланье. Меланья Трамп. Фото: Q Politica Кнавс печатали на обложках таких изданий, как Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Ocean Drive, In Style, New York Magazine, Avenue, Allure, Vanity Fair, Self, Glamour, Elle и в 2000 году появилась в выпуске издания «Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue». Также она снялась в фильме «Образцовый самец» 2001 года. Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Трамп и Кнавс поженились в 2005 году в Епископальной церкви Bethesda-by-the-Sea в Палм-Бич (Флорида). Также в качестве гостя на свадьбе Трампа присутствовала Хиллари Клинтон. Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Их свадебная церемония широко освещалась медийными агентствами и часто упоминается свадебное платье Кнавс стоимостью 200 000 долларов от брэнда Кристиана Диора. Свадебный торт был размером 50-футов с наполнителем из Grand Marnier и покрытый 3000 розами, сделанными шеф-поваром усадьбы. 20 марта 2006 у пары родился мальчик, названный Бэррон Уильям Трамп. После его рождения Дональд Трамп по телефону сделал 20-минутное заявление радио-шоу «Imus in the Morning», сказав, что «всё идеально». Он стал пятым ребёнком Трампа. Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Монетизируя свой статус знаменитости после свадьбы, Кнавс выступила в телерекламе страховой корпорации Aflac, где она и талисман компании, утка, озвученная комиком Гилбертом Готфридом, «делали» обмен личностями в сумасшедшем эксперименте в стиле Франкенштейна. В феврале 2010 Кнавс объявила о запуске ювелирной коллекции собственного дизайна. Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Меланья Трамп. Фото: IJR.com Читайте также: Дональда Трампа обсмеяли в Сети, сделав из него "клоуна" Андрей Аршавин не захотел покидать Казахстан 10 причин, почему стоит быть футболистом Сексапильная красотка стала подружкой футболиста "Ливерпуля" (фото)
Aflac (AFL) in the Insurance-Accident & Health space is seeing solid earnings estimate revision activity, and is a great company from a Zacks Industry Rank perspective.
Aflac Incorporated's (AFL) third-quarter 2016 operating earnings per share of $1.82 beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.74 by about 4.6%.