AOL UK vice-president of marketing Sharon Lang is leaving the company in the new year. It is understood that the marketing department is being restructured, and her position will be abolished. AOL spends an estimated £42m on advertising, through Grey London. Lang appointed Grey a year ago.
New CMO Ben Carter has launched the online estate agency’s biggest brand campaign in five years, fronted by TV personality and comedian Mo Gilligan.
Consumer confidence has dropped due to concerns about rising tax, food and fuel prices, while the end of the furlough scheme means consumers are “slamming on the breaks” in anticipation of economic hardships.
General Mills, owner of Häagen-Dazs, Old El Paso and Yoplait, is increasing investment in digital and data and it steps up efforts to go direct-to-consumer.
Those questioning the updates to Heinz’s slogan and the British Rail logo miss the salience the brands will gain – but there are rules for playing with brand codes effectively.