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McCann, formerly McCann Erickson, is an American global advertising agency network, with offices in 120 countries. McCann is part of McCann Worldgroup, along with direct digital marketing agency MRM//McCann, experiential marketing agency Momentum Worldwide, healthcare marketing group McCann Health, branding firm FutureBrand, and public-relations and strategic-communications agency Weber Shandwick.
In 1964 the "Put a Tiger in Your Tank" campaign was developed by McCann Erickson for Esso. Sales soared and the advertising became the talk of adland, Time magazine declared 1964 to be "The Year of the Tiger" along Madison Avenue.
McCann Erickson created Coca-Cola's "It's The Real Thing" slogan and ad campaign, including the famous 1971 "Hilltop" ad, which featured the "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke" jingle. The song for the commercial was recorded by The New Seekers, and first aired as a radio ad before being made into a television commercial. The song was rerecorded for commercial release as "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)". The commercial was featured in the final episode of the TV series Mad Men. McCann Erickson also developed the "Army Strong" campaign for the United States Army. The company also developed the MasterCard commercial saying "There are some things money can't buy. For everything else, there's MasterCard", as well as the Rice-a-Roni jingle (based on a 1923 song, "Barney Google"). McCann Erickson also developed the Gold Blend couple advertisements for Nescafé, which aired from 1987 to 1993. McCann worked on Russia Today's 2008 rebranding and came up with their slogan, "Question More".
Other McCann campaigns have included "Quick, Henry the Flit!" from the 1928 ads created by Theodor (Dr. Seuss) Geisel; "You can be sure... if it's Westinghouse" from 1954, which featured the actress and consumer advocate Betty Furness in the commercials; "Wouldn't you really rather have a Buick," from 1965; and "It's Better in the Bahamas," from 1976.
The agency also introduced the line, "If you've got the time, we've got the beer" for Miller High Life in 1971, and then "Everything you've always wanted in a beer. And less." in the 1973 introduction of Miller Lite beer. During Super Bowl XIV in 1980, the agency ran a Coca-Cola commercial starring the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle "Mean" Joe Greene that USA Today's Ad Meter poll of readers ranked in 2016 as the No. 1 Super Bowl commercial of all time.
In 1973, McCann New York launched the campaign for L'Oréal's hair coloring products featuring the line, "Because I'm Worth It." It featured three female personalities beginning with Joanne Dusseau, Meredith Baxter Birney and Cybill Shepherd, explaining why they were willing to spend more for their hair.
In 2012, McCann Melbourne launched the "Dumb Ways to Die" animated ad campaign for Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia, that promoted safety through darkly amusing animation and a catchy song that quickly went viral with 200 million downloads.
On the eve of International Women's Day in March 2017, State Street Global Advisors and McCann New York unveiled Fearless Girl in the Wall Street area, a statue of a little girl posturing boldly with her hands on her hips, representing female empowerment and gender equality. The installation became a global viral sensation. In February 2018, the City of New York announced that the Fearless Girl statue would be permanently installed in downtown Manhattan.
For MGM Resorts in 2018, it launched "Universal Love" in which six iconic wedding songs were re-recorded to be more inclusive of LGBTQ relationships. When the musician Prince died on April 21, 2016, Commonwealth//McCann, the agency handling the General Motors global Chevrolet account, ran a full-page tribute ad in six U.S. newspapers, just showing the back of a red 1963 Chevrolet Corvette, and not naming either GM or Chevrolet. The copy said, "Baby that was much too fast, 1958-2016," a reference to the lyrics in Prince's 1982 hit song "Little Red Corvette". The agency, which introduced George Clooney into U.S. Nespresso advertising in 2015, created the 2017 special effects commercial in which the actor is shown hitching rides in actual scenes from famous movies such as Psycho and Easy Rider as he travels for the coffee.
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McCann Worldgroup (MW) was formed in 1997 as the parent company of McCann and several other agencies, including MRM//McCann and Weber Shandwick.
1902: Alfred Erickson forms his own advertising agency in New York City.
1912: Harrison McCann, along with four partners, launches H. K. McCann Co, and introduces the credo "Truth Well Told".
1920: McCann's "Truth Well Told" becomes the first service company emblem to receive intellectual property protection through the U.S. Copyright Office. The U.S. Patent Office, which had granted trademark protection only for manufacturers until then, then formally granted the slogan/logo trademark registration in January 1921.
1927: McCann opens offices in Paris, Berlin and London.
1930: McCann and Erickson merge companies.
1935: Latin American offices open in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.
1943: McCann New York hires Viennese psychology researchers Dr. Herta Herzog and Dr. Hans Zeisel, becoming "the first [agency] to hire psychological research staff"
1947: The McCann-produced "Swift Home Service Club", with Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg, became the first regularly scheduled sponsored TV program on November 7, 1947, running on four NBC network station.
1948: Marion Harper, Jr., at 32 years old, is named Harrison K. McCann's successor as president of the agency.
1949: McCann names four women as VPs: copy group heads Alberta Hays and Margot Sherman, account executive Florence Richards, and radio-TV department executive producer Dorothy Barstow McCann.
1955: Coca-Cola assigns its U.S. ad account to McCann as plan to consolidated and integrate U.S. and international advertising.
1956: McCann begins expansion outside of advertising by forming Communications Counselors, Inc. (CCI), an international PR company, and Marketing Planning Corp. (Marplan), a research organization.
1957: McCann became the first U.S. advertising agency to bill $100 million in TV and radio sales.
1958: McCann resigns larger Chrysler account in order to take on Buick and align with General Motors around the world.
1959: Australian office opens, as well as European offices in Italy, Netherlands and Switzerland.
1960: The company is organised into four independent operating units reporting into McCann Erickson, Inc. (later to become the Interpublic Group in 1961). Office opens in Japan.
1964: The Spanish government of Francisco Franco hires the agency to improve its image in the United States.
1973: McCann International and McCann US reunite into the single agency McCann Erickson Worldwide.
1992: McCann lost its largest customer, Coca-Cola.
1997: McCann Worldgroup formed, which includes: McCann Erickson Worldwide and what would become MRM//McCann, Momentum Worldwide, McCann Healthcare Worldwide, Weber Shandwick and FutureBrand.
1998, 1999 and 2000: McCann Erickson was named "Global Agency of the Year" by Adweek.
2000: Coca-Cola returned as a customer with a new "groundbreaking contract, making McCann a marketing partner".
2012: Harris Diamond, previously CEO of Weber Shandwick and CEO of Interpublic Groups' Constituency Management Group, joins McCann Worldgroup as its new Chairman and CEO.
2013: General Motors' worldwide Chevrolet account is consolidated with the agency in Commonwealth//McCann.
2014: United//McCann is established to handle the worldwide Microsoft account.
2017: Adweek names McCann "Agency of the Year".
2018: Global Effie Effectiveness Index names McCann Most Effective Agency Network, and MRM//McCann is named Ad Ages' "2018 Business-to-Business Agency of the Year".
In popular culture
In the AMC seriesMad Men, an executive at McCann Erickson is introduced in Season 1 as showing great interest in poaching Don Draper away from Sterling Cooper. This attempt is ultimately unsuccessful but McCann would feature as a background adversary to Sterling Cooper for most of the series. Sterling Cooper and its parent company, Putnam, Powell and Lowe, are acquired by McCann, leading Don Draper to help start a new agency rather than be part of what he calls a "sausage factory." Responding to the show, the ad company bought space in Adweek, Brandweek, and Mediaweek headlined "Welcome, Sterling Cooper" and signed "Your friends at McCann Erickson".Later in the series,Roger Sterling negotiates the sale of 51% of Sterling Cooper & Partners to McCann as an independent subsidiary, but McCann subsequently swallows up the company and consolidates it into its much larger business. The series ended with the landmark Hilltop ad for Coca-Cola made by McCann Erickson.
Others have included James Dickey, the novelist (Deliverance) and poet (U.S. Poet Laureate, 1966-1968), who joined as a copywriter on Coca-Cola in 1956, working first in New York and then in Atlanta for a few years;Edward Lewis Wallant, who worked (1957-1961) as an art director in New York while he was writing the novel The Pawnbroker (1961), which became in 1964 the first U.S. film to treat the horrors of The Holocaust from the viewpoint of a survivor;Bert Sugar, the sports historian and boxing writer, who worked in New York in the 1960s; Bryce Courtenay, one of Australia's best-selling authors (The Power of One), who worked in Sydney for more than a decade starting in 1959, including as creative director; Ismail Merchant, who joined New York as an account executive in 1958 while developing his first film, The Creation of Woman (1960), and then went on to form Merchant Ivory Productions, famous for movies such as A Room with a View (1985) and Howards End (1992);Grant Tinker, who was director of program development in McCann New York (1954-1957), and then co-founded MTM Enterprises (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) and later became CEO of NBC (1981-1986); Stan Weston, who created the G.I. Joe action figure and helped develop the ThunderCats cartoon series; comic actor Dave Thomas, who was a Toronto and New York copywriter at the agency on Coca-Cola (1974-1976), known for portraying Doug McKenzie in SCTVs early 1980s Bob and Doug McKenzie skits with Rick Moranis; and Shonda Rhimes (Grey's Anatomy), whose first job out of college in 1991 was as a writer in San Francisco.
The writer and filmmaker Jomí García Ascot, who was VP-creative director of McCann Mexico up through 1978, was part of the influential creative group in Mexico that included Gabriel García Márquez, who dedicated the first Spanish-language edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude to García Ascot and his wife. As recalled by the Mexican novelist and poet Fernando del Paso, the Stanton Publicidad agency that would become part of McCann Mexico in 1968 brought together writers and filmmakers that included himself, Garcia Marquez María Luisa Mendoza, Álvaro Mutis, Jorge Fons, and Arturo Ripstein.
^(17 October 1955)."McCann-Erickson Replaces D'Arcy on $15,000,000 Coca-Cola Account: Switch Made so that Coca-Cola Could 'Integrate Domestic, International Advertising,' Robinson Says."Advertising Age.