Larson Banilower promoted to VP, Client Development
Blast Radius is thrilled to announce the promotion of Larson Banilower to VP, Client Development, taking the lead in business development for all of Wunderman New York. Ever since Banilower joined Blast in 2012, he’s proven himself an asset in helping to acquire essential clients, such as Bonefish Grill and Burlington.
“I’m excited to take on this broader role within Wunderman and Blast Radius,” said Banilower, “As clients look for more sophisticated solutions to solve their business challenges, my new role allows me to assemble the ideal combination of strategy, creative, and a suite of tools to deliver a compelling offer to clients in pitches.”
Banilower takes on a great responsibility, creating and growing key client relationships to help New York continue to thrive. He plans to continue fostering relationships with other networks and technology partners, and lead new business opportunities that are an ideal fit for Wunderman and Blast Radius, leveraging broad expertise and unique skill sets within our network.
You can read the full press release here.March 21, 2014
Blast Radius Unites with Designkitchen in Chicago
Both owned by WPP’s Wunderman, digital agency Blast Radius and digital shop Designkitchen have united forces in Chicago. Designkitchen Chicago will take the name Blast Radius. Their joint force will deliver creative strategic and technological solutions to a wide range of clients worldwide.
“Individually, each agency has a strong reputation for delivering strategic, creative solutions for clients through brand and technology innovation,” said Sam Landers, founder and former head of Designkitchen, now global CEO of Blast Radius. “Over time, we’ve worked on several joint clients and seen the distinct advantages of working together. Today, our clients benefit from having one of the most talented groups assembled at their fingertips.”
Designkitchen, acquired by Wunderman in 2008, also has a satellite office in San Francisco. Blast Radius was acquired by WPP in 2007 and has offices in Portland, Toronto, Vancouver, New York, Seattle, Paris, Amsterdam, London, Shanghai, and Hamburg. Their combined clients include Nike, Novartis, Starbucks, Nivea, Land Rover, HP and Motorola.
You can read the press release here.March 14, 2014
Blast Radius Amsterdam Brings ‘My Town, My Tracks’ to Milan
For the latest in Blast Radius Amsterdam’s “My Town, My Tracks” campaign for Onitsuka Tiger, the agency took to the streets of Milan with Erik Garbo, a student of Italian and Japanese descent.
In the spot, directed by Sara Domogala, Garbo takes us on a tour of his favorite neighborhood of Navigli, in southwestern Milan. We see some of Erik’s favorite places, like a pizzeria, cafe, record shop and underground bar, while he discusses the neighborhood, his life as a student, and his parents. In the campaign’s “key visual for advertising and point of sale, he presents the season’s hero sneaker, framed by the stunning Naviglio Grande canal and its vibrant side streets” (this appears to be part of the visual campaign, but is not featured in the above spot).
Lisa Hogg, head of brand management at Onitsuka Tiger, explained: “This season we moved the ‘My Town My Tracks’ concept from Tokyo to Europe, but kept true to our Japanese roots. Performance-enhanced styles, new silhouettes and colourways are the signature of our Spring Summer collection. We brought this attitude to life by uncovering the details of contemporary Milan lifestyle.”
The campaign is extended by an Instagram series from Danish photographer Karen Rosetzsky, as well as a collection film and behind-the-scenes video, both of which can be seen following the jump.February 3, 2014
Government of Saskatchewan
Blast Radius Vancouver launched a new site for the Government of Saskatchewan (www.saskatchewan.ca). The site will be released in multiple phases over the course of two years with the first phase going live the week of December 16 (this week). The digital communication portal promises to improve access to information and services for Saskatchewan people, as well as those considering visiting or moving to the province. This investment replaces the former website, which was introduced in 2006 before tablets and smart phones were commonly used, and it is part of how Saskatchewan is responding to the increased demand for government services. The population has reached 1.1 million in 2013, with 100,000 in population growth over the last six years.
“The government had a unique vision for their site and presented us with an exciting challenge,” added Gautam Lohia, chief technology officer and managing director, Blast Radius, Vancouver. “Unlike other jurisdictions, the province’s digital approach is organic and will evolve regularly to reflect all of the activity, growth, pride and heritage that make this province great. Most importantly, it will ensure everyone will have quick access to frequently used government programs and services.”
Saskatchewan.ca is part of an overall program to enhance online services to citizens. The web project included planning for the new digital program, gathering citizen feedback into their wants and needs, selection and implementation of a new content management system, reviewing more than 400,000 pages of existing website content, design for the new site, including a more accessible and mobile-friendly site, build of the new website and testing of the new website.December 20, 2013
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