Monday, October 20, 2014

Sales by commodity, all retail stores – Seasonally unadjusted

Sales by commodity, all retail stores – Seasonally unadjusted – millions of dollars

Second quarter 2013r
| First quarter 2014r
| Second quarter 2014p
| Second quarter 2013 to second quarter 2014

% change
Commodity, total
Food and beverages
Health and personal care products
Clothing, footwear and accessories
Furniture, home furnishings and electronics
Motor vehicles, parts and services
Automotive fuels, oils and additives
Hardware, lawn and garden products
Sporting and leisure goods
All other goods and services

Retail sales increased 5.2% from the same quarter a year earlier to $132.9 billion in the second quarter, the largest year-over-year growth since the first quarter of 2012. Higher sales were reported in all 10 major commodity groups.
Sales of motor vehicles, parts and services rose 5.1%, the fifth consecutive quarterly increase. Sales of new trucks, vans, minivans and sport utility vehicles (+7.6%) were the largest contributor to the gain. According to the New Motor Vehicles Sales Survey, the number of trucks sold was up 7.3% from the second quarter of 2013. Sales also grew for used vehicles (+6.8%) and automotive parts and accessories (+2.8%).
Sales of automotive fuels, oils and additives grew 12.3% year over year in the second quarter, while consumer prices for gasoline increased 6.1% over the same period.
Receipts for food and beverages rose 3.9%. Most of the increase came from sales of food (+4.4%), led by price-induced gains for fresh fruits and vegetables (+8.4%) and fresh meat and poultry (+8.6%). Sales of candy, confectionary and snack foods increased 7.1% year over year, as Easter shifted to the second quarter in 2014. Food and beverage stores saw their share of sales for food fall from 78.4% in the second quarter of 2013 to 77.5% in the second quarter of 2014, mainly to the benefit of general merchandisers.
Sales of clothing, footwear and accessories rose 4.7%. This increase came mostly from clothing and accessories (+4.5%), led by women's clothing and accessories (+5.7%) and girls', boys' and infants' clothing and accessories (+9.4%). Most of the growth was attributable to a higher volume of sales. Footwear sales grew 6.5%, the second largest increase in nearly two years, led by gains in non-athletic footwear.
Sporting and leisure goods were up 7.1% in the second quarter. A 15.5% increase in the sales of toys, games and hobby supplies accounted for most of the growth. Sales of this commodity can be affected by the timing of new product releases.
Sales of hardware, lawn and garden products grew 2.3%, reflecting higher sales of lawn and garden products (+3.8%) as well as hardware and home renovation products (+1.5%).
Furniture, home furnishings and electronics sales rose 1.8%, the largest year-over-year increase since early 2011. This increase was led by commodities associated with home buying and renovation, such as floor coverings and tiles (+7.2%) and indoor furniture (+3.0%). Tempering the gains were lower sales of home electronics, computers and cameras (-3.4%), the commodity group's 10th consecutive decline.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

What was the top Song of Summer 2014?

No definitive song but an edgier sound emerged at CHR this summer. CHR didn’t net a song that epitomized the summer of 2014 but it did give rise to a new crop of edgier, rhythmic acts that offer a hint of where the format is heading. Five of the top six most-played CHR songs of the summer were from debut releases, including Iggy Azalea, whose high-velocity rap put her own “Fancy” in the summer’s top five and helped propel Ariana’s Grande’s “Problem” into the top three. “Fancy” was inescapable this summer, shooting to No. 1 at CHR, rhythmic and urban. “This was her summer more than anybody’s,” Radio Animal Media Consulting president Dom Theodore says. It was a big summer for crossovers as the top five most-played songs all went to No. 1 at other formats. Even as EDM continued to dominate CHR, smashes from Azalea, Rude! and Sam Smith helped slow the format’s tempo down with lower-BPM sounds. In sharp contrast to 2012, when pure pop ruled, this summer saw CHR move away from the musical center. “The cycle is starting to skew more rhythmic, with top 40 and hot AC moving a little farther away from each other — but certainly still sharing the giant hits,” says MusicCrunch partner Anthony Acampora. That signals the arrival of the musical extremes, according to Theodore, when edgier hip-hop and guitar-based pop rock lift rhythmic CHR and hot AC, but are sometimes tougher for CHR to marry together. “We are starting to see the emergence of the extremes for sure,” Theodore says, pointing to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” as evidence of a return to edgy novelty songs.

Monday, August 25, 2014

2014 Agency of the Year

The deliberations are over, and the scores are in. Finally, strategy‘s 2014 Agency of the Year competition shortlists you’ve been pining for have arrived.

The below list of agencies, which have been deemed cream of the crop by a panel of marketing and ad execs, are in the running for the top agency, digital, media and PR prizes, which will be presented at this year’s awards gala on October 30 in Toronto. To purchase tickets for the awards show, contact Joel Pinto at or 416.408.2300 ext. 650.

Agency of the Year
John St.
Leo Burnett
Sid Lee
Zulu Alpha Kilo
Digital Agency of the Year
John St.
Saatchi & Saatchi
Tribal Worldwide
Zulu Alpha Kilo
Media Agency of the Year
Cossette Media
Jungle Media
MacLaren M2 Universal
Media Experts
Touché! PHD
Starcom Mediavest Group
PR Agency of the Year
Citizen Relations
North Strategic
Media Profile
Strategic Objectives
Veritas Communications
Weber Shandwick

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pattison Outdoor News

Pattison enables its digital signs to change with the weather by Val Maloney

Pattison Outdoor Advertising has announced the addition of its SmartAd advertising engine to the company’s outdoor digital faces across Canada, allowing clients to update signs in real-time.

The technology had already been in place on Pattison’s indoor signage, with the tech being added to the outdoor digital faces across Canada this summer. Ian Gadsby, VP of digital technology at Pattison, tells MiC the new tool allows clients to either pre-plan changes to messaging that will go live based on variables like temperature or a connected social media feed, or to update the signage in real-time through the OOH company’s CMS.

He says clients are already using the technology, with Coca-Cola currently running a campaign that only displays Minute Maid ads when the weather is hot. Gadsby adds that the tech was first developed by OneStop Media, which Pattison acquired in 2011.

Costs around using the technology are slightly higher than standard ads due to production charges, according to a Pattison representative.

Gadsby says the addition of the tool to the company’s OOH digital signs means clients can dynamically change ad messaging across the board now, with indoor and outdoor signage switching at the same time. In total the company operates 2,707 digital indoor and outdoor signs across Canada.

Friday, June 27, 2014

TSN takes pride in its CFL product

Regina Leader-Post
Friday, June 27, 2014

By: Greg Harder



TSN has about 40 million reasons to embrace its role in the heightened profile of the CFL.

The league signed a fiveyear contract extension last spring which officially kicks in this season, securing TSN as its exclusive television partner through 2018.


The landmark deal, valued at approximately $40 million per season, has been called a game changer for the budget conscious CFL - tangible affirmation of its increased value within the Canadian sports landscape.


The new contract is believed to be worth almost three times more than the previous deal, an investment which means that TSN's commitment to the CFL is stronger than ever.

That said, it doesn't mean the network is planning to stray from its tried-and-true



As the old saying goes, if it ain't broke, don't fix.


"We don't feel pressure to up our game," said Mark Milliere, TSN's senior vicepresident of production. "We're very proud of the work we've done on it. More than anything you feel that extra sense of ownership. It's Year 1 of an exclusive arrangement and you want to keep building on all the momentum you put behind it and keep growing it. That's not pressure, it's more excitement."


TSN and the CFL entered into their first exclusive television agreement in 2008, ending the league's 55-year relationship with CBC.


The move was followed by a steady ratings upswing - in conjunction with a period of unprecedented growth for the league - which validated the network's faith in the product, not to mention its investment.


"It's a huge source of pride," offered Milliere, TSN's second in command. "Everyone at TSN feels they've had a hand in that. The CFL is a great product. To see where the momentum is at, where it's building, to see the new stadiums coming on board, to see the job that (commissioner) Mark (Cohon) and his team have done in terms of building the league and working together with them, it's very rewarding."


Although the CFL's lucrative deal with TSN was regarded as being good for the league, it also provided some ammunition for the players heading into negotiations this spring for a new collective bargaining agreement. After several weeks of posturing and on-again, offagain talks, the sides came to an agreement in the midst of training camps, ending the threat of a strike and ensuring the season would begin as scheduled.


"You look at it and go, 'That's just the byproduct of a successful league,' " noted Milliere. "When a league starts getting that momentum and that success, everyone wants their slice. It's just like other leagues. They all go through it. There's obviously angst that goes with that when you're the broadcaster, hoping it all gets resolved. You don't want to break stride. Thankfully they got it resolved."


TSN was recently involved in a strenuous negotiation of its own when the network was outbid by rival Sportsnet for the national rights to NHL hockey.


Despite that setback, Milliere said the network is going full steam ahead with its remaining stable of sports properties, including the CFL.


"We still have a ton of hockey to produce," he said. "I'll produce as many hockey games or more this regular season than I did last year (due in part to the acquisition of regional broadcasts). The NHL is still a huge part of TSN.


"The CFL has always been a priority for us because of its exclusive arrangement. That is unique, like our Hockey Canada arrangement. I don't know if anything changes. We feel a tremendous amount of ownership - a tremendous amount of pride - in terms of the growth of the league. We just want to keep going with that momentum."

Friday, June 13, 2014

Friends and family still top influencers: Veritas study

June 10, 2014

Family and friends are still the number one influence on decision-making, according to a new study by Veritas Communications.

The Veritas Canadian Influencer Study found that family (70%), friends (67%) and trusted experts (34%) have the greatest influence on female consumers’ decisions to try a new product or service.

“When marketers think of tapping into influencers, they automatically think of media and social media, and that makes sense because they do have a lot of influence,” said Krista Webster, president and partner at MDC-owned Veritas Communications. “But marketers have forgotten the lost art of tapping into family and friends.”

Webster added that there’s a big opportunity for smart brands to recognize the power of word of mouth. “It’s authentic, it takes time and you have to nurture it,” she said. “For many marketers, things have to happen immediately. But true staying power and true loyalty comes from allowing things happen in their own time… This is the slow movement for earned media.”

Overall, bloggers continue to grow in influence among women, who cite a blogger recommendation as an important trigger to trying a new product or service for the first time (22%). “The voice is authentic [in blogs]. It’s like a friend,” said Webster.

The study also found that trust in new channels is on the rise. While conversations with family and friends tops the list of most-trusted channels for women sourcing information about a product or service (65%), the gap between traditional and new media is closing. The most-used channels for finding information about a new product or service include traditional media (41%), online media (37%) and advertising (30%).

“The trust of influencers in [a female consumer’s] circle is very high and she does not discern between online and offline anymore,” said Webster. “The authenticity of that voice is more important to her than ever.”

In addition, women are more likely to source information from social and digital channels where friends, family or trusted sources post information, including social networks (38% versus 31% national average), online communities (27% versus 25%) blogs (26% versus 19%) or branded apps/tools (22% versus 19%).

Other findings in the survey:

·39% of female respondents consider themselves to be influencers—by more often acting as an influencer than one who is influenced.

·37% of female respondents said people often ask their opinion about what products or services they should consider buying or using.

·48% of female respondents said they actively share news on new products or events with others.

·74% of female respondents have switched from at least one preferred brand in the past year.

·73% said they plan to change preferred brands in the coming year.

·The sectors most frequently cited by female brand switchers are: automotive (39%); online video/gaming (39%); travel service or hotel (38%); alcoholic beverage (34%) and media/entertainment (34%).

·Female consumers are likely to seek out 2.7 sources of information before making a decision on using a new brand or service.

The study of 500 adult Canadians (both men and women) was commissioned by Veritas and conducted by Northstar, an MDC Partners market research and consulting firm.