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Mosaic Acquires Launch

Canadian-based retail activation agency bolsters Mosaic service offering

Today Jeff Rogers, President of Acosta Mosaic Group (AMG) North America, announced that Mosaic has acquired LAUNCH!, a privately owned, Canadian-based experiential marketing and retail activation agency. LAUNCH!’s suite of services further strengthens Mosaic’s offering, providing a broader range of marketing solutions to clients across Canada.

“LAUNCH! currently dominates the Canadian market when it comes to the retail sampling activation business which is a perfect complement to our capabilities” said Rogers. “This acquisition will allow us to offer this highly valued service to our clients, while increasing our retail footprint across the country.”

For LAUNCH!, this new venture presents its current clients with a broader range of services including retailer marketing, sales and merchandising, package design, consumer promotion, public relations and social media, in addition to increased scale across North America.

“This is an amazing opportunity for us to add to the innovative offering we have built at LAUNCH!, by joining what is arguably the largest, and most comprehensive retail-focused agency in North America,” said Kelly McCarten, CEO of LAUNCH!.

The Launch! brand will now operate as a business unit of Mosaic with 1,575 (75 full-time and 1,500 field) employees joining the Mosaic team, including LAUNCH! CEO, Kelly McCarten.

For clients of both agencies, this acquisition provides access to integrated marketing services under one roof, at a time when effectiveness and efficiency in agency relationships is essential.

“The addition of Launch! infuses Mosaic with areas of expertise that further position us as the ideal agency partner along the path of influence,” added Rogers. “We are thrilled to have them on board.”

About LAUNCH!

Founded in 1993, LAUNCH! has leveraged its experiential marketing expertise to become a fully-integrated brand marketing agency. Recognized as one of Canada’s Top 50 Hottest Agencies in 2004 and Top 10 Fastest Growing Agencies in 2005 & 2006, and one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed companies for eight years in a row. LAUNCH! prides itself on continually delivering measurable and award-winning results for Fortune 500 clients. For more information on LAUNCH! visit: http://www.launchthis.com

Dr. Oetker and LAUNCH! get you into the game!

 

Dr. Oetker and LAUNCH! are excited to announce the release of the new Dr. Oetker Casa di Mama Field Goal Fury Augmented Reality App

Dr. Oetker’s Casa di Mama is the official pizza of the CFL and in order to bring the excitement of the game to Canadians, LAUNCH! wanted to bring the game closer to consumers by bringing the pizza box to life! 

The Field Goal Fury app is an extension of the current Casa di Mama shopper marketing on-pack promotion which gives consumers a chance to win a trip to the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia. In addition to the 1.5 million specially marked boxes promoting the contest, LAUNCH! will also be responsible for sending two teams of Dr. Oetker brand ambassadors across the country on a summer-long tour that will see them setting up at popular events and festivals and serving over 240,000 slices of hot and fresh Dr. Oetker pizza.

When the app detects the promotional pizza box, it will instantly turns the box into a 3D football stadium where users will try to kick field goals! Field Goal Fury can be played online at casadimama.ca or through the Field Goal Fury app available for download in the Apple App Store or the Google Play store. In order to get the full augmented reality experience, consumers will need to keep their specially marked box of Dr. Oetker’s Casa di Mama pizza. 

LAUNCH! worked with Pixel Pusher to develop the App which launches in Canada on Monday, June 16th and will be updated periodically until the end of October. Users can expect a fully immersive 3D experience that will see them play through three challenging game modes which include:

Field Goal Kicking: Players get 10 kicks to score as many points as possible. Accuracy counts in this one!

Against Time: In this challenging game players will have 60 seconds to kick as many field goals as possible. 

Target Challenge: Players will have 10 chances to hit as many moving targets as possible. Remember to keep an eye out on the wind! 

Test your skill and see how you rank by visiting:

Apple App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/field-goal-fury/id885169952?ls=1&mt=8
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=ca.pixelpusher.cdmFieldGoalFury
Online: http://www.casadimama.ca

Kelly McCarten to speak at the Shopper Marketing Forum's Luncheon Roundtable

Monday, March 3, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 

Join an industry expert for an intimate round table luncheon discussion. Don't miss this chance to network, share ideas and discuss the issues that matter to you. Choose from a wide variety of table discussions, hosted by the expert of your choice. Sign-up will take place on site at registration desk, on a first-come, first-served basis. If sessions are full, please make your way to the session room 15 minutes before the scheduled start time and if there is an extra spot available, we will do our best to fit you in.

Learn more here.


Roundtable Topics:

Dan Howe: Innovation at retail

Diana Lucaci: Neuroscience in action: unveiling the shopper's mind

Matthew Diamond: Communication in-store: rules to live and die by

Jed Schneiderman: Mobile and its Impact on In-store Shopping Experience

Kelly McCartenThe power of in-retail experiential marketing

Carlsberg KICKS is now live in the App Store!

We're thrilled to announce that our new app that we designed for one of our clients has hit the App Store! Carlsberg KICKS contains three exciting game modes; Beat the Wall, Beat the Clock and Sudden Death. Challenge your friends and post your results to your Facebook wall. It's a free download, so head over to your Apple App Store of Google Play Store and start KICKing now!