Women in Toys Announces Nominees for 12 Annual Wonder Women Awards

45d2d355-1dc4-46da-af13-75bedb5a57b8Women in Toys Licensing and Entertainment (WIT), will honor a dozen women business leaders, its founders, and more than 50 finalists at the 12th Annual Wonder Women Awards Gala, which is also celebrating 25 years of the organization.

Game Changer Stylist Micaela Erlanger and Positive Body Image Advocate and Supermodel EMME will be present WIT’s Game Changer Award to Mattel. WIT will also present Sydney and Toni Lowe, two toy making entrepreneurs and the creators of Poketti pocket plush, with the Wonder Girl Award. [Read more...]

ChizComm Ltd. Appointed New Agency of Record for Imperial Toy

ImperialLogoChizComm Ltd. has been named the agency of record (AOR) for Imperial Toy, and will lead public relations and marketing communications efforts across North American markets, as well as grow existing businesses and launch new brands.

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When should licensees activate their public relations campaign?

By Julie Livingston, director, business development and accounts, Child’s Play Communications, New York City

With the advent of the annual Licensing Expo on June 12-14 in Las Vegas, licensors, licensees, companies, and brands will take steps to contemplate their marketing and communications plans for forthcoming product lines. In my work over the past decade with toy and youth entertainment companies, the oft-asked question inevitably comes back to timing, as in “when is the best time to activate my PR program?”

First and foremost, the licensee must consider the obligatory marketing activities detailed in the licensing contract, including advertising and promotion, public relations, and/or trade-show presence. Once established, a marketing and promotion plan (based on the general strategic marketing plan) can be devised to dovetail with the licensor’s objectives.

In addition to following the licensor’s brand-specific style guide, knowing their history of communicating and working with licensing partners can be helpful and provide tremendous insight. For example, gain insight on the licensors’ internal approval process, including key decision makers, to whom things must be submitted, and how long approval typically takes. This information will help to clarify key processes and assist the licensee to plan accordingly. Although some of the following items may seem intuitive, the PR planning process and execution must be meticulously timed to coincide with in-store or on-screen dates.

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