Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson

Lauren Johnson is a technology staff writer for Adweek, where she specializes in covering mobile, social platforms and emerging tech.

Budweiser Ramps Up Social, Digital Video to Win Over Soccer Fans

Anheuser-Busch’s Budweiser is giving digital a prime spot in its sponsorship as the official beer of the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup with a string of video and social efforts. "On top of TV and the more traditional [parts], digital is the lead component of this campaign," Ricardo Marques, Budweiser’s global advertising director, told Adweek.

Pinterest Marketers Are About to Get the Data They Want

Pinterest is opening its business platform to a handful of marketing tech players, letting them access data that should help their brand clients better understand what content efforts are performing best.

Google Beats Apple in List of World’s Most Valuable Brands

Google, Apple, IBM and Microsoft are the companies that rank the highest in terms of brand value, according to a new study commissioned by WPP and conducted by Millward Brown. McDonald’s is the only non-tech brand within the top five, highlighting the growth of the digital vertical in recent years and more trust among consumers.

McDonald’s Overhauls Packaging for World Cup Digital Push

McDonald's is revamping its fry packaging on a global scale for the first time as part of a large-scale marketing push for the upcoming 2014 FIFA World Cup. And interestingly, the boxes have a big digital component as the brand wants to appeal to more millennials. 

Macy’s Is the First Retailer to Run Facebook’s Auto-Play Video Ads

Following a sprinkling of ads from brands in other categories, Macy's is the first retailer to roll out Facebook's auto-play video ads within mobile newsfeeds, Adweek has learned. A rep for the department store giant claimed there were two other merchant brands testing the platform, but didn't disclose names.