LevLane Wins KFC-Houston Account

Philly Ad Club: After a one-month review, the KFC-Houston Advertising Co-op, Houston, has named LevLane as its advertising agency of record. Other review particpants were DGWB, Santa Ana, CA, and the incumbent, J&A Integrated Thinking, Brentwood, Tenn. A budget of $2.5 million will go to TV, radio, digital, print, P-O-P and outdoor, with first programs due to launch in January.

Selection was based on a strategic sales-building plan. KFC-Houston Advertising Co-op president Ali Kamal states, “LevLane presented a roadmap that was both thorough, and most importantly, appropriate for this highly competitive DMA. Church’s, Chick-fil-A, and Popeyes are all strong presences here. It is not an easy environment.”

LevLane sr. vp, account director Chris Ponzio adds, “LevLane has a 25-year track record of building KFC?sales. We look forward to extending that record in one of the most crowded chicken/quick service marketplaces in the country.”

The KFC?Houston Advertising Co-op includes fourteen members in the Houston DMA. LevLane already manages seven other KFC?regional co-op accounts, located in Vt., Mass., N.Y., Penn., Ga. and Fla., and representing in total over 400 restaurants in five of the nation’s top ten DMAs.

LevLane is a full-service marketing communications agency with offices in Philadelphia and West Palm, Fla. Clients include regional KFC/Taco Bell, Beneficial Bank, ALI-ABA, Phila. Recycling Office, Fairmount Park Conservancy, WXPN, Philadelphia Financial, Phila. Corporation for Aging, Reliance Standard Life Insurance, Wesley Enhanced Living, Kennedy Health System, The Phila. Center City District and Philadelphia Streets, among others.

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New York Times Online: KFC Houston Advertising Co-op chose LevLane, Philadelphia, as its advertising agency of record. The assignment, with spending estimated at $2.5 million, had been handled by J&A Integrated Thinking, Brentwood, Tenn. LevLane also handles the accounts of seven other KFC regional co-ops.