Until now, the Michigan-based agency's win of the $170 million Expedia work less than a year ago was considered the one positive movement after a series of account losses. While the agency still works for Blockbuster, Serta, HGTV, a regional bank called TNC, and canned-bean purveyors Bush Bros., the shop has watched Six Flags, Sylvan Learning Centers and La-Z-Boy -- a collective representing $150 million in billings -- walk out its doors.
Outback Steakhouse, a media client Doner shares with Havas' MPG, is also in a review. That account is valued at $87 million by TNS Media Intelligence.
Hotels.com, on the other hand, is having a red-letter year so far. In Expedia's second-quarter financial report, the hotel-booking website was cited as one of the two main drivers of growth for the parent company, increasing its number of bookings by 27%. It is also the category leader for hotel/resort travel sites, with 6.6 million visitors in May, compared with No. 2 Marriot, which had 5.3 million visitors that same month.
A Hotels.com spokeswoman confirmed the review, but declined comment otherwise. Doner declined comment for this story.