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Coke shoots itself in the foot down Mexico way

Coca-Cola wanted to show that it was bringing Christmas joy to Mexicans with this somewhat patronising film showing a bottle top Christmas tree delighting a Coke-snorting community. It’s now been pulled after complaints from all and sundry, from the Mexican ...

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Some thoughts for France

It’s quite possible that some of our readers in France were caught up in the appalling events of Friday 13, almost certain that some of them knew someone who had been. On these occasions, of course, you feel relieved if ...

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Will WPP’s new Xaxis Politics swing the US presidency?

WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell likes years with big events – he reckons, correctly no doubt, that advertisers flood in to such things like lemmings – and they don’t come much bigger than the US presidential election. Nearly $12bn has ...

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Greenpeace launches new ‘brand attack’ on Volkswagen

As if Volkswagen didn’t have enough on its plate, eco warriors Greenpeace are launching a Halloween campaign ‘Trick. No Treat’ targeting the German carmaker over its use of defeat devices to chart emissions testing. Greenpeace campaigner Areeba Hamid says: “This ...

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The perils of multinational life – IPG’s Lowe hopes it’s capped its legal and financial problems in Brazil

IPG’s Mullen Lowe seems to have settled its rather embarrassing legal problems in Brazil, closing its Brasilia office in the process. Former Borghi/Lowe executive Ricardo Hoffman has been indicted for making payments to a Brazilian congressman through shell companies owned ...

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WPP ups its bid to handle government communications with Sean Larkins hire

WPP’s Government & Public Sector Practice has poached the UK government’s one-time deputy director of government communications Sean Larkins as director of consulting and capability. “Communications capability” is a new offer it says. Working for the Government Larkins (left) “led ...

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Drayson Technologies picks five agencies for CleanSpace air quality drive

Lord Paul Drayson (left) was the minister for science and innovation in the Blair/Brown Labour governments and now runs Drayson Technologies. His company is launching a new initiative CleanSpace which it describes as a “technology enabled movement for better air ...

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