Embattled oil company BP has registered as a trademark the phrase ‘Be Proud Join In’ in what is thought to be its slogan for the 2012 London Olympics. The company has been in the political and every other doghouse since ...Read More »
Why did the Russians start cheering World Cup victory before FIFA’s Sepp Blatter had announced the winner?
I heard this first on the radio and there was definitely an outbreak of Beatles-type screaming before FIFA boss Sepp Blatter had actually announced the winner of the competition to host the 2018 World Cup. For some reason the skewed ...Read More »
Well it hardly helped considering that four of the 22-man FIFA executive committee who voted on the bids for 2018 and 2022 today were accused in a Panorama programme on Monday of taking bribes or, in the case of Trinidad ...Read More »
How so? Well former Labour minister Lord (Peter) Mandelson is launching a PR and advisory firm Global Counsel LLP with backing from Sir Martin Sorrell’s WPP but for once the loquacious spinmeister seems at a loss for words. Sorrell too ...Read More »
Crikey that sounds a lot of money and, before you get too excited, that £180bn isn’t the marketing budget for the latest, and most serious, effort by the much-criticised British banking fraternity to persuade UK consumers (and politicians) that they’re ...Read More »
UK PR supremo Matthew Freud of Freud Communications has been here before, leaving the Omnicom marcoms company in 2001 after it bought his owner Abbott Mead Vickers. Now, according to the Financial Times, he’s thinking of quitting current owner Publicis ...Read More »
Former FT editor Andrew Gowers must be thinking of packing in this PR lark (it seems to be be giving up on him unfortunately). Gowers joined BP a year as head of media just in time to preside over the ...Read More »
Publicis Groupe snaps up Johan Bjorksten’s Eastwei PR business in China – why is rival Sir Martin Sorrell so quiet?
Ever since Publicis Groupe boss Maurice Levy decided not to retire the French marcoms group has been in rampant rabbit mode, snapping up agencies here there and everywhere. Now it’s bought Eastwei Relations in China along with Swedish founder Johan ...Read More »
Let’s face it, Kate Middleton, Prince William’s intended, has always been a Kate; she’s pretty and blessed with nice long legs, just as Kates are supposed to be. But Buckingham Palace, stuffed to the gills with people whose job it ...Read More »
Publicis Groupe has decided to make a bigger splash on Twitter and here’s the YouTube video it’s using to launch it. It’s a rare opportunity to see Le grand fromage at home, surrounded by his admiring minions who seem to ...Read More »