What really happens at Trump HQ

Won’t be able to make it to Davos this year (but give my regards to Gretel). You can bet that everyone there will be fretting about Trump and Putin in that order, including our own dear Sir Martin Sorrell of ...

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Watch out Facebook Snapchat is coming says Sorrell

Messaging service Snapchat, limbering up for an IPO this year that could value it at $25bn, is a potential rival to Facebook according to WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. Speaking at Davos Sorrell said that WPP clients spent $90m with ...

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Christmas dominates YouTube UK ad list but online specials make strong showing

Google UK has released its 2016 YouTube Ads Leaderboard celebrating the most popular video ads among UK viewers. The ranking is determined by number of views and percentage of organic views versus paid views. Key trends include: *Watch time: The ...

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Will biosensors give Mindshare staff a lift?

I see that the staff of WPP media agency Mindshare have been fitted with NeuroSky biosensors to monitor their brainwaves (not those brainwaves) and emotions as they toil selflessly in the identical causes of producing results for their clients and ...

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Is TBWA on the menu for ambitious Lucky Generals?

Independent London agency Lucky Generals is talking to Omnicom about selling a stake in the agency. The agency announced last year it was trying to build a marcoms group with the first investment sports marketing agency Dark Horses). Co-founder Helen ...

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Santander tries a dose of user-generated ‘prosperity’

Santander is claiming the first use of user-generated content by a big UK bank in its new campaign from WCRS/Engine. Brand ambassadors Jenson Button and Jessica Ennis-Hill make fleeting appearances although Rory has been left on the golf course to ...

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Are the ad holding companies becoming vampire squids in their search for production money?

Back in 2009 Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi called investment bank Goldman Sachs “a great vampire squid…relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Goldman’s reputation has never really recovered. Could the same be said today of the ...

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IPA centenary looks to the past for hope for the future

In 1917 the guns from the Battle of the Somme could still probably heard in southern England when the UK ad agency trade association the IPA was formed (the battle began in 1916 but went on for 141 days). What’s ...

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