Richard Desmond gets his timing spot on with purchase of Five

“Bring me lucky generals,” said Napoleon. One wonders quite what l’empereur would have made of the !8th century equivalent of Richard Desmond (they’d probably have got on famously) but Dessie, who recently paid £103m for UK terrestrial broadcaster Five, seems ...

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Denizen brand for Asia sounds like a clever idea from Levi’s

Whether it will work or not is another question of course but Levi’s decision to launch a new brand called Denizen in Asia looks like a rational way to approach shed loads of consumers who are immune to the appeal ...

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The iPad breaks into the corporate world

Further good news for Apple. The iPad looks set to rival the Blackberry as the must-have corporate gizmo, judging by the latest research from Forresters, which found that as well as the expected consumer excitement over the device, companies are ...

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Lord Bell’s Chime turns in more advertising good news

UK adland seems awash with money at the moment with Chime Communications, the advertising to PR empire ruled by Mrs Thatcher’s favourite adman Lord Bell, turning in half year profits of £12.3m up from £8.9m (itself a good performance in ...

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Save the nation, ban Richmond sausages campaign says DLKW’s Shute

Or that’s what Dan Shute, author of the AdLand Suit blog seems to want anyway. And Dan has a point, Richmond sausages from Ireland’s Kerry Foods are surely one of the nastiest products ever made. Claiming to be an ancient ...

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Apple’s Christmas present for the world – a 7″ iPad mini

Apple CEO Steve Jobs said a while ago that the company had lots of goodies in the pipeline and it’s a sure bet that one of these will makes its appearance for the Christmas buying season. Latest rumours from Taiwan ...

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WPP’s Sorrell at odds with investors over economic outlook

He’s not the only CEO either. Sir Martin Sorrell has just reported robust figures from WPP, with profits up 36 per cent to £244m, and says sales growth is quickening even in hitherto benighted US and Europe. But WPP’s shares ...

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TV ads work better than online says Deloitte

Well you probably knew that already, unless you’re on the board of a big company and habitually agree to increased online spending but tell the marketing director to get lost when he or she suggests that TV might be the ...

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Edinburgh shows up advertising drought at the Guardian

It’s the Media Guardian Edinburgh International TV Festival and the newspaper, which was thought to more or less own the media recruitment sector in the UK, produced a special publication Edinburgh in focus to plug the festival it sponsors alongside ...

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WPP bounces back with first half 36 per cent profit boost

On a revenue increase of just 3.5 per cent to £4.44bn so WPP’s first half profits of £243.9m are yet another testament to CEO Sir Martin Sorrell’s skills as a cost-cutter (and also the fine line between profit and loss ...

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