What next for comparethemarket’s meerkats?

How to follow a phenomenally successful campaign is an agency’s worst nightmare. Whatever you come up with is almost bound to be an anti-climax and clients, ungrateful so and so’s as some of them are, are likely to move on ...

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Accountants rule – PWC and co are bigger UK brands than Cadbury

And Sky and Marks & Spencer and Virgin etc. Or they are according to the latest brand valuation exercise from consultants Brand Finance. Valuing brands is a tricky exercise of course although no doubt very good business for the likes ...

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Is Aussie Harold Mitchell the world’s most successful media man?

He’s not Rupert Murdoch of course but Harold Mitchell, who’s just sold his Mitchell Communication Group based in Melbourne to Aegis for £207m, is arguably the most successful member of that once quite large of media department refugees who departed ...

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Buoyant Publicis Groupe buys AG2 in Brazil, puts more pressure on WPP

Publicis Groupe, fresh from announcing a startlingly good set of half year results, has splashed out in Brazil by buying 170-strong digital agency AG2. The acquisition neatly fits Publicis boss Maurice Levy”s avowed intention to expand in digital and faster-growing ...

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Saatchis unveils China indie film extravaganza for Hewlett-Packard

Saatchi & Saatchi Beijing and computer giant Hewlett-Packard are set to unveil the third and most ambitious stage of HP’s ‘My Computer * My Stage’ campaign, a complete feature film with digital contributions from over 220,000 Chinese young people. Stage ...

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Mad Men’s Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce – what would the UK equivalent be?

The fourth series of Madison Avenue drama Mad Men about the Sterling Cooper agency began in the US at the weekend with our heroes Don Draper, charismatic creative director, and smoothiechops CEO Roger Sterling, freshly fired by their villainous new ...

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UK economy booms in second quarter – is it too good to last?

Almost certainly it is as growth of 1.1 per cent between April and June, the highest since 1999, would indicate an annual growth rate of 4.4 per cent, way ahead of even the most optimistic forecasts and one which would ...

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