Nationwide finally calls time on England football

The Nationwide Building Society, by far the biggest such entity in the UK, has confirmed that it is not to renew its £20m sponsorship of the England football team. £20m doesn’t sound that much but, given that the Football Association ...

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A message from the Mail for The Times, struggling with its paywall

Nobody knows the exact figures yet but it looks as though Rupert Murdoch’s The Times is losing its battle to turn a not very successful free online newspaper into a paywall-financed profitable online newspaper. Essentially readers are deserting in droves ...

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Dita von Teese tries to put some sparkle into Perrier

Well the old fizzy water could do with it, still struggling to recover from its contamination crisis of a decade or so ago. Whether or not game old burlesque artist Dita von Teese is the gal to do it has ...

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The poke reveals the Daily Mail’s editorial secrets

Better late than never, but this piece from amusing UK website the poke which ran a few days ago is a genius ‘exposure’ of the Daily Mail’s editorial secrets and should be essential reading for all those baffled by its ...

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Conrad Black wins bail victory over US justice department

Or should we say Lord Black? Anyway Conrad Black, aka Lord Black of Crossharbour, is about to be granted bail in the US after three appeal judges ruled that a US legal requirement that business leaders had to live up ...

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Adidas switches global ad account to Sid Lee – who the hell is Sid Lee?

Well it’s a Montreal-based agency whose principals Bertrand Cesvet, chairman, Eric Alper, strategist, and Tony Babinski, creative director, have a long relationship with entertainment phenomenon Cirque de Soleil and now work their magic for, among others, Adidas. And it’s quite ...

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Mighty Facebook dominates UK ad distribution

According to researchers ComScore it does anyway, delivering 19.7bn ads to its huge user base in May 2010, up from 11.8bn the year before. This is almost four times as many as second-placed Microsoft, followed in turn by Google, eBay ...

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Is the BP brand really in such poor shape?

One hesitates to take issue with Mark Ritson, the esteemed marketing consultant and columnist on Marketing Week but he does seem a little confused in his latest fulminations about BP. According to Ritson the recent RBS “buy” notice on BP ...

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