Is George Osborne cutting government ads or not?

Well new chancellor George Osborne, wielding his much-hyped spending shears, says he’s going to ‘freeze’ the government’s £540m marketing budget (of which about half goes on media advertising) and allow only ‘essential’ campaigns such as armed forces recruitment. But this ...

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Google’s AdMob clearance is another blow for Apple

The US competition authorities have cleared Google’s acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob, in part because rival Apple (which tried to buy AdMob) bought Quattro Wireless and has launched its own mobile ad service iAd. AdMob is bigger than Quattro ...

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Don’t name new Renault after me says Zoe

Those car companies who name cars, as opposed to just giving them numbers, make a rod for their own back and Renault is currently being whacked with one by 23-year old Parisian Zoe Renault and numerous other French Zoes who ...

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Tesco backs minimum pricing on drinks

So the mighty Tesco has spoken, coming out in favour of minimum pricing of alcoholic drinks, much to the surprise and no doubt chagrin of both its rivals and the drinks producers. Writing in today's Daily Telegraph, Tesco chief executive ...

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Fast mover Ewanick dumps Publicis and drives Chevy to Goodby

New General Motors marketing supremo Joel Ewanick doesn’t hang around and just a few weeks after joining GM from Nissan (which he he joined only a few weeks before from Hyundai) he’s moved the key Chevrolet account from Publicis (which ...

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Google unveils its Apple-basher TV

As ever Google is doing its damndest to steer us into a bright new future, in particular one in which “one man, one company, one device, one carrier” doesn’t rule the roost and our wallets. That wouldn’t be Steve Jobs, ...

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Whatever he says, Barack Obama is punishing the banks

Every now and then politicians do what the voters want and in taking a new financial reform bill to the brink of signature (he hopes by the July 4 Independence Day holiday) US president Barack Obama is exacting his and ...

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UK clients grumble about fees, PHD adds Kraft to Cadbury

Advertiser trade body ISBA’s latest Paying for Advertising report moans about agency profits even as it reports that agency fee levels are still falling. This is according to Campaign which seems to have been given a sneak preview of the ...

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Frank Lampard and Wayne Rooney are World Cup rivals

In the nicest possible way of course, as these two seem to be the players advertisers have plumped for as the UK (and indeed the world) prepares for World Cup mania. They’re hardly surprising choices of course, advertisers aren’t likely ...

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Payvment aims to turn Facebook fans into shoppers

Payvment, the free Facebook app that allows people and companies to set up their own stores on the social network, is attracting the interest of US investors and has just secured $1.5m in investment from Blue Run Ventures and others. ...

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