Author Archives: Emma Hall

Emma Hall is a journalist and editorial consultant and is the former Europe Editor of Ad Age, where she covered European marketing advertising, digital and media stories. She has written for newspapers including the Financial Times, The Guardian, The Times and the Telegraph, and was previously a section editor at Campaign. Emma started her career in New York as a researcher for a biography of Keith Richards.

Starcom wins UK & EMEA digital assignment for Abrdn

After a spell as a laughing stock for dropping all its vowels in a rebranding exercise, Abrdn (formerly Standard Life Aberdeen) has now resumed business as usual and is once again seen as a regular investment company. Now Abrdn has ...

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Johnny Vegas and Creature London put Blackpool on the map

Fresh from selling out to Dutch group Candid, Creature London is back in Britain with a campaign for VisitBlackpool that features a seagull called Nigel, voiced by Lancashire comedian Johnny Vegas. Nigel is given the task of levelling up Blackpool, ...

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Stella Artois goes ‘au naturel’ in new campaign by Mother

Mother London’s summer 2022 campaign for Stella Artois is all about the lager’s new unfiltered variety. It’s set in a French town where the relaxed inhabitants live as naturally as the Stella they drink. With help from Autumn de Wilde ...

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ASA annual report shows Scots are UK’s grumpiest nation

The ASA received a record 43,325 complaints in 2021, an increase of 19% on 2020, although the number of ads complained about (22,115) remained pretty steady. About half the complaints resulted in sanctions, but not the year’s most complained-about spot, ...

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Helen Mirren and Richard E Grant in new Cadbury campaign

First we get Judi Dench in NCA’s MoneySuperMarket ad, and now two other fine British actors — Helen Mirren and Richard E Grant — are in VCCP’s new campaign for Cadbury. Mirren and Grant’s appearances are only fleeting, and the ...

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ASA bans Tesco and Adidas ads for ‘swearing’ and nudity

The British public’s prudish streak is out in force this week. The Advertising Standards Authority has banned an Adidas ad for showing women’s breasts, and a Tesco ad for (almost) using swear words. Adidas caused some commotion earlier in the ...

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