Agencies

John Lewis commercial becomes YouTube hit

Nice little earner for Billy Joel this week when the veteran songwriter’s 1977 ditty She’s Always a Woman leapt back into the spotlight courtesy of a John Lewis commercial created by one of the UK’s up and coming agencies Adam ...

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Matthew Freud puts AMV, Sir Martin Sorrell in their places

I’ve just caught up with this interview by Danny Rogers with Matthew Freud in PR Week but it’s riveting stuff. Freud, who runs the UK’s eighth-largest (and probably most profitable) PR agency, claims that PR agencies are “more rigorous” than ...

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Danone’s Actimel creates its very own rumour mill

Healthy yogurt brand Actimel, owned by French food giant Danone, began to suffer as bloggers in Latin America spread rumours that it was addictive, harmful to children and destroyed stomachs. So after trying conventional means of combatting this including a ...

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Comedian Hugh Dennis launches ad agency

There has always been a fair sprinkling of comedians in UK advertising agencies — some making comedy a distinct element of their professional persona and others blissfully unaware of their allocated comic status — but Hugh Dennis must be the ...

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M&C man takes Labour fight to client David Cameron

Yes, there’s an M&C Saatchi executive standing for Labour against Tory leader David Cameron in his Witney, Oxfordshire constituency. M&C is the Tories’ ad agency of course, house speciality dissing Labour PM Gordon Brown. Let Stephen Bates in the Guardian ...

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Is this how to increase Google search results?

Craig MacDonald, chief marketing officer of search ROI software firm Covario thinks it is anyway. His job explains why Craig is being so generous with readers of Ad Age but he has some interesting points to make about the business ...

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Youth Media targets students at their desks

Reaching young people has always been a fraught business for advertisers, as they always move on to the next exciting media channel before the brands can catch up. Now Youth Media, a media network based in UK universities and colleges, ...

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Acxiom is biggest US agency, Edelman tops global PR rankings

Acxiom from Arkansas that is, a direct marketing and customer relationship agency that has topped Advertising Age’s survey of US agencies. Arkansas is Wal-Mart territory of course but Acxiom’s biggest clients are Procter & Gamble, AT&T and Macy’s. This is ...

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