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Facebook war with Google lands Burson-Marsteller in the mire – again

WPP-owned PR giant Burson-Marsteller, headed by CEO Mark Penn, is no stranger to controversy (and worse) and its muscular attitude to helping its clients is once again in the spotlight as it’s being roundly criticised for running a smear campaign ...

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Chevy Volt makes low key debut with Goodby Silverstein campaign

General Motors’ much-hyped electric car the Chevrolet Volt has made a rather a low key start to life in the US, selling under 2,000 in the first two months. But GM is denying that it’s lost faith in its electric ...

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What will the new Swedish chef Matias Palm-Jensen do to McCann Erickson?

We’re not suggesting that Farfar founder Matias Palm-Jensen is a Muppet of course but McCann Erickson’s new chief innovation officer for Europe is surely likely to make as many waves as Jim Henson’s famous creation who baffled Kermit & Co. ...

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McDonald’s to get the Starbucks design treatment

McDonald’s is to spend upwards of a billion dollars upgrading its 14,000 or so US restaurants (and presumably ones around the world too at some stage) to make them look more inviting (not difficult) so that more people linger over ...

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Paddy Power is the big winner in the UK ad complaints stakes

Buccaneering bookmaker Paddy Power (a real person, see pic) managed to attract 1313 complaints for his firm’s notorious ‘blind footballer kicking a cat up a tree’ commercial in 2010, the third highest in a year since regulator the Advertising Standards ...

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Grey puts down a marker with debut campaign for Vodafone Ireland

Vodafone is one of the world’s more desirable accounts, spending £45m in its home UK market and something north of £800m globally. But producing decent advertising has been something of a trial for the company, despite the best efforts of ...

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