Finance

Watch out Facebook Snapchat is coming says Sorrell

Messaging service Snapchat, limbering up for an IPO this year that could value it at $25bn, is a potential rival to Facebook according to WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. Speaking at Davos Sorrell said that WPP clients spent $90m with ...

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Will biosensors give Mindshare staff a lift?

I see that the staff of WPP media agency Mindshare have been fitted with NeuroSky biosensors to monitor their brainwaves (not those brainwaves) and emotions as they toil selflessly in the identical causes of producing results for their clients and ...

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Is TBWA on the menu for ambitious Lucky Generals?

Independent London agency Lucky Generals is talking to Omnicom about selling a stake in the agency. The agency announced last year it was trying to build a marcoms group with the first investment sports marketing agency Dark Horses). Co-founder Helen ...

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Santander tries a dose of user-generated ‘prosperity’

Santander is claiming the first use of user-generated content by a big UK bank in its new campaign from WCRS/Engine. Brand ambassadors Jenson Button and Jessica Ennis-Hill make fleeting appearances although Rory has been left on the golf course to ...

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Are the ad holding companies becoming vampire squids in their search for production money?

Back in 2009 Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi called investment bank Goldman Sachs “a great vampire squid…relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money.” Goldman’s reputation has never really recovered. Could the same be said today of the ...

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German publisher snaps up UK institution Radio Times

To those of a certain age the notion of the venerable Radio Times being snapped up by a German publisher is eyebrow-raising. Good job BBC founder Lord Reith is no longer with us. But privately-owned German group Burda Media is ...

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Does Mirror plus Express signal a route to national newspaper salvation?

Will anything come from a resumption of talks between Trinity Mirror and Richard Desmond, owner of the Express newspapers and OK? Sooner or later there’ll be a major rationalisation of Britain’s national newspapers, as there has been in local papers, ...

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