Finance

UK adspend starts to rise – Havas is up too

The IPA’s latest Bellwether report of UK advertisers says that 21 per cent spent a bit more in the first quarter of 2010 compared to just over 16 per cent who didn’t, leading to a modest rise of about 4.5 ...

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And we all thought car advertisers had gone respectable..

There’s a school of thought that reckons companies that were recently in the mire will revert to their bad old ways as soon as the financial crisis-induced recession recedes in the memory. And bankers, to take one rather prominent group, ...

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Now US business goes Apple app crazy

At long last Apple is cracking the corporate market, instanced by booming sales of iPhones (27 per cent of the US market in February) and the new iPad. Buyers are apparently being wooed by the ever-growing number of Apple apps ...

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Is a media boomlet on the way?

Don’t get too excited but there’s a bit of evidence that one might be, after what seems like years of doomy decline. And the unlikely beneficiary (or one of them anyway) is newspapers. Far more predictable is the agent of ...

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In praise of Bart Becht’s £92m

Bart Becht

That’s right – £92m ($140m) – the sum Reckitt-Benckiser CEO Bart Becht picked up for his labours in 2009. Actually City & Wall Street doesn’t know quite what to make of this. A big chunk of it was Becht cashing ...

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Even Aleksandr the meerkat forgets his script now and again – but is he in danger of outstaying his welcome?

Yet another comparethemarket.com ad featuring Aleksandr the meerkate has emerged (he must be the saviour of the UK commercials business) but rather than showing that, here’s a collection of Aleksandr’s alleged bloopers (see full story). But Aleksandr is becoming a ...

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InBev and PepsiCo gang up on media owners and agencies

InBev, owner of Budweiser, Michelob and Stella, and PepsiCo are grouping their US media expenditure to extract savings from the US’s biggest media owners. The two spend a combined $1.15bn in US media and last year were the two biggest ...

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Women not tough enough for Today Programme says editor Thomas

Today editor Ceri Thomas is hardly the most popular person with his listeners, many of whom were outraged when presenter ‘posh’ Ed Stourton was defenstrated to make room for returning US correspondent Justin Webb. Now Thomas has told the BBC’s ...

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