Politics

BBDO wins Emmy for heartbreaking Sandy Hook Promise

Sandy Hook Promise is a body seeking to reform America’s gun laws, named after the murder of 26 people – 20 young children and six staff – at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in 2012. Since then, of course, ...

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Is the Qatar world cup a sponsor’s dream or nightmare? Coke is first up

The increasingly controversial FIFA World Cup in November is hoving into view and Coca-Cola, a main sponsor since 1978, is kicking off its marketing effort with ‘Believing is magic,’ a spin on its ‘Real Magic’ platform. With, presumably, marketing partner ...

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Gorbachev: former Soviet leader was an unlikely 90s icon

The death of Mikhail Gorbachev has set this well-scripted 1998 Pizza Hut ad trending. Filmed in Red Square, it was aired internationally but never ran in Russia. Quite a coup for BBDO, although apparently the former leader of the Soviet ...

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London creatives protest fossil fuel clients

A network of creatives called Glimpse is campaigning against agency fossil fuel advertising by, inter alia, handing out a pamphlet ‘The ‘The Brief Sabotage Handbook’ outside the London offices of WPP agencies and big PR firm Edelman. The handbook, said ...

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Can Rocky “future-proof” Ladbrokes advertising?

Advertising betting these days is like booze, or tobacco back in the day. You need to stay one step ahead of the regulators, often by making it appear that you’re advertising something else. Ladbroke Coral’s line is ‘Let’s Play together,’ ...

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The&Partnership retains British Gas creative but media goes from WPP to OMD

Celebrations and commiserations this week: The&Partnership has retained British Gas creative, extending a relationship which began with T&P predecessor CHI & Partners beck in 2003. T&P part owner WPP has, though, lost the substantial media business to Omnicom’s OMD, which ...

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Is WPP’s share price fall a sign of trouble all round for adland?

WPP shares headed lower again today after a near 8% fall on Friday despite producing decent enough Q2 and half year figures and raising its full year guidance a bit. As we observed on Friday, timing is all in these ...

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Saatchi’s tale of two pregnant men

Saatchi & Saatchi has entered the Roe vs Wade abortion rights battle in the US with a re-imagining of its famous ‘Pregnant Man’ ad – ‘Would you be more careful if it was you that got pregnant? – written by ...

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AA/WARC : UK adspend surges ahead, inflation takes its toll

UK Adspend is rattling along at a fair old lick, up 28.3% year on year in Q1 2022, reaching £8.6bn and heading for a new record of £35.4bn (up 10.9% on 2021.) Rather dauntingly 74.3% of this is forecast to ...

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