Dentsu is most valuable agency brand at $1.3bn says Brand Finance

Japanese agency Denstu is the most valuable agency brand in the world at $1.3bn according to consultancy Brand Finance, ahead of McCann Erickson Worldwide on $793m, Ogilvy & Mather on $645m and TBWA on $560m. But it is only the ...

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DDB’s Polo ad is a return to the great days of saying nothing whatsoever about the product

Award-winning director Jonathan Glazer, the man behind the famous Guinness surfer commercial and the, alas, disappeared Cadbury’s Flake devil, has produced another striking film, this time for VW’s new Polo and agency DDB London. It features Argentinian tango champs Manuela ...

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Aegis’ Synovate buys Russian research firm Comcon

There’s no holding ambitious media agency group Aegis at the moment as it spends the proceeds of a £190m bond-raising exercise on acquisitions around the world. But a problem for the ambitious CEO Jerry Buhlmann remains its Synovate research arm ...

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Internet guru Mary Meeker asks: where are the iconic online campaigns?

And there aren’t a lot of them are there? Mary Meeker is the Morgan Stanley analyst whose views on the internet drive investment into (and out of) internet companies. Her point here is that online advertising, for all its growing ...

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MySpace on the block as News Corporation weighs up sale or partnership

Poor old MySpace, it’s like a patient in the terminal illness ward that has defied the best efforts of even the most expensive medics. Now News Corporation COO Carey Chase, who seems to be discussing News issues quite freely these ...

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Hot agency Droga5 produces decidedly cool ad for Cascade beer

We all know how companies market ‘Australian’ beer (mostly brewed elsewhere) outside Australia, liberal use of allegedly funny ockers. So it’s interesting to see how one of the hottest agencies on the planet Droga5 (Sydney branch) addresses the issue. Rather ...

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EC launches challenge to Google over overmighty page ranking algorithms

This all sounds a bit mathematical (it certainly is for me) but the European Commission’s probe into Google, prompted by complaints from three of its smaller competitors, goes to the heart of the Google search phenomenon. Google algorithms, a device ...

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Here’s Richard Branson’s iPad only magazine Project

That Richard Branson, he’s first with everything: trips to space, you name it. And here’s Project, his new iPad only magazine which at first sight looks like the usual mish-mash of music, fashion, gadgets and so on beloved of some ...

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