DDB targets China’s ‘senior rebels’ for VW Beetle

China has lots of old people (and lots of people all ages of course) so it’s a reasonable if unconventional tactic to target these senior citizens or ‘senior rebels’ as this new ad from DDB Guon China for Volkswagen sets ...

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IKEA tries subversive as kids take over the house

On the face of it this online film (by Mother presumably) for IKEA is good wholesome stuff, a bunch of kids having a party with some rather large toys. But the toys have a slightly sinister air and the final ...

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JCDecaux expands in Russia and eyes giant Moscow bus shelter contract

Russia under president Vladimir Putin may be a dangerous place for Pussy Riot band members but big companies from across the spectrum are crossing their fingers and legs and heading for what’s rapidly becoming Europe’s biggest market. BP, whose boss ...

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HSBC and Pfizer review global ad agency deals

Giant global bank HSBC has announced it’s reviewing its global ad account worth about $1bn at WPP’s JWT and media buyer GroupM while pharma giant Pfizer has said it’s dumping Interpublic and concentrating its work into WPP, Omnicom and Publicis ...

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Can new boss David Mayo keep the Bates agency brand alive?

Much speculation among the clinking sundowners at Raffles Hotel in Singapore that the venerable Bates agency (now rather reduced as it’s an Asia-only network albeit a large one) might be calling last orders. Bates is now owned by WPP and ...

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