McDonald’s – the big brand the world loves to hate, whatever it does

Just lovin’ it? You may be, but you can bet they aren’t. No matter how hard it tries, the world’s biggest restaurant chain by revenue simply can’t strike the appropriate note in its advertising campaigns. In place of plaudits, it ...

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Joan Collins to make ad comeback for Snickers?

That’s what the Mail on Sunday thinks anyway, reporting yesterday that veteran actress Joan Collins, 78, is to make an advertising comeback for Mars brand Snickers, courtesy of agency AMV BBDO presumably. Apparently Joan, whose tastes usually run to posh, ...

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Grey London gets the best out of lifesaver Vinnie

You’ve probably seen this already but it’s a very sure-footed piece of work from Grey London for the British Heart Foundation. Most ads using former Wimbledon FC hard man Vinnie Jones (now a Hollywood hard man, allegedly) are a disaster, ...

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German agencies, print and posters triumph at 2011 Epica Awards

Creative advertising award schemes are, by their nature, an imperfect guide to reality. If your agency doesn’t enter, your work doesn’t get considered; on the other hand, those who do enter and win may be regarded as unrepresentative of general ...

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Now the Mafia’s off the menu in the Via Veneto

Regular readers of this blog may recall me recounting the heroic exploits of Libera Terra, an organisation dedicated to freeing the Italian food industry from the baneful influence of the Mafia. Now I have fresh news to report. The ethically ...

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Former Mindshare man Steve Simpson falls foul of WPP’s ‘zero tolerance’ for two-timing employees

Yet another one-time WPP employee, Steve Simpson, formerly CEO of GroupM’s Business Sciences division and an employee of Mindshare, has fallen foul of the marcoms giant’s insistence that departing employees play things by the book. Not only that but Simpson ...

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