Why don’t the UK’s energy companies do what a retailer would do – lower their prices (or price increases)?

Centrica-owned British Gas is, we learn, planning to ‘ramp up‘ its marketing activity to try to counter the unpopularity it’s incurring for raising its gas prices by 18 per cent and electricity prices by 16 per cent despite making £270m ...

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Fiat 500 drives back into the US to Jailhouse Rock

Not very much of the Elvis Presley classic alas but the opening few bars herald the return of Fiat (the new owner of Chrysler of course) to the US market with its cute Fiat 500, its revamp of 1957’s iconic ...

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Nazca Saatchi Brazil pushes addiction for Nike running

This is pretty bold from F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi Brazil in Sao Paulo, an ad for Nike running that uses druggy imagery and language to redirect Brazil’s ‘yoof’ (including narcotics fans presumably) to more wholesome practices. And not the just ...

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Full on and full frontal in JWT’s new French campaign for AIDS tests

Is this the first time we’ve seen male and female privates in a commercial (albeit an animation)? JWT Paris is continuing quite a tradition of frightening the horses in French anti-AIDS ads but this perky number, ‘sexy fingers’, takes matters ...

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AKQA steps up challenge to media agencies with new Euro hire Hudson

Indie digital giant AKQA has hired James Hudson from Webliquid as head of media and search for the agency. Hudson, who will head up AKQA’s European media operation, will report to Scott Symonds, global head of AKQA Media. The move ...

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James Murdoch is going to jail soon and dad Rupert will follow in two years’ time says Adweek editor and Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff

Yes he did, really. Well the new editor of Adweek and authorised Rupert Murdoch biographer (‘The man who bought the news’ published in 2008) has never been a man to mince his words and, as you can see from the ...

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Is the best Nokia and its agencies can hope for a ‘Swatch’ solution?

Once all-conquering companies come and go and they do so quicker these days. One-time world mobile leader Nokia looks set to be the latest. Nokia failed to notice, or respond to, the smartphone phenomenon and has been skewered by Apple ...

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Creative Ken Hoggins follows Waitrose into BBH – or is it the other way round?

Upmarket grocer Waitrose may be arguably Britain’s most successful retailer at the moment but it’s made a right hash of its advertising arrangements recently, first departing MCBD/Dare to follow creatives Ken Hoggins and Jeremy Carr to Mark Lund’s new start-up ...

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