Can Prince William and Kate escape to a brand-free universe?

It looks a bit unlikely given the phenomenal global interest in the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton (or Catherine as Buckingham Palace insists on calling her). Two billion people worldwide allegedly watched the Royal Wedding in London’s Westminster ...

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Coke and Pepsi, a tale of two English footballers

Coca-Cola became badly unstuck over its deal with Manchester United football star Wayne Rooney when his extra-curricular activities ‘forced’ the company to drop him as the face of Coke Zero. Arch-rival Pepsico meanwhile is profiting mightily from one of his ...

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Director David Lynch teams with Barbie to plug own coffee brand

This is really weird, as you’d expect from Twin Peaks director David Lynch. Lynch has his own coffee brand – David Lynch Signature Coffee – and this is its first commercial, directed by the great man himself and voiced by ...

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WPP’s Sir Martin Sorrell scraps £100m limit on acquisitions

WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell has scrapped his self-imposed £100m a year spending limit on acquisitions in the wake of reporting (mildy) better than expected growth in the first quarter of 2011 and a reduction in WPP’s debt from £3.1bn ...

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Interpublic posts ten per cent first quarter growth but still loses $48m

The calamitous fortunes of marcoms company Interpublic in recent years are still apparent, with the company declaring a first quarter loss of $48m (down from $71.5m) even though its revenues increased 10.3 per cent to $1.47bn. Interpublic claimed organic growth ...

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Freeview turns to Royal corgis to sell HD TVs for that wedding

Actually there haven’t been as many Royal Wedding ads as I expected (top of the tree is still T-Mobile) but this is a nice film promoting Freeview HD TV sets from happening London agency 18 Feet & Rising (no, I ...

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Publicis Groupe adds Tailor Made to fast-growing Brazilian agency collection

Yesterday Publicis Groupe bought GP7 to strengthen its Publicis Worldwide agency operation in Brazil, today it’s bought a minority stake in another Sao Paulo agency Tailor Made which will join with another group agency, Leo Burnett. The two agencies will ...

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