UK government ad budget slashed by £160m to just £48m

According to Marketing magazine that’s what’s going to happen anyway as it reports that the new government is to cut spending by £160m this year, which leaves just a measly £48m to head the way of the advertising and media ...

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Marie Stopes TV ad is a sign of changed times

Not so long ago a TV ad for pro-abortion NGO Marie Stopes International would have caused a big, if predictable stink but it doesn’t seem to have happened so far in the UK as the first abortion services ad is ...

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Rosy outlook from Marks & Spencer, markets dive – what’s going on?

There was a time when robust big company earnings, like today’s from Marks & Spencer, would boost the stock market. Share prices, after all, reflect company profits so if they go up so do shares. Or do they? This morning ...

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Twitter gets tough with piggyback advertisers

Just a few weeks after announcing its own advertising system, ‘Promoted Tweets,’ Twitter is trying to ban other companies inserting ads into its stream of 140 character messages. Twitter is already working with a handful of advertisers and hopes to ...

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GM cops more flack in the US over Ewanick’s brutal treatment of Publicis

Well business is business but new General Motors CMO Joel Ewanick’s decision to turf the just-hired Publicis from GM’s Chevrolet account in favour of his old pals at Goodby Silverstein has rattled a lot of cages in America. Every agency ...

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Is George Osborne cutting government ads or not?

Well new chancellor George Osborne, wielding his much-hyped spending shears, says he’s going to ‘freeze’ the government’s £540m marketing budget (of which about half goes on media advertising) and allow only ‘essential’ campaigns such as armed forces recruitment. But this ...

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Google’s AdMob clearance is another blow for Apple

The US competition authorities have cleared Google’s acquisition of mobile ad network AdMob, in part because rival Apple (which tried to buy AdMob) bought Quattro Wireless and has launched its own mobile ad service iAd. AdMob is bigger than Quattro ...

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Don’t name new Renault after me says Zoe

Those car companies who name cars, as opposed to just giving them numbers, make a rod for their own back and Renault is currently being whacked with one by 23-year old Parisian Zoe Renault and numerous other French Zoes who ...

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