Rethink bets against ad holding companies to boost indies

Here’s another shot across the big agency boys’ bows from Canada’s Strategy awards, this time it’s Digital Agency of the Year Rethink mimicking The Big Short by betting against the shares of the big ad holding companies. Buying them in ...

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Adam&eveDDB mimics booze ads for Save the Children

Charity days and months are becoming something of an epidemic (someone will bag a year soon) so if you’re going to essay something as potentially annoying as Christmas Jumper Day (which Save the Children is on December 14) at least ...

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Ketchup with Christmas dinner? Tesco embraces diversity, up to a point

Last year Tesco did its best to be inclusive with its Christmas campaign and was threatened with boycotts because it featured a Muslim family. The Twitter idiots did not break the retailer’s resolve, however, and this year BBH has again ...

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AMV BBDO leader Cilla Snowball steps down after 26 years

Cilla Snowball – who’s been synonymous with AMV BBDO’s success in the UK and is a Dame Commander of the British Empire, no less – is stepping down as Group CEO and chairman of the UK’s largest ad agency after ...

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WPP’s end of year hiring freeze shows problems of managing diverse group

Much kerfuffle about a memo from WPP financial controller David Barker imposing a hiring freeze on the embattled group’s agencies, hardly a surprise as WPP as battling falling sales and revenues. Apparently WPP was planning to hire about 2,000 people ...

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Zulu unveils World’s Worst RFP pitch winner – a consultancy

Enterprising agency Zulu Alpha Kilo likes to poke fun at the idiocies of the ad business and this time it’s the “World’s Worst RFP” (request for proposal), won by a giant data-driven consultancy. Which is what some big agencies want ...

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