Remembering ‘infomercial king’ Ron Popeil of Ronco

In an era when adland and its denizens are inclined to take themselves and their world somewhat seriously – I see that sports marketing agency Dark Horses has produced an “open-source” menopause policy, which is a bit of a stretch ...

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UK advertising to hit record £27.7bn in 2021 – AA report

The latest Advertising Association/WARC Expenditure Report predicts that UK adspend will grow by 18.2% this year to reach a total of £27.7bn. This is an upward revision from the 15.2% rise forecast in April and includes an estimated 54.7% rise ...

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Now New Commercial Arts heads to Glasgow

New Commercial Arts, the one-year old London agency which has already bagged Halifax, Moneysupermarket and Vodafone international among others, is opening a “hub” in Glasgow, building on its relationship with the famous Glasgow School of Art. The new operation, housed ...

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Gamer platform Discord makes bid for the big time with winner from AKQA

Gaming has kind of snook up on the non-gaming world (a reducing space it seems) and now group-chatting platform Discord is making its bid to create a wider general-use community. Does the world need another one? Of course, don’t be ...

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$5bn a week Big Tech trio tighten hold on world’s money

Apple, Google owner Alphabet and Microsoft raked in combined profits of neqrly $5bn a week during the second quarter of 2021, with Facebook and Amazon due to report later this week. “Digital advertising is just on fire” said one fund ...

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Dong Draper nails US agency reputations in ‘Dong List’

Copywriter Sai He, alias Dong Draper on social media, has released the latest ‘Dong List,’ a crowd-sourced ranking of 40 US agencies. Dong (left) sees this as an alternative to “pay-to-play industry rankings that only judge an agency’s own case ...

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M&C delivers for government JobHelp scheme

There’s a more positive air about M&C Saatchi as Moray MacLennan’s new regime tries to put its accounting problems behind it. But the agency has still lost a lot of ground: in the UK it was once comfortably bigger than ...

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