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Publicis Relax into another major acquisition

It was announced yesterday that the Publicis Groupe, which recently bought the $3.7 billion Sapient network, had begun exclusive negotiations in view of purchasing Relaxnews, the Parisian press agency with global expertise in consulting, production...

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Design

Apple Store overhaul on the cards

The minimalist Apple Store design is set to get a major overhaul by senior vice president of design, Sir Jony Ive. The redesign comes at a time when the company are poised to launch their new Apple Watch, and when there is rife speculation about...

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Features

If PR didn't exist, would we bother to invent it?

A few years ago, the politician and journalist Matthew Parris made a film for Channel 4’s ‘Without Walls’ strand, in which he declared public relations to be an utterly pointless industry, without merit or use. He was forced to eat...

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BJL launches new venture with pancakes

London and Manchester-based integrated agency BJL, recently launched a social content division called The Social Studio, and the first piece of work to emerge from that studio is a quirky Pancake Day Vine campaign for the ASDA supermarket chain. The...

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Technology

Microsoft launches Media Wall in Manchester

Microsoft has been announced as the launch partner for the new Manchester Media Wall by the boutique media company Ocean Outdoor, an agency that specialises in large-format digital billboards in iconic locations. The company's latest board is one its...

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VivaKi make some serious changes

VivaKi, the programmatic ad tech arm of the Publicis Groupe, announced recently that it will be retreating from proprietary ad trading, redistributing 120 US ad buyers to individual Publicis agencies such as Starcom MediaVest, Walker Media and...

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If Carlsberg did campaigns they would cost £12 million

I honestly had no idea Carlsberg's ubiquitous “Probably the best” slogan had fallen into retirement. The phrase is so readily associated with the lager brand, that it's the first thing that immediately comes to mind whenever someone...

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Weekend Hire Roundup

Last week was a big one when it came to exciting hires and promotions in ad world, and the weekend offered up a bevy of extra announcements, the lion's share of which we'll be examining below (Also see HERE for news on the latest hires over at DDB...

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New York Festivals Torch awards have announced 2015 mentors

The New York Festivals Torch Awards has announced its mentors for 2015, and this year, the five prominent international chief creative officers poised to watch over the proceedings include top executives from Havas Worldwide and AKQA. Havas Amsterdam...

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DDB New York score a hat-trick of senior hires

The Omnicom Group agency DDB New York announced recently that three big new senior hires have been made: A trio of creative veterans who will be focusing on the agency's content and innovation, and whose appointment marks an ongoing overhaul of the...

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Technology

The Week in Tech

Apple rev their (silent) engines If recent rumours are to be believed, it appears Apple are no longer content with simply ruling the gadget roost, they want to conquer the automotive world too. According to The Wall Street Journal, the tech giants...

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Hires of the Week: Part 2

McCann NY McCann New York chief strategy officer Steve Zaroff, has been promoted to the additional post of managing director, effective immediately. Zaroff joined McCann as CSO in 2012 to oversee the strategic direction of the agency's clients, and...

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Hires of the Week: Part 1

Quite a few important new hires and promotions this week, so we'll be splitting the usual weekly article into two (still rather hefty) halves. Enjoy! Ogilvy & Mather New York Ogilvy & Mather New York announced this week that Corinna Falusi has been...

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Agency of the Week: VCCP!

Win Hiscox account VCCP was chosen as a creative European partner for Hiscox earlier this week. The agency has been tasked with creating a fresh multimedia campaign to promote the insurance provider's online subscription platform, which is dedicated...

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Business Roundup

TGI Fridays American restaurant chain TGI Fridays has chosen two agencies to manage all of its future digital marketing efforts. Made Movement will become the company’s new digital, creative & technology agency of record and will be...

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The Week In Advertising

Jackpot Joy - Bus Stop There's so much to baffle me here (which leads me to suspect these people are not really addressing me). Does Barbara Windsor really need money so badly that she's forced to appear in online bingo ads? Can't Eastenders give...

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Features

Recreating the Super Bowl Ads Brick By Brick

This month A+C studios released 'Brick Bowl', a self-initiated challenge to recreate the best of the Super Bowl 2015 commercials as a stop motion animated film, using thousands of Lego bricks in less than 36 hours. A+C Studios is an animation...

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Design

Co-op Pharmacy relaunch goes Well

The UK's third-largest pharmacy chain (and largest independent pharmacy) recently relaunched its 780 stores under a new brand and a new name. The Co-operative Pharmacy, which employs over 7,000 staff across the country, has been rebranded as...

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Saatchi & Saatchi earn themselves some Goodwill

Goodwill and the Ad Council have teamed up to launch a series of new public service advertisements (or PSAs) revealing how clothing and household items donated to Goodwill have helped, and will continue to help, people in the US struggling to find...

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Amazon unveil Firstborn Audible ad

Amazon recently rolled out a new campaign from New York-based digital agency Firstborn for its audiobook producer and retailer, Audible. Audible posits itself as the Netflix of audiobooks, with a monthly payment plan for under a tenner that gives...

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Design

Proof that bigger isn't always better

Iv'e never been a fan of vast spaces. I wouldn't exactly call myself a hobbit or anything, but Iv'e always favoured a cozy environment over an elaborate, expansive one. It might have something to do with my upbringing. For the first 15 years of my...

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Technology

HP double your desktop's design potential

Hewlett Packard is launching a new desktop computer in the UK that aims to help designers move seamlessly between physical and digital platforms by implementing both a vertical touchscreen and a horizontal touchpad. The machine is an interesting...

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Does two mouths mean twice the flavour?

VCCP recently unveiled a new international campaign promoting the 13th annual International Summit of Gastronomy, Madrid Fusión food festival. The festival, which is the largest of its kind in the world, was held earlier this month in the Spanish...

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Design

Enter the cardboard art studio

Acclaimed artist Tom Burckhardt is certainly no stranger to the concept of making something out of nothing. In his paintings, a selection of which will be on display at a solo show taking place at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York later this...

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Ad World is crazy in Love

Depending on your point of view, Valentine's Day is either the most romantic day of the year, or a cynical ploy designed to separate gullible lovebirds from their hard earned cash, which was originally birthed for the sole reason that a group of...

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Social Media

Revenues are up at Twitter - so where now for the social network?

Whenever financial commentators comment on the fiscal possibilities of social media, the focus falls of Facebook. Understandable, I suppose. A fifth of the world's population has an account and the whole platform seems permanently balanced between...

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Features

Step inside the Jelly Kitchen

Ever wondered what inspires the jelly talent? What drives them? What a typical day is like? jelly London's Head of Creative Comms Rachael Guiver, went behind the scenes with jelly Kitchen's A team to find out how it all started, what they love most...

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Technology

Topman declare open season on YouTube

Men's clothing retailer Topman recently launched a brand new YouTube initiative dedicated to connecting with fans and creative communities across the UK using specially selected artists who they believe embody the Topman brand. The project is called...

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Leo Burnett announce new top dog in China

It was announced yesterday by Leo Burnett Asia Pacific CEO Jarek Ziebinski, that Danny Mok has been appointed as CEO of Leo Burnett China, effective as of today (February 10). Mok will report directly to Ziebinski, and will be responsible for the...

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Design

A window into the world of sex

There are few things in life less sexy than numbers. Even the number 69 only approximates a sexual position, and is more a cause for mild amusement than genuine arousal. This project by the creative agency Nice and Serious for the Wellcome...

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Entertainment

The BAFTAs: the award goes to...the dinner jacket

So, it looks we have a winner in the Eton versus Harrow battle. Yes, Eddie Redmayne toddled off with the BAFTA for Best Actor last night, leaving Benedict Cumberbatch with a more enigmatic expression of stiff-upper-lippedness than ever. Oh, sure, I...

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Design

Etsy suffers the wrath of T-Swift

Whilst she might come across as all sweetness and light in her music videos and on her seemingly unending, globe-trotting adventures, pop-star of the moment Taylor Swift certainly has a nasty side (or at least her representatives do). It was...

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BBH say you can win 50 years of KFC

Finger licking fast-food chicken brand KFC is celebrating 50 years in the UK with a series of campaigns created by BBH London. The work will span the whole year, beginning with the multichannel “Families” campaign that launches today....

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Technology

The Week in Tech

Snoop Dogg takes cannabis enthusiasm to its logical conclusion Rapper, actor and entrepreneur (you read that right) Snoop Dogg (the artist briefly known as “Snoop Lion”) is reportedly attempting to raise $25 million in order to invest in...

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Saatchi & Saatchi say “Labour isn't working”

Saatchi & Saatchi has not only announced that they won't be backing the Labour Party for this year's general election, but expect the Conservatives to win. CEO Robert Senior said that, though the agency handled the advertising for Labour's campaign...

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Features

The Black Cab Interviews present Ann Wixley

Ann Wixley, Creative Director at OMD UK, talks with Creativepool founder, Michael Tomes. Hear Ann's thoughts on the connection between performance art and experiential creativity, creating and producing ideas and their impact. Ann was a ballet...