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Former top lobbyist and H&K CEO Robert Gray passes away at 92

Robert Gray, an influential Washington, DC, lobbyist and former chairman and CEO of Hill & Knowlton, passed away last Friday. He was 92.

Lidl beats Tesco to 10m Facebook fans

Discount supermarket Lidl is the first food retailer to rack up 10 million Facebook fans in Europe after only launching a social media presence outside of Germany in 2011, according to data from the Socialbakers.

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Brand Republic Digital Awards shortlist revealed

The shortlist for the 2014 Brand Republic Digital Awards has been decided, following an action-packed judging day at Yahoo's UK headquarters on 10 April.

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Post Office reviews advertising, DM and digital accounts

The Post Office is preparing to review its advertising, direct and digital accounts through the Crown Commercial Service, which has approached agencies on the Government's creative framework.

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Top honour at Planning Awards goes to British Airways, OgilvyOne and Posterscope

OgilvyOne and Posterscope have won the Grand Prize for the #lookup campaign for British Airways at this year's Clear Channel Outdoor Planning Awards, held in association with Brand Republic.

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Watch the first YouTube clip, nine years on

This week marks the ninth anniversary of the first clip uploaded on YouTube, a 19-second video of YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim at the San Diego Zoo.

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McDonald's gives Ronald a new look ahead of global 'Fun times' social media push 2

McDonald's has revealed a new look for its long-time brand mascot, Ronald McDonald, ahead of a social media campaign featuring the clown character.

 

Facebook ad revenue leaps $1bn as it invests in targeting

Facebook's global advertising revenue grew 82 per cent year on year to $2.27 billion (£1.35 billion), in the first quarter of 2014, representing the platform's strongest advertising growth in nearly three years.

 

It's not just mums setting consumer trends in 2014, says Netmums founder, it's dads too

If you want to market to families in 2014, there are a few things marketers need to know, writes Netmums founder Siobhan Freegard.

 
 

Coca-Cola: 'Don't approach bloggers with a fait accompli'

Brand should not approach bloggers with a "fait accompli" when reaching out to them, but should be open to co-creation and a more human approach, according to Coca-Cola GB head of media relations Sarah Tuke.

 

Malteser or Maltesers? Mars takes Hershey trademark dispute to court 2

Mars has filed a lawsuit against US confectionery firm Hershey over its Malteser product, which it claims is "passing off" as Mars' own popular Maltesers brand.

 

Apple Q2 profits top $10bn as iPhone sales soar

Apple has revealed better-than-expected second quarter profits of $10.2bn (£6.1bn), with iPhone sales up 17% year on year.

 
 

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In sharp contrast to the supercharged pace of change in Britain's ethnic make-up, progress in boosting the number of staff from ethnic minorities in UK agencies has been snail-like.

 
 

Are six-year career breaks a good idea?

In a recent interview with the FT, Dame Alison Carnwath, the chairman of Land Securities and the only female chairman in the FTSE 100, called on companies to allow women to take family-friendly career breaks of up to six years.

 
 

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Building Partnerships: why collaboration is key

Successful corporate partnership collaborations are built on unity of vision and strength of purpose, and should create unique power-brands that are more than the sum of their parts.

 

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