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Diversity Distinction in PR Awards 2014: Beacons of progress

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Tech viewpoint on TV on command

In a recent Tech viewpoint, Rightster s Charlie Muirhead quite rightly pointed out that the "success of one channel needn t come at the expense of another". Shortly after this, we did some research that provided proof of his assertion. The numbers ...

 

On the Campaign couch

I work in the creative department of a marketing services company. My boss is great but just a little bit dull. I suspect that I am far more creative than him. How can I make our output more creative in spite of his lacklustre judgments? It s poss...

 

This charming man

Having resisted publishing his memoirs until after the death of Margaret Thatcher, Lord Bell has finally spilled the beans on his life in advertising and beyond, including that tempestuous relationship with the Saatchis. John Tylee speaks to him abou...

 

Consumers will always find a way to game the system and break rules

Back in the summer (can you remember the summer?), I made time to read Evgeny Morozov s To Save Everything, Click Here and realised our sins will save us. Morozov is peeved about a lot of stuff, specifically innovation for the sake of it and, broad...

 

Gender always causes a stir, no less so in adland

There's been an awful lot of heat generated over the past week about a piece written in Adweek, by Grey's newly promoted chairman Nils Leonard, on the subject of the creative of the future.

 

John Lewis has a fight on its hands this Christmas

Was the John Lewis boss, Andy Street, deliberately trying to manage expectations of its Christmas ad campaign with his comments at the recent World Retail Congress? Street - who, later on the train home, managed to offend the French by telling a jour...

 

As the internet comes of age, it is up to agencies to really show their worth

The celebration this week of ten years of the Internet Advertising Bureau's Engage conference serves as a reminder of just how fast the digital media landscape has developed.

 

Global viewpoint from Sydney

We Aussies like to believe that we punch above our weight on the world stage. Our designers, such as Marc Newson, have reached the upper echelons of their craft. Our actors, such as Geoffrey Rush, Cate Blanchett and, ahem, Jason Donovan, are among th...

 

Tech viewpoint on privacy

While we continue to argue over who s to blame for the celebrity nude photo leak, a vital question raised is: just how well do we know our technology? The hackers who found these photos are criminals in the same way a burglar is. But, as more and m...

 

On the Campaign couch

What s the trick to giving good feedback to work? Never forget that you re looking into someone s pram. I m assuming that, by work, you mean advertising creative work in its earliest and most inchoate form. If its parents could have their wishes ...

 

Global viewpoint from Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been a haven for the weird and wonderful of the world to come, hang out and enjoy the finer points of Dutch culture while adding a little bit of their own. I moved here 20 months ago with my laidback girlfriend and neurotic cat, ...

 

Shared values help keep collective excellence alive

There are a few things we need to talk about this week. Thing one: Peter Mead.

 

Peter Mead: When In Doubt Be Nice

In extracts from his new book, the Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO founder Peter Mead reveals the valuable lessons he has learned over six decades in the ad business and the secrets of his agency's lasting success, sharing some colourful anecdotes along the...

 

Media agencies function better to the symphonic sounds of Beethoven

At a recent Omnicom conference, someone said that we need rock bands, not rock stars, to make creative and business sense of the diversifying communications landscape; but I think we need orchestras.

 

Wildman is bringing some much-needed optimism back to the press industry

"We finally have milk in the kitchen," a Trinity Mirror sales executive says; three months into his role of chief revenue officer, James Wildman is starting to make an impact.

 

Bazeley appointment proves nothing is impossible

Six months ago, when Tom Bazeley, Dave Bedwood, Sam Ball and Dave Cox decided to cash in their Lean Mean Fighting Machine chips and sell to M C Saatchi, it s probably safe to say that, deep down, they didn t really expect to play much of a pivotal ro...

 

Will your brand suffer genericide?

Driving word of mouth is a great ambition, but it can go too far.

 

Global viewpoint from Chicago

A few of us may know Chicago as the site of the first Ferris wheel, created for the World s Fair in 1893 with a brief to outdo the Eiffel Tower, which had been built for the Exposition Universelle in Paris four years earlier. But, as an Englishman ...

 

On the Campaign couch

Dear Jeremy, How can I improve my persuasive skills? By improving your ability to read other people s minds. Jean Aitchison is a professor of language and communication at the University of Oxford. In 1996, she delivered the Reith Lectures for t...

 

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll: welcome to the dark net

It seems Jeremy Lee has - perhaps unwittingly - handed me the pen this week, so I've seized the opportunity to scrawl a few thoughts on that online underworld, the dark net.

 
 

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