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Telefónica's U-turn poses unanswered questions

There must be a story behind the story of Telefónica's media agency shift. I doubt it's one that will show our industry in a good light.

 

How smart are smart systems?

Walking down one of Hampstead's bijou roads recently, I noticed a woman leaning out of an upstairs window explaining to a man at the door that her "smart" lock had locked her inside and asking him to try different ways to open the door.

 

With momentum and now money behind it, the Vice hype needs to be believed

The bristling excitement among the young masses milling into an East London church as dusk fell was palpable - it had all the hallmarks of a cult, but was in fact a clarion call for advertisers.

 

Global viewpoint from South Africa

Three macro drivers are contributing towards a very vibrant South African ad industry: talent diversity, digital migration and the changing role of South Africa as a gateway to the rest of Africa. It s appropriate, however, to start off with the fa...

 

Stop lamenting the heady days of media - we need to change with the times

Many seasoned protagonists often bemoan the lack of personalities in our media business today, but such a perspective misses the point. The first flush of media agencies in the 80s were the heady days of "media", when the most important accolades ...

 

Tech viewpoint on advertising to children

If you ask politicians what worries them about our industry, eight out of ten would give the same answer: how advertisers talk to kids. Many think advertising shouldn t target them at all. Sprinkle in the average politician s knowledge of our busines...

 

On the Campaign couch

I m working for a local agency of a big network. We re struggling to build our creative reputation. The network keeps on foisting bad global clients on us and making us run their mediocre global creative. How can I rescue my agency s reputation? O...

 

Help you run the country? Nah, we're good, thanks

The remarkable transformation of Nigel Farage from the punchline to a smart-arsed political joke to potentially a Parliamentary force looks like being the defining narrative of the upcoming general election. However unpalatable you (and, for the re...

 

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.

 

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...

 

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...

 

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.

 
 

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