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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...

 

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.

 
 

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