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Covid-19: leaderless UK government flounders in death toll

Covid-19: leaderless UK government flounders in death toll

It was another bad day for the UK government and the rest of us as Covid-19 deaths rose above 900, not what we hoped for after the optimistic noises we heard earlier in the week. We know, or we’ve been told, that the thing to look at is the rate the virus is spreading (it […] Read More

Exclusive: my life as a fake Facebook account

Exclusive: my life as a fake Facebook account

There’s an interesting class action lawsuit under way in America (no, don’t stop reading already) with a small business filing that Facebook personnel have known for years that its so-called potential reach metric is “inflated and misleading.” And that top Facebook execs have known this for years – while sticking by it in public (it’s […] Read More

Hearts go out to New York, UK needs to prepare for something better even in tragedy

Hearts go out to New York, UK needs to prepare for something better even in tragedy

Our hearts go out (yes we do have them stashed away) to all our friends, and others, in New York who are suffering terribly from the virus – about as many cases as in the whole of the UK. New York, still the epicentre of advertising, has overcome many tragedies in the past – most […] Read More

DDB’s Wendy Clark quits for surprise switch to Dentsu

DDB’s Wendy Clark quits for surprise switch to Dentsu

The ad business still has the capacity to surprise now and then and here’s one: Wendy Clark is quitting as boss of Omnicom’s DDB to be global CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network, Jerry Buhlmann’s old job. She’ll report to executive chairman Tim Andree who’s just returned from sick leave. But it would be another surprise […] Read More

Sam Pearce: how to survive working from home

Sam Pearce: how to survive working from home

The word ‘unprecedented’ has lost all meaning over the last few weeks. As we find ourselves cooped up in our houses, the buzz and joy of agency life (for example) has been replaced by the uncertainty of a Zoom connection. Yet the work goes on. And for an industry that relies on the energy and […] Read More

Coronavirus tales: Wagyu beef and Rampant Rabbits

Coronavirus tales: Wagyu beef and Rampant Rabbits

Sales of condoms and sex toys are booming it seems, as people seek diversion at home. British chain Ann Summers reports that its Rampant Rabbit (quieter than other appliances) is the best seller. Meanwhile Japan is wondering what to do with piles of Wagyu beef – the beer rubbed bovines (some of them anyway) usually […] Read More

MAA blast from past: Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’

MAA blast from past: Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’

Here’s a blast from the past that actually changed things, Apple’s ‘I’m a Mac’ campaign from TBWA which ran (I think) between 2006 and 2009. In those days (pre-iPhone) Apple was the young pretender to the mighty Microsoft and this campaign is said to have driven Microsoft bonkers. Mind you, Steve Jobs was also said […] Read More

M&C Saatchi closes LA office as value drops to £30m

M&C Saatchi closes LA office as value drops to £30m

M&C Saatchi LA is one of the first high profile agency casualties of the Covid-19 virus, announcing its closure on Twitter. After 15 years in business, we are devastated to report that we are closing in the light of the recent pandemic and the resulting economic uncertainty. Our hearts are full of gratitude for all […] Read More

Mindshare Covid-19 attitudes survey shows UK bearing up – but more clarity is needed

Mindshare Covid-19 attitudes survey shows UK bearing up – but more clarity is needed

WPP media agency Mindshare UK, along with many others, has been looking into attitudes in the light of the Covid-19 crisis, finding, which won’t surprise anyone, high levels of concern and anxiety across all age groups and households but tracking significantly higher for parents and particularly parents in London. People, it says, are seeking clear, […] Read More

Analysis from Talon’s Ada shows true UK population movement during Covid-19

Analysis from Talon’s Ada shows true UK population movement during Covid-19

Groundbreaking analysis from Ada, Talon Outdoor’s proprietary intelligent data management platform has uncovered that the first two weeks in March had above average movement for the UK population before dramatically declining in the third week by -21% nationally, with London ahead of the curve in reduced population movement. The coronavirus pandemic has wrought massive change […] Read More

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