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Nationwide chiefs face shake-up

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Nationwide Building Society has announced a major job swap between four of the company’s directors. Mike Lazenby becomes the company’s divisional director, marketing. He was formerly divisional director, communications and replaces Tracy Morshead as head of marketing. Morshead becomes divisional director, central retail operations, with responsibility for databases, direct marketing and debt management. He replaces […]

Ikea avoids free fall in furniture sector

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It was a mixed week for Swedish furniture chain Ikea. First the group had to deny it supported the Conservative Party after it supplied the Tory conference with eight free armchairs. Then its “Stop being so English” TV ads inspired an anti-Swedish counter-attack from The Daily Mail and London radio station, Heart. Still, the chain […]

Ikea brings BDDH on board 6m account

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Ikea has appointed Partners BDDH to work alongside lead agency St Luke’s, which holds the furniture retailer’s 6m UK account. BDDH will work on a project for the Swedish retailer which is aimed at various European markets, including the UK. The agency will create in-store branding for the retailer’s newly integrated Home Office and Professional […]

Mayhead moves in Argos shake-up

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Argos has announced its first major boardroom changes since the 1.9bn hostile takeover by Great Universal Stores three weeks ago. The restructure by Argos acting chief executive Graham Frost sees John Mayhead move from his position as Argos marketing director. He becomes the director with overall responsibility for Argos Business Solutions, which handles the retailers […]

10m ad blitz to relaunch VW Golf

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Volkswagen UK unveils its largest single ad push to date this week with a 10m campaign for the new Golf. Advertising for the revamped car, which goes on sale this week, breaks on Friday and was created by BMP DDB. It will coincide with the on-air launch of the car company’s 3m sponsorship of Channel […]

Ikea offers own-brand white goods

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Swedish furniture chain Ikea is to launch an own brand range of in-built fridges, cookers and ovens with products supplied by US consumer electronics company Whirlpool. The eight-strong chain sells Zanussi gas and electrical products in its stores and from its catalogues, but these are to be dropped, according to an Ikea spokesman. The Ikea […]

C4 secures 3m VW sports sponsorship

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Channel 4 has secured a deal with German car maker Volkswagen to sponsor its sporting output across the whole of the network. The contract is understood to be worth 3m per year. The initial deal is for a year. The deal is the first of its kind on British TV and the initiative was first […]

C4 secures 3m VW sports sponsorship

Marketing Week

Channel 4 has secured a deal with German car maker Volkswagen to sponsor its sporting output across the whole of the network. The contract is understood to be worth 3m per year. The initial deal is for a year. The deal is the first of its kind on British TV and the initiative was first […]

DIGESTS

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Thierry Leray has resigned his position as board director of CIA Medianetwork International to join media start-up Request. The venture has developed a trading platform aimed at offering merchandising services to the financial and travel sectors, operating sites through online ‘electronic malls’. Simon Lay has been promoted to sponsorship manager at sales house TSMS. He […]

Publicis scoops 12.5m MasterCard business

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MasterCard is understood to have appointed Publicis to an estimated 12.5m account covering what is described as its non-US “marketing projects”. The agency, which handles the credit card company’s UK branding work, produced ads for its sponsorship of the Euro 96 football championship last year and will handle a similar project for its involvement in […]

25m DDB win tightens VW grip

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DDB Dusseldorf has regained the estimated 25m Volkswagen account in Germany, which is believed to include a pan-European campaign for the Golf model. The review was initially seen as a threat to the DDB network’s grip on the 263m international account, encompassing the 33m UK business held by BMP DDB. But the decision, based on […]

Argos plans loyalty shift to smartcard

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Argos Premier Points, one of the biggest loyalty reward schemes in the UK, will be transformed into a smartcard later this year. To date, Premier Points has not captured data on users, prompting critics to dub it an electronic version of Green Shield stamps. But from this autumn, Argos, BP and Somerfield customers will be […]

Argos plans loyalty shift to smartcard

Marketing Week

Argos Premier Points, one of the biggest loyalty reward schemes in the UK, will be transformed into a smartcard later this year. To date, Premier Points has not captured data on users, prompting critics to dub it an electronic version of Green Shield stamps. But from this autumn, Argos, BP and Somerfield customers will be […]

DIGESTS

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Halifax director of marketing services Judy Atchison is leaving after the special general meeting in February. The meeting is likely to approve the flotation of the building society next year. A replacement has not been found. Two weeks ago Halifax Life marketing director Mike Cherry resigned after a restructure of the financial services division. Motorola […]

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