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Ryanair profits drop sparks ad cutbacks

Marketing Week

Low-cost airline Ryanair is cutting its marketing budget after announcing a 27% drop in profits for the last quarter of 2007. The move is likely to reinforce the company’s policy of using controversial one-off press ads, which are frequently banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, to promote its fares. Announcing its third quarter results, the […]

Marketing Week Interactive Five

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The online environment is one we are now all familiar with, as consumers, marketers and analysts. Yet it is evolving at an extraordinary pace, with the landscape being constantly remodelled through seismic shifts that can have significant impact on brands and their advertising agencies. Read more Click here to read the Interactive Five Digital Edition  […]

The welcome ad break

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Despite fears within the advertising industry, TV viewers have not been using their digital television recorder boxes to skip ad breaks. In fact, research shows they are actually choosing to watch more

YouTube launches programme to make UK users money

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YouTube users are being offered the chance to make money from their videos under a scheme being launched in the UK. The YouTube Partnership Programme is launched today (January 31). The programme, which already exists in US, selects members that create original content and have a big following on the site to become “partners”. An […]

Nationwide unleashes TV ad blitz

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Nationwide, the UK’s biggest building society, claims to be launching a “unique” television campaign that marries brand ads with product and direct-response TV spots, in a move to trump its bigger “plc” rivals. Head of brand strategy Peter Gandolfi believes the mix is “unique” in UK financial services advertising and signals a change in strategy […]

Skoda chief returns to VW as UK managing director

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Volkswagen has promoted Skoda UK chief Chris Craft to run the VW brand in the UK following Paul Willis’ move to Kia. Craft, a former VW marketer, rejoins the marque as UK managing director after four-and-a-half years in charge of Skoda. Craft has overseen a strong period of growth at Skoda and won plaudits for […]

Taking the guesswork out of restaurant search

Marketing Week

Finding the right restaurant can be stressful – especially if a certain someone needs impressing. Patrons either rely on magazine/newspaper reviews, local hype, recommendations or simply choose one and hope for the best. Toptable (www.toptable.co.uk) tries to take some of the uncertainty away by providing reviews, customer ratings, sample menus, recommendations and discounts. Toptable provides […]

Why aren’t soft-drinks companies investing more in new product development?

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Britvic’s struggle to get supermarket listings for its water brand Drench, despite an extensive overhaul, has prompted some to question whether the big soft-drinks companies are spending too much time and money tinkering with existing brands and not enough on developing new products. Britvic spent £2.4m relaunching Drench last year, and introducing new packaging in […]