12 March 2009

Futurebrand axes senior management

Futurebrand has axed its senior management team led by managing director Jasmine Montgomery in a restructure. Other casualties of the restructure include managing creative director Tina Prior and head of strategy Piers Guilar and more redundancies are expected. The agency was unavailable for comment. Futurebrand, part of the Interpublic Group, recently appointed European CEO Patrick […]

Getting Ahead: Frazer Howard

What made you want to get into brands/advertising/media/marketing?
Honestly? I did one of those job suitability computer programmes and it suggested either copywriter or dustman. That and the fact that I wanted to get a job near where my girlfriend had just got hers. Oh yes. Its that kind of ruthless ambition thats got me where I am today.

Apple rolls outs beta of iPhone 3.0

Apple has rolled out a beta of its iPhone 3.0 operating system to enable a range of new features including the ability to add transactions to apps. Developers will now be able to offer subscriptions and the ability to sell extra content from within an app. Apple is looking to boost its functionality as the […]

STV reveals new logo and idents

STV has unveiled a new logo and fresh look for its channel, programmes and websites. The logo and six station idents have been designed by Bruce Dunlop Associates (BDA) and the STV creative and aim to reflect Scotland’s contemporary culture and heritage. The idents feature people and places from across the country and examples of […]

Auto Windscreens names marketing chief

Auto Windscreens has appointed Nigel Davies as its sales and marketing director. Davis (pictured) will replace Tony Johnston who has left the company to pursue other interests. It is not clear if he has another job to go to. Davies has previously worked for Kwik-Fit as fleet sales director and joins from fluid transfer solutions […]

Matt Brittin to become director of UK operations at Google

Google has promoted Matt Brittin to director of UK operations, following the promotion of Dennis Woodside to VP Americas Operations. Woodside, who was VP & MD of UK, Benelux & Ireland, replaces Tim Armstrong, who left his role as Google president to become chairman-CEO of Time Warner unit AOL. Woodside has been with Google for […]

Brands ‘must be beacons of trust to beat recession’

Consumers will expect brands to become trusted, transparent and engaged pillars of the earth to replace outdated, untrustworthy institutions in a post-recessionary new world, according to the former New Labour pollster and focus group guru Lord Gould.

Royal Mail set for charity mail-outs clash with TNT

Royal Mail is facing competition from TNT Post for its direct marketing delivery service for charities. Commercial rivals to Royal Mail have been hampered in the past in their efforts to attract charity-based business because only Royal Mail is VAT-exempt for charity mailings. However, TNT Post has entered a partnership with print management company Brightsource […]

Aegis to report rise in profits say analysts

Aegis Group, owner of Carat and Vizeum, is likely to post an increase in pre-tax profit for last year but its exposure to the US motor industry leaves 2009 earnings vulnerable, according to analysts. The marketing services group reports full year preliminary results tomorrow (March 19) with analysts forecasting pre-tax profit of £145m to £150m, […]

COI assigns mobile role in accessing the hard-to-reach

The COI is throwing its weight behind mobile as a “vital” channel for the Government’s marketing and communications strategy. Michael Smith, deputy director of interactive services for COI Communications, told new media age mobile was becoming an increasingly important channel to communicate with hard-to-reach consumers. Smith, who this week was appointed as a founder member […]

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