26 March 2009

Guinness celebration ad to air

Diageo is launching a new television advertisement tonight (April 1) as part of the celebrations to mark the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brewery. The ad will air during the England versus Ukraine football match on ITV1. It will be one of a series of ads designed to illustrate the distinctive energy and life of […]

MySpaces Kantrowitz takes global marketing title

MySpace marketer Jamie Kantrowitz has returned to the US to take the position of SVP of strategy and global marketing for MySpace Music. She was previously senior vice president, international marketing and content, based in London and was part of the team that oversaw the expansion of MySpace into 30 international territories. Kantrowitz (pictured) joined […]

King of Shaves reveals its first national ad campaign

King of Shaves is to launch its first national advertising campaign as it looks to make its Azor brand the best selling handle razor in the UK by the end of the year.  The activity is the first created for King of Shaves by Hooper Galton and will break over the Easter weekend with an […]

Futurebrand loses place on COIs 5m agency list

Central Office of Information has dropped Futurebrand, Dragon and Brandsmiths after a review of its £5m marketing, brand and strategy roster. Interbrand, RKCR/Y&R and Dave are among the new agencies added to the list of 54 approved to compete for government and public sector contracts. Twenty-two agencies have lost their place on the roster in […]

AKQA appoints Jim Rossman as president and COO

Digital marketing agency AKQA has appointed Jim Rossman as president and chief operating officer. Rossman is currently chief operating officer at Digitas, Publicis Groupe’s direct and digital marketing agency. Rossman will be based in New York and will work with AKQA globally, reporting directly to AKQA chief executive officer Tom Bedecarre. Bedecarre said, “As we […]

LV= extends County Championship sponsorship

LV= has renewed its sponsorship agreement with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and will continue its title sponsorship of the County Championship until 2012. The insurance and investment group has sponsored the domestic cricket competition since 2002, originally under its Frizzell brand, then Liverpool Victoria before switching to LV= in 2007. The value […]

Yahoo commits to mobile with huge marketing drive

Yahoo is preparing a pan-European mobile marketing push, with a spend believed to be £250,000, to drive traffic to its new mobile home page. The significant budget, which Yahoo declined to confirm, marks one of the largest ad spends on mobile and underlines the internet ad giant’s commitment to the platform. Mobile marketing agency Inside […]

Mitsubishi Motors appoints marketing chief

Mitsubishi Motors UK has promoted Toby Marshall to the role of director of sales and marketing. He takes over from Lance Bradley who has been promoted to managing director. Marshall steps up from his role as general manager and has been with Mitsubishi for 11 years in a number of marketing, product management and corporate […]

FMCG worries add to mixed ad spend outlook for 2009

FMCG brands – the biggest spending global advertisers – remain the hardest to attract to digital, despite the IAB this week announcing online ad spend in 2008 rose 17.1% to £3.3bn. The report from the IAB, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers and the World Advertising Research Centre, found that online had increased its share of total […]

Andrew Harrison: Why broadcasters are pulling together

Last week saw the close of consultation responses from media companies large and small, analogue and digital to Lord Carters Digital Britain report. The final report is expected to be published in early summer but one key theme is already emerging: partnership.

Battle for digital dominance

Next week sees the digital switchover begin in earnest, where the UKs analogue signal is prepared for the switch-off. But the real battle over the switch isnt about whether consumers are ready or not for the change, its about a fight between marketing techniques.

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