29 August 1996

Superdrug seeks to put boot into its rival

Superdrug is screening its first TV advertising as its battle with Boots hots up but, as Kay Atwal argues, it has its work cut out for it. Video diaries from satisfied shoppers are the latest weapon adopted by Superdrug in its effort to steal market share from its main high street rival Boots. The diaries […]

Scott Lynds marks new start with name change

Scott Lynds, the sponsorship, media sales and production company, has relaunched as the Big Group, five months after losing managing partner Simon Lynds. The name change is designed to reposition the group as a total marketing communications company. After Lynds’ departure, the company suffered a succession of account losses on its media sales and sponsorship […]


Puma, the German sportswear company, is centralising its global advertising, and drawing up plans for an advertising campaign worth about $15m (10m). It is believed Cordiant-owned K Advertising, which runs the account in the UK, has been asked to pitch for the global business against US agency Earle Palmer Brown… …K Advertising’s planning director Mark […]

Bass must keep creative spirit

Economies of scale and distribution, certainly; Bass getting back on top, probably; marketing – negligible by comparison. Such is the conventional view of the forces driving Bass’ takeover of Carlsberg-Tetley. Like all saloon-bar wisdom, it misses the less obvious. The short- and medium-term cost savings in such a deal are undeniable but, in the longer […]

Budweiser axes British ad after US group calls it racist

A Budweiser advertising campaign for the UK has been axed after creating uproar in the US, where it was accused of racism after depicting American Indians as drunks. The ad, sanctioned by brewer Anheuser-Busch, shows an American Indian truck driver in search of a beer. London agency BMP DDB’s creation ran on TV and in […]

Cable TV campaign is a ‘turn off’ for viewers

The cable TV industry is reviewing its 12m generic marketing campaign following internal research that its ads, starring Dawn French, have turned off viewers. The Cable Communications Association, which is running the campaign through J Walter Thompson, says the campaign is now part of a “strategy review”. The rethink has stemmed from internal research conducted […]


The satellite channels’ viewing share is already on the increase, and the arrival of digital TV means even more options will become available for viewers and advertisers

Is car purchase a thing of the past?

Given all the hidden costs of buying a car under personal contract purchase plans, David Sumner Smith says their future is bleak now that more straightforward hire schemes are available to the consumer.

BBC appoints Miles to head online service

The BBC has appointed Rupert Miles, publishing director of Radio Times, to lead the attack on CompuServe and America On Line as a provider of online news and information services. The new venture, called BBC Online, will tap into the corporation’s news, publishing and programming resources to provide information, either through the Internet or accessed […]

Schweppes to take on Pepsi in teen drinks

Cadbury Schweppes is taking on Pepsi’s “alternative” soft drink Mountain Dew with the launch of a rival called Raging Hog. Like Mountain Dew, Raging Hog is a neon green colour. It is sold in luminous pink cans and is available in a range of fruit flavours, including lemon. The drink is being marketed by Coca-Cola […]

The Times at last may be changing

The Times’ low-price strategy has had an impressive impact on circulation, but it has proved harder to translate this success into increasing advertising revenue. However, there are signs this may be changing.

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