True Colours

Contract publishing, boosted by Dulux’s new Colour magazine, is sometimes just a

Too many visits to Murray page

Poor Iain Murray. His worries about the destructive effects of tourism “Fat chance of getting rid of Tourism” (MW May 24) must prevent him from ever taking a break from the rigours of his weekly sneer. Or is he a nitby-tiv (tourism is bad but not in the back yards that I visit). There is […]

A pat on the back for No 1 Moos paper

The Diary is pleased to put the record straight on a misleading story printed last week. We stated that Ben & Jerry’s ice cream had become the first national brand to advertise on cows. The idea was in fact used 13 years ago, as pointed out by David Beadle, media development director at Arc Advertising’s […]

Heinz shifts DM spend to TV ads

Food giant Heinz is reversing its decision to spend half last year’s 24m marketing budget below the line, by switching more money into TV advertising. Two years ago, Heinz shocked the marketing industry by becoming one of the first fmcg companies to channel substantial spend into a heavyweight direct marketing campaign. The push was designed […]

Not amused by direct mail story

It may be an old-fashioned concept, but aren’t Diary stories meant to be amusing? Your Diary story criticising the Direct Mail Information Service, and direct mail per se “1995 – a year that’s bin junk”(MW May 24) fails to achieve this. If the Diary editor is having such a problem filling the page perhaps we […]

2m Energis buying brief for Optimedia

Vauxhall: ITV has raised nearly 3m from its sponsorship of Euro 9Optimedia has won the 2.5m media buying business for the National Grid’s ailing telecoms company, Energis. The advertising breaks this week with a campaign created by M&C Saatchi, which picked up the account in March. Optimedia pitched with M&C for the business. The account […]

An odd mop freebie – whodunnit?

The mop sector has discovered the joys of joint promotions. Addis, one of the UK’s leading mop marketers, is planning to wring extra profits from the sector with a bizarre new promotion. It is giving away a free Agatha Christie novel with each purchase of one of its mops. “With this promotion we are communicating […]

Ex-Microsoft chief joins multimedia agency

Former Microsoft head of UK advertising Janet Kilpatrick has joined multimedia hardware company Creative Laboratories as head of European marketing and will kick off an advertising review. Kilpatrick, who left Microsoft eleven months ago, will be responsible for strategy and personnel across western Europe for the company. Kilpatrick worked as a consultant in channel marketing […]

No rewards for buying loyalty ruse

Everyone’s jumping aboard the loyalty bandwagon, with companies happy to invest millions of pounds on supposedly shaping customers buying habits. But the reality could be that they are throwing money away on schemes which will ultimately yield

Why speech is not always free

Believe it or not, there is a company which specialises in hiring out after-dinner speakers. British Speakers Bureau claims to have access to some of the top names on the international speaking circuit. Among those you are able to hire for a function are ex-president of the United States George Bush; disco diva Donna Summer; […]

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