8 January 2009

HMV moves into branded gig venues

HMV is moving into the live music business via new joint venture with venue operator Mama Group. The deal will see three famous venues be rebranded with the music retailer’s name. From today, the Hammersmith Apollo will become known as the HMV Apollo, and name changes will see the Forum in London’s Kentish Town and […]

Marketing Week Salary Survey

Optimism is the default setting for marketers. It has to be when your job involves trying to change human behaviour. But the disruptive events of 2008 and gloomy forecasts for this year that put marketing budgets in the firing line, are expected to knock some of that confidence. Yet across the 1,516 respondents to this […]

M&S lacks simple solution

Despite the Citys relatively positive response to Marks & Spencer executive chairman Sir Stuart Roses salvage formula in the face of the worst Christmas sales in a decade, analysts say the high street retailer has a lot of work to do to ensure its chain of Simply Food stores returns to anything near its early runaway success.

Brands chase orphan consumers

UK high streets are awash with billions of pounds worth of dispossessed revenues after the collapse of Woolworths and the closure of hundreds of stores in the music, food, furnishings and children’s clothes sectors. Surviving rivals are working out how they can mop up these excess sums and lure shoppers left out in the cold […]

Waitrose customer club aims for brand affinity

Waitrose is launching its first loyalty-style customer club later this month as part of a major push to retain key customers and build its profile with food lovers. The launch of the Waitrose Food Club is being driven by the chain’s managing director, Mark Price. The retailer is reluctant to reveal details of the club […]

Clarke and May hit out at Portman Speedball action

Wine expert Oz Clarke and Top Gears James May are understood to have started a row with the drinks industry body, The Portman Group, after the duo lashed out at the potential ban of a beer called Speedball. It is under investigation by the group for its associations with illegal drugs.

T-Mobile MD quits

T-Mobile managing director, Jim Hyde, has resigned from his post and will leave the company at the end of March. The mobile operator is now undertaking a recruitment process to find his successor. In a statement, T-Mobile says Hyde is departing for “personal reasons”. Hyde joined the mobile operator in January 2006 from T-Mobile USA, […]

Endemol appoints global marketing and brand chief

Endemol, the company that makes Big Brother, has appointed Paul Johnson to the new role of global head of marketing and brand partnerships. He will commence in March. Johnson joins from Reed Midem in Paris, where he has been director of its TV division for the past six years. At Endemol, he will be responsible […]

Viva Beverages to launch UKs first single-shot energy drink

Viva Beverages, a US drinks company, is planning to create a new category in the UK drinks sector with the launch of a single-shot energy drink, Quick Energy, this month. The drink, which comes in 59ml shots, will be positioned as a “more convenient” energy drink for people with busy lives. It will be available […]

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