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Google appoints new UK boss

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Google has appointed Dennis Woodside as managing director for the UK, Ireland and Benelux. He succeeds Kate Burns, who stepped down from the role three months ago. He takes over immediately.

Papa Johns and Game team up for joint promotion

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Papa John’s has teamed up with Game, the UK’s largest video games retailer, in a bid to boost the awareness of the take-away pizza brand’s online service. The Great Night In joint promotion will offer incentives to regular online users of both companies. Customers who place orders on Papa John’s recently revamped website will be […]

Inschool Media scoops Lemony Snicket book launch task

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Inschool Media, the marketing services agency run by a comprehensive school, has been appointed by Egmont Press to handle the launch of the final book in the Lemony Snicket series in schools. The campaign will include a Lemony Snicket project pack, which will be aimed at students starting secondary school this autumn. It will support […]

What’s Guinness good for?

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The pub smoking ban has been blamed for falling Guinness sales in Ireland, prompting some to call on Diageo to off-load the stout, but others think its hsould stick with the brand and develop its long drinsk offer, as cider begins to take off and the RTD market goes flat

Not so golden girls

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Sportswomen have long been the butt of cruel jokes in a male-dominated industry, with a national newspaper once shamelessly suggesting that female footballers were more likely to burst the ball with their long nails and eyelashes than poke it into the back of the net…

MoreThan builds loyalty in a promiscuous market

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MoreThan, the Royal & Sun Alliance-owned direct insurance brand, is piloting a loyalty scheme for policyholders in the hope of retaining customers in a price-led marketplace (MW last week). The Smartsave scheme gives policyholders up to 20% off at a range of online shops, UK attractions and on worldwide travel. It is being offered to […]

A1 GP revs up in race for sponsors

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Competition for sponsors and viewers in the motor racing industry is set to heat up following A1 Grand Prix’s (A1 GP) appointment of JWT and MindShare to handle its &£8m advertising and branding business (MW last week). As it cements plans to raise its profile, it also hopes to ignite interest among potential sponsors. The […]

Battlefield London

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News International’s launch of a free evening newspaper in the capital next month is expected to shake up the market as publishers bid for distribution licences. The response of Associated Newspapers, owner of the Evening Standard and Metro, is eagerly awaited. By Mark Choueke When the launch date of Rupert Murdoch’s new “urbanite” London newspaper […]

Agencies left in the dark by changes at BSkyB’s Sky Bet

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The sudden departure of BSkyB-owned Sky Bet’s marketing director Simon Miller (MW last week) has left the betting and gaming brand’s advertising agency arrangements shrouded in mystery. St Luke’s apparently picked up the business following a pitch earlier this year – but the broadcaster denies a contract has been inked. The company was believed to […]

Sporting chance for packaged goods marketers

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Sports organisations are increasingly looking to marketers with classic packaged goods experience in an effort to raise the bar on the industry’s professional image. Figures released by specialist sports consultancy The Sports Recruitment Company reveal the number of candidates entering the sporting arena from the outside jumped from 8% in the second quarter of 2005 […]

Is BBH suffering from too much of a good thing?

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Bartle Bogle Hegarty’s announcement last week that it is resigning its European portion of the &£50m Sony Ericsson mobile phone account has focused attention on the rapid pace of change at an agency seeking to cope with the many new accounts it won last year. One observer claims that the shop is “overwhelmed” by new […]

How Tony the Tiger got caught in the rumour mill

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Playground gossip and university rumours have forced cereal giant Kellogg to issue a statement denying that the teenage star of its current UK Frosties campaign is dead. In the ad, the boy leaps from his bed singing a refrain which includes the words “They’re gonna taste great/I can hear the sound of Frosties hitting my […]

Why search marketing is such a big deal

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Engine Group, the umbrella group for agencies such as WCRS and digital shop Meme, has spread its wings further by buying a majority stake in search engine marketing firm Eyefall (MW last week). There has been plenty of recent speculation within the online industry about search marketing agencies being bought and acquisition activity now appears […]

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