An unhappy agency/client alliance works both ways
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An unhappy agency/client alliance works both ways

One of London's less decorated executive creative directors recently took me through a presentation of a major new ad campaign.

A view from Dave Trott: Close enough is good enough
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A view from Dave Trott: Close enough is good enough

Can you spot the difference between these two?

Reporters without borders for a global, mobile FT brand
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Reporters without borders for a global, mobile FT brand

As we head into a period a Norwegian friend of mine delightfully calls the "cucumber season" - due to all the filler stories about growing vegetables - there is still plenty that demands our attention.

On the Campaign couch: Should every brand have a purpose?
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On the Campaign couch: Should every brand have a purpose?

Every new advertising agency claims to have identified some fundamental change in human attitudes and behaviour.

Global viewpoint from Spain
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Global viewpoint from Spain

As we sit in the middle of our precious summer months, our thoughts are allowed to drift to the weather. And the forecast for Spain and its ad market is changeable.

History of advertising: No. 142: The Pompeii penis
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History of advertising: No. 142: The Pompeii penis

Amid Pompeii's ruins is a curbstone into which has been carved a penis proudly pointing the way to what was once one of the city's most popular brothels.

Ad fraud rears its head again, but should we care?
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Ad fraud rears its head again, but should we care?

Another week, another set of headlines on bots.

Why we're loving: Bjørn-Erik Aschim, director, The Line
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Why we're loving: Bjørn-Erik Aschim, director, The Line

Aschim is one of six directors who make up The Line collective, which created Campaign's recent ads.

Things we like: Intelligent outdoor
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Things we like: Intelligent outdoor

Outdoor media continues to break new ground, with M&C Saatchi claiming the first-ever artificially intelligent poster last week.

Diary: Toto's passion project
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Diary: Toto's passion project

Toto Ellis, the strategy head at Droga5 Europe, is trying his hand at directing.

Let's make life easy for the brain-drained generation
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Let's make life easy for the brain-drained generation

When were you last really, really tired?

You're so wrong, you're right
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You're so wrong, you're right

"Right," Mark Earls says. "Everyone in the second row and the fourth row, come up to the stage. We're going to play a game that illustrates what happens when humans copy each other."

Why we're loving: Michael Roulier and Philippe LHomme, directors, Foodfilm
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Why we're loving: Michael Roulier and Philippe LHomme, directors, Foodfilm

Roulier and Lhomme directed the Marks & Spencer "adventures in imagination" campaign by Rainey Kelly Campbell Roalfe/Y&R. The spots, in the retailer's usual "food porn" style, pair close-up shots of food with an instrumental version of Clean Bandit's Rather Be.

Instagram is cautiously tapping into inspiration
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Instagram is cautiously tapping into inspiration

What's all the fuss about Instagram?

Creative media thinking can free branded content
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Creative media thinking can free branded content

I have seen the future, so thought I should share it.

A view from Dave Trott: Real-world thinking
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A view from Dave Trott: Real-world thinking

When a pilot is flying a plane, he has to be aware of the crosswind.

It's time to speak up: Why adland needs to be more vocal
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It's time to speak up: Why adland needs to be more vocal

As she takes on the presidency of Wacl, Lindsey Clay discusses her theme for the year and why adland needs to be more vocal.

Let's make an ad career the easy sell it should be
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Let's make an ad career the easy sell it should be

My stepson recently graduated and, being a bright lad, has managed to land a job at Accenture.

Line between money and morals is increasingly fine
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Line between money and morals is increasingly fine

So, what to make of the conclusion of the Heinz review?

Things we like: The Sun's Nazi-salute scoop
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Things we like: The Sun's Nazi-salute scoop

The Sun enjoyed that increasingly rare thing last weekend when it landed a genuine "world exclusive".

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