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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

Exploring the value of meaningful brands
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Exploring the value of meaningful brands

Havas Media's conference highlighted how consumers want brands to help improve their quality of life. By David Benady

TfL's bus-shelter battle confirms value of OOH
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TfL's bus-shelter battle confirms value of OOH

In an already evolving sector, JCDecaux's capture of the TfL contract will likely mean more changes, Arif Durrani writes.

Kelly Williams maintains focus on ITV's 'bread and butter'
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Kelly Williams maintains focus on ITV's 'bread and butter'

ITV's commercial managing director is exploring new revenue streams - but not at the expense of money-spinning airtime and partnership deals, he tells Maisie McCabe.

Is Apple's new radio station a welcome addition?
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Is Apple's new radio station a welcome addition?

The tech giant changed listening habits when it launched iTunes. Will Beats 1 have a similar effect, Gurjit Degun asks.

'Alice is the first big step in a new world'
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'Alice is the first big step in a new world'

Creature is fast making a name for itself in theatre. This is what differentiates the agency from its rivals in adland, Dan Shute and Ed Warren tell James Swift.

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.

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