Doe-eyed pets, soppy soundtracks and high-minded rhetoric... it can only be this year's cornucopia of Christmas ads. Our panel of reviewers pick their faves.
When Sir John Hegarty planned his speech for the Digital Cinema Media Upfronts at Bafta on Monday morning, he couldn't have known quite how topical a subject the church would turn out to be.
Reports of the death of the lads' mag appear to be premature.
Supple Nam choreographed the "stepping" ad for Honda created by Mcgarrybowen. It featured people "precision-walking" to Incredible by M-Beat featuring General Levy.
As record and magazine sales slump, the title is reinventing itself as a digital and live events company.
Stand by for another wave of Christmas news stories about how much we Brits have spent online during the festive season.
George P Rowell did more than almost anybody to take the US ad industry into the modern age.
The media buying business is going global, although the marathon pitch process required to win these mega-deals is not for the faint-hearted.
I'm holding a pitch for my ad account but the agency I like best has performed the worst (by far) in the first round of pitches.
Congratulations to Digital Cinema Media, the sales house that handles advertising in the UK's leading cinema chains.
What does the letter "e" mean to you? For some, not much.
I have never met Tom Goodwin, the senior vice-president at Havas in New York, but we have disagreed about things publicly on Twitter and been in violent agreement there too.
When clients talk about a new drive towards effectiveness and efficiency in their marketing communications, what they often seem to mean is they're going to cut costs and/or squeeze their suppliers
Recently, I was on a panel of top advertising people - the topic was the future of advertising.
The horror of last Friday night will live on in the hearts and minds of us all.
A deal could solve both Google's lack of social media presence and Twitter's declining power.
ITV's decision to take over the London Palladium with a red-carpet presentation tonight (Thursday) for its upfronts is a demonstration that the broadcaster knows how to put on the ritz.
Cramer and Montanaro have launched Crack + Cider, the world's first concept store where customers can buy useful products, such as waterproofs and backpacks, that will be put in the hands of London's homeless in time for Christmas.
SapientNitro's sale to Publicis Groupe last year has had a big effect on the agency but also, it seems, on the holding company. Claire Beale meets the men putting technology at the heart of their business.
Rada can bugger off - if you want a career in showbusiness, you might want to get a job at FCB Inferno's reception.
The love affair between Soho and Britain's ad agencies has been ongoing for more than half-a-century.
Visitors to Newsworks' How People Buy event this week heard the latest consumer journey insights from Nick Southgate.
Every year, the receptionists in our agency get to sort out the office Christmas decorations and, every year, the result is a rather tasteless mess of tinsel and cheap baubles, which I feel doesn't do justice to the creative reputation we're trying to forge.
Recent reports suggest that Irish consumers still feel somewhat "remote" from the strong domestic recovery being portrayed in the media, but indicators are pointing to a confidence level last seen in the latter part of 2007.
The agency is poised to triple its ad buying presence - with media and creative under one roof, Gideon Spanier writes.
What would make you happier at work? On a scale of one to five, how do you feel about your role in the company?
Local World acquisition moves media group up there with the digital big boys, Gideon Spanier writes.
In appointing Perry Nightingale as its executive creative technologist, has Grey London just taken adland's title inflation to a new level of silliness or is there method in what some might interpret as madness?
Paul Burke has a theory that everyone with a job can be divided into one of two categories: 'work' people and 'career' people. Here, the award-winning copywriter expounds upon his philosophy and applies it to the world of advertising creatives.
When I went on the Advertising Association's Media Business Course in 1992, as a young sales executive at Mirror Group, I knew it was a special experience to go on this three-and-a-half-day programme and be mentored by some of the elite of British advertising.
It might be a multifaceted, ever-evolving role, but one thing is the same: being the guardian of an idea.
No-one doubts that the future of media buying is going to involve more automation and fewer people.
When a select bunch of the brightest and best young stars in the ad business were asked this week to name a leader they admired, there were plenty of answers, from Nelson Mandela to John Lennon.
A 92-year-old lady climbed over the railings by the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
If you have just arrived on Planet Earth from space - the moon, let's say - it must be difficult to understand the furore over ads celebrating a holiday that doesn't take place for another seven weeks.
TV buyers are gearing up for one of the most important weeks of the year for broadcasters as the annual trading season kicks off.
They span more than 60 years of popular music.
A monster truck called Bear Foot did more than crush a line of cars into heaps of twisted metal for a 1990 commercial aimed at wowing US TV audiences in the most spectacular fashion.
The digital shop will be able to expand its operations quickly after investment from Group M, Gideon Spanier writes.
Verbalisation is using military techniques to influence behaviour, its CEO, Alex van Gestel, tells Gideon Spanier.
In The Affluent Society (1958), JK Galbraith wrote: 'One cannot defend production as satisfying wants if that production creates the wants.'
London is a global hothouse for the creative and digital industries, right?
Why has the term "content" roused such fury among some in our industry?
Dare's fall from grace has been as dramatic as its new owner's rise to prominence. So what is Oliver and how can it revive the former digital gem? Maisie McCabe meets the man behind the swoop to find out.
Good old-fashioned ink on paper might not be sexy for some, but has it gone as far as 'printism', Gurjit Degun asks.
The internet is going visual.
If anyone still doubted Helen Calcraft's powers of persuasion, the events of last Wednesday night should bring them around.
As a tribute, Campaign asked creatives and directors from across the industry to pick their favourite Frank Budgen ad.
Beare curated an exhibition of William Heath Robinson's commercial illustrations at McCann London's art deco offices last month. The offices were originally built as a Daimler car showroom, and Heath Robinson's drawings for Daimler were featured alongside work for brands such as the McCann clients Shredded Wheat and Great Western Trains.
James Murphy has never been shy of promoting his pro-European Union views, but the chief executive of Adam & Eve/DDB has used the attention surrounding his agency's John Lewis Christmas ad to talk to a wider audience.
The7stars tops this year's Private Plums list, which celebrates good financial management, but what light does the survey throw on the state of the UK's privately owned agencies? Bob Willott investigates.
It's not, of course, where an agency is located or what its building looks like that defines whether it's a great company.
Planning departments have never wielded so much influence, yet still too often resemble a backwater. DLKW Lowe is trying to combat this by trialling a new way of working, Anna Vogt writes.
Right, I might as well admit it. I was one of those who thought the i newspaper would not fly.
The7stars' success shows the media marketplace still wants an alternative to the big networks, Jonathan Durden writes.
Essence just might be London's best-kept secret in media buying.
From putting your hand up to how to cope with a stumble, Sue Unerman shares the things she wished she knew at 21.
Havas claims that Havas Media is the first media shop to open in Manchester in a decade as part of its new headquarters, dubbed Havas Village.
The 'John Lewis effect' has led to a surge in festive TV ads. Is this approach right for everyone?
Proper bust-ups rarely happen at conferences.
Jeremy Corbyn is a threat to our economic security, if the Conservatives are to be believed, but Pete Heskett sees in the newly elected Labour leader a potential adland ally.
Marshall McLuhan, the communications theorist who famously declared that "the medium is the message", had a love/hate relationship with the ad industry.
On the subject of agency vision statements, James Murphy and the US adman Joey Reiman are in harmony: they are meaningless and need killing off.
Move over, Soho - the once-seedy enclave may have become synonymous with advertising and media, but other areas now lay claim to some of adland's hottest shops.
Stokoe set up a training body, CARM, to help fix communication problems at organisations. At Wired2015, she revealed how one word can convert callers to clients.
Should we be concerned about ad fraud?
When I returned to South Africa to open M&C Saatchi Abel in 2010, many local and international industry pundits thought us crazy.
Sharry was an 11-year-old schoolgirl in Scotland.
Zaid Al-Zaidy appeared on BBC Two's The Apprentice: You're Fired a couple of weeks ago and mentioned to one of Diary's spies that he'd been asked if he'd like to return to the show.
As the intermediary celebrates its 40th anniversary, Lyndy Payne looks back at how it was established while Martin Jones reflects on the key changes in the past four decades.
I was always better with words and numbers than with pictures.
I was recently invited to a roundtable discussion with a dozen of the most senior people in the ad business.
Connare, the creator of the much-maligned Comic Sans font, spoke at Wired2015, where he declared: "Twenty years ago, I made the best font in the world." His tongue was firmly in his cheek. He also said he liked Girls Aloud - Sarah Harding is his favourite.
An agency chief executive writes: Merry Christmas, Jeremy! We're a small agency and getting wind of a big Christmas pitch pumping through the pipeline.
"I'm never going to put boundaries on myself ever again. I'm never going to say I can't do it. I'm never going to say maybe. I'm never going to say I don't think I can. I can and I will."
Managing the organised chaos of an ad agency requires a certain approach and a special set of skills, says Adam & Eve/DDB chief executive James Murphy.
So opulent is its new home that staff must be tempted to leave their shoes at the door. But the space is designed to inspire purposeful creativity rather than veneration, Ben Brooks-Dutton says.
Adland descended on Grosvenor House on Park Lane last week for Campaign and Media Week's annual awards bashes.
The 'transparency' investigation may focus on offshore rebates. But will the US body find anything?
The government's declining interest in creative subjects in schools would diminish the supply of talent on which the creative industries depend, Dick Powell writes.
The Media Smart initiative also shows how serious adland takes its responsibilities, Mark Lund writes.
Mark Zuckerberg attempted to woo China last weekend with a 20-minute speech delivered in Mandarin to a university in Beijing.
Apple's new content aggregator will take on Twitter and Facebook's latest release, Instant Articles.
The two major awards ceremonies over the past ten days - the Campaign Bigs and the Effies - have sought to showcase and celebrate the best of creativity and advertising effectiveness respectively.
Long before product placement and programme sponsorship were allowed on British TV, shoppers' guides - commonly known as "ad-mags" - gave advertisers access to audiences outside the hourly ad-break quota.
Being on the government's agency roster is no longer the straightforward challenge it used to be when all that was required was a campaign to help keep death off the roads or warn that coughs and sneezes spread diseases.
It's no secret that many publishers are finding it difficult to compete with the increasing dominance of the digital giants, especially those in social and search.
The results of last week's sold-out Media Week Awards can tell us a lot about the state of British media in 2015.
The industry needs to remind itself that print has unique benefits and remains hugely influential, says Trinity Mirror Solutions' James Wildman.
Planning's day in the sun has come, as clients and agencies increasingly seek measurably effective campaigns that affect business outcomes, Debbie Klein and Gurdeep Puri write.
The increased globalisation of advertising has brought with it some significant dangers.
The world's best photographers are to be celebrated in a new monthly magazine, Professional Photography, which launched last week.
Tiger Savage (now a King) is back at the creative coalface after launching a start-up with her entrepreneur husband. Here, they discuss her glamorous past and their 'un-agency' future over tea with James Swift.
The magazine body Magnetic aims to prove how the medium can help make consumers more receptive to ads.
While YouTube could help reach younger audiences, some question its effectiveness, David Benady writes.
Just as Volkswagen puts its advertising on hold in the wake of the emissions scandal, Tesco has returned to the fray with a new campaign.
Is ad-blocking 'robbery' or a justified response to 'perverse design logic'? Either way, it's a threat the industry can't afford to ignore.
Sky 1's new comedy drama You, Me And The Apocalypse gives a starring role to Rob Lowe as the Devil's Advocate.
Denmark is widely recognised as the happiest nation in the world. And one must say objectively that there is very little to worry about in the nation of HC Andersen.
Is the media industry about to be nuked? Could a bunch of US advertisers, convinced they're being cheated and lied to, knife the business and send our entire industry crashing? Er, maybe.
It seems appropriate that the age of celebrity endorsements should have been launched through the coming together of two of the biggest larger-than-life characters from the barnstorming days when Hollywood was evolving into the movie capital of the world.
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