Arif Durrani, head of media
As armies form and battle lines are drawn in HBO's Game Of Thrones, you get the sense of inevitability of the wars to come. And so it is in the world of consolidating marketing groups.
Another week, another misguided attempt to use a naked woman and inappropriate innuendo to sell something. This time, it's bus fares.
When Karen Blackett called a dozen senior executives into her third-floor office last Wednesday afternoon, the enormity of the occasion was almost too much to bear.
In a continuation of a trend that has been gaining momentum for the past three years, Havas' robust update to its Meaningful Brands study this week suggests marketers who ignore the value of how brands impact personal well-being really are missing a ...
The world's love affair with TV may be coming to an end, and this time it's almost certain. The pronouncement came from no less a source than the global management consultancy Accenture.
The kids might be excited to go back to school this week, but what's happening outside the gates? We are entering a period of profound uncertainty as one of the most closely fought elections in living memory looms large.
Lloyds Banking Group is the sort of über-client in any agency's portfolio that demands close attention, but for Group M to retain its media business last week demanded a complete restructure.
During a hectic Advertising Week Europe, when many of adland's finest adopt multiple roles as hosts, interviewers and sector specialists on stage, there remains one person who regularly baffles and infuriates with his ability to juggle different and ...
This year's Advertising Week Europe event really is the most preposterous mix of media talent and outrageous grandstanding I've ever seen.
Here's a question: when is a media review not a review? Answer: when it concerns Tesco's multimillion-pound media business that has been handled by Interpublic's Initiative for more than 20 years.
Rufus Olins never expected an easy ride when he took the role of promoting the national press to advertisers three years ago, but he would have been forgiven for thinking it might get a little easier.
Five years ago, a translucent coverwrap by J Walter Thompson enabled HSBC to make press history and commandeer the front and back pages of The Daily Telegraph for the first time in 155 years.
Welcome, Magnetic - we've been expecting you. Finally, the UK's magazine sector has made a bold, collective step towards combating falling circulations, retreating ads and a generally bleak prognosis by launching the first marketing agency dedicated ...
Last week's column on trust has clearly struck a nerve, with many agency leaders agreeing there needs to be better understanding between clients and agencies.
There's something rotten in the symbiotic relationships of media agencies, media owners and clients - and it demands our attention.
Have you ever stopped to think about what our media landscape would look like without advertising?
For Sir Martin Sorrell's market-leading media collective, Group M, to lose one seismic multimillion-pound-spending client is unfortunate, but to lose two in quick succession is unacceptable - at least for him.
There's no way of avoiding it: this has been a terrible start to 2015. All the best intentions and ambitions aired at the start of the new year paled into insignificance as the horrific events started to unfold in France last week.
Amid all the leadership changes in the media this year, the one no-one saw coming was last week's abrupt exit of the effervescent Fru Hazlitt from ITV.
It's awkward question time: What do Lewis Hamilton, President Obama and 1.3 per cent of the UK's advertising and media agency workforce have in common?
Waking up to Bob Geldof asking for money, again, has made me a tad nostalgic this week, and highlighted the power that comes from having a clear mission.
Who would have thought we'd all be talking about the arrival of a flightless bird native to Antarctica in the run-up to Christmas 2014?
As 2014 hurtles towards its finale, all advertising data points to a year of two halves - part-fuelled, aptly enough, by football.
At the start of the year, I was advised by a senior press leader to "keep my eyes on Northcliffe House" - words that have served me well in 2014.
The bristling excitement among the young masses milling into an East London church as dusk fell was palpable - it had all the hallmarks of a cult, but was in fact a clarion call for advertisers.
The celebration this week of ten years of the Internet Advertising Bureau's Engage conference serves as a reminder of just how fast the digital media landscape has developed.
Did you know that the main ITV channel generates more Tweets per month than BBC One and BBC Two combined? It's an intriguing finding that has stayed with me since it was shared at ITV's Upfronts event.
Imagine launching a media network in the UK using only images, and with no indication about how much it costs to advertise or how many people you can reach. Welcome to the age of Instagram. The international roll-out of an ad service on Facebook s ...
Media Week Awards entries used to be awash with companies claiming "media firsts"...
Few would have predicted it - and, be assured, some are still contesting it - but Sir Martin Sorrell's M4C has all but lost the Government's media buying business. This begs the question: how?
You're not normal. It's something that is all too easy to forget - I do it myself on a regular basis. In a step-change from drinking and dining with media's finest, I was out with the "dads from school" last week.
School's out for the summer - and so too, for once, is the sunshine. As teachers across the country pick themselves up and begin the healing process, spurred on no doubt by the promise that Michael Gove will not be returning to class in September, th...
"The NRS in its current form no longer serves newspaper needs." Not my words but those of Bob Hulks, the ex-independent chairman of the Newspaper Publishers Association Review Group, speaking at the Media Research Group conference back in 1998.
There is one hell of a swagger around The Guardian's Kings Place this week, and it belongs, of course, to David Pemsel.
Take a look around you. For the first time in more than five years, this is the new normal for businesses in the UK.
Once again, this year's pulsating Cannes Lions festival defied any single definition. Many worlds collided along the Croisette, as tech meshed with celebrity, salesmen with creative and producers with data-crunchers.
Do you remember the glory days of television, when advertisers could reach more than 15 million people in just one sitting? Well, those days are far from over, if World Cup trends play out as hoped.
Television is not the only traditional medium to have had a strong start to 2014. New figures this week confirm what many in the business have been alluding to for some time: radio is enjoying a renaissance.
There is a reason why Eskimos have 100 different words for snow. Right now, the media industry can learn a lot from this.
It is hoped that this week's annual get-together of the magazine industry will be nothing short of revolutionary. More than 500 media executives are expected at the PPA's Reinvented event: a name designed to convey the change that has already taken p...
There was a fantastic amount of tub-thumping going on at Media360 last week, with many clearly feeling reinvigorated amid what Claire Enders dubbed our "wonderful economic revival".
Last week's sale of Channel 5 to Viacom for £450 million represents a fantastic return for Northern & Shell's owner, Richard Desmond, who acquired the broadcaster for £103.5 million four years earlier.
This week's column was inspired by Nigel Clarkson, the former outdoor trailblazer now leading the mobile ad space as the commercial director of Weve.
Something unexpected happened at Newsworks' Shift event last week. And it was not the news that John Lewis spends twice as much on press ads than it does on TV.
Cast your mind back to January 2004. It was raining. Franz Ferdinand's Take Me Out was blasting from the radio, fears were mounting that Athens would not be ready in time for the summer Olympics and a new era for British magazines was heralded with t...
Some of you may have noticed: Advertising Week Europe has just hit London town. The four-day industry event bristled with energy and was far better organised in its second year - although still absolute chaos, of course.
We're in the final countdown to the launch of London Live, and I'm unashamedly banging the drum.
What do you think is the peak time for jogging in the UK? Saturday morning, perhaps, when people have more personal time. Maybe Sunday afternoons?
I recently asked an Omnicom leader: if they could work at any other agency, which would they pick? "One of the more progressive ones," I was told. "One that is culture-based and stands for something." Interestingly, the only agency cited outside of t...
In a week dominated by Facebook's staggering acquisition of WhatsApp, and the clash of tech and mobile developments at the Mobile World Congress, social and mobile are top of mind.
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