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Ian Priest discusses the impact that his IPA president's agenda has had on the industry during his two years in office.
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Short of driving around London lobbing grenades through the windows of media agencies, Magnus Djaba could hardly have provoked a more rage-filled response from those feeling under attack. "Patronising" and "smug" are among the more printable reacti...
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Agencies have become obsessed with targeting with pinpoint precision but less so with the content they deliver to that target. This is a missed opportunity, Marco Bertozzi writes.
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