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.
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.
Visitors to Newsworks' How People Buy event this week heard the latest consumer journey insights from Nick Southgate.
What would make you happier at work? On a scale of one to five, how do you feel about your role in the company?
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.
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.
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?
Cancer Research UK , Head of Product Marketing excellent benefits Cancer Research UK, London
EE , Marketing Manager Negotiable EE, London
Senior Brand Strategist Upto £80K + benefits Rare Selection, London (Central), London (Greater)
Senior Digital Designer £45000 - £55000 per annum Red Sofa London, London
3D Generalist / Digital Artist - iGaming - London £32000 - £39000 per annum Network Career Consultants, London
Potato London , Head of People Competitive remuneration + free lunches, gym membership and no counting of paid leave Potato London, London (Central), London (Greater)