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M&S bet on a bumper Christmas


The heavy artillery of the Christmas advertising barrage formally began over the last few days with both M&S and John Lewis launching their offensives. Both have had wide media coverage, and both sets of senior management being interviewed by various … […]



Jaguar could do with a Grrrr


The article written by Simon Francis on the car market in www.moreaboutadvertising.com is very interesting and provides insight in to the big challenge of how we buy our cars; a challenge for the manufacturers and dealers. Some years ago I … […]



M&S advertising is like painting lipstick on a gorilla


Over the last year or so I’ve compared the advertising output of M&S and John Lewis several times; last Christmas I gave a thumbs down for M&S and thumbs up for John Lewis. Neither was an opinion of the quality of the … […]



Advertising isn’t as good as it used to be? Discuss.


I’ve read a fair amount of comment in recent weeks about the lack of creative flourish in a lot of work being transmitted to the world. The argument seems to point to the mega groups being accused of dumbing down … […]



Advertising mega merger


Over the last week there has been a frenzy of speculation about the proposed merger between Omnicom and Publicis. It probably goes without saying – but I will – both Mr. Wren and M. Levy will have discussed in great detail … […]