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Snapworx buys out Mobext Philippines from Havas, launches new agency
Jul 25, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Snapworx buys out Mobext Philippines from Havas, launches new agency

Newly created Xiklab Digital becomes one of the largest Filipino-owned digital creative agencies, with roughly 100 staff.

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Jon Cook: ‘I was scared we would mess up an iconic Y&R or VML’
Jul 23, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Jon Cook: ‘I was scared we would mess up an iconic Y&R or VML’

Nearly a year after the merger, VMLY&R’s chief executive reflects on progress so far, on comparing notes with Wunderman Thompson and on applying lessons from China.

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Integral Ad Science chief: 'I want to be sure we're making the right bets'
Jul 22, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Integral Ad Science chief: 'I want to be sure we're making the right bets'

Six months into her new job as global CEO of IAS, Lisa Utzschneider is rolling out new offerings swiftly in a bid to push the pace, but says she still sleeps well at night.

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Philippines' top 100 brands: Big FMCG brands, airlines ride economic growth
Jul 14, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Philippines' top 100 brands: Big FMCG brands, airlines ride economic growth

Big electronics and FMCG still rule, but Shopee's surge and McDonald's rise make for interesting storylines.

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Mobile looms larger among Filipinos' favourite local brands
Jul 14, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Mobile looms larger among Filipinos' favourite local brands

Comfort foods remain tops, but the prevalence of handset brands and service providers among the Philippines' strongest local brands shows mobility matters.

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'Pinoy pride' and celebrity propels Filipino fashion brands
Jul 14, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

'Pinoy pride' and celebrity propels Filipino fashion brands

Bench and Penshoppe have found winning formulas to keep global fast fashion competitors at bay.

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Kim Douglas leaves Publicis Sapient
Jul 10, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Kim Douglas leaves Publicis Sapient

VP and managing director of Publicis Sapient in Singapore has left the business after nine years.

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Publicis Groupe forms North Asia region led by Jane Lin-Baden
Jul 4, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Publicis Groupe forms North Asia region led by Jane Lin-Baden

Managing partner of Publicis Groupe APAC expands her remit yet again, now taking direct responsibility for Greater China, Japan and Korea.

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The ultimate post-Cannes 2019 breakdown
Jul 1, 2019
Robert Sawatzky, Olivia Parker

The ultimate post-Cannes 2019 breakdown

APAC wins, festival highlights and hot topics, all in one place.

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Big brands: look around you, see what challengers are doing
Jun 28, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Big brands: look around you, see what challengers are doing

CANNES IN SHORTS: At the launch of PHD's new book, Overthrow II, co-author Malcolm Devoy explains how big established brands ought to react to purpose-driven challengers in their category.

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Still wondering where the Lions are
Jun 28, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Still wondering where the Lions are

Asia-Pacific’s poor showing at the 2019 Cannes Lions might reflect a broader East-West disconnect in the global marketing industry. But it’s not time to give up.

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Innovation Jury President: “Asia has the possibility to be stronger”
Jun 22, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Innovation Jury President: “Asia has the possibility to be stronger”

CANNES IN SHORTS: Bill Yom says while Asia only picked up a bronze, the region has all the elements needed to do better

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On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 5
Jun 21, 2019
Robert Sawatzky, Olivia Parker

On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 5

It's Day 5. No question, there are some tired eyes and long faces. But there are also some very excited creatives gearing up for the final awards gala tonight. Stick with Campaign - we've got you covered!

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Lessons from the world’s most effective creative campaign…that never came close to a Lion
Jun 20, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Lessons from the world’s most effective creative campaign…that never came close to a Lion

India’s Kawal Shoor and Navin Talreja are back at Cannes, with reason to feel vindicated.

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On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 4
Jun 20, 2019
Robert Sawatzky, Olivia Parker

On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 4

Yesterday was exciting. We saw Sheryl Sandberg stand up for Facebook, shielded ourselves from Gary Vaynerchuk's highly popular invective and watched in alarm as Extinction Rebellion protesters took over the red carpet steps. What will happen today?!

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Oatly chief creative: Not liking advertising is a good start
Jun 19, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Oatly chief creative: Not liking advertising is a good start

CANNES IN SHORTS: Oatly's chief creative officer doesn't like marketing, advertising, brands or selling things. But he wants to fuel a sustainability movement around plant-based milk and make people smile.

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On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 3
Jun 19, 2019
Robert Sawatzky, Olivia Parker

On the ground in Cannes: Editor's Diary Day 3

It's the third day of baking heat along the Croisette. Coming up: our notes, pictures and thoughts on what's happening at Cannes, from IPG women's breakfast this morning to Massive Music and Media Monks' MMMbassy party tonight.

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Cannes Lions chairman:
Jun 19, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Cannes Lions chairman: "I'm hoping for a really good showing from Asia this year"

Philip Thomas sees positive signs for the Festival so far from Asian entries, CMO participation.

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Chris Hirst: Less bullshit please
Jun 19, 2019
Robert Sawatzky

Chris Hirst: Less bullshit please

CANNES IN SHORTS: The global CEO of Havas Creative says consumers don't mind being pitched but simply want it done honestly.

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On the ground in Cannes: Editors' diary, day 2
Jun 18, 2019
Robert Sawatzky, Olivia Parker

On the ground in Cannes: Editors' diary, day 2

Today's agenda for our editors includes hearing Tencent's new luxury products report, meeting some of the great and good from McCann, whose Shanghai team has been winning big already, and finding out whether Lovot the Japanese robot is as cute as everyone says.

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