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Revenue lost from ad blocking estimated at $21.8 billion
Aug 10, 2015
Arif Durrani

Revenue lost from ad blocking estimated at $21.8 billion

Frustrated consumers turn to software to block online ads, a growing trend

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Video: Sorrell talks Maurice Lévy, China
Mar 26, 2015
Arif Durrani

Video: Sorrell talks Maurice Lévy, China

LONDON - Last year's attempts for a mega-merger of equals between Publicis Groupe and Omnicom collapsed because Maurice Lévy failed to show John Wren "sufficient respect," according to WPP's Martin Sorrell, who went on to talk about the global economy and his own retirement plans.

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Publicis opens global agency Blue 449
Mar 19, 2015
Arif Durrani

Publicis opens global agency Blue 449

GLOBAL - Publicis Groupe is launching a global media agency network called Blue 449, led by a restructured and rebranded Walker Media in the UK.

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Publishers form programmatic alliance
Mar 18, 2015
Arif Durrani

Publishers form programmatic alliance

GLOBAL - The Guardian has joined forces with CNN International, the Financial Times, Thomson Reuters and the Economist to launch a private marketplace for programmatic advertising called Pangaea Alliance.

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Bloomberg launches business hub
Jan 28, 2015
Arif Durrani

Bloomberg launches business hub

Bloomberg has expanded its media footprint with the launch of a new flagship media site, Bloomberg Business, designed to broaden the financial giant's remit in the business world.

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MediaCom wins global media planning business for Mars
Dec 17, 2014
Arif Durrani

MediaCom wins global media planning business for Mars

MediaCom has won the consolidating pitch for Mars' global media planning business, spanning 80 markets.

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Prism will alter attitudes towards data, warns Sorrell
Jun 20, 2013
Arif Durrani

Prism will alter attitudes towards data, warns Sorrell

CANNES - The Prism scandal, in which the UK and US governments have been found to be "legally compelling collection" of information from internet giants Google and Facebook, will change perceptions on privacy, warns Sir Martin Sorrell.

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Coke promotes social causes and story-telling with Coca-Cola Journey 'magazine'
Nov 14, 2012
Arif Durrani

Coke promotes social causes and story-telling with Coca-Cola Journey 'magazine'

GLOBAL - The Coca-Cola Company has replaced its corporate website with what it is calling a "dynamic, digital magazine", designed to encourage interaction and showcase "universally important topics, social causes and company news".

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Publicis Groupe buys LBi for US$514 million
Sep 19, 2012
Arif Durrani

Publicis Groupe buys LBi for US$514 million

GLOBAL - Publicis Groupe has reached an agreement to buy digital specialist LBi for US$514 million (€416m) in a deal that has "unanimous support" from the management board of LBi.

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Cannes 2012: 'If Sorrell resigns over pay it would be great', says David Jones
Jun 21, 2012
Arif Durrani

Cannes 2012: 'If Sorrell resigns over pay it would be great', says David Jones

GLOBAL - If WPP's embattled leader Sir Martin Sorrell were to leave over the shareholder revolt surrounding his near US$20 million pay packet, it would be a "brilliant" thing, according to David Jones, global chief executive of rival network Havas.

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Unilever's Keith Weed: 'Marketing's at a crossroads'
Mar 5, 2012
Arif Durrani

Unilever's Keith Weed: 'Marketing's at a crossroads'

LONDON - Marketing as an industry is at a crossroads, and needs to adapt to better serve a changing world defined by diminishing natural resources and an ever-expanding global population, warns Keith Weed, chief marketing officer of Unilever.

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Facebook reports a 69% lift in ad revenue in 2011
Feb 2, 2012
Arif Durrani

Facebook reports a 69% lift in ad revenue in 2011

GLOBAL - Facebook's advertising revenues rose 69% to hit $3.15 billion in 2011, according to accounts filed for its $5 billion initial public offering (IPO).

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Unilever calls US$4.65 billion global media review
Dec 13, 2011
Arif Durrani

Unilever calls US$4.65 billion global media review

GLOBAL - Unilever has started a global review of its estimated US$4.65 billion media planning and buying business, currently handled by WPP's Mindshare in the UK.

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Cannes Lions 2011 names Media Person of the Year
May 19, 2011
Arif Durrani

Cannes Lions 2011 names Media Person of the Year

GLOBAL - Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt will be presented with the Media Person of the Year Award at this year's Cannes Lions Festival.

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Euro RSCG's David Jones promoted to Havas CEO
Mar 8, 2011
Arif Durrani

Euro RSCG's David Jones promoted to Havas CEO

GLOBAL - David Jones has been named the new chief executive of French advertising group Havas, as Fernando Rodés steps aside after five years.

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Nokia appoints new chief marketing officer amid restructure
Nov 24, 2010
Arif Durrani

Nokia appoints new chief marketing officer amid restructure

GLOBAL - Nokia has unveiled a newly formed marketing and communications set-up and appointed Jerri DeVard to lead it as chief marketing officer.

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Facebook Messages hits the right note with experts
Nov 17, 2010
Arif Durrani

Facebook Messages hits the right note with experts

GLOBAL - The arrival of Facebook Messages this week has been widely welcomed as a timely, one-stop shop for social communications by media and digital specialists, with one noting "it's what Google Wave should have been".

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Facebook launches 'a social inbox' called Messages
Nov 15, 2010
Arif Durrani

Facebook launches 'a social inbox' called Messages

GLOBAL - Facebook, the social networking site, launched Messages, 'a social inbox and seamless messaging' service last night that integrates chat, texts and email into a single, continuous thread.

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Mindshare retains US$112m global Lufthansa business
Nov 11, 2010
Arif Durrani

Mindshare retains US$112m global Lufthansa business

GLOBAL - WPP's Mindshare has retained the estimated US$112 million (£70 million) media business for German airline Lufthansa, ending a protracted, multimarket five month pitch.

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Google turns 12 years old
Sep 27, 2010
Arif Durrani

Google turns 12 years old

Google officially turned 12 years old yesterday, and to celebrate, the internet giant replaced its regular logo with an image of a cake.

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