Virus accelerates need for agencies to change 'at speed of WhatsApp'

Virus accelerates need for agencies to change 'at speed of WhatsApp'

Q2 results show how the crisis has magnified pre-existing trends.

How London's retail destinations are enticing shoppers back

How London's retail destinations are enticing shoppers back

Have shopping districts got what it takes to thrive again, post-lockdown?

ITV sees 'upward trajectory' for ad revenue after 43% slump in Q2
The return to cinema: why the best seat in media will get better

The return to cinema: why the best seat in media will get better

After the Covid-19 shutdown, the 'new', safety-first movie-going experience can be better for advertisers, Karen Stacey argues.

Papa John’s celebrates carnival with themed deliveries

Papa John’s celebrates carnival with themed deliveries

Performers who would usually attend the Notting Hill carnival will make pizza deliveries.

'Full flexibility' is key: What agencies are learning from reopening offices

'Full flexibility' is key: What agencies are learning from reopening offices

With some premises having reopened already and others set to do so in September, how are agencies tackling the return?

A glass half full

A glass half full

There are some positive news, but we aren't ready for that yet.

Bored, bored, bored: creativity in time of monotony

Bored, bored, bored: creativity in time of monotony

Capturing unique aspects of this moment in history...

From reefer madness to wellness tourism: the future of the cannabis industry
Coronavirus live blog: 25-31 July

Coronavirus live blog: 25-31 July

New NHS campaign encourages people to get tested.

Is there any merit in the government’s new crackdown on HFSS ads?

Is there any merit in the government’s new crackdown on HFSS ads?

Advertising’s trade bodies have been unified in their condemnation of Boris Johnson’s plans – but is it a case of 'they would say that, wouldn’t they'?

If we want clients to advertise, we should be advertising ourselves

If we want clients to advertise, we should be advertising ourselves

The founder of London Advertising explains why his agency has run an ad campaign about itself in response to the Covid-19 slump.

Watch: Creativity after coronavirus

Watch: Creativity after coronavirus

As we emerge from the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic, is it time, or indeed appropriate, to bring back the belly laughs?

Coca-Cola takes poetic approach in post-Covid search for purpose
John Lewis Partnership plans move into private housing and product rentals

John Lewis Partnership plans move into private housing and product rentals

In letter to colleagues, chairman Sharon White stressed importance of purpose and new models of retail.

A 'temporary historic drop': JCDecaux suffers 63% decline in Q2

A 'temporary historic drop': JCDecaux suffers 63% decline in Q2

Audiences are now returning, but revenues 'do not yet reflect' that, OOH group says.

Glimmer of daylight as AA/Warc forecasts faster UK ad recovery

Glimmer of daylight as AA/Warc forecasts faster UK ad recovery

Keith Weed urges adland to beat forecasts…

IPG organic revenue falls 10% in Q2

IPG organic revenue falls 10% in Q2

Operating profit plummeted 84.7% to $40.5m.

Reinventing auction houses for the coronavirus age

Reinventing auction houses for the coronavirus age

Unable to hold conventional events, auction houses have gone from 'filming theatre to making television'.

The meaning of community is changing amid coronavirus

The meaning of community is changing amid coronavirus

Covid-19 has changed what community means to us...

We need offices. I can't bear working from home for the rest of my career

We need offices. I can't bear working from home for the rest of my career

So much good has come from the office environment. We just need to make working practices less rigid.

Omnicom Q2 organic revenue plunges 23%

Omnicom Q2 organic revenue plunges 23%

Performance is significantly worse than Publicis Groupe.

You gotta have faith

You gotta have faith

Searches for 'prayer' have surged...

M&C Saatchi set to report better than expected Q2 financial results

M&C Saatchi set to report better than expected Q2 financial results

Group said balance sheet 'remains strong'.

Creativity after coronavirus: is it time for the return of funny ha ha?

Creativity after coronavirus: is it time for the return of funny ha ha?

Is it appropriate to bring back the belly laughs?

'It's a wake-up call': how Covid-19 inspired a new public-health brand in eight weeks
A new capitalism

A new capitalism

Increasing concern about the least-worst economic model...

Govt obesity strategy deemed 'slap in the face' for adland

Govt obesity strategy deemed 'slap in the face' for adland

Strategy criticised by ISBA, IPA and AA.

Digital now more than half of global adspend

Digital now more than half of global adspend

Global market will shrink by 9.1% this year, according to Zenith, representing a slightly smaller decline than in 2009.

Tesco Mobile targets money-conscious families amid coronavirus crisis

Tesco Mobile targets money-conscious families amid coronavirus crisis

Campaign highlights network's grocery benefit as nation faces financial difficulties.

Coronavirus live blog: 18-24 July

Coronavirus live blog: 18-24 July

Face masks become compulsory in enclosed public spaces.

Advertising's fear factor: marketing during a pandemic

Advertising's fear factor: marketing during a pandemic

What will be the role of fear beyond Covid-19?

William Eccleshare on the emergence of green shoots for Clear Channel

William Eccleshare on the emergence of green shoots for Clear Channel

Signs of recovery for outdoor advertising are beginning to appear in town centres.

Watch: The liberating experience of making the British Gas lockdown ad

Watch: The liberating experience of making the British Gas lockdown ad

Director Simon Ratigan and ECD Micky Tudor discuss how they made "Helping every way that we can"

Sam Adams' 'Cousin from Boston' quizzes Red Sox legend about new MLB rules

Sam Adams' 'Cousin from Boston' quizzes Red Sox legend about new MLB rules

The new ad was shot by GS&P cofounder Jeff Goodby and will air in New England.

London Cocktail Week becomes a month-long event

London Cocktail Week becomes a month-long event

Brand pop-ups will take place in existing bars to help them come back from the crisis.

Born Free channels lockdown anguish to highlight animal captivity

Born Free channels lockdown anguish to highlight animal captivity

Work explores the emotional impact of being confined.

Publicis Groupe Q2 revenue drops 13%

Publicis Groupe Q2 revenue drops 13%

CEO Arthur Sadoun said the U.S. had a solid performance, helping to limit Publicis' overall revenue decline.

Scotts Miracle-Gro rethinks pre-COVID campaign to go beyond the growth story

Scotts Miracle-Gro rethinks pre-COVID campaign to go beyond the growth story

Alongside agency VaynerMedia, the garden line goes for reconnecting with nature and the togetherness of back-yard life instead of the typical lawn-care imagery.

Twitter ad revenue down 23% despite boom in users

Twitter ad revenue down 23% despite boom in users

Social-media platform's monetisable daily active users were up a third, but total revenues fell by a fifth in the second quarter of 2020.

Will new guidance mean a return to the office for adland?

Will new guidance mean a return to the office for adland?

With employers given 'more discretion' to bring staff back to work from 1 August, will agencies rush back into the office?

New Commercial Arts makes debut with 'post-Covid' global push for outdoor industry

New Commercial Arts makes debut with 'post-Covid' global push for outdoor industry

'#OurSecondChance' for the World Out of Home Organization focuses on a post-lockdown landscape and will run in 60 countries.

Publicis Groupe's Sadoun: Nothing would make me happier than to prove agency doom-mongers 'wrong'

Publicis Groupe's Sadoun: Nothing would make me happier than to prove agency doom-mongers 'wrong'

Arthur Sadoun on resilience during Covid-19, pay cuts and Maurice Levy's advice.

How armchair activism became a force for change

How armchair activism became a force for change

Armchair activism has gained a new sense of purpose...

Publicis Groupe shares jump as Q2 results better than feared

Publicis Groupe shares jump as Q2 results better than feared

Arthur Sadoun, chairman and chief executive, said that the business has 'strong fundamentals to weather the crisis'.

Tesco named top brand for positive contribution during Covid-19

Tesco named top brand for positive contribution during Covid-19

Top 10 brands people mentioned in free text that they perceive as having made a positive contribution or feel more favourably towards because of the brands' behaviour during lockdown

The long and winding road to recovery: rolling back emergency financial measures

The long and winding road to recovery: rolling back emergency financial measures

After the sudden lockdown, agencies must now begin to extricate themselves from the emergency financial and physical measures that went with it, but getting out will be far more complex than going in.

Yelp searches tell the story of coronavirus spikes

Yelp searches tell the story of coronavirus spikes

The crowd-sourced review site's new economic report tracks the fate of small businesses and shows a rise in searches for Black-owned enterprises.

Wieden & Kennedy cuts workforce by 11% globally

Wieden & Kennedy cuts workforce by 11% globally

The agency employs more than 1,500 staff across eight offices.

Reimagining the cultural icon

Reimagining the cultural icon

People are hungry for change...

Snap warns of continued Covid-19 fallout for Q3 ad revenues

Snap warns of continued Covid-19 fallout for Q3 ad revenues

The company beat analyst expectations for revenue growth in the second quarter.

A post-Covid chemistry lesson: transformation of the pitch

A post-Covid chemistry lesson: transformation of the pitch

How will the 'theatre' return as we emerge from pandemic?

Daily Mail owner drops Covid-19 salary sacrifice

Daily Mail owner drops Covid-19 salary sacrifice

DMGT offered staff shares in return for pay cuts.

Stella Artois: First in line for a filming permit, inside celebs' homes and remote shoots - the reality of creativity during coronavirus

Stella Artois: First in line for a filming permit, inside celebs' homes and remote shoots - the reality of creativity during coronavirus

Campaign gets the full skinny from PJ Pereira about filming one of the few big production ads of this COVID-19 season.

Culture out of crisis: Fantasy is the new reality

Culture out of crisis: Fantasy is the new reality

Fantasy and escapism are completely human reactions...

Cinemas are betting on 'magical' experiences to rebuild after crisis

Cinemas are betting on 'magical' experiences to rebuild after crisis

Does cinema still have a place in the era of coronavirus and will audiences want to come back?

Q magazine closes after 34 years

Q magazine closes after 34 years

Owner Bauer Media has been hit by the Covid-19 crisis.

ITV axes late booking fees until at least end of year

ITV axes late booking fees until at least end of year

Broadcaster hopes to be 'significantly more flexible partner for advertisers'.

The month in advertising: Time to restart, rebuild, reset

The month in advertising: Time to restart, rebuild, reset

All the big issues in adland this month...

Culture out of crisis: Reassessing the way we live and create

Culture out of crisis: Reassessing the way we live and create

What has emerged from, or been accelerated by, the crisis?

Airbnb celebrates Olympic spirit in virtual festival

Airbnb celebrates Olympic spirit in virtual festival

Five-day event is in partnership with IOC and IPC.

Brands should not revert to pre-Covid messaging, Twitter study finds

Brands should not revert to pre-Covid messaging, Twitter study finds

Survey of 1,000 UK users found just 7% want brands to return to their normal tone of voice.

McDonald's returns to advertising with nod to ways people enjoy its food
Worst agency redundancies to hit when govt furlough scheme ends

Worst agency redundancies to hit when govt furlough scheme ends

Half of agencies yet to make redundancies...

Nearly half of senior brand managers are dissatisfied with COVID-19 response

Nearly half of senior brand managers are dissatisfied with COVID-19 response

Forsman & Bodenfors survey includes insights from marketing decision makers in the U.S. and Canada.

Hands off: can touchless experiences still be fully immersive?

Hands off: can touchless experiences still be fully immersive?

Low-contact events are one way the experiential industry can adapt to ensure it is 'Covid-secure'.

Haagen-Dazs sponsors Paris floating cinema

Haagen-Dazs sponsors Paris floating cinema

Screening will be watched by people on boats on Bassin de la Villette.

Guardian plans to cut workforce by 12%

Guardian plans to cut workforce by 12%

There will be 180 job losses.

The Great Reset: putting the planet first is our most untapped business advantage

The Great Reset: putting the planet first is our most untapped business advantage

Lockdown has given us a new blueprint for a positive future.

WPP to end salary sacrifice for top agency executives

WPP to end salary sacrifice for top agency executives

About 3,000 executives took pay reductions of up to 20% for three months.

Are we entering a new age of nomadic brand experiences?

Are we entering a new age of nomadic brand experiences?

As lockdown rules ease and pubs, bars and restaurants reopen, brands must add a new chapter to their crisis marketing playbook to reconnect with their audiences.

Bacardi encourages return to bars with free cocktails

Bacardi encourages return to bars with free cocktails

Campaign supports bars as they adapt to social-distancing rules.

Promote Iceland invites visitors to let off lockdown steam with screams
Worst IPA Bellwether in 20 years, with return to 'normal' not expected until 2024

Worst IPA Bellwether in 20 years, with return to 'normal' not expected until 2024

It is single worst quarterly assessment by marketers...

Campaign 360 virtual conference to take place in September

Campaign 360 virtual conference to take place in September

Special event incorporates Media 360, Performance Marketing 360 and Brand Experience.

Elbow bump or namaste?

Elbow bump or namaste?

It's no wonder people are anxious... they don't even know how to say hello any more.

How brands can cope better in a Covid world

How brands can cope better in a Covid world

Five themes emerged when Zenith got some of its clients to talk to each other.

Meet the first-time TV advertisers in Sky's SME250 scheme

Meet the first-time TV advertisers in Sky's SME250 scheme

Initiative was unveiled in May and more than doubled in size in June.

Coronavirus live blog: 4-10 July

Coronavirus live blog: 4-10 July

David Attenborough spearheads London Zoo appeal.

Industry employees anxious and unmotivated to return to office, survey finds

Industry employees anxious and unmotivated to return to office, survey finds

Staff well-being needs to be greater priority for businesses, Nabs says.

Premier League's empty seats to be wrapped by CSM Live

Premier League's empty seats to be wrapped by CSM Live

Advertising and key messaging will be displayed in lower tiers of stadiums.

Creative agency uses Animal Crossing to source new talent

Creative agency uses Animal Crossing to source new talent

A three-month paid internship is up for grabs.

Virgin Money gives support to aspiring musicians

Virgin Money gives support to aspiring musicians

Selected artists will get to perform at O2 and SSE Hydro.

Govt arts fund will 'kick-start' brand experience sector

Govt arts fund will 'kick-start' brand experience sector

IPM says it will be 'lifeline' to members.

Time Out and Instagram host virtual festival in support of small businesses

Time Out and Instagram host virtual festival in support of small businesses

Event aims to showcase independent businesses owned by BAME people, women and LGBT+ community.

Daily Mirror publisher to make 550 redundancies

Daily Mirror publisher to make 550 redundancies

It amounts to 12% of Reach's workforce.

Visit California sends loving 'texts' to consumers in new campaign

Visit California sends loving 'texts' to consumers in new campaign

"During this challenging time, like so many destinations, California has longed for the return of travelers."

Arthur Sadoun warns of 'very tough days' ahead as Publicis fights to return to growth
Govt partners Boots, Vodafone and more for 'Enjoy summer safely' campaign

Govt partners Boots, Vodafone and more for 'Enjoy summer safely' campaign

Brands will feature messaging in their communications over summer.

Martin Sorrell: 'There's something about the unfairness of it that drives me'

Martin Sorrell: 'There's something about the unfairness of it that drives me'

S4 chief on bouncing back, what he would do with WPP and why Xi Jinping has the right philosophy.

Coronavirus live blog: 27 June-3 July

Coronavirus live blog: 27 June-3 July

Govt teams up with leading brands to tell public to 'enjoy summer safely'.

Piccadilly Lights turned upside down to highlight challenges faced by blind people

Piccadilly Lights turned upside down to highlight challenges faced by blind people

Brands including Amazon, Barclays, Kellogg and Lego are taking part

Durex calls out 'rubbish excuses' in post-lockdown push for safe sex
Channel 4 gives a voice to the rainbow to celebrate Pride and NHS

Channel 4 gives a voice to the rainbow to celebrate Pride and NHS

Ad features talking rainbow as it roams country...

Realism is drowning out perfection on social media

Realism is drowning out perfection on social media

With people facing hardships in their lives, there's little desire for having perfection rubbed in our noses on social media.

Virgin Money opens socially distanced outdoor music arena in Newcastle

Virgin Money opens socially distanced outdoor music arena in Newcastle

Household groups can watch shows from own 'personal viewing platform'.

BFI London Film Festival to feature live and digital screenings

BFI London Film Festival to feature live and digital screenings

Up to 50 virtual premieres will be accessible for at-home viewing.

Peroni repurposes 2019 spot to welcome return of Italy's La Passeggiata tradition
Carlsberg welcomes back pubs with reunion story

Carlsberg welcomes back pubs with reunion story

Campaign by Fold7 marks reopening of pubs across England as lockdown eases.

Agencies urge creative industry to fight for environmental progress post-lockdown

Agencies urge creative industry to fight for environmental progress post-lockdown

Campaign calls on advertisers and marketers to use creativity to promote sustainable living as lockdowns ease around the world.