I’m on holiday so no Cog Blog posts till the first week of May. I’m sure you’ll struggle through.
20 April 2017
04 April 2017
The network media agencies are full of contradictions. On the one hand, they have smart people who talk knowledgeably about the pressing issues of our time. On the other they make oh-so-secret deals designed to benefit themselves, over and above the needs of their clients. Read more
30 March 2017
The Google/YouTube problems concerning ad placements rumbles on. More ink (or should that be pixels?) has been consumed on this than on almost any other recent media story in a rush to apportion blame.
24 March 2017
There’s really only been one media story this last week, and that’s the industry’s reaction to Google inadvertently placing ads alongside various deeply inappropriate YouTube videos.
16 March 2017
Writing a blog exposes you to all sorts of reactions – from complimentary through well-informed criticism and on to rude. Fortunately, by far the majority of people who respond to me aren’t rude; we may not agree but at least we can be civil about disagreeing.
09 March 2017
It seems that the industry has at long last come together. We can all agree on one thing. There is a lot wrong with online advertising.
02 March 2017
23 February 2017
16 February 2017
Sometimes revolutions sneak up on you; eras end and no-one even notices until one day you open their eyes and, well who knew? Read more
09 February 2017
Last week’s Cog Blog was enthusiastic in its praise for the speech given by P&G’s Marc Pritchard to the IAB leadership conference. We weren’t the only ones – Pritchard’s speech received rave reviews all over the world, with Mark Ritson calling it ‘the most important marketing speech in 20 years’. Read more
02 February 2017
I grew up on the Procter and Gamble account.
For a media planning director in a newly appointed roster agency, P&G was scary. The established roster had some of the best media people in London, one of whom (John Perriss, then at Saatchi, soon to be the founder of Zenith) talked to me about what it was like to work on what he described as ‘the world’s best client’. Read more
26 January 2017
It would be wonderfully ironic if Donald Trump, who seems to believe he’s in some sort of holy war against the established press, should prove to be the medium’s saviour. Read more
19 January 2017
12 January 2017
Hello again and a belated Happy New Year! This is the season when we should all be full of hope for the future, so rather than making firm predictions (that can duly be proved wrong in time) this the first Cog Blog of 2017 will focus on hopes for the coming year. Read more
15 December 2016
This is the last Cog Blog post of 2016, so it seems appropriate (even mandatory) to look back at some of the highlights (and lowlights) of this year. Read more
08 December 2016
We’re living in a world that is becoming ever-more binary. Never mind that in life most things are nuanced, with light and shade, pros and cons on both sides of any argument. Today you have 140 words to express your opinion. In the echo chamber that is social media if you don’t agree with me, in my eyes you’re wrong. Read more
28 November 2016
It may seem an odd time to praise the research industry. After all, when it came to the two most significant public votes this year (the EU Referendum here and the US Presidential Election there), the market research industry managed to call both wrong. It’s hardly that they were even multiple choice, both were in effect ‘yes’/‘no’ questions. Read more
17 November 2016
Last week in the UK, Lego, prompted by an online consumer campaign called Stop Funding Hate put out a statement that they would no longer be doing business with ‘The Daily Mail’. The campaign described the newspaper’s editorial position thus: (they) “create a distrust of foreigners” and “blame immigrants for everything”. Read more
10 November 2016
The first element within the ANA’s enquiry into agency rebates and other alleged malpractices was published back in June and contained the results of 150 confidential interviews with media practitioners. Its conclusions may have surprised many advertisers but I am yet to find anyone with an agency background who was shocked by the findings. Read more
01 November 2016
There are indications that working in advertising agencies/media agencies isn’t as much fun as it used to be. Whilst it’s easy to say that that applies to almost any endeavour, there are reasons for those of us who care at all for the future of the industry to be concerned. Read more