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Karwal will start the office from February, focusing initially on R3's regional client base of Johnson & Johnson, VISA and Coca-Cola. 'I'm delighted to be paving the way for this type of consultancy in India' she said.
HONG KONG: Gadget enthusiasts are increasingly going online to research their next consumer electronics purchase, according to a Microsoft Digital Advertising Solutions' Consumer Electronics Survey released today...
It was reported that the Google Inc (GOOG.O) Chief Executive Eric Schmidt has predicted for a 'huge revolution' with the arrival of a truly mobile Web which offers a new generation of location-based advertising.
Jan. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Yahoo! Inc. Chief Executive Officer Jerry Yang's plan to boost sales by offering services for phones and social-networking sites may founder from a lack of money.
KUALA LUMPUR --- Malaysian tycoon Vincent Tan Chee Yioun says his takeover of The Sun newspaper was motivated solely by business considerations, dismissing widespread speculation that it was due to political pressure.
Kuala LUMPUR: Celcom (Malaysia) Bhd is not threatened by rival DiGi.Com Bhd's recent formalisation of an alliance with Time dotCom Bhd, which will give DiGi 3G spectrum rights.
SHANGHAI - General Motors has kicked off a review of its creative agencies in Southeast Asia, a move that threatens the hold of incumbent Leo Burnett on the account.
Since Michael Maedel, JWT's President, relocated to Singapore in October 2006 to focus on the booming business in Asia Pacific, he has made several strategic decisions in the region that have paid off in increased creative awards and client wins.
M&C Saatchi have been appointed to handle the entire A$60 million Optus account, covering all corporate, consumer, retail and business-to-business communications.
The 4As Singapore has named Harpreet Singh Kaintel as chairman of the Singapore Media Awards 2008. Currently chairman of the 4As Media & Research Committee, Kaintel, CEO of ZenithOptimedia, has been playing key roles at ZenithOptimedia and in...
KUALA LUMPUR: As stock markets tumbled throughout Asia, consumers have signalled a more prudent approach towards spending throughout 2008. Fears of a US recession has seen Asian stock-markets take a huge...
SHAH ALAM: DiGi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd ("DiGi") today announced that it has appointed Grey Worldwide Sdn Bhd ("Grey") as its second advertising agency for 2008, following a recent pitch exercise.
Felix Abisheganaden was my direct superior in the early years of my career in the Straits Times. As a boss, he was as tough as nails. He was a hard task master. He was hard on non-performers, unforgiving of malingerers and he loathed clock watchers.
News Outdoor Malaysia, which markets StreetVision - the street lamp pole lightbox media and the landmark large format Hyatt site (Corner of Jln Ampang and Jln Sultan Ismail), is now launching a brand new communication channel across KL.
Kuala Lumpur: Retail sales across Asia/Pacific are expected to show continued growth on the back of a strong consumer confidence sentiment for the first half of 2008, according to the latest MasterCard Worldwide Index™ of Retail released...
Chennai-based entertainment company, Pyramid Saimira Group, is planning to set up a special economic zone (SEZ) for media-centric, animation and game publishing activities.
Penang, Malaysia, January 25, 2008 --(PR.com)-- Desmond Wong, Managing Director of Dezzire Advertising, Has Been Selected for Inclusion in the 2008-2009 Princeton Premier Registry.
Ad agencies are hell bent on eradicating the scurvy called scam that has affected the industry. Last year, accusations of winning awards by entering scam ads were levelled against many agencies, but resulted in no action - the awards were neither...
'Sport Inside' TVC for Carlsberg Sport
PHILIPPINES: A group of horse racing aficionados is making the most of the Philippines' lucrative horse racing channel. Every other week, when there are no races, the channel becomes Makisig TV, the first and only channel aimed at Filipino males which...
BEIJING: 29-yers old Malaysian Eric Thain, an account director at Weber Shandwick Beijing, has been named one of PR News'...
The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival Chairman Terry Savage was in KL and told ADOI they are committed to organize an Asiawide creative show, along the lines of their other regional shows - Dubai Lynx and EuroBest. Terry is acutely aware...
LONDON - Sir Martin Sorrell has attacked rival Maurice Levy at this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, suggesting that Publicis Groupe's partnership with Google lacked substance.
LONDON - Saatchi & Saatchi has hired Charity Charity as global creative director on its Proctor & Gamble Head & Shoulders account.
YHS Hong Kong Ltd has handed its HK$10mil Soy Dream business to M&C Saatchi, in a 3-way pitch against undisclosed agencies.
Beijing, China - OgilvyOne Beijing and Cisco Systems have launched a new 360°national campaign to promote Cisco's "Human Network." The campaign provides a new and unique model of philanthropy: an online platform that enables...
New York-The Interactive Advertising Bureau released a new report, "A Digital Video Advertising Overview," designed to help advertisers and agencies maximize...
NEW YORK, Jan. 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Omnicom Group agencies Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and Tribal DDB Worldwide captured U.S. Agency of the Year and Global Network of the Year honors in Adweek and Advertising Age, respectively.
NEW YORK (AP) - U.S. newspapers' online audiences grew about 6 percent last year, an industry group reported Thursday, a rare bit of good news for an industry struggling to adapt as readers and advertising dollars continue to migrate online.
THERE is a remarkable sense of calm among media owners and media buyers about the economic turmoil hitting global markets.
ITV was one of the worst-performing blue chips, off 4.4 per cent to 70.5p, after Bear Stearns reiterated its...
VODAFONE Australia today released what it claims is Australia's first mobile advertising charter...
BEIJING, Jan 24, 2008 (XFN-ASIA via COMTEX) -- FMCN | news | PowerRating | PR Charts -- Focus Media Holding Ltd (Nasdaq FMCN | news | PowerRating | PR Charts ) said its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hua Kuang Advertising Co, has signed an agreement...
According to Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis, Google Inc. has shown interest to invest in Malaysia.
In an attempt to define the Malaysia advertising scene, Malaysian Business writer Yvonne Chong, interrogates Harmandar Singh aka The Hammer. Read the full story here...
SHANGHAI, China, Jan. 22 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Focus Media Holding Limited , China's largest digital media group, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Hua Kuang Advertising Company has entered into a joint venture agreement with...
Google is to collaborate with Publicis as the French advertising giant looks for the best way to drive revenue through the internet...
Advertising is going through change. It doesn't matter if that advertising is on radio, television, print, or billboards; the days of simply buying impressions are beginning to disappear. Soon (within 5-10 years) all advertising buys will come with a request...
As the coffee war with McDonald's heats up this year, the $4.7 billion, privately held doughnut chain has tapped Mr. Kussell, 49, as president-chief brand officer. Mr. Kussell has held a variety of marketing jobs, including senior VP-marketing and retail...
DAVOS, Jan 24 (Bernama) -- Google Inc, the Internet search engine giant, has shown interest to invest in Malaysia, said Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis.
Marketing services network Wunderman (a member of the WPP group) has acquired home-grown interactive agency Agenda with the aim of becoming the industry's first global marketing services network.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Advertising Age has just announced its selection of Tribal DDB Worldwide as its Global Agency Network of the Year. This marks the first time in history that a digital company has ever won the honor...

Credits:
Client: Suzuki Motorcylces
Agency: Leo Burnett Melbourne
Creative Director: Jason Williams
Copywriter: Andrew Woodhead
Art Director: David Poncedeleon
Account Service: Michael McKeown

 

KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz is the clear leader among luxury motor vehicle brands in South-East Asia and India with over 17,400 units sold last year fro 14,200 units in 2006.
Motivated by the flexible hours, many parents are starting new home-based businesses to more efficiently combine work and parenthood. Studies shows that 87% of mothers and...
On one hand, a significant number of countries across Asia are on the brink of deploying commercial mobile broadcasting services. On the other, the advertising and subscription models necessary to make those services a profitable reality are still far...
RESIDENTS are seeing red over an unused giant billboard at the Jalan Pandan Prima junction along the MRR2 highway.
KUALA LUMPUR: Lowe & Partners has introduced new dynamics to the insurance communications market in Malaysia, with the Agency's first work for new insurance and takaful* giant, Etiqa.

KUALA LUMPUR: In what appears to be a significant turnaround for local agency Magicmakers, they recently picked up the Slumberland (no pitch) and Vistern Health accounts...

A top international marketer of Out-Of-Home (OOH) media, Stroeer opens in Malaysia next week. Tying up with lead in local partner 59 Corporation, Stroeer Malaysia Sdn Bhd offers...
The Inaugural World Effie Festival will feature 25 Gold Effie Winners from around the Globe Singapore, 23 January 2008 - The World Effie Festival, which will be held in Singapore on 28th & 29th February 2008, will showcase the world's most...
JWT Malaysia starts off the year with a bang. In partnership with SEN Media, they won a piece of the Tourism Malaysia pie. The account is worth RM 200 million cut across 9 sectors. JWT won three of the most important high growth...
TOKYO - Marcus Jackson (pictured) is set to move to a regional role within the agency's Asia-Pacific network after a year as executive creative director at Ogilvy Japan.
PALO ALTO - Facebook, the social networking giant, has decided to avoid using local sales houses to sell its advertising in Asia Pacific - in marked contrast to the sales strategy of rival Friendster.
Malaysia Airlines has appointed RMG Worldwide (M) Sdn Bhd as its website service provider....
SINGAPORE: With the acquisition of Asian interactive marketing specialist, AGENDA, Wunderman fired the first salvo of 2008 in a bid to become the industry's first global billion-dollar marketing...
HONG KONG - WPP is believed to be concluding negotiations regarding the acquisition of highly-rated digital agency Agenda.
Hong Kong: Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (ADFEST) is pleased to announce that Rob Strasberg, V.P. Creative Director, Crispin Porter + Bogusky, Miami, will be telling an in-depth story...
Hong Kong: Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (ADFEST) is pleased to announce that during the ADFEST 2008 Mr. Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister Inc. in New York, who is also to lead the inaugural Design Lotus jury, will be sharing his...
Hong Kong: Asia Pacific Advertising Festival (ADFEST) is pleased to announce that Contagious Editorial Director & Co-Founder Paul Kemp-Robertson will be going to remind you what advertising is at ADFEST 2008. Kemp-Robertson will be...
Beijing: The latest round of China's largest Olympic research - by R3 and CSM Media Research amongst Chinese consumers shows significant improvements in the overall interest of the Olympics in China, and increased support for the torch and...
New York: Advertising Age announced today that it has names tribal DDB Worldwide as its Global Agency Network of the Year. This marks the first time in history that a digital company has ever won the honor.
"KUALA LUMPUR: The original Proton Saga has been in the Malaysian market for 22 years and recently saw its new version hit the market. When the first Saga arrived in the showrooms on July 9, 1985, it captured 43% of market share in its debut year...."
The concept that was presented best fits our communication need for this market. We hope that together with BBDO & Proximity Indonesia, Kompas.com's objective of becoming the biggest and most comprehensive...
The property management and control agency is set to hand down punishment to two companies for their negligence in constructing two billboards recently felled by strong winds.
Draft FCB ECD Yap Pow Hoong joins DDB International Malaysia starting February as their new Executive Creative Director working closely with new MD Neal Estavillo...
The roots of Indian advertising go back to the 18th century, when hawkers called out to the public to have a look at their wares. Since then the Indian advertising industry has been growing. The Commonwealth Games will accelerate its growth.
With all the doom and gloom hovering over the economy right now, analyst reports heralding brighter days for the future of internet ad spend continue to be released.

The Marketing Agencies Association Worldwide (MAA) is the only organization dedicated to CEOs, Presidents, Managing Directors and Principals of Marketing Services Companies. An extraordinary assembly of...

THE hexagon patterns will be a key feature on the sole of Reebok's HexRide performance running shoes, along with the SmoothFit upper material, for their new Spring/Summer collection.
KUWAIT Finance House (KFH), one of the world's largest Islamic banks, has chosen Lowe & Partners Malaysia as its communications agency to launch an aggressive push into the Malaysian retail banking market.
RAHUL Mathew, looking for challenges, joined Young & Rubicam (Y & R) Malaysia as creative director last August.
We are simple at heart. By delivering great creativity, we have helped our clients to become leading brands.
TNS joint venture CSM Media Research to continue running the world's largest continuous TV audience measurement operation...
Malaysian creative Andrew Loke who is now Creative Director at Ogilvy Beijing for Greater China has come up with a stunning campaign for Mototrola RAZR2 gold plated Luxury Edition...
SINGAPORE: Jonathan Thurlow, SVP and deputy regional director of Universal McCann is preparing to leave the agency after 10 years in Singapore...
HONG KONG: Leo Burnett Taipei has been recognized as the Best Agency in Taiwan, by leading industry publication Brain Magazine. This is the second consecutive year that the agency has maintained this title, having also received the top ranking in 2006...
An electronics merchant in Beijing opens his shutters on a sunny Monday morning. Nothing unusual. His first customer of the day walks in and, after half an hour of pondering, leaves with a new camcorder....
KUALA LUMPUR: BatesAsia 141 Malaysia has appointed Avinash Lal as Strategic Planning Director. He will be working across key accounts like F&N 100 Plus, Fun Flavours, F&N Dairies, Honda, Levi's, Shell, Matrade, Starhill...
After an 8-day company trip to the Greek Islands, staff of Astana International returned home to pick up the Tourism Malaysia business for ASEAN on Monday. Prior to their well earned company trip, they had clinched the Ministry of Transport business...
Neville Brody, founder of Research Studios, will design the D&AD Annual 2008 - the definitive global record of the best work in advertising and design. Each year the reigning D&AD President selects the Annual designer...
KUALA LUMPUR: Renowned journalist and editor, Rajan Moses, has joined Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide's Kuala Lumpur office as its new Managing Director and...
MFX produced this design based spot in collaboration with the team from Saatchi & Saatchi Malaysia to celebrate Tigers 75th Anniversary. The commercial was to highlight the Limited edition bottles...
Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi today said Tourism Minister Tengku Adnan Mansor must deal with the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) regarding the 'Korean scandal'.
A campaign for a chain of fitness centers is raising eyebrows - and perhaps pulse rates - with a sexy take on the traditional finale to fairy tales.
Grey Shanghai has just been awarded the prestigious Bank of Communications (BOCOM) corporate account, which is one of the most visible and high profile...

KUALA LUMPUR - Global market research company Synovate today announced the appointment of Mr Kiranjit Singh as Business Group Director, Business...

SINGAPORE - StarHub is holding a review of its estimated S$34 million (US$22 million) media business, with incumbent Zenith defending the business in a pitch against MindShare, PHD and Starcom.
With the launch of SYN FM, a new broadcasting medium is now available for the mass known as the User Generated Radio (UGR).
David Du has been appointed as Associate HR Director for Publicis China, bringing with him over 10 years of experience in Human Resources as well as an in-depth understanding of...
Slated for launch in the second half of the year, The Edge Business Weekly which is already in Malaysia...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 9 (Bernama) -- Working among men has never a disadvantage for "Iron Lady" Datuk Maznah Hamid, who stands tall as founder of the country''s largest...
I BECAME a film director because I would have been a failure at anything else!" jokes Pietra Arjuna Lestaryo, who goes by the name Tony Pietra.
KUALA LUMPUR: What started as a feasibility study by Khazanah Nasional Berhad (Khazanah) for the development of a special economic zone in South Johor is now the Iskandar Development Region (IDR)...
At the end of four months in the United States as a Yale World Fellow, our columnist reflects on how Malaysia is perceived by policymakers around the world.
A narrow door between two restaurants in the heart of Soho hides one of the advertising industry's biggest success stories of the past year.
KUALA LUMPUR: This morning the Malaysia Tourism Promotion Board, announced its ad agencies roster for next two years....
Malaysia is currently one of the world's largest producers and exporters of palm oil. Its palm oil industry is also one of the most highly organised sectors of any national agriculture systems in the world today. The industry has had a natural head start...
A Philippine regional trial court has dismissed ABS-CBN's PhP 63 million lawsuit against AGB Nielsen Media Research. The court junked the lawsuit on the basis of a technicality, stating that the...
PHILIPPINES: After 14 years in Ogilvy & Mather Philippines, Tina Coscolluela has been named Non-Executive Chairman of the agency. Taking over her position as...
MELBOURNE: 'Fruit got juiced for your Slurpee' is the theme for 7-Eleven's new campaign promoting its new range of fruit flavoured Slurpees. The campaign, created by Leo Burnett Melbourne, features fruit getting...
Leading telco player DiGi has put part of its advertising business up for review. Pitching agencies in the midst of making their presentations currently are Y&R, JWT, DDBI, Leo Burnett...
ZenithOptimedia Indonesia kicks off 2008 with a major new business win from Bentoel. In 2007 ZenithOptimedia Indonesia used to handle all Bentoel brands...
Google has released its Zeitgeist for Malaysia - the most popular and fastest-rising search terms that people have been typing into Google.com.my in 2007.
Singapore: Leading private education provider, Kaplan Singapore, has awarded its advertising account to Grey Singapore after...
The company launched its unique offering of a global network of aerial advertising mega sites based around the world's busiest airports in September '07, gaining unprecedented global interest from...
The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has spearheaded a group of organisations across 20 countries calling on Coca-Cola and PepsiCo to limit soft drink marketing to help fight obesity.
Mumbai: He 22 years old in the industry and still yearning. Sonal Dabral can safely be counted amongst the handful of 'mad' brains behind India's thriving ad scene. After working with agencies like Lintas and O&M, this NID graduate is now chairman of...
HONG KONG, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Shares in Lenovo, which bought IBM's ailing personal computer business in 2005, dived more than 14 percent on Wednesday after a broker cut the Chinese firm to sell on growing fears of a U.S. recession.
The Communications Minister has pledged to incorporate new EU-wide broadcasting rules into the upcoming Broadcasting Bill.
Internet advertising is set to overtake radio advertising in 2008, as more people desert tradiontional media in favour of the web.
SINGAPORE - McCann Erickson has hired former Euro RSCG Paris account director Benjamin Arthur to run its MasterCard business across Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Asia Pacific Brands Foundation yesterday presented awards to three outstanding brand personalities, namely Datuk G. S. Gill of G. S. Gill Sdn Bhd, Secret Recipe CEO Datuk Steven Sim and Securiforce Sdn Bhd executive chairman Datuk Maznah..
Indonesian tourism advertisements have been dismal compared to those of other Asian countries including India, Thailand and Malaysia.
SINGAPORE - Volkswagen Singapore has awarded its creative account to M&C Saatchi after a pitch involving four undisclosed agencies.
Kuala Lumpur: Consumers in Asia/Pacific are optimistic that 2008 will be another rosy year, with consumer confidence outlook for the first half of the year up on the...
JOHOR: The Malaysian Advertisers Association (MAA) came forward to reach the less fortunate by sharing with the needy this festive season...
SINGAPORE - SilkAir is believed to have shortlisted six agencies for the next round of its S$1.5 million (US$1 million) advertising review.
Who said guys aren't romantic?
Goodyear's TV spot on runonflat
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 (Bernama) -- Both RTM1 and RTM2, the two television stations run by Radio Televisyen Malaysia (RTM), have increased their ratings and revenue in the last six months, said Adi Satria, Managing Director of Utusan Airtime Sdn Bhd, Sunday.
Commuters can enjoy digital image advertising through train cabin windows as they travel along the underground tunnel. Named Tunnel TV, this new media form comprises a series of 360 LED panels mounted on walls in the tunnels to screen advertisements....
The bitter rivalry between the Philippines' two biggest networks, GMA 7 and ABS-CBN, has intensified , with the former filing a PhP 15 million (US$ 357,000) civil action libel suit against the latter...
SINGAPORE: Euro RSCG Singapore has attracted the multi award-winning Singapore creatives Victor Ng & Jon Loke, who join the agency as Creative Directors at the end of March....
McCann Worldgroup Philippines has formally launched McCann Healthcare, which is the only full-service agency in the country that offers in-depth knowledge and understanding of all the players in the purchase decisions for healthcare products-consumers...
Hong Kong: Leo Burnett Solutions Inc., Sri Lanka, has created an integrated campaign for the country's no. 1 society magazine, Hi! Focused around the tag line, "Everyone smiles for Hi!, the campaign...
Chinese computer hackers are allegedly breaking into high-security networks in the U.S. and other countries. Is Beijing creating an army of Internet warriors?
THINK Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the first thing that comes to mind is its range of household, food, beauty and healthcare products.
"If good things don't come cheap, then this top-of-the- line Chivas whisky must be very good indeed."
WHILE most teenagers earn the minimum wage from weekend jobs, entrepreneur Jonathan Grubin has logged on to an online success which turned over £75,000 last year.
Nhan Dan Online- Minister of Culture, Sport and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh stressed that the tight co-operation between tourism and culture, between businesses and artists were of great importance in popularising the image of Vietnam...
Spending on internet advertising in the UK will top television in 2009, a media agency has predicted.
The UK has been tipped to be the first major economy in which online advertising spend overtakes television ads.
LONDON, January 4: A new report from WPP's media buying operation GroupM indicates that the Internet will take a greater share of the British advertising market than TV will in 2009.
BEIJING, Jan 03, 2008 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- AirMedia Group Inc. (Nasdaq: AMCN), the operator of the largest digital media network in China dedicated to air travel advertising, today announced...
KUALA LUMPUR: Naza group's Nasim Sdn Bhd will officially handle the Peugeot brand from this year with technical support from the French carmaker's regional training centre and head office in Petaling Jaya.
New Delhi: The face of Indian advertising is changing. The action has shifted to 'cyberia' and advertising firms are reorienting themselves for a toehold on the digital domain.
Lacoste was willing to go to court to protect its 'alligator' in a copyright battle - with a dental practice. Such is the value placed on the most famous logos. By Mark Hughes
We won't lie, there were casualties. A corner of the Contagious office was converted into a temporary sick bay for exhausted members of the editorial team, while the remaining few toiled into the dark watches of the night...
We're going to tell you a little bit about this year's round-up of the Most Contagious happenings in your world, Covering everything from gadgets to branded content to online buzz to design...
A slew of Web2.0 companies will dissolve this year in the face of a "users'' revolt" against online advertising, industry expert Mark Anderson has warned.
Proximity BBDO Paris has created an intuitive and effective new website to promote the safety features of the Mercedes Benz S Class.
SINGAPORE - Local independent agency Gartshore & Associates, run by ex-Batey account director Bill Gartshore, is scaling back its business to focus on publishing...
KUALA LUMPUR - Crush Communications has appointed Sreejit Pillai (pictured) as its public relations director in Malaysia...
SINGAPORE: Proximity Singapore announced it's newest client with the recent win...
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 3 (Reuters) - Malaysia's biggest listed media group, Media Prima (MPRM.KL: Quote, Profile, Research), expects increased Internet usage to grow online advertising at least ten-fold by 2012.
Singapore: OgilvyOne Singapore announced today the appointment of Lucy McCabe, formerly from Rapp Collins Singapore, as Lead Consultant of the agency. McCabe replaces...

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