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IPG chief executive and chairman Michael Roth has sent a memo to the holding company’s more than 50,000 employees that outlines the firm's “zero-tolerance policy” for sexual harassment. The memo comes in light of sexual harassment allegations made against prominent figures including Harvey Weinstein, journalist Mark Halperin and actor Kevin Spacey, among others. Former ad executive and diversity advocate Cindy Gallop is calling on women who work in advertising to email her their stories of sexual harassment...

Seattle is known for a lot – being home to Amazon, Starbucks and Microsoft and the Space Needle to name just a few – but it’s also revered for its great music and food scenes. Those two things are highlighted in a new campaign for Visit Seattle, the tourism marketing agency for the city, called ‘Turning Tables.’ Spearheaded by creative agency PB&, Turning Tables will air Mondays beginning today (October 30) on Revolt, the music-oriented digital cable network that was founded by Sean...

Procter & Gamble‘s chief brand officer Marc Pritchard believes 2017 has been a big wake-up call for the digital marketing industry but that it is rising to the challenge. Speaking at the Dmexco ad tech conference in Germany yesterday (13 November), he said the changes he demanded the industry should make in his seminal speech in January are now “60% done”. He is also impressed with the progress the likes of Google and Facebook have made, but...

With less than three months to go until Christmas, the John Lewis Partnership isn’t in the best place after posting disappointing half-year numbers. Pre-tax profit at the group fell 53% in the first six months of the year, to £26.6m. When redundancy and restructuring costs were stripped out, pre-tax profit was down almost 5% at £83m as higher costs ate into margins. Gross sales were up 2.3% for both its brands (Waitrose and John Lewis) – with revenue...

Amazon has opened a fashion photography studio called 'Blink' as it looks to ramp up its fashion ambitions in India. This is Amazon's third faculty globally after having already launched in New York and London. Amazon India continues to combat its Indian rival, Flipkart which rolled out its private label fashion brand Divastri.   The studio will aim to aid Amazon's effort of creatively collaborating with fashion brands, such as Marks & Spencer, and partners to produce high quality images...

As we push forward into a multi-screen world, path to purchase has grown increasingly complex and fragmented, spanning diverse channels, platforms and contexts. The consumer’s journey now plays as important a role as the point of conversation itself – especially given that 60% of Asia’s multi-device users now use at least three screens, with the number of users on four or more devices increasing from 22% in 2015 to 31% in 2016, according to a study by...

Released today (14 September), Absolut’s global hero film for its ‘Create a better tomorrow, tonight’ platform catapults the viewer through time and space, starting at the moment of the Big Bang and arriving at a London night out in 2017. The Drum spoke to the brand’s agency BBH London to find out how it took on such an epic brief. Creative development for ‘One Night’ began at the tail end of last year, after the agency won...

HDFC is named as the most valuable Indian brand as an increase in demand for local products continues to benefit the local brands, according to Brandz top 50 most valuable Indian brands.  Followed by HDFC is Airtel, State Bank of India, Asian Paints, ICICI bank, Kotak Mahindra bank, Maruti Suzuki, Bajaj Auto, Hero and Axis Bank.  HDFC current value stands at $17,965m value after a 24% increase year-on-year in the annual report by WPP and  Kantar Millward Brown. It falls in line a report from The Drum last year about how Indian FMCG brand Patanjali is beating global giants by empowering local confidence. It...

18 months after building an in-house creative team, Lucozade Ribena Suntory is ploughing the money saved from agency and production costs into previously under-explored areas of marketing.  The shift to in-housing everything from content production to media and creative has been gathering pace, particularly among consumer goods brands feeling the strain post-Brexit. The drinks company – which owns its namesake brands as well as Orangina, V Energy and True Nopal cactus water – has been joined by the likes of L’Oreal, Pernod Ricard and...

Video advertising is the fastest growing ad format in China and will account for 13.4% of all ad expenditure by 2021, according to eMarketer. Video ad spend is expected to overtake traditional TV spend by 2021 as it continues to grow more popular in China. eMarketer estimates overall advertising expenditure in China will reach $50.31bn this year, with 72% of this going to mobile channels. Cindy Liu, forecasting analyst at eMarketer, said: “Advertising on digital video is growing at...