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M&M’s Blog goes behind the headlines to offer a running commentary on the business dynamics within the international media and marketing industry. The M&M editorial team joins forces with industry experts and local market heroes to balance a bird’s eye view of global trends with the importance of local insight.

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  • Bigger isn't always better

    24 August 2010

    Foursqaure, increse, facebookThe launch of Facebook Places in the US has had unintended consequences for Foursquare. While you might expect the 500-million-strong Facebook behemoth to steal Foursquare’s mayorship of geo-social networking, Foursquare chief executive Dennis Crowley announced on Twitter that it actually had a record increase in people signing up.

    In the majority of media coverage of the Facebook Places launch, it was directly compared with Foursquare, and it turns out there’s no advertising like free advertising.

    With this being Facebook’s first foray into geo-social networking, it’s obviously going to be compared to the likes of Foursquare, who have a much better ...

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    Posted by: Josh Colley

    Tags: Social Media, Online, Reputation

  • Who says Ostriches can’t fly?

    19 August 2010

    Saatchi and Saatchi Johannesburg have created a new Cadburys ad which continues the previous Drumming Gorilla concept. This time the ad stars a flying Ostrich.

    Nature fans might wonder how this is possible since Ostriches are actually flightless birds. But this particular super intelligent, creative thinking Ostrich has found a way round this problem. If it can’t fly with its own wings, it can simply jump out of a plane with a parachute on its back.

    Adam Wittert, executive creative director at Saatchi and Saatchi Johannesburg, said, "The brief was to make people feel the same joy they experience when ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

    Tags: Creativity, TV

  • Sleep tight; don’t let the bed bugs bite

    19 August 2010

    Time Warner is under threat. Not from a troubled economy as might be expected, but from a growing bedbug infestation spreading across New York City. Time Warner’s headquarters, home to CNN, are the latest victim of the plague that’s sweeping the Island.

    It’s a case of art imitating life, and life imitating art, as the problem facing Time Warner closely resembles an episode of TV series 30 Rock, which had a storyline inspired by the real-life bug problem.

    30 Rock  

    For those not familiar with the show, well, shame on you. You should purchase the DVD box set, immediately if not ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

    Tags: TV

  • What!?! Murdoch isn’t a Commie Loving Lefty?

    18 August 2010

     Rupert Murdoch

    To my shock and horror it was revealed today that Rupert Murdoch’s New Corporation donated $1m to the Republican Governors Association (RGA) in the US. I don’t know about you but I never saw News Corporation as the type – you know, Conservative leaning.

    The donation will support the candidates running in the up and coming November elections.

    Understandably this donation has come under fire due Murdoch’s mammoth influence on the US and for that matter the international media landscape.

    The executive director of the Democratic Governors Association, Nathan Daschle, has been quoted as calling the donation “stunning”, mostly ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

    Tags: Online, Print, TV, Sponsorship

  • Hail our #dearleader

    18 August 2010

    Updates from M&M’s North Korean correspondent are surprisingly few and far between…

    Well, to tell you the truth we don’t have one. But if we did, then they’d probably be few and far between given that the country is probably the most secretive dictatorship in the world.

    However, that could all be about to change with the country’s first foray into the world of social media with a dedicated Twitter account from the government: @uriminzok.

    North Korea, Twitter

    Now, we’re ashamed to say that no one in M&M Towers actually speaks Korean, but thanks to our excellent online skills we know that the ...

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    Posted by: Josh Colley

  • Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got...

    17 August 2010

    Like Jennifer Lopez, M&M is never likely to forget which block it’s from.

    Although we now cast our net globally, our roots remain within an island in Europe that used to rule the world before it realised that it was just a tiny place with terrible weather.

    Even so, it took us by great surprise to learn that our friends to the north of our tiny island have given birth to the most second most watched show in South America. Apparently, TV viewers in Bolivia, in particular can’t get enough of the thick Scottish accents in ‘High Times’ - a ...

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    Posted by: Josh Colley

    Tags: Content, TV

  • Even the big boys make mistakes

    17 August 2010

    We at M&M don't take pleasure in other people's failures - however, it does make the VERY RARE mistake we make easer to swallow when see the big boys making them.

    Exhibit A: CNN

    CNN screen image

    And not to be outdone, Exhibit B: BBC News

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

  • Times readers have vanished! I wonder why?

    17 August 2010

     Times cover image

    The revelation that the Times and Sunday Times have lost 1.2million readers since it started charging for content doesn’t come as much of a surprise.

    A business model which charges people for something which they can get elsewhere for free is hardly going to work, but News International have gone completely silent since the paywall went up, failing to release any figures on what’s happening on the other side of the wall. There silence is ominous- the less they say about how the pay wall is working, the more people will talk.

    The latest figures come from Comscore, and ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

    Tags: Business models, Print

  • MySpace gets a new face.... well kind of

    17 August 2010

    In MySpace’s battle to stay relevant against stiff competition from the mighty Facebook and Twitter’s growing impact, can a re- design that looks suspiciously familiar save the day?

    A new homepage will greet MySpace users - apparently there are still some left - from today, showing a central stream of information about friends next to a right hand column with friend and event recommendations, birthdays and a ‘my stuff’ module.

    The folks at MySpace are taking it page by page having launched a re-designed profile page last month. Christina Wodtke, general manager of Social Networking at MySpace, revealed to Mashable ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

    Tags: Online

  • Random Ad Land story of the week...

    17 August 2010

     JWT creative director

    Well, this week’s prize goes hands down to JWT’s Global business director Merrie Harris who is being praised in the US tabloids for finding the most honest homeless person.

    Apparently, Harris was eating out with friends in New York City when she accompanied a friend outside who wanted to have a smoke. While, an admittedly tipsy, Harris was outside she was approached by homeless man who was asking for cash to buy a bottle of Vitamin Water and some cigarettes.

    Harris didn’t have any cash on her and instead offered up her American Express Platinum Card – as you ...

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    Posted by: Martina Lacey

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