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[COUNTERFEIT]#FAKE: AMSTEL MALTA ‘LOW SUGAR’ AND AMSTEL MALTA ‘NON-ALCOHOLIC’ DRINKS ARE BOTH SAFE PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER; NIGERIAN BREWERIES. WATCH #WHYADDMORE TV COMMERCIAL FT BEVERLY NAYA AND MAI ATAFO:

Hours earlier, this screencap of two Amstel Malta low sugar malt drink and non-alcoholic Malt drink has gone viral on social media after media personality Lara wise shared on her Instagram page warning consumers that the brand may have entered into the pirates’ bay.  further inquiry into this, we tried contacting Amstel Malta.  Amstel Malta… Continue reading [COUNTERFEIT]#FAKE: AMSTEL MALTA ‘LOW SUGAR’ AND AMSTEL MALTA ‘NON-ALCOHOLIC’ DRINKS ARE BOTH SAFE PRODUCTS FROM THE SAME MANUFACTURER; NIGERIAN BREWERIES. WATCH #WHYADDMORE TV COMMERCIAL FT BEVERLY NAYA AND MAI ATAFO:

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[BRAND WARS]#USUNCUT: NESTLÉ, MARS® 5 OTHERS GETS CALLED OUT AS “CHILD-CHOCOLATE LABOUR” EXPLOITATIVE BRANDS. READ:

We are not afraid to say or write about the truth, impactful and life changing creativities and issues that affect our lives either positively or negatively. We have covered a lot of famous Brands and brilliant advertising in this blog, albeit that doesnt mean if a Brand goofs we should temper the pen with justice.… Continue reading [BRAND WARS]#USUNCUT: NESTLÉ, MARS® 5 OTHERS GETS CALLED OUT AS “CHILD-CHOCOLATE LABOUR” EXPLOITATIVE BRANDS. READ:

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[BRAND WAR]#AUTONEWS: INNOSON MOTORS IS AT WAR WITH GTBANK; LAMENTS BAD PR FROM RIVAL FIRM.

​Innoson Group, Nigeria’s foremost indigenous motor manufacturing company has raised the alarm over what it described as sponsored and calculated smear campaign against it and its Executive Chairman, Dr Innocent Chukwuma, by some unscrupulous interest group. In a statement signed by Mr. Cornel Osigwe, Public Relations and Media Manager of Innoson Group, the company said… Continue reading [BRAND WAR]#AUTONEWS: INNOSON MOTORS IS AT WAR WITH GTBANK; LAMENTS BAD PR FROM RIVAL FIRM.

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[BRAND]#FAIL: VOLKSWAGEN HAS AGREED TO PAY $14.7 BILLION ON DIESELGATE SCANDAL, FACES ANOTHER €8.2BILLION LAW SUIT FROM INVESTORS!

A US court has approved one of the biggest corporate settlements on record forcing German carmaker Volkswagen to pay $14.7 billion over the diesel emissions scandal. Under the settlement, Volkswagen (VW) agrees to spend up to $10 billion on buybacks and owner compensation. An additional $4.7 billion will go to programs to offset excess emissions… Continue reading [BRAND]#FAIL: VOLKSWAGEN HAS AGREED TO PAY $14.7 BILLION ON DIESELGATE SCANDAL, FACES ANOTHER €8.2BILLION LAW SUIT FROM INVESTORS!

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[AUTOBRANDS]#GREENCARS: THE TERM ‘SELF DRIVING TESLA’ IS MISLEADING IN ADS; GERMANY WARNS.

​The German government wants Tesla Motors Inc. to stop using the term “Autopilot” in its advertising, claiming the word is misleading and potentially dangerous. Germany’s Transportation Ministry confirmed it asked Tesla  to change the wording, according to sources on sunday.  “In order to prevent misunderstanding and incorrect customers’ expectations, we demand that the misleading term… Continue reading [AUTOBRANDS]#GREENCARS: THE TERM ‘SELF DRIVING TESLA’ IS MISLEADING IN ADS; GERMANY WARNS.

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[PRODUCTS-FMCG] #COUNTERFEITS: NAFDAC WARNS ABOUT FAKE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CIRCULATING NIGERIAN MARKETS.

​The National Agency for Foods and Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) has alerted Nigerians of the prevalence of fake alcoholic drinks, especially dry gin, in the nation’s markets. Dr Abubakar Jimoh, its Director, Special Duties, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Jos on yesterday  that the agency  had  continued  to  advise consumers of… Continue reading [PRODUCTS-FMCG] #COUNTERFEITS: NAFDAC WARNS ABOUT FAKE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES CIRCULATING NIGERIAN MARKETS.

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[AD FAILS] #DOINGADISICK: KIM KARDASHIAN, KYLIE JENNER GETS SLAMMED AGAIN ON FALSE INSTAGRAM ADVERTISEMENTS. READ:

Internet of things, digital age, verified Instagram and YouTube accounts; it sure takes more than all these to advertise and communicate brand positions and strategies professionally especially when it concerns medical care. Sometimes around June 2016, our favourite girl Naomi Campbell copied and pasted a whole digital marketing brief (from adidas) onto her Instagram page… Continue reading [AD FAILS] #DOINGADISICK: KIM KARDASHIAN, KYLIE JENNER GETS SLAMMED AGAIN ON FALSE INSTAGRAM ADVERTISEMENTS. READ:

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[BRAND STORIES] #SPORTS: HOW NIKE RUINED AD SALES FOR BRANDS IN RIO OLYMPICS 2016. WATCH AD, DOWNLOAD MUSIC:

             GTBANK Spoof via Linkedin Few weeks to the kickoff of the Rio Olympics games 2016, the IOC enforced its infamous Rule 40 of the Olympic charter which states that “Except as permitted by the IOC Executive board, no competitor, coach, trainer or official who participates in the Olympic Games… Continue reading [BRAND STORIES] #SPORTS: HOW NIKE RUINED AD SALES FOR BRANDS IN RIO OLYMPICS 2016. WATCH AD, DOWNLOAD MUSIC:

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[AD FAILS] #ADWATCH: WARNER BROS FINED FOR DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING AND PAYING SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS ON POSITIVE REVIEWS. READ:

​Warner Brothers Home Entertainment had its wrist slapped this week by the Federal Trade Commission for being less than honest about its use of influencers for marketing purposes.    Pewdiepie-Video game reviewer. The entertainment company paid several online influencers, including the incredibly popular game reviewer PewDiePie, to promote their fantasy role-play Lord of the Rings… Continue reading [AD FAILS] #ADWATCH: WARNER BROS FINED FOR DECEPTIVE ADVERTISING AND PAYING SOCIAL MEDIA INFLUENCERS ON POSITIVE REVIEWS. READ:

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[COPY A-C-T-S] #ADFAILS: OOPS! VIRAL GERMAN BEER AD MAY NEED A DNA TEST WITH SPORTS X-FIT’S ORIGINAL PRINT AD. TAKE A LOOK:

​The print ad by Jung Von Matt for Bergedorfer bier in Germany (that went viral on social media few days ago) may not be original after all.  .   Less original Print Ad by Jung Von Matt We really did not wish to raise any dust about Bleublancrouge of Canada being the first creative agency to… Continue reading [COPY A-C-T-S] #ADFAILS: OOPS! VIRAL GERMAN BEER AD MAY NEED A DNA TEST WITH SPORTS X-FIT’S ORIGINAL PRINT AD. TAKE A LOOK:

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[AUTOBRANDS] #FINES: TOYOTA IS RECALLING ITS CARS WITH FAULTY AIRBAGS AS VOLKSWAGEN IS TO PAY $10K DAMAGES EACH TO PASSAT TDI OWNERS.

​Japanese carmaker Toyota says it will recall 482,000 vehicles in the US over faulty airbags. The cars affected are Prius models from 2010 to 2012 and Lexus CT models from 2011 and 2012. Toyota and other carmakers have over the past years been rocked by millions of recalls over problems with airbags supplied by supplier… Continue reading [AUTOBRANDS] #FINES: TOYOTA IS RECALLING ITS CARS WITH FAULTY AIRBAGS AS VOLKSWAGEN IS TO PAY $10K DAMAGES EACH TO PASSAT TDI OWNERS.

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[ADVERTISING] #ADFRAUD: AD-CONMAN GETS 7YEARS FOR DEFRAUDING OMNICOM INTERBRAND, OTHERS OF US$269MILLION. READ:

                     Bill Grizack A former ad strategist will serve up to seven years in a North Carolina prison after falsifying accounts worth an estimated $269 million, sources have confirmed. Bill Grizack defrauded ad agencies McKinney and The Variable (formerly Pave Advertising) by creating fake contracts from Coca-Cola and spirits giant Brown-Forman (which makes Jack Daniel’s) in an eight-month scheme that began in… Continue reading [ADVERTISING] #ADFRAUD: AD-CONMAN GETS 7YEARS FOR DEFRAUDING OMNICOM INTERBRAND, OTHERS OF US$269MILLION. READ: