The promise of big data is at last starting to emerge for gas and electricity customers, but sadly only with regulatory intervention. Continue reading “The dark side of big data”
The public relations industry has for a long time lobbied to be taken more seriously around the board table. While advertisers, sales and marketers have ruled the roost, PR and comms have been left to pick up the scraps off the table. Continue reading “Measurement: time for communications to grasp the nettle”
Helping brands and agencies better understand and improve the value of their communications
A group of highly experienced communications measurement professionals have set up The Measurement Practice (TMP) to help businesses, organisations and agencies bridge the gap between the promise and delivery of communications measurement.
The sad irony of David Cameron’s run in on his taxes is that it makes it less, not more, likely that anyone will find the political courage to address the problem of an outdated international tax system. Continue reading “Toxic tax reform: kicking the can down the road”
Encouraging behaviour change is better than penalties
Chancellor Osborne has chosen to be seen to be doing something about the growing obesity issue, rather than actually doing something about it. That would be more difficult.
Sometimes you need to be able to put a value on what you do. It may be a financial value. It may be a social good. It may be something else. Continue reading “Economic impact, absurdity and advertising”
The media like to knock someone when they are down and Thomas Cook is in the dock again. Castigated for having let the lawyers rule the roost. Continue reading “Sorry? The lawyers may not be entirely wrong”
It is (sadly) not what you say that matters…
An interior design fad which surprisingly still endures is to buy books by the yard. Leather-bound, opulent and dusty. Classical literary tomes that give any home the veneer of educated sophistication. An instant library. Continue reading “Selling words by the yard”
The sponsors have finally felt compelled to intervene. Actual criminal charges laid against Sepp Blatter have proven the trigger for Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Visa and Budweiser to step in and call for change. Continue reading “FIFA World Cup intervention reflects poorly on sponsors”
The honeymoon is over for the poster child of the sharing economy. This weekend Airbnb launched its first global TV advertising campaign.
Its troubles could be just beginning. Continue reading “The honeymoon is over for Airbnb”
What happens when an irresistible force meets an immovable object has detained philosophers for generations. In the next few days we might be about to find out, thanks to the UK election.
One of the overriding social and business themes since the global financial meltdown has been the rise of consumer power. Continue reading “People v politicians: can anything rein in the spin?”
Today we have lost one of the greats.
Richie Benaud was not boastful, but he could boast one of the most impressive cricketing records. The then Australian record of 248 test wickets. A three-time Ashes winning captain. Skipper in the 1961 first ever tied Test. Continue reading ““Think fast. Talk slow.” Farewell Richie Benaud”