Comment 18 November

Monocle’s Soft Power Survey 2013

Monocle’s published it’s fourth annual Soft Power Survey - a topic that’s fascinated me ever since I listened to Professor Joseph Nye speak on the topic at the RSA in London in 2011 — and Germany’s toppled t…

Comment 16 November

Executive pay excesses spark Swiss movement

Interesting movement emerging in Switzerland — according to this report by Reuters — where campaigners are calling for a pay ratio of 1:12 between lowest-paid workers and top execs. That’s the kind of ambition that’s hard to argue with.

Comment 9 November

The kind of unspun Papal spin that couldn’t be spun by PR spinners

A piece from The Guardian today that caught my eye: journalist Jonathan Jones claims Pope Francis ‘has renovated a damaged brand not in years, but months’.

Comment 24 January

Apple’s Tim Cook and the distinction between brand and branding

Away from the furore among analysts about Apple’s — apparently — disappointing results yesterday, the brand’s chief executive, Tim Cook, uttered a phrase which precisely states the distinction between…

Comment 7 December

Britain’s brand: ‘this frail travelling coincidence’

It may sound like a glass-half-full definition but Frank Cotterell Boyce’s reference to this line from Philip Larkin’s The Whitsun Wedding, perfectly pinpoints the poignant curiosities of the British character that his script for the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony so brilliantly conveyed.

Comment 2 October

Mr Miliband’s Big Moment

Last Saturday’s blog post by the BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, astutely makes a connection between perception of the present Labour Party leader, Ed Miliband, and Clement Attlee. Attlee’s legacy is formidable. Among other measures in a truly remarkable period in British government, he presided over the creation of the national health service, and established the welfare state and free secondary education. Arguably he was the finest Prime Minister of the twentieth century and the most accomplished leader the Labour Party has ever had.

Comment 3 April

Time to cut the Facebook and Twitter clutter

Whether you’re inclined to regard Aol as a barometer of cultural trends or not, I’m pretty sure that there’s something in David Shing’s reported prediction. Obviously, it’s worth bearing in mind that Mr Shing’…

Comment 12 March

Landor: Why ‘I want an iPad’ beats ‘I want an iPad xyz’

Just spotted this really interesting piece for Forbes.com by Allen Adamson at Landor’s blog. The clinching argument is made in the penultimate paragraph of the piece: “I think the company made a sma…

Comment 26 May

Facebook’s ventures into brand diplomacy

Former Guardian technology writer Jack Schofield, shared an intriguing link to a news item in the Silicon Valley Mercury News earlier this week. It intrigued me for two reasons: first, that Facebook…

Comment 5 November

A-ha! How Alan Partridge is shaping the nature of new content

At 11.00am today (that’s UK time), lager brand Fosters will debut the first in a series of 12 weekly Mid Morning Matters shows hosted by Steve Coogan’s inimitable creation, Alan Partridge. It’s a smart…