Long Read 2 February

Do marketing communications teams have a future?

Especially the idea that he raises in the third and fourth paragraphs where he poses two questions: what is it that really makes Google Googley (to paraphrase the idea) and, if its usefulness does…

Long Read 6 January

Why Starbucks is crafting the perfect branded blend

The latest evolution of its brand visual identity — revealed late yesterday evening (as far as the UK is concerned, that is) — is the kind of project I really admire. Not just because I like the ele…

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…

Comment 7 October

Is the ‘new’ Gap logo a PR double bluff?

Here’s a thought. What if the uproar about the Gap logo redesign (above) that’s occupying the blogs and tweets of the design community — and beyond — is an elaborate ruse to buy Gap more attention? It’s an…

Comment 17 September

The unsociable FSA’s Dr Pepper moment

Back in July, I presented a webcast for BrightTalk’s Thought Leadership Live programme about the UK Financial Services Authority’s (FSA) latest guidance on the application of social web tools by reg…

Comment 15 September

Twitter elegantly opens a new chapter in personalised content consumption

Now I don’t claim to be any kind of guru as far as the seismic activity of the tech world is concerned. But, as a punter, I already like the look of the new Twitter interface design. By enabling u…

Comment 28 July

Yes, it’s an ad but…

... it’s a fascinating summary of the impact that the web is having on the communications landscape in the UK. Lovely animation too.

Comment 18 July

Top Marx: An animated alternative explanation for the financial crisis

Here’s the chapter I’ve been waiting for on an explanation of the financial crisis: A brilliant animated account — based on a lecture at the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manuf…

News 16 July

One minute sentiment tracking survey: BP and you, Round Two

You may remember that, a couple of weeks ago, I invited people to contribute to a survey about sentiment towards BP and politicians associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident. Before I publish…

Long Read 5 July

Why the social web’s good for financial advisers

This is a post that’s been published as an article in this month’s FS Focus — a publication produced by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. I’ll warn you now, it’s fairly lengthy, …