News 17 June

Are corporate social responsibility programmes defunct?

I don’t often plug work by a colleague, but Jenny Crossland has put together a really interesting case for the prosecution against running CSR programmes. For a CSR specialist, her argument may seem c…

News 15 June

BP and you

In case you missed my tweets yesterday, I’m trying to gather a decent sample of opinions on perceptions of BP, Barack Obama et al in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon incident. I plan to publish the f…

Comment 5 June

What’s eating Leroy Stick?

There’s been a good deal of attention paid to the spoof BP public relations tweets at BPGlobalPR over the past few days. To be honest, I tend towards the view that it’s a cheap shot to satirise the env…

News 17 February

Quickquid.co.uk’s 2,356% typical APR is wrong

I’m on something of a mission. I was watching the TV earlier today and saw quickquid.co.uk’s advert offering ‘payday’ loans at 2356% typical APR. I thought it was wrong, so I started this Facebook Group. …

News 15 February

Where’s the proof? Google, the luge and the reliability of online news sources

Over the weekend, the social web has been rife with news that Google decided to withdraw a homepage illustration depicting a luge competitor, which was published within hours of the tragic death of…

Comment 10 February

Bud Caddell: Who says the future needs ad agencies?

I love a bit of heretical thought and Bud Caddell has delivered a blog-post with spades of the stuff by posing the question: ‘Who says the future needs an advertising agency?’ Craftily controversial hea…

Comment 9 February

Ikeler on advertising trends

Despite its title, I’d argue that Marci Ikeler’s slidedeck on trends in advertising — a pick of the day at Slideshare last week - articulately makes the case for the prosecution on the future of marke…

Long Read 13 January

Google, China and my ‘I told you so’ moment

The post’s content is relevant because, today, Google has delivered an absolute blinder of a case study, the consequences of which may be pored over by generations to come. By declaring that it will n…

News 26 November

Johnston Press and the plucky pay-wall pilot

According to holdthefrontpage.co.uk, Johnston Press — owner of the Scotsman and Yorkshire Post in the UK — intends to pilot a pay-wall for a small number of its local titles as early as next week. If tha…

Comment 24 November

Why the ‘Aol.’ rebrand is absolutely fine by me

Earlier tonight I posted a comment at the Guardian’s PDA Digital Content blog. I posted it because Wolff Olins’s work on the AOL logo was getting a no-nonsense pasting on the comments board beneath a pos…