The Future of Twitter is Data Analytics

There’s something to be said about unique companies that have a stellar product, who go IPO, and then suddenly find themselves having difficulty coping with their new public identity. While the ultimate benchmark of success is always going to be their ability to generate consistent revenues, what sometimes gets lost amidst shareholder demands, are the…

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What Brands Can Learn from RuPaul’s Drag Race

If a brand is the ultimate representation of the sum of all it’s parts, then RuPaul Andre Charles is nothing short of the ultimate personal brand. Emerging from the underground scene in the 80’s to become a mainstay of the LGBT cultural landscape, RuPaul is revered and respected for pioneering the crossover of illusion-based cabaret…

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When B2B Sales and Marketing Collide

Whether you label it as healthy tension, territorial friction or a downright conflict of personalities, anyone who’s spent time working in B2B marketing will be familiar with the terse, often challenging and almost always character-building relationship with Sales. It would be naïve to assume that this friction can ever entirely be eliminated. Even in organizations…

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A ‘Human’ Nod to Creativity

In an August, 2014 interview with Lego chief executive Jorgen Vig Knudstrop published in UK broadsheet The Guardian, Knudstrop quoted Billung – a small town in Jutland and headquarters to the famous toymaker – as being “boring”. Yet he goes on to credit those very surroundings as the thing that helped spark Lego’s innovation, and…

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Air New Zealand Gets My Vote in the Safety Video Wars

When it comes to grabbing headlines and remaining topical, the aviation industry never disappoints. Between arguing their case for ongoing fuel surcharges, to the spat between American and Middle Eastern airlines, or the devaluation of popular frequent flyer programs, there’s no chance of a dull moment. As an intrepid traveller, flying is right up there among…

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Sight and Sound. A Marriage Made in Heaven

It would be impossible to deny the emotive qualities of music. At a time when a lot has been said about how brands must strive to create emotional connections, I can’t think of a more powerful way to connect with consumers to further enhance a story. The history of brand advertising is scattered with examples of…

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Top 5 Tips for Conducting a Winning Interview

There are countless books, websites and how-to guides that cover best practices, tutorials and mock interview scenarios in detail, and there are just too many variables to offer comprehensive notes on how to respond to specific interview questions. Instead, I thought I’d provide my top 5 tips for how to conduct a winning interview: Perhaps…

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What’s your Marketing Technology Stack?

I was recently asked my opinion on what marketing technologies are must-haves to successfully run a business in a commercial climate that is increasingly driven by digital engagement. The answer I gave was ‘how long is a piece of string?’. As I got thinking about the tools I regularly rely on to help manage my…

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A Choice of Freedom of Expression

Recent events in Paris and Belgium have been on my mind of late, which got me thinking about self-expression, and the right to do so without fearing harm or prejudice. Advertising has always had its tongue firmly planted in cheek, often marred in controversy that’s resulted in vociferous complaint, censorship and in some cases, even…

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