Lego ends branding partnership with Shell after Greenpeace pressure

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Lego has released a statement confirming it will not renew its partnership deal with oil firm Shell, after a series of attacks from Greenpeace regarding Shell’s proposed plans to drill for oil in the Arctic.

“Children are our major concern and the central focus of our company,” said Jørgen Vig Knudstorp, CEO of the Lego...

By James Bourne, 09 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Consumers, Reputation.

Seeing your ad get blocked? Blame Google, report argues

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A report released by Adobe and PageFair has revealed that the use of adblocking software is accelerating rapidly, with some demographics more likely than others to nix the rogue adverts.

2013 saw the number of users who use ad blocker software more than double globally, from 54 million to 121 million. As of June this year, the number stands at approximately 144...

By James Bourne, 08 October 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Google, Reputation.

Songs of Innocence: The Apple gift that backfired horribly

I’ve often written about the damage that can be caused, when you push your marketing at people. No matter how great your product or service is, how great your offer is or how good your intentions are, people hate having things forced upon them.

Apple learned this recently, with a poorly judged marketing decision to help promote their new iPhones.

The gift that backfired

As part of the launch for Apple’s new iPhones, Apple pushed a copy of the new U2 album Songs of Innocence, into 500,000,000 iTunes...

By Jim Connelly, 19 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, Opinion, Reputation.

The UK energy Big Six: Why the wrong reputation means the wrong story

The BBC has reported that, according to Ofgem estimates, the UK’s infamous ‘Big Six’ energy suppliers are set to double their profit margins for next year (8%) as compared to a year ago (4%). In a hostile environment (to put it mildly), it’s a headline statistic that’s sure to rankle and makes for yet more bad publicity for an already unpopular group.

In a sense, the raised hackles are understandable: consumers living through a...

By Alastair Turner, 06 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Brands, PR, Reputation.

Mining for gold: 5 ways marketers can get the most from their big data projects

Marketers were among the first business groups to see internal (and external) data resources as a goldmine waiting to be exploited rather than a difficult-to-manage constraint. They have been quick to understand the value of getting immediate insight into customer behaviour as and when required to be able to influence how consumers act at the point-of-sale. At the same time, they want to analyse vast volumes of data quickly to drive the analysis and segmentation of different groups and achieve more accurate...

By Yves de Montcheuil, 05 August 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Analytics, Reputation.

Why there’s so much more to PR than newsjacking for security companies

The technology market place is jam-packed with security companies. And with the NSA revelations fuelling growth and sparking new ideas, both hot new start-ups and established firms are jostling for business and looking to attract mega bucks from investors, writes Aspectus PR’s Sophie Hodgson.

The reason is simple. Unlike the rest of the world, hackers weren’t subject to austerity measures or cost cutting. Indeed,

By Alastair Turner, 28 July 2014, 0 comments. Categories: PR, Reputation.

The true cost of music for creatives

Electro-rock artist Whitey caused a stir last year on social media, when he slammed a TV company for its refusal to pay artists for the use of their music. Whitey shared an email from the producers stating the simple reason of there ‘being no budget for music,’ gaining himself thousands of likes and retweets. 

Despite it only just coming to the attention of the media, the issue of creatives wanting to use music from new artists without synchronisation fees is not a new one.

The questions must...

By Ricall Express, 03 April 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Advertising, Brands, Reputation.

Four in five CMOs feel “underprepared” for big data explosion

IBM has released its Global C-Suite Study with some interesting findings – chief of which that 82% of CMOs are less than prepared for the huge amounts of data imminently at their fingertips.

The research, from Big Blue’s Institute for Business Value (IBV), also showed how chief marketing execs have barely made crawling progress with social media – 67% now feel underprepared for tackling social, compared with 68% in 2011.

Interestingly, the three primary challenges for CMOs in 2011 stay the...

By James Bourne, 24 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Community, Industry, Reputation.

#Web25: Three predictions for the future of the Web

22 years ago, email and the fledgling world wide web were both limited, English-only, text-only technologies.  With dreams of someday getting pictures of my grandchildren by email, I worked with Ned Freed and others to define MIME (Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions), a format standard that put pictures, sounds, non-English text, and more into a form that everyone could use. 

I’ve watched with awe as the Internet’s explosive growth has brought us to a time when MIME is probably used...

By Nathaniel Borenstein, 17 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Domains, Opinion, Reputation.