I had the pleasure of attending the European Responsible Business Summit this week, the leading conference advancing the responsible business agenda with a focus on social purpose and impact. Here are a […]
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are aimed at making sustainable business the operational normal. Outlined and in effect as of 2016, the 17 goals address poverty, the environment and economic prosperity. In order […]
The business case for defining and activating your social purpose (why you exist and the value you create for society) has been mounting, with media mentions of “purpose-driven” increasing eight-fold last year. […]
We live in uncertain times which can make us untrusting of brands, whether political, corporate or charitable. The 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer reveals the largest-ever drop is trust across sectors. Of the […]
Brands and businesses are evermore commenting on the social and political climate as events unfold. In the spirit of International Women’s Day, we’ve created a compilation of a few outstanding efforts. International […]
We can see a huge future in virtual reality, augmented reality and 360 video over the coming years. We are already helping our clients with their thinking about this technology strategically and […]
Thinking about design for the elderly may conjure up images of walkers and orthopedic shoes. The Design Museum’s pop-up exhibition is having none of that. NEW OLD not only aims to rethink […]
I have a lot of crap on my desk. Some of it is useful, some of it was useful, and some of it I don’t even remember where it came from. In […]
We have produced dozens of animation videos for our clients, each has its own challenges, so we thought we would share some tips to help you avoid some pitfalls.
Your brand is your book. Every touch-point is the cover. Everyone who picks up your book is judging it based on the cover alone until such time that the cover convinces them […]
Achieving clarity is one of the biggest challenges of branding. “The logo doesn’t work for social” say Digital. “My initiative needs its own colour” say Products or Services. “But we need our […]
The Team will be hosting a panel session and debate asking why brand purpose matters in business today? Then aggregating its findings into a book, printed 48 hours later. Doing good is […]
Design Week’s Top 100 is seen as the benchmark of independent UK design businesses providing a detailed and holistic analysis of the financial state of the design industry. The Team are proud […]
Client Services. Our name does us no favours. Who wants to be ‘serviced’? It sounds like an added benefit or something that’s just nice to have, rather than an essential component of a […]
There is no doubt that the third sector is currently suffering a crisis of trust with the Charity Commission reporting that public trust has fallen to a ten-year low. At the same […]
Move over Millennials, Generation Z now has purchasing power and is entering the workforce – with purpose. We love labels; they make it so much easier to target, classify and tuck away […]
Imagine a company induction where your employees come face to face with your CEO and are taken on a personal tour of business locations and customers around the world.
Now imagine taking your employees on a virtual tour of a new facility you are building or demonstrating a product that doesn’t exist yet or immersing them in a brand experience they will never forget.
Why are so many big brands stabbing me in the back? Names I used to trust are no longer my best buddies. How could they betray me? When we hit the hard […]
A brand should be constantly evolving to stay relevant and to adapt to changing market conditions. And like everything else, the market conditions appear to be changing more quickly by the day. Every once in a while, though, most companies and organisations feel the need for a more profound analysis of what their brand stands for. Typically this means a discussion around what to do about the logo.
There is an ongoing question about how companies make their corporate values part of the everyday culture of the business and embed them into the company’s DNA. Somehow, amongst all the corporate communications that employees receive every day, the message about values and ethics seems to be getting lost.
There have been a few major logistical decisions made in publishing and design over the last couple of decades – the latest one being whether to publish digitally, in print, or a combination. Any decision appears to boil down to the Betamax/VHS dilemma: make the wrong choice and it will cost you.
There’s this impression that animation is difficult to produce, costly and time-consuming – but provided it’s short, and you’re pithy with what you’re saying, animation can be affordable and very good value for getting complex information to a large audience.
With broadband becoming increasingly high-speed across Britain, streaming video for business communications, especially annual reporting and accounts – full year or interim – is steadily becoming more common.
With consumers now using a wide range of devices to access the web rather than solely a desktop computer, there are now hundreds of different screens sizes that website owners and developers need to consider – this is where Responsive Design can help.
With the constant presence of mobile and digital devices in our lives, a customer’s first experience of your brand can vary from a print advert to a Twitter campaign. This means that branding needs to evolve further than it has before, and be more than just looks.
80% of tablet users in the UK have watched TV while using their device (Nielsen). Many of us multitask on our tablet or smartphone, so how could this dual-screen (double vision) interaction start seeping into the workplace over the next few years?
When planning to expand your marketing activity to foreign markets, the more countries you target, the more complex things become. But that complexity is not equal across all marketing elements or locations. It’s important to know where things stay the same and where they can get more complicated.
We all engage with user-generated content on a daily basis – offline and online. It’s everywhere: from radio phone-ins to book reviews on Amazon; hotel recommendations on TripAdvisor to vox-pops in news reports; from customer reviews to magazine letters pages.
Are you up to date with how corporate reporting has changed – and how it can impact on your annual report?. How do you balance statutory requirements with marketing demands of an annual report? How can your annual report fulfil its real potential?
In the last of our joint series of four blogs on building and protecting your brand for social media, Scott McLean, managing director of our sister agency, Speed Communications, offers 10 top tips for protecting and enhancing your brand online.