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 […]
The calamity caused by the financial crisis left a distrust of big corporate brands in its wake. As a result the most elusive things for global brands to amass are trust and […]
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 […]
With less than two months until the Olympic Games, health organizations, ethicists, politicians, and athletes are weighing the risks of Zika. In recent months, public examination of the virus has garnered much […]
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 […]
How often do we create a great piece of print, everyone loves it, it looks great, it tells you all you need to know, it’s an all-round slap on the back for a job well done, then suddenly someone remembers “Hey we need this on our website…” but that’s not a problem, we can make a PDF, it’ll look just as great as the printed document, in fact it was a PDF the printers used so it’ll be identical… Great, let’s get on with that back-slapping… but wait, has anyone tried using the PDFs read aloud? does the document make sense then? Well it’s most likely you haven’t, it doesn’t and no. So what are we going to do now then?
How do organisations get to a point when they stop calling out ‘these are our values’? How do they arrive at a point when they are so accepted and so ingrained that they are just who they are and what they believe in, and what their customers value them for?
The M&S Shwop campaign began as an internal CSR initiative that later progressed to become their biggest non-product campaign rolled out to M&S customers across the country in stores and online. The basic idea is that staff and customers donate their unwanted clothes, which are then sold in Oxfam shops, shipped to Africa for resale in local markets, or recycled to support the environment.
The Team, with long-term client Gas Safe Register, won gold in the Design for Society category for its ‘Silent Killer’ campaign, at this year’s Design Effectiveness Awards. Additionally, the international brand and communications agency won bronze for its rebrand of charity, Stroke Association.
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.
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.
To help those about to embark on adopting a social intranet, we’ve outlined six key principles that we believe are essential for success on a new social adventure. They’ve worked for us and we now have a thriving internal community that has transformed the way we work.
“Internal communication is quite saturated. It’s noise. I get so many emails a day. People are bombarding me”.
We hear sentiments like these on a regular basis, and more often than not, these views are coming from office workers. It seems that if you sit at a desk you take communications for granted. You’re surrounded by information: posters up on the walls; you’re constantly getting emails; everyone seems to talk within the office.
This is my second blog from the Information Standard event, held in partnership with Patient Information Forum, and the third of four from the session that I presented with Scott McLean, MD at Speed Communications.
Some people may see a project life-line to be split into three phases: Discover, Design, Develop and then launch. But launch is not where it ends, the next project is then moved into the fourth phase: Tweaking and Perfecting. Tweaking and Perfecting is a phase that has no end and consists of tailoring a project to gain the most out of your valued customers.
At the Information Standard event on Wednesday, Scott McClean from our sister agency Speed joined Peter Mills, to talk about how to build and protect your brand using social media. This is the second blog post following that talk and looks at how brands are using social media. The first, by Peter, discusses the issue of brands and branding and how social media can play a part in building a brand today.
Last Wednesday saw the second event organised by The Information Standard, in partnership with Patient Information Forum at the Wellcome conference centre on the Euston Road.
I had the chance to do a double-hander with super social-media whizz, Scott McLean, managing director of our sister PR and social media agency, Speed Communications. The subject: How to build and project your brand using social media. This is the first of our four blogs, two by me and two by Scott.
Gamification – horrible term. Where do they think these words up? So, what is it? Is it a GenY focused motivational tool or is it reinventing the way employees of all ages learn and retain info? Looking at the name alone you could be forgiven for thinking it is some form of GenY psychobabble, but put this to one side.
The debate will continue, not helped by a typical zeal for hyperbole – “Integrating game dynamics into your site, service, community content or campaign, in order to drive participation” is how gamification.org describe this new movement. However I think we are overthinking the obvious.