Stories > opinions. QED by Danny Baker and Terry Venables.

I have a lot of time for Danny Baker. He’s as good as listening as he is at broadcasting. And he’s interested in people’s stories. Each Saturday morning his show on Radio 5 Live has several running themes which act as open invitations to ordinary listeners to call in with …

What is Twitter? No seriously, what is Twitter?

Last week I asked someone “what is marketing?” Said someone had just retired after an illustrious career in blue chip marketing departments and a blue chip marketing consultancy. I was expecting an immediate, well-rehearsed response. I was expecting a highly polished definition that was the result of decades of honing …

LinkedIn recommendations. A valuable but devalued currency.

I blog therefore I am… …obliged to post a review of the year past. Well fuck that for a game of soldiers. Tweetdeck is amok with links to review and prediction posts already. They’ve even managed to displace the “7 ways to write a list-based blog post” brigade. And I …

The universal social strategy.

I put together this presentation for an “Inspiring Minds” event by The Marketing Society. It’s a simple framework for thinking about “social media” strategy whilst avoiding the pitfalls that can arise from the very term “social media”. I always present with pictures rather than words so the embedded presentation below …

The worst job I ever had.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eDaSvRO9xA&] This Lancashireman is struggling to compete with the extreme, and extremely competitive, privations described by the four Yorkshiremen. Working a twelve hour overnight shift in the (now defunct) Rathbone’s Bakery in Wigan may not be as bad as licking a motorway clean before breakfast, but it felt pretty close …

Is there still (was there ever) no such thing as bad PR?

Those responsible for various recent super injunctions might well be asking themselves this question. And I suspect that a “certain Premiership football player” will have no doubt whatsoever that there is such a thing as bad PR. There certainly appears to be such a thing as bad PR advice from …

Brand management is anti-social.

There’s a fine line between healthy cynicism and bonfire pissing. And it’s a fine line that the experienced creative industry practitioner has to tread carefully. Especially when she or he is dealing with the fresh-faced envangelism of a young, thrusting brand manager. Marketing can be a ridiculously up itself business …