Author Archives: neilsharman

The research led re-design of George Osborne’s Evening Standard

Earlier this month the Evening Standard was re-launched by its editor, the ex Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne. I was commissioned to conduct the focus groups for what Osborne described as “extensive research” amongst readers. YouGov conducted the quantitative … Continue reading

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What do city investors think about brands, ad spend and media? Take outs from the Citi Research paper at the @Newsworks_uk Shift conference

The Newsworks Shift 2018 conference began with a particularly interesting, scene setting presentation from Citi Research’s Catherine O’Neill.   It was billed as, “what investors really think about brands, advertising and marketing.” Below I’ve listed what, to me, were the key … Continue reading

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The changing role of media insight teams

This month I was asked to guest lecture to the MBA students at Henley Business School. I asked fellow media research freelancer, Ozoda Muminova, to co-lecture with me. When I worked at The Telegraph she was at The Guardian, a … Continue reading

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Insights into happiness, satisfaction and achievement

In my last blog I wrote about the three research projects I’d undertaken as part of my work with ESI Media. One was about Commuter Commerce, another was about Londoners and the final one was called Achievement. Project Achievement was … Continue reading

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Three projects in three films: my time at ESI Media

Recently I finished a sixteen-month stint as the head of audience and insight at ESI Media, the publishers of The Independent and Evening Standard. My time there was bookended my two monumental events in British newspaper history. The Independent print … Continue reading

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The characters of UK cities and out-of-home ad exposure

Earlier this year I delivered my second piece of analysis for Route Research Ltd. My first project for them had looked at the topic of commuting and the impact of commuting on out-of-home (OOH) ad exposure. This time around I … Continue reading

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Feel the fear and do it anyway: safety and security issues when booking travel

At the beginning of this year I was commissioned by the holiday company Travelzoo to conduct a global survey about people’s attitudes to safety and security on holiday. Do safety and security concerns have a big impact on where people … Continue reading

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