Category Archives: Media

Is there something in the driving seat that should be in the toolbox? Thoughts on a recent keynote by Rory Sutherland

Rory Sutherland was the keynote speaker at the Media Research Group annual conference recently.  As usual it was a thought-provoking presentation and a whistle-stop tour of a thousand great ideas. Let me see what I can distil from it for … Continue reading

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Marketing the Media Research Industry

I was recently asked to do a 5-minute soapbox session at the annual Media Research Group conference. I used it to describe how a marketing and PR strategy for the Media Research industry might look. Here is my script. “Media … Continue reading

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Engaging the Young with News

I remember a chart showing print newspaper reading by age.  The bars stepped upwards as each ten-year cohort read a little more than those younger than them.  It often led editors to conclude that people develop a print newspaper habit. … Continue reading

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How digital assistants will change media research between now and 2028

Recently I was invited to speak in a debate at the Media Research Group (MRG) conference in Bratislava. We had to imagine what media research would look like in 2028.  I chose to concentrate on the effect digital assistants will … Continue reading

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To Print or Not to Print: The Publisher’s Dilemma

I’ve recently joined with a few industry luminaries in a venture called Red River Blue.  As a freelancer it is always good to join forces occassionaly with others to see what might come of collaboration.  To get their site up and running … Continue reading

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Holiday mCommerce – the new Jackie Collins

This week I presented at a breakfast conference given by JC Decaux Airport to mark the launch of their new “Possibility Guaranteed” proposition to the market. When I was helping myself to coffee before the event I spoke to someone … Continue reading

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Tomorrow’s Advertising World: What will become of media context and gentle nudges?

Recently I finished a thought-provoking book called Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari. The author theorises about the future of everything from democracy to longevity. What lessons did it have about the future of advertising … Continue reading

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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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