The Internet of (Stolen) Things: 1.3 Million Irish are Illegally Downloading

While the industry has been primarily concerning itself with the rise of adblocking a much more concerning trend has been going on right under our noses. Odds are, as a digitally savvy heavy media consumer, you’re probably one of these trendsetters yourself. Now finally, we have the numbers. The Commercial Court was informed yesterday that approximately…

Super Bowl Ads get Political… but Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Probably the most common headline regarding the Super Bowl ads this year is how some brands chose to ‘get political’. Particularly noteworthy were Airbnb and Coca-Cola. This is leading to a debate about the role of brands in politics and social movements. Are they supposed to steer clear, or dive in? A lot of people…

Are We Finally Breaking Up with ‘The Start Up Guy’? 

Open any financial, business or economic magazine or newspaper section and you will be bombarded with interviews, news and speculations about the heady world of the tech startup. The Silicon Valley Hooded Hero has long replaced the ‘Serious Suit’ as the aspirational business pin-up of our time. After all, he’s different. He ‘gets’ people and…

Birds of a Feather: What do Charlie Brooker and Katie Price have in Common?

If you working in marketing/digital/media and don’t know Charlie Brooker, you need to. Also, what the hell have you been doing with your spare time? Famed for pretty much predicting a certain prime minister’s ‘incident with a pig’, the journalist gone-TV-writer is actually a lot more impressive for his overall cutting commentary on modern media…

Generation Who?! An Honest Marketing Guide to Irish Demographics

The only thing more annoying than talk about millennials, is the disputes over who millennials are. The biggest problem is that we are applying a global label to a little island. So, I’ve gone and tried to put these global labels in an Irish context and added my own ‘definitive’ dates! I’ve also relabeled them,…

Trump vs Clinton: The Facebook War …and Results?

A few hours ago, Mark Zuckerberg defended his board member’s 1.25 million donation to team Trump. Thiel – an early investor –  has not been distanced from the social network brand, with Zuckerberg addressing the issue head on to Facebook staff in an internal memo. This memo was the result of ‘concerns’ regarding the company’s…

Goldilocks and the Instagram Porridge Updates…

Goldilocks went into the kitchen, where she found three bowls of porridge.  There was a great big sloppy-but-rustic looking bowl full of raisens, a middle sized ungarnished boring bowl and a small bowl from the Helen James – Considered Dunnes Stores Range (so cool but understated) filled with exotic superfood berries, chia seeds and cinnamon.  It…

How to Create Value Out of Something Completely Useless

What’s the greatest trick a marketer’s ever pulled? Diamonds. You see, about once a decade or so, the marketing world strikes ‘gold’ with a one-liner that is truly life changing. No, really. I mean in the sense that this line, this one tiny piece of copy, triggers a shift in the psychology of the masses. Lines…

How Digital Subscriptions are Changing Our Behaviour…

Anyone watch The True Cost recently? It’s on Netflix, you totally need to check it out… One of the things I love about Netflix is that, while there is an awful lot of fluff on there, we are occasionally gifted with a little gem of a documentary, series or movie that otherwise may not be…