Too Big to Burst? The Startup-Tech-Bubble-Unicorn-Supernova

As I said before in a previous article ‘Is it Time to Breakup with the Startup 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. All of it, in the pursuit of finding the next…

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…

Trending: The Home Truth in the White Noise of #HomeSweetHome

There has been a lot of pointless chit chat, online ‘noise’ and debate about Home Sweet Home. And it is all entirely missing the point. Because it goes beyond the debate about the usual (I’m going to call) ‘bono-bashing’ – where Irish people give out about successful Irish people for getting #notions and out to get the attention of…

Why you need to Stop Reading this Stupid Blog Post… 

In about 5 mins I will auto post this quick piece to Facebook – where it will receive about 95% of it’s total traffic… and therein lies the problem.  Basically, you need to stop reading this blog post. Traditional media is undoubtably not without its flaws but the internet has zero rules or accountability for…

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…

When that Marketing Word ‘Viral’ Becomes a Virus…

I’m a big fan of the Irish Times and a daily reader. But today I have to question their article regarding why this image was not on their front page. Miller states that the question was debated in HQ but ultimately they decided not to.Last night, was a big moment for many newspapers around Europe and…

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…

Why it’s Time To Change the Way We Think, About How We Think

Over the course of the last year, I’ve spent an awful lot of time reading, studying and discussing the importance of the herd to our neanderthal brains. We may think we have come a long way, particularly of late – thanks to our progression in the areas of science, culture and technology but in reality, our caveman…

This is Not Just any Marketing Rant, this, is an M&S Rant

Let’s stop for a moment and think about a lovely establishment that even the Irish adore in all it’s middle-class bunting and Britishness, M&S. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a moment… What’s the first thing that came to mind? Warm treacle toffee on piping hot puds? Two for one deals on your favourite spuds? Table tops…

How to Develop a CONTEXTUAL Content Strategy

There are lots of arguments about what creativity means but when it comes to advertising, one thing is for sure – creativity without purpose is pretty pointless! Because it’s not enough to do something just because you can, because it’s the newest ‘thing’, because it’s #trending or just looks damn cool. Great work needs to…