The Big Yak – Encore

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A week ago today I was in the final moments of The Big Yak, 2014 edition, having had a day packed with discussion out internal communications in the business world. Created and organised with the kind of boundless energy that only the IC Crowd can provide (Rachel Miller, Jenni Wheller and Dana Leeson are great to work with) […]

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The Facebook Guinea Pigs

“Let’s conduct an online experiment.” It sounds innocuous enough, that is unless you run one of the largest online social networks, and you didn’t tell the participants. The story centres around the publication of a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) under the rather […]

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WordPress 3.9 and BuddyPress 2.0

The last week has seen two big updates for some of the core platforms that we support. The long expected WordPress 3.9 release is now out, and the BuddyPress team have release version 2.0 of their popular set of WordPress extensions. In true Automattic tradition, the WordPress release is named “Smith” after after a jazz musician Jimmy Smith (there’s […]

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Web Psychology – Colours and Conversions

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February’s Chinwag PsychUp brought together Karen Haller, talking about the psychology of colour (or should that be ‘color’) and Craig Sullivan (otherwise know as the one and only @OptimiseOrDie). The PsychUp events are part of a series, run by Chinwag, with the next event on Wednesday 5th March in London, leading up to the full […]

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Stop Posting to Social Media When…

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Over the last few weeks a few things have unfolded that have provided reminders that, as much as I love all forms of digital communication, sometimes you need to just stop. Step away, and come back later, or pick up the phone, or get on your feet and meet. Here are three checks before you […]

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Ogilvy on Writing Memos

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This is very old, 1982 in fact, but 31 years on it is still solid advice, and Oglvy’s twitter account tweeted it. While is is about memos, it applies just as well to email. And while point 10 is harder in today’s global businesses, with flexible working and distributed locations, it is still the best […]

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B2BHuddle – With Brian Solis

This post is based on a Storify of the B2Bhuddle event on Friday. I’ll follow up with a post on the round table shortly, but wanted to share some of the thoughts and insights that came up during the talk Brian Solis gave, and the interactions on Twitter. Richard Bagnall@richardbagnall “Only 34% of social marketers use […]

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