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Earlier this year, I was cold-called at home by a research agency wanting to know my views on oil companies (their corporate image/reputation/behaviour/media coverage) – and of course, about one in particular.

It was a fascinating exercise to go through, given what we do, and it was interesting to think through how one’s perception of a company changes over time. I’d have loved to see the results of the research.

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If you’re marketing a luxury brand to affluent consumers, then you might not want to follow all of the reports and statistics that say traditional media is dying or that investing in television, newspaper, and print ads is a waste of money. According to the Reaching the Wealthy Consumer report from Shullman Research Center, consumers with a net worth that exceeds $1 million are still very engaged with traditional media.

In fact, according to the … Read the rest


In the past two posts, I’ve examined the investor relations minefield commonly known as guidance – the practice of telling investors what you think future earnings may be.

It is a practice fraught with difficulties, not least of which is that companies often get it wrong. The business of forecasting is, by its very nature, an uncertain one, and the opportunities to go astray are numerous.

However, because the market is focused on future cash … Read the rest


The video application has been a stalwart in some industries for some time. Media, marketing and creative  industries depend upon employing those with a flair for film-making and artistic talent, and in the 2013 graduate run we saw giants M&C Saatchi switch to a video application system. While it’s a quirky and interesting way of seeing whether a candidate’s face fits, do video applications really do the business for online recruiters?

Splitting the Market

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In my last post I wrote about the uncertainty surrounding the thinking about whether or not companies should engage in the practice of giving guidance to investors. Of course what it boils down to is a careful examination of the factors surrounding each company’s situation. And while this sounds like a bunch of waffle language coming from a cautious lawyer, I believe there are some general guidelines that can help companies think through the … Read the rest