What consumers want

The title of a piece by the team at Made by Many. So many think things to quote from this one. Firstly, ‘what I do know is that in agency-land ‘customer focus’ is too often merely rhetoric. Sometimes it’s not even known who the real customers are (!).’ If this is true, and we believe … Continue reading “What consumers want”

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The importance of global

We’ve heard that before. But it’s going to be even more important in the next decade, according to Niklas Zennstrom (co-founder Skype, recently sold for $3.1bn), in the most recent edition of Wired magazine. Zennstrom (who invests in almost 30 other start ups through his London based Atomico fund (which by the way recently raised … Continue reading “The importance of global”

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Brand communities

Over at we are social, Nathan McDonald has been allowed to reproduce a piece he wrote on Brand Communities for Contagious Magazine. He says that ideas from these brand communities ‘can contribute to the evolution and innovation of products or simply be a way to test new features, flavours or functionality’. It’s an interesting area … Continue reading “Brand communities”

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Don’t assume the obvious

Great post over at futurelab about what yogurt can teach marketers. In it they assess what part of the consumption of a yogurt is most engaging to the brain. Surprisingly (or not if you consider how enjoyable it is opening a present) it’s the opening of the lid that engages the most. They make an … Continue reading “Don’t assume the obvious”

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Crowdsourcing Brian

Brian Blessed. Legend. Brian Blessed. Loud. Brian Blessed. Now a voice on TomTom thanks to the power of the crowd (or Facebook depending on how you look at it). 25,000 members was the target which was achieved (albeit after 3 years of effort) and then TomTom true to their word delivered on their promise. Now … Continue reading “Crowdsourcing Brian”

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OpenIDEO – problem solving tribes

Under the headline ‘solving problems together for the collective good‘ the folks over at Contagious chat with Tom Hulme, Design Director at Ideo, about OpenIDEO (introduced via video by Jamie Oliver here), a platform harnessing the power of crowds, which they hope will provide solutions posed by brands, charities and individuals. Tom says some interesting … Continue reading “OpenIDEO – problem solving tribes”

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Sausages Simon

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFEIMPFEglA] We saw this on Youtube. It’s something that we liked. Someone passing on their opinion on a product. It’s great. Interesting – portionable sausages. Like it. Wonder if any sausage manufacturers have seen this?

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