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Want to build your brand profile? Less i...

Brands should follow the example of iconic TV shows like Game of Thrones; leave people wanting more to guarantee an engaged audience.

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Influencing influencers— why brands ar...

Our big gun, Rick Guttridge, explains how so many companies are looking in the wrong place for influencers, and how big data can be used to ensure you’re collaborating with the best possible voices for your sector.

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GDPR – Comms disaster of the decad...

Opt-in or opt-out, despite the deadline now having passed for businesses to clean up their processes with regard to storing…

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No kidding: April Fools in the fake news...

Picture the scene. It’s 1987, and Cold War tensions are running pretty hot. From nowhere, photos emerge showing two of…

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2018 must deliver consistent business et...

They say be careful what you wish for. I’d say be incredibly cautious about who you choose to work with.

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Social media trust falls to historic low...

In the ten years since his brainchild was launched there have been very few occasions when I’ve said ‘Mark Zuckerberg…

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PR today: Turning crisis into a testamen...

You can paint it whichever way you want, the truth of the matter is my industry- and its associated fields,…

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Cleaning up: Why Facebook still isn’t ...

Supposedly the world’s favourite social network, despite its popularity and usefulness, I can’t help but feel companies have good reasons…

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Should marketers have nightmares about e...

In 1991 the director James Cameron unleashed his vision of the near-future, and with it the wrath of Skynet, an…

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Forget the message, disrupt consumer hab...

Traditionally brands have focussed on message delivery to position themselves, but this ignores a fundamental truth in human psychology— we consume out of habit, not choice.

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Want to build your brand profile? Less i...

Brands should follow the example of iconic TV shows like Game of Thrones; leave people wanting more to guarantee an engaged audience.

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July 2018 in the Smoking Gun study

The latest in-house news from Smoking Gun’s HQ in Manchester, including our six CIPR PRide award nominations, Melanoma UK joining the fold, standout work for several of our top clients, not least Silentnight, and the best work BBQ ever.

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Influencing influencers— why brands ar...

Our big gun, Rick Guttridge, explains how so many companies are looking in the wrong place for influencers, and how big data can be used to ensure you’re collaborating with the best possible voices for your sector.

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Top tips for broadcast media success

Inspired by our recent success with BBC Breakfast and Silentnight, we asked our in-house experts to offer some top tips on securing broadcast media success.

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The power of love (and hate): Harnessing...

Using science and psychology, we take an in-depth look at how modern marketing relies on using human emotions to build brands, boost loyalty and— ultimately— improve conversions and sales.

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