Photobox Group CEO Stan Laurent talks about Moonpig’s success and some of the company’s other brands including fridge magnet company Sticky9 (formerly Stickygram). Looking at 2015 he talks about the growing trend towards mobile first and also personalisation. “The days when people decorated their houses with the same photo of New York from Ikea are over,” he says.
As it has just been announced that 2014 is on course to be the warmest year ever, here’s an interesting piece (I think) which I wrote for Medium on the water crisis. I found researching the article fascinating – there are some interesting and scary stats like one third of the world’s population doesn’t have sanitation. That’s pretty shocking. https://medium.com/…/time-to-tackle-the-worlds-water-crisis…
I seem to be spending a lot of time writing about in-car tech at the moment. This is a feature I did for The Telegraph on everything from in car black boxes for Telematics to the latest generation of 4G connected cars for safety and infotainment. I also interviewed Matt Dallaway from the RAC (see article below) about the company’s use of telematics in conjunction with EE.
But sometimes life isn’t all bad – like when we go on trips. Such as this one to Barcelona last weekend. As I openly admit in this article I’m a bit of a smart car fan boy having owned one for the last 10 years. But I’ve got to say that the two new ones are superb, especially the forfour.
I definitely want to get one but will probably wait until the automatic comes out next summer because it’s easier for city driving. I quite like the goldy/green coloured one too and the bottom of this post. It’s very unusual. You can read my reviews here on Shiny Shiny: http://www.shinyshiny.tv/2014/11/two-new-smart-cars-including-new-four-seater-coming-soon.html
(By the way look at how all these cars are all perfectly lined up at Barcelona’s wonderfully named El Prat Airport. It’s like someone’s been out there with a tape measure. That person was almost certainly German because if it was a Brit you would be lucky to find the cars facing the right way, let alone lined up!)
My interview with Andrew Kirckaldy about how AO’s clever and engaging social media strategy is helping to win white goods sales. In the article he talks about the need for creative content and sponsorship (ie. Tony The Fridge who runs a marathon with a fridge strapped to his back). http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/news/11150963/social-media-strategy-example-white-goods-market.html
In yesterday’s Telegraph (15/10/14) I had several articles published including an overview on the importance of social media for driving retail sales. See here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/mobilising-workforce/11161528/social-media-for-business-sales.html. You can also read my interview with King of Shaves Founder and Entrepreneur Will King here. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/mobilising-workforce/11161659/king-of-shaves-business-social-media.html. In the interview he talks about he has, unlike rivals Wilkinson Sword and Gillette, always embraced whatever is ‘coming down the track’ as far as digital technology is concerned, including most recently Bitcoin.
In my latest feature for The Daily Telegraph I talk about the pros and cons of flexible working. I also interviewed Dave Coplin (pictured above), Microsoft UK’s grandly named Chief Envisioning Officer about how flexible working doesn’t just mean working from home. And how managers need to judge people on what they produce rather than the process of being in an office from 9 til 5.
The Apple Watch may have got people drooling last night in California. But this is just the start of things to come. For this piece in Shiny Shiny I looked at 8 Fashion/Tech trends beyond the smart watch, including 3D printed dresses (like the one modelled by Dita Von Teese, above), solar panel clothing and textiles with integrated LED lights which change colour to suit your mood
In the latest series of articles for The Telegraph I’ve focused on how anonymised 4G data is increasingly being used by advertising agencies to target specific groups of users in certain location. Included is a case study with Posterscope – an ‘out of home’ ad agency, responsible for putting ads on everything from bus stops to petrol caps and supermarket trolleys.
You can also see the main article here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/engaging-customers/11070094/attract-right-audience-big-data.html. The interview with James Davies of Posterscope is here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/engaging-customers/11070355/surbiton-mobile-shopping-hotspot.html
I am currently working for The Daily Telegraph on a series of articles, sponsored by mobile phone company EE. In this latest edition I wrote a piece about how adopting an omni-channel, or connected retail, strategy can help retailers to grow their business.
For the piece I interviewed Suzi Spink, CEO of high end Fashion Retailer East. In the piece she talks about the company’s plans to integrate offline/online inventory to give customers more choice when buying and about new initiatives to get customers visiting stores such as Personal Shopping and Click and Collect.
Click on the link below to read the full articles in PDF form that appeared in The Telegraph (August 13th, 2014).
You can also read the online version (without the case study here): http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sponsored/technology/4g-mobile/11026557/retail-technology-high-street-comeback.html?WT.mc_id=605835&source=EditorialChannel