I have a Macbook Air. I use it every day and take it with me pretty much everywhere. It's one of the original (old!) models, and recently it started getting hot, noisy and lasting under one hour on a full battery charge, so I thought I was going to need to invest in a newer model. I seriously thought it was on its way out, even though it looks new.
Then I stumbled across a few forum threads, spent 5mins tinkering, and my laptop is as good as new. Battery now lasts 4hrs again, it's cool and makes no noise!
Some people said to me on Twitter this morning that they would be keen on me sharing the links to the tips I followed, so here they are.
3. Make sure Word and iTunes are not running unless you need them to be.
And le voila! Point 1 is new to me. Point 2 is fine, as I don't really need it. And 3 is just a tip, but one I had never realised was important.
Hope this helps!
Quaking in by boots just a little as I'm heading up to Manchester this evening for my first conference keynote talk. I'm opening up SAScon (Search, Analytics & Social Conference). It looks to be a pretty interesting event, as the convergence of disciplines and skills is exactly what the future of PR is about. And social is obviously my focus.
Other speakers I'm really looking forward to catching up with include Dom Burch, head of social at ASDA, Robin Wilson of McCann Erickson, Andy Barr of 10Yetis, Rob Brown of Rule 5 and Phil Mackechnie of Moneysupermarket. And of course all the people that I haven't yet met or connected with online - apparently the day is sold out.
The paint on the walls is barely dry, but already it is time for me to find Battenhall a new London HQ. We launched Battenhall in March 2013 and our team has grown from 1 to 10 people, we have clients including FTSE 100s, cult FMCG brands and hot startups. We're putting on big events and creating our own research all that. We're expanding so fast, it's only a matter of time before we need a new office altogether.
We've been looking already under our own steam, but finding an office for a young and growing company in London is HARD. Space is usually not as flexible as we need to be, and we're a client servicing business, so our home needs to look more impressive than average. Also the race for space in London is tough. Twice already an office we really liked got snapped up before we could so much as check the particulars. Like this one, below.
- Space for 10 people with room to grow (so maybe more than 10 if the space is not flexible)
- Location: Shoreditch, Tech City, Clerkenwell or surrounding areas
- Budget: flexible
- We'll consider private, shared or serviced office set-ups
- Must-haves: presentable, good internet, somewhere to plug in coffee machine(s)
That's about it. I hope you can help us in our search for Battenhall HQ 2.0.
This week WPP announced head-turning financial results. With Sir Martin Sorrell firmly on the digital path, he stated that no media sector is safe from digital disruption and he has his eyes on 45% of the group's income coming from digitial in the near future. The results he announced this week were that profits are up 19% at WPP.
Digital disruption is what makes me tick. It has the PR industry trembling at the knees, because when it comes to real digital engagement, you cant just spend money in a different place and call it digital, like you can in advertising. This disruption is bringing in a need for new structures, new skills and new philosophies in PR businesses and in in-house teams. It's what drove me to set up Battenhall, change how I think an agency should look (see here), and hopefully do a great deal of disruption first hand.
But let's go back to the WPP results and read a little deeper into their digital disruption manifesto. It looks as if even they have not cracked it in the PR world. This Holmes Report article titled: "What's eating WPP's PR firms" shows that the PR results for WPP were disappointing with revenues and profits going down. This quote from Arun Sudhaman from The Holmes Report piece I think is spot on:
"...if one thing is clear, it is that PR firms, big or small, must innovate if they are to capitalise on the opportunities presented by the changing marketing landscape. And while that may not require them to become independent, it does suggest that they would benefit from acting more independently."
So where does that leave the PR industry and digital disrpution? If you ask me, still very few are getting it right, but even the biggest boys on the block are aiming in the right direction.
Next week we are helping to launch an experiment with our new client at Battenhall, The Casino at The Empire, on Leicester Square.
This is a social media experiment, and here is how it will work. Right now, a competition is running on Facebook. The winner will get a VIP day at the casino, including £1,000 of chips to spend at the casino in one day. The only snag: every decision made in the casino that day will be crowdsourced through Twitter.
If you're interested in having a flutter, enter here on the casino's Facebook page. Entries close this weekend.
Follow the experiment on Twitter @EmpireCasino to help decide on which way the bets go on the day.
And that's it. The day of the experiment is next Thursday, 8th August. I'll update this blog as the event approaches and we'll see what we learn!
Image courtesy of SelectorGame.
About a month ago Ian Sanders, a writer from the Financial Times, got in touch with me out of the blue saying that he was putting together a feature on companies that do innovate things to attract and keep top talent.
Ian said he had heard about us and read about some of the things we do. Excitedly for me, as Battenhall at the time was only three months old, I met up with Ian and we talked about future business models and how some of the ideas I had were starting to take shape here in our new comms agency and how it goes beyond talent into innovation in the work we do.
The full article titled "Workplace Perks That Pay Off" goes in the paper tomorrow (Thursday 11th July) and is live online here (registration required).
Here's a snapshot of the Battenhall part of the feature...
If you're wanting to find out more, here is what we stand for at Battenhall from our website, we blog our thoughts on things going on in our industry most days, and on our Join Us page we explain our benefits and how we work, as well as listing our current job openings.
Onwards and upwards!
Since Tumblr got bought by Yahoo last week (for $1 billion dollars in case you forgot) a spotlight has been cast somewhat on the company's founder, 20-something scooter-riding, staff-lunch-sharing David Karp. Yes, he had already been the subject of many a cover story, but this new profile in Inc Magazine caught my attention.
David Karp is the proud owner of an antischedule way of working. The 'nonconformist' who 'runs his company his way' does not keep a diary or plan meetings - he simply lets business happen.
Karp is not the only digital visionary to work in such ways. Last year buried away in a thread on Branch, Iread that Twitter and Blogger founder Ev Williams uses a system which he calls Random Meetings Day. Once a month he sandwiches in all the random meetings people invite him to, knowing that some will not happen, some will be a wate of time, but that others will be great.
Only last night I was reading up on author and economist Umair Haque discussing over Twitter new ways of working that suit the modern, connected economy. It got me thinking. New ways of working fascinate me and we are experimenting with them at Battenhall - so let me know if you know of any others similar to these or if you have any new ones of your own.
It is two months since I launched Battenhall. This blog has been quieter than normal of late, as all my blogging action has been over on the Battenhall blog. So I thought it would be worthwhile writing down an update on how it has all gone so far.
- We have been busy and been fortunate enough to be asked to do some very exciting work, and that is awesome beyond belief
- The team is now 8 people, and we're still hiring at all levels
- We have 14 clients, including Sanctuary Group, minicabit, Shoreditch Works, Jimmy's Iced Coffee, E-Tale and Talking Heads (we can't talk about all of them just yet)
- We have moved office once already, up from the 6th to the top floor in our Bonhill Street offices in London's Tech City
- We have published two of our regular reports already - Battenhall Monthly is free to subscribe to here
- We are ahead of budget (phew!) by 90.1%
- We have bought most of Shoreditch's supply of good coffee
Thanks as ever for all of your support, and you can keep up to date on things happening at Battenhall over on out blog.
Two weeks into life at Battenhall and we're busy little bees already. We're close to being able to announce a bunch of new client wins, and the first is already out in the open. Back in the very early days of this blog, 10 years go in fact, I worked with the awesome Lis Anderson at integrated agency BCLO. She's now one of the people behind Talking Heads, and I'm excited to say that Battenhall has been appointed to run a range of social media training courses for Talking Heads, starting in April this year. You can read all about them over on Talking Heads' website.
Battenhall has also been busy on a few other fronts. Last week was the launch of the 2013 PR Week Powerbook, and Battenhall made it in. And in the last week the judging panel of the UK Social Media Communications Awards was announced, with me making it in as a judge which is something to really look forward to later in the year. We've also been putting together its first Battenhall monthly social media report, which you can subscribe to over on Battenhall.net at the bottom of the homepage.
Exciting times all round, thanks as ever for your support.
Inspired by a humorous tweet from Matt Locke, we thought both advertising AND PR deserved an analysis of the last week and how the Conclave dealt with the process of announcing that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio will be the new Pope.
- No embargo: live news is better than embargoed.
- Timing: boy did they build up suspense, everyone watching Twitter for the words 'white smoke!'
- Flip it: all the headlines are about how 'different' the new Pope is. There's your story right there.
- Things in the sky get lots of coverage (especially smoke): many of the best-covered stunts have been done in the sky. Like this and this. Note for the next stunt planning meeting.
- Act fast: from resignation to new appointment was faster than a multinational can admit to having horse meat in their burgers.
- Don't sell an exclusive: how much do you think Hello would have had to pay for this one?
- Allow photography: you know those launch events where you can't take photos. This was like the opposite.
- Check the mic: how many press launches get botched with dodgy sound levels.
- Get stuck in: 'first day on the job - mass with the Cardinals' reads CNN's top story.
- Tweet: @pontifex has been used, sparingly, no hashtags, bit shouty, but used all the same.
(disclaimer, this blog post is meant to be for fun)
Today I'm incredibly excited to be launching my new agency Battenhall. My aim is to be able to build the next great agency. The launch announcement is over on the new site. Wish us all the best in this new chapter!
Today was my last day working at Hotwire and 33 Digital. This friday I am launching a new agency called Battenhall. Exciting times.
My eight years here at Hotwire and 33 Digital have been epic. I have had the good fortune of being able to set up a social media agency and work in an integrated way on global, traditional, digital and social media briefs. And most recently as UK CEO, do a lot of business management. It will be very sad to leave these fond memories behind. But I am excited about what lies ahead.
Battenhall will be a communications agency for the social media economy. I feel strongly that the agency model and how organisations try to manage the media and their own brands is ripe for disruption. So I am going to be building an agency that is set up to thrive in this new era - an era that is here to stay. A business that will, I hope, be the next great agency.
Thank you for your support so far. I hope it will continue for the next chapter.
Last week along with my colleage Tim Bond I ran some experiments in trying to automatically create lists of people who talk about certain topics on Twitter, then to analyse the topics of conversation they use. This could potentially help in campaign planning or strategy formulation.
Using If This Then That, you're able to create 'IFs' that are RSS feeds. And Twitter still supports search results through RSS. So this is the first step; to choose the search terms you want (Tim and I went for Jeremy Kyle just because he was trending on Twitter at the time... more on the importance of that search term later!). I've shared my IFTTT recipies so you can see exactly how this works (incidentally since I shared the list 4 days ago it has been used by 26 other people on IFTTT, see below).
Then for your 'That' choose Twitter as an output, and specifically the Lists output. There are two ways to set it up, I've shared both over on If This Then That. One creates lists of people talking about your topic, the other creates lists of people mentioned in the same tweet as your topic.
What you can then do is run topic analysis on these lists to see what the trending topics are for example - probably not for Jeremy Kyle, instead go with whatever your brand, product or project might be. This would give you some really useful insights. And lists, when public, are shareable so colleagues can follow your new shiny creations.
So what happened when several hundred people got added to my Twitter lists because of a mention of Jeremy Kyle? About one in 100 people got a bit grumpy with me, both male, and both in the early hours of the morning. Here are their tweets :)
Lessons learned: if you're going to be auto-adding people to public lists, label the lists clearly and expect a little feedback if you pick a topic of the kind that I chose.
Later I will post some conversation analysis from these lists, stay tuned!
Today from 5-6pm UK time Burger King became the latest victim of a brand hijack on social media. Its Twitter account was compromised and the hackers, according to early reports it was the Anonymous group, took over Burger King's Twitter account and posted a brief torrent of abuse. The Twitter channel was rebranded, as McDonald's. And tweets were a random mixture of "racial slurs, obscenities and references to drugs".
Lessons as usual from such an ordeal which appears to be happening all too frequently right now: respond fast to limit the damage. An hour feels like a lifetime watching such a torrent of brand abuse flowing from the mighty Burger King.
Some friends are working on a new campaign showing the world all there is to know about Sarawak, in Borneo, Malaysia, so it's a cause I thought well worth a mention (maybe it will earn me a visit there some time soon :) Ben Fogle is touring Sarawak right now and this video is the first in a series from his trip. Serious weather envy.
Vine is Twitter's new video sharing service that has digitall comms types all a flutter.
It's format is simple but different to others: snap a 6 second video or compilation of segments and post it to vine, Twitter and Facebook.
One very interesting element of Vine videos is they can be embedded on to your website in a couple of ways.
The most common way you will see Vines embedded is like this:
To do this you find the tweet with the Vine video in it, click the More link on the tweet and copy the embed code. Paste it on to your website HTML code and you'll see something like the below. Simple!
I've been playing about with Vine since it launched and thought I'd share another way to embed videos on your site as it's quite straightforward but not as obvious.
To embed just the video without the tweet, paste the below code into the HTML of your site. Replace the red part of the URL with the URL of your Vine video, and you're done.
<p><iframe src="http://vine.co/v/bJK51E9V9Dp/card" width="380" height="380" frameborder="0"></iframe></p>
Your video should look like this.
Thanks to 33 Digital's Pete Sigrist whose video is far better than any I've made to date :)
Anyone wondering who still uses Foursquare should read this article over on The Next Web. Foursquare has released a map of the last three months of Foursquare checkins - that's 500 million of them. Check out the map, which lets you zoom in and out and find your city in a search box.
What I find interesting in Europe is thevolume and the location of the checkins. Like the story in TNW says, this is a real-world version of Google Pagerank.