Super Bowl Ads get Political… but Haven’t We Been Here Before?

Probably the most common headline regarding the Super Bowl ads this year is how some brands chose to ‘get political’. Particularly noteworthy were Airbnb and Coca-Cola. This is leading to a debate about the role of brands in politics and social movements. Are they supposed to steer clear, or dive in? A lot of people…

Are We Finally Breaking Up with ‘The Start Up Guy’? 

Open any financial, business or economic magazine or newspaper section and you will be bombarded with interviews, news and speculations about the heady world of the tech startup. The Silicon Valley Hooded Hero has long replaced the ‘Serious Suit’ as the aspirational business pin-up of our time. After all, he’s different. He ‘gets’ people and…

Trending: The Home Truth in the White Noise of #HomeSweetHome

There has been a lot of pointless chit chat, online ‘noise’ and debate about Home Sweet Home. And it is all entirely missing the point. Because it goes beyond the debate about the usual (I’m going to call) ‘bono-bashing’ – where Irish people give out about successful Irish people for getting #notions and out to get the attention of…

Trending: Superfoods get Spiced Up for 2017

There’s a new kid on the ever-expanding block of Superfoods that you may not expect. Firstly, because it is relatively cheap (not a typically desirable a tribute we tend to admire from our superfoods) and will continue to be. Secondly because it’s accessible (no need for the trip to the health store). In fact, it’s actually…

Why you need to Stop Reading this Stupid Blog Post… 

In about 5 mins I will auto post this quick piece to Facebook – where it will receive about 95% of it’s total traffic… and therein lies the problem.  Basically, you need to stop reading this blog post. Traditional media is undoubtably not without its flaws but the internet has zero rules or accountability for…

Trending: H&M partners with Luxury Brand Kenzo and instantly Sells Out

Over the last few years bargain megabrand H&M have made a number of strategic partnerships with luxury names. Most notably perhaps was the Balmain partnership this time last year. A number of people put the phenomenal success down to the ‘kardashian’ effect – as they had used Kendall Jenner as the famous face to front the…

Birds of a Feather: What do Charlie Brooker and Katie Price have in Common?

If you working in marketing/digital/media and don’t know Charlie Brooker, you need to. Also, what the hell have you been doing with your spare time? Famed for pretty much predicting a certain prime minister’s ‘incident with a pig’, the journalist gone-TV-writer is actually a lot more impressive for his overall cutting commentary on modern media…

Trending: Everyone’s Going to… Mass

Is there anything to be said for another mass? Well apparently, yes. Over 186 thousand Irish people on are going this Sunday and over 42,000 are at least interested. Well at least, according to Facebook. ‘Mass’ has gone (hate the word but…) viral over the last 24 hours as a random event on the social…

Trump vs Clinton: The Facebook War …and Results?

A few hours ago, Mark Zuckerberg defended his board member’s 1.25 million donation to team Trump. Thiel – an early investor –  has not been distanced from the social network brand, with Zuckerberg addressing the issue head on to Facebook staff in an internal memo. This memo was the result of ‘concerns’ regarding the company’s…

Trending: Google Home – This Year’s Christmas Must Have?

If, like me, you’re a tech lover who has got frustrated by serious lack of innovation every time the newest i-Whatever or smart-yoke has come out then it may be time to rejoice in a truly new ‘thing’ among the internet of ‘thingys’. Google Home is now available to pre-order. But what is it? Well…

Facebook’s Click-bait Content Update: What you need to Know NOW…

  “It’s a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” ― George Orwell, 1984 Facebook’s latest update to its infamous algorithm has a lot of brands and content providers concerned – and with good reason. Here is what you need to know as a brand or content provider… What will the update effect? Both link titles (aka…

A Brave Beauty Ad for the YouTube Generation

As I’ve said before, beauty brands are notoriously bad at shifting from the 1950’s status quo but in recent months we have seen a few names out their shaking it up a little. The one to catch our attention most recently has been the team up between haircare brand Aussie Haircare and YouTube megastars Graydon…

When that Marketing Word ‘Viral’ Becomes a Virus…

I’m a big fan of the Irish Times and a daily reader. But today I have to question their article regarding why this image was not on their front page. Miller states that the question was debated in HQ but ultimately they decided not to.Last night, was a big moment for many newspapers around Europe and…

What Recipes are Rising to the Top of The Great British Bake Off?

Two  things you would have thought the world had had enough of was reality and cookery programmes. But when the award winning Great British Bake Off first aired in 2010, it took us by surprise. The self-aware sugar dusted series has since spawned umpteen spin off, thirteen specials and has been reimagined in 17 other…

Why LinkedIn is Going the Same Way as Tinder

Around this time last year I blogged about why – despite all the media and marketing ravings – Tinder was just not the answer to modern dating needs. The problem overlooked by many enthusiasts was, in many ways, a very simple one – human behaviour. In all our enthusiasm to praise the simple proposition, swipey-addictiveness…

This is Not Just any Marketing Rant, this, is an M&S Rant

Let’s stop for a moment and think about a lovely establishment that even the Irish adore in all it’s middle-class bunting and Britishness, M&S. Don’t worry, I’ll give you a moment… What’s the first thing that came to mind? Warm treacle toffee on piping hot puds? Two for one deals on your favourite spuds? Table tops…

It’s all Greek to Me – Ireland and the Greek Crisis

The biggest news in the well, news, over the last seven days has been about the unfolding calamity of Greece. There’s been lots of interesting and indepth articles from lots of experts and not-so-experts alike. But I thought it was worth a look at Google Trends to see just what the Irish populace were actually…

The Truth about Domestic Violence – #1in5

I’ve written about domestic violence before, somewhat vaguely. I guess even, somewhat apologetically. And I feel, even now, somewhat apologetic in doing so again. This, after all, is a trends and marketing blog – not a personal one. Most of all – if I’m completely honest, I’m worried what people will think of me professionally….

How to Find Out Who Owns Your Data in 3 Minutes…

There’s an awful lot of noise these days about data ownership and privacy protection. However, I – like many of those who harp on about just what a big issue this is – find myself confronted by a the same nonchalant response from people every time. “Ah sure, it’s only my. I don’t get up to…

Why Clerys is Gone – the Real Reason

My very first ‘real’ job was in Clerys. It was in Principles (long lost to the recession) on the first floor, where fashion went to die. I remember laughing together with my friend at the weirdness of it all. It was like stepping through a time warp – a sort of purgatory of oversized knickers…