Four Things you Really Need to Know about GDPR if in Marketing..

1. What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It will apply, from the 25th May 2018 to anyone handling data of an EU person or any EU based company (so literally any data we deal with in Irish marketing land).

2. Why should I care?

You could be fined up to 4% of your company’s total turnover if you don’t comply. That’s not an empty threat either, it’s very real with a very hard deadline of the 25th of May – zero wiggle room.

Marketing, media and advertising are going to be the industries most directly affected by the legislation. Remember the cookies compliance thing? It’s going to look like a piece of well, cake, next to the unavoidable chaos this is going to unleash. Yet few in marketing industry seem to be even talking about it – let alone planning.

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…

Generation Who?! An Honest Marketing Guide to Irish Demographics

The only thing more annoying than talk about millennials, is the disputes over who millennials are. The biggest problem is that we are applying a global label to a little island. So, I’ve gone and tried to put these global labels in an Irish context and added my own ‘definitive’ dates! I’ve also relabeled them,…

Free Courses from Facebook on Content just Launched

Facebook has just launched an online course for journalists. This should be of serious interest to anyone writing, blogging, creating native content, posting, monitoring, measuring, promoting, video or reporting on effectiveness. Apparently it was set up to meet the demand of a a single destination where you  can learn about Facebook’s products, tools and services…

List: Cheap (but Awesome) Online Courses in all things Digital!

The world of digital and marketing moves ridiculously quick. So last  year, I made a point of going ‘back to school’ to broaden and update my knowledge in the area Each course was through a site called Coursera – which I can’t recommend enough. You can find more about the ones from last year and…

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…

Ireland – King of Netflix and Chill?

If you wasted away the bank holiday weekend watching Stranger Things, you’re not the only one… Netflix are notoriously cagey about their numbers and there has been a lot of speculation recently as to the value of the subscription company due to missed acquisition targets of new subscribers. The 1.6 mil new members to, the 83.18 million subscriber…

Just because You Can Count it, Doesn’t Make it Count

Over the weekend I was at a play in the Gate Theatre. Under Alan Stanford’s direction, The Constant Wife is already a resounding success. OK so Peter Crawley of the Irish Times thought it sucked and Ailbhe Jordan of The Mirror was perhaps less harsh in recognizing the thing for what it was – well produced, (perhaps a…

Why it’s Time To Change the Way We Think, About How We Think

Over the course of the last year, I’ve spent an awful lot of time reading, studying and discussing the importance of the herd to our neanderthal brains. We may think we have come a long way, particularly of late – thanks to our progression in the areas of science, culture and technology but in reality, our caveman…

Influencing the Influencer: 5 Brands and Vloggers who Know how to Work Together

Online influencers are great when it comes to turbocharging your marketing strategy, honing in on a really specific target audience and growing your reach as a brand. However, over the course of the development of such campaigns with these writers, vloggers and community managers, one important point is continuously emphasised, again and again. And it…

5 Insights about Irish Consumers from the Latest Google Consumer Barometer

The Google Consumer Barometer is one of those excellent free research resources available from Google – with what seems a robust methodology. The total sample surveyed for Ireland was 6119. Results are weighted by the census data of each country. Here are five interesting things the latest update tells us about Irish consumers… 1. We suck…

The Problem with Irish Ad Agencies

So Shane O’Leary just published this post about youth in advertising – asking why Irish adland is so afraid to let us take on leadership roles. Kudos to Shane. Have a read of it there first. (I know, I know – nobody ever comes back when you link them off into the depths of the internet…

Unfriending Facebook, Part 2 – From the Brands Point of View

Last month I wrote about the traumatic experience that was deleting my Facebook account and why so many people around the world are losing interest in the platform to the point of ‘unfriending’ it – just like me. There were a number of reasons discussed as to why Facebook is becoming less popular from a…