Data are useless

…without analysis That might seem a little bit dramatic, but its true.  In the truest sense, data are the basic raw numbers that underlie things.  Without context, they are worthless.  Here are some data: 19, 15, 34, 13, 17, 25, 22 That’s not going to be very helpful to anyone.  Sure you can do things with it, but unless you […]

It’s Not You, it’s Me

Have you ever been out for a drink with someone who spent the whole evening talking about themselves?  If you have, the chances are that the next time they offered, you found a good excuse why you couldn’t go. A person who only talks about one thing is dull.  A person who only talks about […]

Abiding Theme 5 / Measure Everything

Do you know why people call themselves gurus?  It’s because they can’t spell charlatan. The hallmark of a lot of social media campaigns is that they fall under the same lack of scrutiny as an off line branding campaign – the benefits are known to be there, but it is accepted that they are often […]

Abiding Themes 4 / The Importance of Brands

Every penny that your business has spent on office space, technology, and recruiting great staff, every advert, every piece of product development, every board decision, every customer interaction, every car in the car park, and every element in your logo contributes to your brand. Whether you’re a corporate multinational, or a sole trader working in […]

Abiding theme 3 / Social Media is Not SEO

But they’re part of the same thing… There was a time not so long ago when SEO and Social Media Marketing were treated as different sides of the same coin, and the people responsible for providing strategic planning in one area would be expected to provide strategic planning in the other.  From the number of […]

Abiding Themes 2 / Privacy

For all the column inches that it garners, you would have thought that the issue of on line privacy, and the collection of personal data by websites would be a bigger concern for the average internet user.  However, when you look at the level of minutiae about their daily lives and relationships that people happily […]