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Google to Alphabet: smart move but not radical at all

Posted by in Brand, Marketing, Technology, Trust

First published in Marketing Magazine 11th August 2015 The move from Google to Alphabet is far from radical; it’s well trodden as a business model by FMCG giants like P&G and Unilever, argues Justin Basini, co-founder and CEO at ClearScore. With the creation of a holding company called Alphabet they are starting to look more like a Procter & Gamble or Unilever The blog post announcing the rebranding of the Google into Alphabet this morning has taken everyone a bit by surprise. The markets have generally reacted positively with a…read more

The fight for the future of the Labour Party is obsessed with the past

Posted by in politics, Trust

For nearly two decades I was a card carrying member of the Labour Party. I was attracted by the values and intent of a political party that could challenge the status quo and seek to balance benefit for all sides of society. A party with a caring, empowering and not paternalistic attitude to those less able and more vulnerable in society. I was inspired by the humble, kind and strong vision of John Smith and found Tony Blair’s New Labour electability seducing. “What’s happening in the Labour Party at the moment is…read more

Why the Ashley Madison hack has done amazing things for the brand

Posted by in Marketing

First published in Marketing Magazine 21st July 2015 The Ashley Madison hack is fascinating, says Justin Basini, co-founder and CEO at ClearScore, as it raises interesting questions about morality, marketing and privacy. The Ashley Madison attack is the juiciest of all hacks so far perpetrated. This is not millions of dry boring credit card details only interesting to fraudsters. No, this is the details of 37m people who have, or want to have, affairs. Their details, including names, photos and even sexual fantasies could soon be up for public consumption.The…read more

Unicorns and wizards: #LDNTechWeek | London Tech Week

Posted by in Entrepreneurship, Technology, Trust

This week has been #LDNTechWeek and London has been buzzing with conferences, talks, events and exhibitions. The week started with the announcement that London has produced 13 tech unicorns which are Tech companies that have reached a >£1bn valuation. They include Farfetch (clothing marketplace), JustEat (online food ordering), Skrill (payments) and Zoopla (property search). These companies prove that finally we are creating a sustainable and world class technology sector in the UK. These companies also prove that we are creating an environment in the UK where finally entrepreneurial ventures aren’t something the…read more

Apple Rumors: The iPhone 6, the iWatch and the Apple innovation engine

Posted by in Advertising, Marketing, Technology

What and when will the next iPhone appear and will it be the iPhone 6? I blogged back in October 2011 at the disappointing launch of the iPhone 4S which was Apple's first major product launch post Steve Jobs that I thought that there were signs that the world's greatest industrial innovation engine was slowing. This has undoubtedly turned out to be true and Apple are now under serious pressure with their stock falling consistently. I am an avid watcher of Apple rumors mostly because I think they are a fascinating…read more

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Experiential marketing from British Airways

Posted by in Brand, Marketing, Media

British Airways – engagement and media coming together for a great example of experiential marketing Last week I came across this great experiential marketing example from British Airways in Victoria Station, London, UK. British Airways had created an installation where people could play a flight simulator game and win tickets to a destination. It was very popular with long queues (probably not what they intended!).  From a marketing perspective it was magnified by the clever use of the digital media across the station from the main digital display boards to…read more

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ALL WE CAN SEE IS THE DARK

Posted by in Advertising, Marketing, Personal, Trust

This morning as I was waking up my 3 year old daughter Jemima came into bed for a cuddle. It was cold and she snuggled under the covers putting her head under the duvet. I heard a little voice coming up from beside me, "Dad come under the covers with me." So I dutifully dived my head down under.  I said to her, "we can't see anything in here," and she replied, "all we can see is the dark." This reply struck me. How many times do we encounter situations…read more

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Rebranding lessons of hibu / yell.com

Posted by in Advertising, Brand, Marketing, Media, Trust

Over the last couple of weeks yell.com has been rebranding as hibu. This is the latest example, in a very undistinguished line, of such rebranding failures. When the best a CEO can muster about his companies' latest rebranding is this quote below you know the company is in deep, deep trouble.  'don't read anything into it….It doesn't have any pure meaning behind it. It needed to be short, easy to pronounce and to sound edgy and innovative. It doesn't mean a lot by itself, but if you turn the clock back, neither…read more

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BBC Interview about identity theft and ALLOW’s advice

Posted by in Entrepreneurship, Trust

  Towards the end of last year my company ALLOW commissioned Professor of Ciminology Martin Gill to research how criminals use online information to gani our trust in order to scam people. Martin and I were on various radio stations up and down the land talking about this interesting and worrying research.  Perpetuity Research, Professor Gill's research group has posted the interview from BBC Radio Leicester. Perpetuity Research, Professor Gill's research group has posted the interview from BBC Radio Leicester. We alos created a video of a criminal speaking about…read more

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