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The Art of Cooking Up ‘Inspired Thinking’

August 4, 2016

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‘Inspired thinking’ is our brand essence. It’s the thing that underpins what DirectionGroup stands for, and what acts as the spearhead for our campaigns. It flows through every agency department – manifesting as an innovative strategic plan, as cut-through creative, as daring digital, as the latest martech, as the most original production techniques, or as… Read on >

Polywag on the beach

Image credit: Matthew Corley / Shutterstock.com   Chances are, unless you’ve been living underneath a rock for the last two weeks, you’ll know what Pokémon GO is. It’s smashed all records for app downloads during launch week. It’s also set to earn Apple around $3 billion over the next 12 – 24 months. And forgetting about… Read on >

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Are You a FREE Thinker?

July 19, 2016

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Even if you ignore the now disproven (and non-existent) research by Yale Psychology department, it’s a fact that for many people, the word FREE is the most powerful word in the English language. Not convinced? Check out anything by US DM writing guru Herschell Gordon Lewis, and you’ll see things my way. The trouble is,… Read on >

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I can’t believe it’s a year to the day since I left my home country and embarked on a new adventure in the UK.   It was only a year and two weeks ago that I came down for an interview here. All the way from lovely Poland. I had two interviews planned on subsequent… Read on >

Digital marketing ninja

You’ve established your brand and started living the dream. You’ve a team working day and night to bring your vision to your customers. Any given team member can excite and delight potential prospects, because they all believe 100% in the business and its mission. Your business ‘does’ marketing. But you know that there’s untold extra… Read on >

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I have some bad news for people with overflowing inboxes, we’re receiving 7% more emails this year than last. Not only does that mean that we all need to be better at organising our inboxes, it also means your marketing emails are going to have more competition for the recipient’s attention. While you are fighting… Read on >

Sorry! You Can’t Automate Marketing You Don’t Have.

It sounds trite, but it’s true. So many organisations are sold on the conceptual ideals behind marketing automation and think it will be marketing’s panacea. The reality is, marketing automation systems are just that – automation systems. They can replace a great deal of manual effort, but only if you’re currently engaging in the type… Read on >

Partner marketing: 5 key challenges

Partner marketing: 5 key challenges

March 24, 2016

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I’ve just spent the last three weeks in the presence of 40 marketing peeps from IT channel partner organisations. I’ve been talking to them about their challenges, the need for change in their marketing activities and their business models. During the conversations, we’ve covered a breadth of topics and I thought it might be useful… Read on >

Build a learning culture

The live and let learn culture

March 17, 2016

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When you’re hired out of University, it’s easy to think that you’re finished with education. Revision bonfires and textbook clay pigeon shoots signal the transition into the working world. You start to get settled into your new role. But people around you speak in acronyms that your lecturer didn’t cover and it soon dawns on… Read on >

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Content marketing has long been the darling of B2B marketing. We all jumped on the bandwagon and we see lots of marketing teams who are simply stuck in the content creation hamster wheel. Our advice is to take stock – understand what you have, understand what customers need to fulfil their journey and then focus… Read on >