Tag Archives: trends

P-p-p-pick up a festive trend

Trend fans, I can report that this Christmas its all about Penguins. As of this morning, my haul of Christmas cards had penguins outnumbering robins 3 to 1. Pablo the Penguin is apparently going to be the new Percy Pig at M&S: Santa even took his [...]
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the New Normal #3 – shifting values

In my last (at least for now) series of observations about the New Normal, we come to consumer values. Yes, I know there’s an online movement to eradicate the term ‘consumer’, but to be honest I’ve yet to hear a better alternative – [...]
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understanding value

Like many other Planners I suspect, I’ve been pulling together a lot of insight pieces for work recently looking at the effect of the downturn economy on buying behaviour. Since it’s proper paid-for-by-my-employer stuff drawing on all the groups and [...]
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we’re all doomed…right?

So, the economy is in free fall and we’re all doomed. Right? The quallies at work have been doing a lot of focus groups with Credit Crunched Mums recently. Apparently yes, Mums are being careful and trying to be more frugal – but a lot of them are doing [...]
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Fangs for the distraction

I came across a great phrase the other day – Time Vampires.  Which seems to be commonly defined as distractions or events that take you away from your working day. So hello, Twitter.  And hi there to facebook and just about every other social [...]
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Get your teeth into Being Human

Last night I stumbled across the first episode of Being Human on BBC3 and I’m hooked.  It’s a quirky, dark, comic tale about a vampire, a werewolf and a ghost living together in a house in Bristol.  If you liked Torchwood, Shallow Grave or This Life, [...]
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Happiness is hummable

I love cheesy musicals. Any form of entertainment where people spontaneously burst into cheerful song for no particular reason is just my kind of thing. I’m not alone – the Society of London Theatre recently announced that box office receipts in 2008 [...]
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Open plan vs. open to distractions

archive image from Life magazine, hosted by google Sam Leith in today’s Guardian has written about her experiences working in an open plan office – in essence, an ethnographic study of territorial anxiety and opportunities to acquire cake and gossip. [...]
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Spring Cleaning in Social Media

I’ve been reading lots of Social Media Predictions for 2009 (including Peter Kim’s excellent piece) and one of the trends that stood out for me was Cleansing. I suppose it’s the digital equivalent of Spring Cleaning and a good ‘new year, new me’, [...]
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Provenance vs. Value

In November 07 I blogged that I thought the foodservice sector were really starting to wake up to the importance of provenance. In the grim economic reality of January 2009 I wonder whether retailers, manufacturers and everyone else in the food supply chain [...]
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